I am new to this forum. We are trying to get an used upright piano for my 5 year old son to start with. We have been looking around in stores, Craigslist or nearby facebook market. Finally we have narrowed down these 3 options for us:
1. 1987 Yamaha U1AR from private party. the seller is a musician and he bought it new around 1990, tuned and maintained twice a year. He claimed that it was in great conditions, pictures are here:1987 yamaha U1AR
I think this piano has been played quite a bit but since the owner is a musician, so I guess it has been pretty well maintained. Asked for $3450 obo. Is it too old and how much should I negotiate if I decide to buy it? no tax and shipping is on him. We have not got the chance to hear it yet, I need to drive two hours over, however, owner gave me the contact information of his piano technician if I need more information.
2. 1990 Kawai UST-8a from piano store. Personally I like this piano, it is listed for $2470, plus tax and delivery the price will be around $2800. My wife does not like the oak style and this piano has been held by private owner. It has been gently used. 1 year warranty. I am also concerned about the year since this is also a 30 year old piano.
3. 2000 Kawai 902F. 46.5" studio piano from a store. it comes with 10 year warranty. everything together I am looking at paying $3750 ($3488+delivery, notax since it is out of state). they claimed it has been gently used (and we opened and looked as well), nothing has been improved or fixed. french furniture style which my wife likes a lot.
Sound wise they are all good to me. We do prefer a studio kind of size since it sound much better.
Please give your comments. Right now we are leaning to 2000 kawai 902F. however, the price can not be negotiated.
And do we still need to hire a professional technician to exam the piano before I buy it? even if they are providing 10 year warranty?