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I came across this ad. I don't understand disklavier system too well, and don't need it. Does it have
any impact on the acoustic part of the piano? Is it easy to take it out, if it stops working, and leave acoustic part untouched? What do you think about a 15 yr model GC1?

https://denver.craigslist.org/msg/d/morrison-yamaha-grand-piano/6979927273.html

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Hi Inna_denver,

The Disklavier is a high quality player system that will not interfere at all with the performance of the acoustic piano it is installed in.

If you are not looking for a Disklavier (a high technology player system) than I would suggest looking at pianos that do not have one. The ad states that they paid 26k in 2006. This is possible, but you can buy a NEW GC-1 (very nice baby grand, btw) for less than that today, so you are likely paying them for something you do not want.

My advice is to keep shopping.

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Well, they are asking 10k for it...

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Inna_denver - if you love and want the Disklavier option, you love how the piano sounds and plays, and the piano checks out with an independent tech, 10k might not be a bad price. If you don’t intend to ever use the Disklavier option, as Rich Galassini advised, you can get a quality 5’3” acoustic piano for less money.
The Disklavier is a wonderful player system if you’re specifically looking for a piano with a player system. But why pay extra for something you’re not going to use.
If it were me, I’d go check it out. I’d also do some research if you can still buy disks for that model of Disklavier (most likely you can’t get them anymore but who knows) and then decide yay or nay.
Best of Luck!
I do like GC1s and GC2s!


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Just out of curiosity: how accurately do circa 2006 Disklaviers replay, say, your playing? I mean, if it were accurate, then it seems to me it would be a fantastic practice tool.

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Originally Posted by johnlewisgrant
Just out of curiosity: how accurately do circa 2006 Disklaviers replay, say, your playing? I mean, if it were accurate, then it seems to me it would be a fantastic practice tool.

It’s certainly worth going to look at and searching reviews of that particular model of Disklavier. I, myself, could certainly find some uses of a working Disklavier unit on a nice Yamaha 5’3” grand. But I’m not sure how much extra I’d be willing to pay for a piano with a 2006 vintage Disklavier.
Then again, I’m not the OP.


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Just to keep this conversation in the realm of reality. We paid $5000 for a 2006 GC1 about 8-9 years ago from a private party, still playing it and enjoying it. $10,000 seems like a ridiculous amount to pay if you don't want the player.


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I know someone bought a new GC1 in 2008 and paid around $18000 (no player).

So $10000 with a player doesn't sound that unreasonable to me. But I agree if the OP doesn't want or need a player then there should be better choices out there.

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In 2006, there was more than one disklavier option available for the GC1. One of those was the Mark IV which was actually more advanced than the later released E3 system. The current Enspire Pro is more on the level with the mechanical accuracy of the Mark IV, but with additional new improvements, tools, better connectivity, and a nicer interface.
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Just out of curiosity: how accurately do circa 2006 Disklaviers replay, say, your playing? I mean, if it were accurate, then it seems to me it would be a fantastic practice tool.
If it is the Mark IV

If it is the older Mark III system, it may be partially upgradeable to the DKC850 (if still available) that more or less turned the Mark III into the E3. It is not upgradeable beyond that.

Whether it is a Mark III or Mark IV, you should expect to have some service done to still enjoy the player system. On a Mark IV, for example, you can add a wifi extender and then run Yamaha's app to control many of the entertainment functions with your phone or tablet.

jshelton...9 years ago, we were still deep in recession. For someone to buy a GC1 in 2006 (presumably for ~$15k then) and turn around 4 years later to sell for $5k is not in anyway typical. Congrats on your steal, but its not good context for the normal market.

In our local market, a new GC1 w/player sells for close to $30k. Applying typical depreciation for this situation gives you different numbers. While we don't sell many used GC1's, all the ones we have sold (without disklavier systems) from the mid-2000's, sold for $11k or more.

Can't inspect or confirm the condition of the one in the ad, but if it was very good to excellent, it would be below retail for our area.


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Originally Posted by PianoWorksATL

jshelton...9 years ago, we were still deep in recession. For someone to buy a GC1 in 2006 (presumably for ~$15k then) and turn around 4 years later to sell for $5k is not in anyway typical. Congrats on your steal, but its not good context for the normal market.


I'll grant it was a good deal. The seller was upgrading to a GC1 with a player and all they would give him as a trade-in was $5000. Our tech serviced his piano and suggested he would sell it to us for the trade-in value since he knew the store would turn a nice profit on it. Nothing wrong with turning a profit but I suspect he just wanted to give a private person a great opportunity.


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