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Hi. I currently have a piece of junk 1940 Kimball that I am looking foward to replacing. The touch is very light and I can fly on it, but the tone is not so good, some of the keys are starting to stick, etc.

Anyway, I found a piano on Craigslist that looks legitimate nearby, they're asking $500 OBO. It is a Samick SU-108P and it is from the early 90's. Not sure what year exactly, but it's the 48" cherry piano. Looks like it has 88 keys. I can't seem to find any real information on this particular piano except for it might be a bottom of barrel brand? I guess they were made in Korea and Indonesia. Can someone give me a little more information on how it's touch, sound, resonance, upper string rings are? ..and anything else worth mentioning? My guess it's definitely a step up from my Kimball. I really want a Yamaha U1 or U3 but don't want to pay $3k for one. I wonder if I should just hold out for a Yamaha, although I haven't played Yamahas in quite a while. I forget what they feel like.

Thanks for your time

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A 48" Korean made piano for $500 sounds like a good deal, so long as you like it and are willing to pay the extras. Check with some piano movers to get quotes for moving it as that $500 will likely be closer to $1000 when that's all done. Also, you'll probably need to tune and clean it depending on the condition. You might want to try a few piano stores and see if they have a Samick if you pulled the trigger too late. People tend to like them but they aren't as admired as Young Chang (depending on the year). You'll also need to dispose of your previous piano.

For fun... what is your Kimball? Is it a console, spinet or larger upright? If you like the touch and just want a better tone, you might want to ask a piano technician about filing the hammers, or you might try it yourself. If you think the piano wouldn't attract another buyer, it might be worth trying it yourself. Maybe you get a few more years of enjoyment out of it. Or ask any piano sellers in the area if they'd take it.

The Samick in this Video looks beautiful and sounds nice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1CcPuXT7II

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An SU-108 sounds like a Samick Upright 108 cm, a console of 42". not a 48" and not an upgrade from your Kimball

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Originally Posted by Steve Jackson
An SU-108 sounds like a Samick Upright 108 cm, a console of 42". not a 48" and not an upgrade from your Kimball

I was thinking the same thing but didn't want to say anything. A 48" upright would be like 121 cm; a 45" upright would be about 115 cm.

I have an older 48" Kawai upright from 1969, a model K48A. It was made in Japan and has real, one piece ivory keytops. I believe it was one of Kawai's top of the line uprights at that time.

I bought it from the estate of a professional pianist and piano teacher. Her son, who I bought the piano from, said the piano was his late mother's pride and joy. I can understand why. 51 years later, and it still sounds great, looks great, plays great, and holds a tuning like a rock.

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Just to confirm, the SU-108P was a Korean made 42" console.


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I can't remember what model my Kimball is. I'd have to open the top and look inside, but it's covered will all kinds of books and stuff. It surprisingly stays close to in tune, and i reside in a damp basement with often high humidity. Last time I tuned it was a good 3 or 4 years ago. It's still relatively close to where I left it although it had to be tuned town a few cents to keep from breaking the strings. It is a console. I'm pretty set on upgrading to either a baby grand (which will be too expensive and not enough room) or a studio (tall upright). After reading so much on the the Yamaha U1 and U3 and hearing some of the videos it really attracts me. I'd have to sit down and play one first though. I definitely want the big sound. There's a good youtube video 'studio piano showdown: kawaii K300 vs Yamaha U1'. To tell you the truth, compared to the yamaha that kawai K300 seems like a much darker sound, almost dull. Perhaps it's just the recording quality of the camera that filmed it. I'm sure playing on it live would be like night and day (no pun).

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There's a good youtube video 'studio piano showdown: kawaii K300 vs Yamaha U1'

Can you please provide a link??


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That's a decent price jump to go from a $500 Samick to a K300 or U1, even used. Do you have a budget in mind?

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Originally Posted by Carey
There's a good youtube video 'studio piano showdown: kawaii K300 vs Yamaha U1'

Can you please provide a link??

Just put "Kawai k300 Yamaha U1" into the utube search bar and look at any or all of the first three items that come up (not the ads).

FWIW although folks tend to compare K300 and U1 because they are the same sort of size - around where I live at least the fairer comparison might be K500 to U1 as their prices are more similar. The K500 is to my ear a much nicer piano than the K300, as is the Yamaha U3 to the U1 but that is getting even more expensive.


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