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Hi everyone,

We are in Australia and considering upgrading our upright and am considering either a new Yamaha GC2 or a used C3. Found a Yamaha C3 from the mid 1990s for about $3000 or so cheaper than the new GC2.

Both are from dealers and come with warranty.

Wondering if anyone has any advice on this? Price aside, would you choose a brand new GC2 or a preloved C3?

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Hello, and welcome to Piano World!

Not an easy decision, as both pianos are very nice pianos. I think the older C3 has an advantage over the new GC2 in size; at 6'1", you will likely get a richer sounding low bass on the C3, but it depends entirely on the individual pianos. Plus, the C series would have been the next step up in quality from the G series Yamahas back in 1990, but I'm no expert.

Honestly, I would think the C3 from 1990 would be much lower in price than $3K from the new GC2, due to the age difference of the pianos. But I suppose the GC2 is not quite the caliber of the C series in quality, and that might be the difference, I'm not sure.

In my view, I don't think the Yamaha C3 from 1990 is "too old", but condition always trumps age, when it comes to pianos, but that is just my opinion.

If there is only $3K difference in price between the two, I'd buy the piano you like the best in terms of tone, touch and appearance. At that price level, $3K is not much.

Good luck!

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Originally Posted by Rickster
Hello, and welcome to Piano World!

Not an easy decision, as both pianos are very nice pianos. I think the older C3 has an advantage over the new GC2 in size; at 6'1", you will likely get a richer sounding low bass on the C3, but it depends entirely on the individual pianos. Plus, the C series would have been the next step up in quality from the G series Yamahas back in 1990, but I'm no expert.

Honestly, I would think the C3 from 1990 would be much lower in price than $3K from the new GC2, due to the age difference of the pianos. But I suppose the GC2 is not quite the caliber of the C series in quality, and that might be the difference, I'm not sure.

In my view, I don't think the Yamaha C3 from 1990 is "too old", but condition always trumps age, when it comes to pianos, but that is just my opinion.

If there is only $3K difference in price between the two, I'd buy the piano you like the best in terms of tone, touch and appearance. At that price level, $3K is not much.

Good luck!

Rick

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I have a soft spot for C3s. I have played a GC2 and found it nice for the price. So depending on the condition of the C3 and how I thought each one sounds and plays, I’d pick the one I liked best.


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I agree that both are wonderful instruments. If memory serves me the GC1 & 2 offered the pianist a chance to get some of the "Conservatory" series features at a more affordable price point than the pure C1 or C2 of the same time. Big diffs are in the cabinet, no lock, lid not beveled, soundboard quality and rim materials more like those used in the entry level G series Yamahas of the same period when the GCs were introduced in the mid 2000's. To me the main difference would be the huge overall step-up to a C3, even a 1990 run, would be. Of course the C3 would have to be inspected, and pass muster, by an RPT in no way affiliated with either dealer offering the pianos. With the C3 you'll not consider moving up for a long time, if ever, and there will be no "I could a, I should a, but didn't" buyer's remorse. down the road.

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C3 is a very nice piano as long as it’s in a decent condition. I have found it very hard to find a used C3 that isn’t worn out unless it’s quite new since most owners of C3 purchase them to actually play a good amount. However, age alone is not a good indication of a piano’s playability. So, In this case, C3 from 1990 is a good choice only if it’s in a good condition. I would personally look for more options before deciding between the two.

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Hi,

I'm also from Australia, I was in a similar position to yourself about 4 week ago.

I spotted a mid '90s C2 in fantastic condition. I always thought I would only go for a new piano.
I had a technician check out the piano and he came back and said it's had very minimal use and would make a fine purchase.

I went ahead with the purchase and since, I've had my tuner go over it. He agreed with the technician, saying the instrument has barely been played.
In your case, I feel that if a tech says its in very good condition then its a better choice than the GC2.

Good luck.


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