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Dear Members,

I would like to hear your advice on a potential piano buy from private seller.

My choices:
I am inclined to but a a DH Baldwin, Baby Grand C142, Serial Number 55xxx. I know it may build by Samick.
I talked to the current technician who services the piano and he has no issue with the piano.
Personally inspected the piano and played and it is very clean and action in very good.
Asking is $4,000. I was planning to offer $2,000.

My playing Level Early intermediate, trying to upgrade form an old Clavinova CVP-69, so I think is a good step up.

Any opinions?

My next option is Yamaha Vertical U1, Year 2000, but the asking price is $3250. This one is also well maintained and tuned and played regularly.

My reason for the low offer on the Baldwin, it is a bigger "gamble" as they are not as good of resale value, in my opinion. I have the impression the Yamaha are very well appreciated in the market.

Any opinion what will be a good offer for the Yamaha?

Assuming, price is the same , lets say I can get them for $3000, which one will be better investment/buy?

I will appreciate any feedback.

Best Regards

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Hello, Sullivan, and welcome to Piano World!

From reading your thread, it seems like you already have a plan in place, and don't need any advice! smile

If you looked at and auditioned the DH Baldwin (not a real Baldwin, as you mentioned) and you liked it, and the tech spoke favorably of it, you may enjoy it even more than the U1; not because it (DH Baldwin) is a better quality piano, but because it is a baby grand. If you can get it for $2000, that seems like a good price for the DH Baldwin to me, but only if you really like the way it sounds and plays.

On the Yamaha U1, they are very highly regarded, and very popular pianos, and they are excellent quality pianos, depending on the environment they've been subjected to and the general overall condition. You can actually get a "dud/lemon" with any brand or model.

Now, are you looking for a piano to play and enjoy, or an investment? If an investment, I'd suggest buying the Yamaha U1, by far.

So, in my view, it depends entirely on how well you like the DH Baldwin baby grand, and how well you like the U1. If you could get the DH Baldwin for $2K or even $2.5K or the U1 for $3K, if in good condition, that seems like a very good price to me on either. Again, the U1 would be the better instrument and the best long-term investment, but you are looking at a baby grand vs. an 48" upright. They are not the same animal, metaphorically speaking.

Good luck, and keep us informed of your decision!

Rick


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Thank you Rickster for your feedback.
We always can use advices from the community and experts, specially when considering to spend a significant (at least to me) amount of Money.


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