I got a promotional Yamaha promotional booklet from the Yamaha dealer today. The first couple of pages explain why it is a bad idea to buy a used Yamaha, and you should instead buy a new Yamaha.
1. You should buy a new Yamaha because it will last for generations
2. You should not buy a used Yamaha because the first 10-20 years are the piano's best.
So buy a new Yamaha because it will last for generations. But don't buy a used Yamaha because they don't last that long and it won't be very good anymore. Of course, there is really only one problem with buying a used Yamaha, which is that Yamaha doesn't make any money.
It also claims that, due to the "unknown service history", many used pianos are unable to be supported by Yamaha.
Piano owner: Hello. I'd like to have a broken string replaced on my piano please.
Yamaha: Sorry, without knowing the full service history of the piano that's simply impossible.
Piano owner: But isn't it a simple operation to replace a broken string?
Yamaha: Not at all. Without knowing the names of the last 10 piano technicians to service this piano and what they had for breakfast, I won't even be able to figure out how to open the lid of the piano.
Piano owner: Ok, well can you at least tune my piano? I mean, apart from the broken one.
Yamaha: Don't be ridiculous! It's not possible to tune your piano without knowing the full service history. We recommend that instead of a futile attempt at tuning it, you throw it away and buy a new Yamaha. Don't even think of trying to sell your existing piano though, because no one's silly enough to buy a used Yamaha because they aren't any good anymore!
Piano owner: Ummmm, couldn't I just find a non-Yamaha technician to fix my piano?
Last edited by Sonepica; 01/23/21 01:01 AM.