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WHAT TO BUY - BALDWIN VS. STEINWAY
#30191 02/11/08 08:11 PM
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Hi,
I know very little about pianos - so I am asking for advice.
My son started playing piano - I can buy Steinway 1969 5'7" for 13.000$
or Baldwin 5' for 5500$.
Acording to technicians who examined them both are in excellent condition. Both sellers are pressed for money and do not have time to sell it to dealer and wait for pianos to be sold.
I know Steinway would be better option - but I am not sure if I really need it. What do you think about prices, quality etc. - relatively and absolutely speaking.
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I'm far from a tech, an expert in used prices or anything like it so I can't tell you if the relative prices are good, bad or indifferent.

One thing I can tell you however is that you can't really compare a 5' baby grand to a 5'7" one. The 5'7" is some much more piano than the 5' one, brands aside.

On the brands, you don't say how old the Baldwin is? I have no knowledge of the Baldwin brand so I can't comment. I have played a Steinway M and loved it, but that one was brand new. I can't say for definite but depending on what has already been done to it, there may be some work needing done on a near 40 year old piano. Nothing serious, most likely "60,000 mile service" type work.

Good luck with your choice, and if it was me with only those 2 to choose from I go for the Steinway.

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The model "M" Baldwin (5'2") is not my favorite in the line-up. I much prefer the R (5'8") or L (6'3"). Baldwin had produced several models under several secondard and tertiary names. Double check that the Baldwin is in fact an M.

The S&S M (5'7") would be my pick for several reasons even though more than twice the price.


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#30194 02/11/08 08:31 PM
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Baldwin is 1991.
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Buy a Hailun you can get a 9' for the price of the Steinway laugh

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I previously owned a Steinway M (5'7") and currently a Baldwin L Artist Grand (6'3"). Both Steinway and Baldwin are very fine pianos. However, if you're going to buy a grand, you'd best be advised not to buy one of a length less than 5'5" minimum. "Baby grands" have compromises that make them less desirable, other than as space savers. The longer the strings, the richer the sound, for example. True, both Steinway and Baldwin continue to make baby grands, the Steinway S and the Baldwin M, mostly due to market demand for grands that fit into compact spaces. But the larger grands are far superior and deliver far more satisfaction to the pianist. So in this particular comparison, I would recommend the Steinway M you're considering, given its greater length.

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1991 Baldwin M (5'2") for $5500 if of low milage is an exceptional deal. I personaly think the Balwin M is untouchable for it's size. I would make sure it is a true M.
A 1969 Steinway M is already near 40 years old so may be in need of some restoration fairly soon but maybe not. Whether or not it is a good purchase option is contingent on how thorough your tech assessed the condition of the piano. You don't want to find out that you will need to put 15K+ in restoration to get it up to snuff in a few years time. Do you know what teflon is ?


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