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I have been looking for a used Kawai or Yamaha brand upright piano mostly to encourage my young children to start to learn. I did play at a high level when I was younger, so want to get back into playing more. There is a used "Kawai K-18E A" and using the https://serial-number-decoder.co.uk/kawai-piano/kawai-piano.htm it says "This Japanese made Piano was manufactured in 2005". The ad notes single owner, and maintained well. Owner is asking $2000? I am wondering if this is a good deal price for this piano?

In comparison, another "Kawai CX5H", in black ebony, owner asking $2200, said they had it 24 years, although the serial number is "83483" which dates it to 1962. Is their asking price reasonable?

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Whether or not a price of a used piano is a "good deal," depends entirely upon the condition of the piano. If an owner claims that a piano has been "maintained well," that's not a guarantee that it has been, since that term can be very subjective.

If either piano interests you after playing, it should be thoroughly checked out by a reputable technician - at least that's the standard advice given by most who know something about purchasing used pianos.

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Originally Posted by plumplum13
I have been looking for a used Kawai or Yamaha brand upright piano mostly to encourage my young children to start to learn. I did play at a high level when I was younger, so want to get back into playing more. There is a used "Kawai K-18E A" and using the https://serial-number-decoder.co.uk/kawai-piano/kawai-piano.htm it says "This Japanese made Piano was manufactured in 2005". The ad notes single owner, and maintained well. Owner is asking $2000? I am wondering if this is a good deal price for this piano?
The price seems fair (see linked ad for another 2005 K18EA for comparison), but the condition of the piano is what really determines its value. It would be worth the peace of mind to pay an independent piano tech to check it out for you.

https://rockawaymusic.com/music_item.asp?id=440

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In comparison, another "Kawai CX5H", in black ebony, owner asking $2200, said they had it 24 years, although the serial number is "83483" which dates it to 1962. Is their asking price reasonable?
If the piano was really built in 1962 the asking price is way too high. But I don't believe the piano was built in 1962. If the piano's serial number has an A in front of it (i.e., A83483) it was built in the USA in 1998. Price would then be reasonable.

https://www.robertspianos.com/date-your-piano/kawai-piano-serial-numbers/

The question is, then, which model was initially better than the other - or are they pretty much same - and if so, which one is in better condition now?


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Two not so very complimentary Piano World threads about the CX5H model. Given this, I believe the asking price is too high.

http://forum.pianoworld.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/223607.html

http://forum.pianoworld.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/243830.html


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I wouldn't recommend the CX-5H. K-18, yes. But get it checked by someone - or ask the owner for information on who last tuned it, and contact the tuner for an overview.


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