Iâ€™m on the lookout for a decent piano that costs next to nothing (or nothing!), so Iâ€™ve been scouring craigslist, facebook marketplace, etc. for a few months. Of course, the best deals get swept up fast, and because my budget is so small Iâ€™ve had to pass on some very nice pianos at low prices that are just not low enough for me. Seriously considered an old Baldwin Hamilton (like my piano growing up), but the RPT I paid to inspect it said the sound board was falling apart.
Anyway, Iâ€™m currently looking at a Kawai upright for $300 OBO. The owner told me itâ€™s from 1971 and gave me the serial number rather than the model number when I askedâ€”324492. As far as I can tell, itâ€™s a Kawai console piano from the Yorkdale line, 1968. Reportedly in good condition. Any thoughts on this model?
He posted some photos showing the hammers and pin block. There are some grooves in the hammers. Iâ€™m wondering if it would be possible/cost effective to have them reshaped. Before I go out to see the piano, are there any red flags obvious in these photos?Kawai piano
Given the investment of moving (23 steps to my apartment), tuning, and any repairs, I want to get a piano whose sound I really like, that would be a good instrument for my kids to learn on, and that could potentially stay in my home for years to come.
Thanks for any helpful feedback!