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#3030517 09/30/20 10:57 AM
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Hi all,

I want to replace my old Samick piano. I found many piano models that I want to buy, but I need help to choose one of these.
I found:
-yamaha
-young chang
-kawai
Are they better than samick? Thank for replies !

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If you want an opinion on these pianos you will have to give us much more information than you have.

Are these pianos new or used? If used, one would need to know their condition. Which models are they? Each of the manufacturers you listed has several lines/models/sizes of pianos and to give an opinion one would have to know which models you are referring to. Are they being sold by a dealer or by private individuals?

Without such information, no one can be of much help except to say that, all things being equal (which they probably are not) the Yamaha and Kawai are, initially, better pianos than the "old Samick piano."

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You should be much more specific about the models, ages, prices, and conditions.

All of the makers you’ve listed have produced pianos at different quality and price levels, within each brand.


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lisztlover #3030531 09/30/20 11:37 AM
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this is the models I found:
Young Chang G150
Yamaha GB1
Yamaha G1
Kawai: not specified

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lisztlover #3030532 09/30/20 11:40 AM
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They are used. I found them on kijiji. Also for my samick, i dont know the model...

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We need to know the ages and overall appearance to really be of any help on the used pianos. Yamaha has been making the GB1 model for a lot of years. More info is better.

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In the abstract, Yamaha and Kawai are better pianos than Samick or Young Chang, I will let someone else comment on how Young Chang compares to Samick.

But you will not be buying an abstract piano, you'll be buying a real piano, and one that's used. In that case, the most important concern is the condition of any specific piano, and then whether it's priced in a way that's reasonable for that piano, of that age, in that condition.

So the first thing you should do is go and play the pianos in person, and start by judging for yourself -- do you like the sound? do you like the touch/action? Then consider whether the piano looks to be in good condition, visually inspect the inside and out. Make a list of which pianos you like and might want to consider. Then employ a piano technician to have a professional evaluation of the pianos you're considering.

Then, at that point, if you find that you have a few pianos that seem like you may want to buy them, you can start comparing based on the actual details of each piano (brand, model, age, condition, price).

You mentioned Kijiji, so are you in Canada? Or where else is Kijiji popular, Italy? Europe?


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lisztlover #3030584 09/30/20 02:03 PM
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Originally Posted by lisztlover
this is the models I found:
Young Chang G150
Yamaha GB1
Yamaha G1
Kawai: not specified

There are various versions of the G150, with very different design elements, if memory serves.
There's the GB1 and the GB1K, which was the "improved" version of the GB1.
The G1 was made probably anywhere the 1960s and the early 1990s, so there's a lot of possibilities there. It is slightly longer than the GB1 and G150.

This is why we're asking for a lot more info to be able to offer more useful advice. Have you played any yet?


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If you’re in the US or Canada and are looking through the internet classifieds for deals then you might want to keep an eye out for a Baldwin M or R. They’re around the size of those others to it e looking at and you can get a pretty good deal on one if you snap it up before someone else. There’s a nice 80’s R I saw just last week on Houston Craigslist for 2k. The deals are out there, I bought my kids a 60’s M with our stimulus check last spring.

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Man I love those Baldwin’s. Have often thought about upgrading to an R but don’t play well enough to justify the effort.


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I personally prefer the tone of used G1 in good condition so much more than even a brand new GB1K. Kawai also makes excellent piano. However, it is next to impossible to choose a piano without playing and inspecting it in person. Even for the sake of discussion, we need to hear more than just the name of the models.


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