I'll need to evaluate uprights soon.
Although we already have a nice living-room grand, our family is looking into replacing my less-decent piano for a Yamaha probably U3. This would itself be temporary; the idea is to get a pretty good, reliable instrument that we can then trade back in some 6 years, when children are older and more responsible, for an even better upright, perhaps a Schimmel. The idea is that Yamahas should be reliable enough that picking one as an intermediate-level upright would be sensible, but that fancier pianos would need to be picked out individually and we're not ready for that.
I am the one who is supposed to test the pianos, of course.
So how can I notice the right things in picking the piano? Action/sound?
Are there other subtle considerations should I have in testing pianos?
Thank you for any insights!
By the way, we are considering two retailers which both sell new instruments and an assortment of old instruments. Both I believe have in-store upgrade plans for pianos bought from that store. One of them, the Yamaha retailer seems slightly classier and might be the place to buy a Schimmel--though in 6 years, who knows. It is likely that they (either of them) would also be willing to trade in reasonably recent, good-condition U3s purchased elsewhere, although it might be a less smooth transaction.
Perhaps the Yamaha retailer would be better, although the other store would accept my Werner back for a discount (maybe a few hundred to $1000.)
After all, I need to figure out how to get rid of my Werner upright. I don't want to admit that it should be -destroyed-, but there really is an extent to which it isn't worth its maintenance or shipping. The pedal will break a few months after it's fixed.