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Well I'm living my dream right now. When I was a child my teacher taught me on her black Blüthner grand. I always thought it was a dark menacing instrument probably because my own piano was a relatively light walnut upright. Of course at 14 years I could not know about piano brands, or their qualities. Bt the time I did I was married and my eldest daughter was moving up the grades.

So I bought a new Knight K10 upright for us both which did her fine as she is now a teacher of piano. I joined this fine forum around 2013 and my learning about pianos increased dramatically with the help of many here and hours of online study and trying out many brands.

I secretly desired to buy a replacement for the Knight but how could I tell my wife about the cost? I then decided to retire and took stock of the financial assets that were in my name. So the idea of getting a used upright that was only a few years old came to my mind.

My piano tuner owned a Bechstein upright and so I set off trying to locate one. As none of the piano dealers returned their promised call I turned to trying out digital pianos but none 'spoke to me'. I then turned to more specialist dealers but probably because they thought I was a time waster they were disinterested. One actually re What will fused to get an in-stock Tier 1 piano tuned so that could decide whether to buy it. That very day I went to a competitor's shop which leads me to my present piano....

Entering a new piano shop that has different sections is a great experience. Where shall I go?, what will I
I play first? What will I play? What will I say? Appart from a greeting I was left alone which was a blessing
as somehow I had a feeling that this was a place that I could feel comfortable.

I soon walked past an upright that has a price ticket of £20,000. I probably never even noticed that it was a Blüthner. After an hour in the shop I migrated back to the Blüthner, a new Model A. I sat down with my sheet music and played for about 30 minutes. The piano was in perfect tune and my heart told me that his is the very piano that I wanted to share my music with. No one approached me during this time which was a relief. When the owner did come over we chatted and we came to a mutual agreement about a trade-in and the 'free' concert stool!

A long story just to say that my Blüthner has been the most rewarding purchase of my life. I now not only play it every day, but in addition I regulate, tune and voice it, again with the help of the folk here in this great forum.

I have no doubt that the right piano will find you and others who seek satisfaction in their music. You ask will I ever want another piano? I'll have to ask my present one if it wants another owner!
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My dream piano found me in 2019. Even though I love the house I live in, it would not give enough place to a concert grand. But my 7" Steingraeber is my dream piano of all pianos except the concert sized grands. If you are open to be discovered by your dream piano, don´t miss a Steingraeber. At least I do love it more than the ones you mentioned. And the few I tried were quite consistent.


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I was fortunate enough to be able to go from my first piano (an entry-level Kawai K-200 upright) straight to my dream piano (German 7 foot Seiler SE 208 grand piano), which I purchased in 2020. I have no interest in upgrading. Of course, there's always that pesky thought "I bet the 8 foot or the 9 foot model is even more amazing", but I mostly ignore that since I know it's out of the price range and 7 foot is plenty big enough to be satisfied with.

The pianos I played while in my dream piano hunt were the Schimmel Konzert line, Steinway B, Yamaha S7X, Bosendorfer 214VC, Shigeru Kawai Sk-6, and finally the Seiler SE-208, which I ended up loving the most.

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My dream piano(s) would require a dream house, but it's fun to read the stories of others.

Currently rocking a Roland FP-90...but its no RD-1000 wink


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Honestly just owning a nice upright was the immediate dream, I played on a keyboard growing up and longed for an acoustic piano. I was exposed to some Steinways through a family member and my teacher, but of course never thought I’d be able to afford one. Finally in a good place in my life to get an acoustic piano. I’ve been casually looking for awhile and lo and behold a lovely used Steinway 1098 popped up UNDER my budget at my local store. It obviously came home with me. Definitely the dream. If I had a bigger house I’d probably want at least a baby grand, but that would totally overwhelm my space now. So maybe if I ever move that will be the final dream haha, for now I think I’ll be happy with this for years to come!

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FANTASTIC - so glad I started this String!
GREAT - INTERESTING Stories!

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I played a Knight K10 here in the USA many years ago! It was incredibly bright and needed a lot of work, but it could have been mine for a whole $1,000 plus whatever work my tech would have to do for hours upon hours after purchase.

There are those car bros on YouTube that stop people in supercars and ask the drivers what they do for a living to afford those cars and associated maintenance. After reading this and similar threads, I almost want to ask people here the same question about their pianos, but I find it rude and actually pretentious of the person asking the question, so I won't. But it did cross my mind for a moment. laugh

After reflecting on these replies, I realize that I don't have a dream piano in mind...just whatever feels and sounds good to my fingers, ears, brain, and dare I say soul. I used to go around saying "1990s Kawai 7' grand is my dream piano!" and I honestly have never played one that I don't fall in love with. I then used to say "any Petrof grand is my dream piano!" and I love half of them and hate the other half. Then I used to say "Estonia 168 is my dream piano!" but I played one I loved and one I couldn't stand. And you get the idea.

Will I ever find my dream piano? After my big debacle last night of trying to size out a grand in my house, I am stuck to an upright. Will I find a dream upright? I am trying to remember if there has ever been an upright piano that I dreamed of having after playing it. Yes, a 1974 M&H 50! But I couldn't fit it down the stairs to my studio at the time.


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I have the Bösendorfer 170, I’m the only owner it’s had and it’s been just perfect for me in every way.

Best of luck in your search / Steve

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When I was young (50+ years ago) my parents had an older spinet. Then they bought a Steinway M and I played the &*^%4 out of it. Loved it. My folks sold it when they downsized. I understood, and was in college so no way I could have done anything about it anyway. Life got in the way, and I was away from playing for years.

When I finally bought a piano as an adult, I got a Yamaha 500. Now I have a Yamaha C1, which my folks had purchased used 0-15 years ago. It’s really nice to play, looks practically new. Thread with pics here. I am trying to get some chops back, and will eventually try a bunch in the 6-7 foot range and see what I like. I always figured I’d own a Steinway but I’ve read so much on this board about other options that I’m open to anything - including keeping what I have if that seems right!


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I would love to see the data on how many (New AND Used) Pianos are sold by Brand each year (both Grand & Upright):

Steinway
Yamaha
Mason & Hamlin
Baldwin
etc etc etc

someone like Rich G may have some of that info, anyone else?

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Globally?


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Steinway build about 2,500 pianos per year, M&H about 350. Yamaha is huge and must sell about 10,000 per year just in the US.

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NOT BUILD, Not only New

How many Steinway's (new, old, rebuilt, etc) are sold each year?
How many Yamaha's (etc)
etc etc etc


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I think that would be impossible to figure. Private sales aren’t tracked because they’re not taxed. That’s the HUGE advantage of a private sale.


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Originally Posted by PianoWorksATL
My dream piano(s) would require a dream house, but it's fun to read the stories of others.

Currently rocking a Roland FP-90...but its no RD-1000 wink

You of all people should understand you always start with the piano and then you can add the house, furniture, food, water, oxygen etc.


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You could start counting the numbers of used pianos sold on ebay, Craiglist, etc in each country !


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Originally Posted by Keith D Kerman:

"...you always start with the piano and then you can add the house, furniture, food, water, oxygen etc."

Good One, Keith!

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Nice thread topic,

I was eyeballing this August Förster 215 for quite a while. I wanted a larger piano then my 182 cm Schimmel.

After I have owned it for about 5 month I can say with 99% confidence that I have found my dream and forever piano.


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Originally Posted by PianoWorksATL
My dream piano(s) would require a dream house, but it's fun to read the stories of others.

I know the feeling, and I would agree!

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