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Hi everyone,
I'm wanting to buy a Yamaha C3 Grand Piano, and I need your help!
So, I went to two piano shops:
First shop: the price tag for a new Yamaha C3M is $50,000 but they said that they can sell it to us for $35,000. I think that there is still room for some more discount. Free delivery along with 3 years tuning (twice a year).
Second shop: they stock 'older' pianos that are second-hand. For a second hand Yamaha C3, they can give it to us for $18,000. But I am interested in a Yamaha C3 Artistic Edition (made in 2005), and they say that it's hand-crafted and close to the quality of an S series grand. When I played it, it still sounded pretty 'new' but I'm not an expert on these things. The opening price was $30,000 which went down to $27,000; this is the lowest they can go. Oh yes, and free delivery, piano cover, stool and the plastic things that the legs rest on.
So, what do you think is the better deal? I'm quite clueless when it comes to buying pianos so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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If you're talking about a plain-jane ebony finish in the US, I think you're too high on both pianos, by quite a bit. Also, I've never heard of an "artistic edition" C3, but if it's from 2005 the real "hand-crafted" model is the S4. I have no experience playing an S4, but have spent plenty of time on various C3s.

Although the value of 6 "free" tunings is $450-700, I would prefer to have a choice of technicians to do the best job on my piano.

There is pricing information on this model (and a little bit about used piano depreciation) at the pianobuyer site, which you can access for free.


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Somehow these prices sound very similar to the ones in Australia. Where are you located? Have you looked at any other pianos/models from different brands?

Good luck, and keeu us updated!

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BTW, what's your estimated budget?

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If you're talking about a plain-jane ebony finish in the US, I think you're too high on both pianos, by quite a bit.

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Thanks for the help!
I do indeed live in Australia (more specifically Melbourne). I haven't looked at any different brands because I am more comfortable with the feel of a Yamaha, so I'm mainly thinking of buying that brand.
My budget would be around $25,000 to $30,000 (but I can go a bit over that).

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Awesome!! I'm in Melbourne too smile

The brands you might want to look at would be Estonia and Petrof. As well as Yamaha, Kawai, etc. Have you tried many other pianos?


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