Under $3000? Why in the world would someone let it go for such a loss? I don't get it. Did the person try to sell it and could find no buyers?
I never find such steals. I pay market for everything. So be it. People always try to make people who pay market feel bad for doing so.
When I go to sell, I expect market and I would feel bad beating someone up so badly on price.
It's even crazier than that. I thought (emphasis: thought) I was under contract for a Bluethner, and texted the piano teacher with the Seiler: please, please post this on Pianomart and Pianoworld for at least an asking price of 10.000 if not more, given that people are charging 12k to 16k for used Schimmel uprights of the same length in MUCH worse shape (and I think to many people, Seiler and Schimmel are comparable). I sent them screenshots from Larry Fine's piano book, 2019 edition I think, plus pianopricepoint, etc. and the seller would not bulge. He said he'd failed to sell it for so many months, he wasn't gonna raise the price now.
Then my Bluthner deal fell through - because the lender misread my credit score by 500 (funniest reading error ever). I was livid. And blessed. I turned around and bought the Seiler at a fraction - unseen, unplayed, because this is Covid and people aren't out there piano-shopping like in 2019.
I'm still in disbelief the seller let it go. When I asked them again today why they let it go, they said that everytime someone came to inquire and look it was "well, it's no Kawai or Yamaha." So even in the US, buyer sophistication and informedness varies greatly.
First time I realized that PW and other places are really a bubble. Most of the folks on here know a lot, or are quickly brought up to speed (if they care to self-educate). But out there on the open secondary market? Not so much. "Oh, it's just a German instrument, not Japanese? Thanks, pass." Hilarious, if you think of the prestige German instruments carry here on PW (and of course, back in Europe).
I recently wrote to a guy on Ebay selling his father in law's Seiler grand if he knew the instrument the'd listed for ca. $9000 sold new for $128,000 - barely used SE-186 or similar. He said "thank you" and kept his listing price at below 10k. Some people just really don't care. All else aside, Samick's acquisition of Seiler seems to have diluted the brand so much that even moderately educated buyers don't fully know what they're getting when buying German Seiler and aren't willing to pay Schimmel prizes. That's just a guess on my part.
I'm sure there's other and better reasons to explain the situation we're in. But I do think that Schimmel has run an amazing marketing campaign in the US to help spread brand awareness where Seiler has done hardly anything. Just my impression, I hope others have better explanations!