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Hi,
I am looking to buy a used Upright Piano. I did take a look at PianoBludeBook and figured that a 48'' Upright is the best and followed by Studio. I have shortlisted a Samick (46'') Upright , Henry F Miller (UP118M , 46''). Would anybody guide me on whether these brands are a good buy? I talked to a local Piano Tuner and he said these are American brands and only have 3 points? What does he mean by them? His only recommendation was the Yamaha U1 upright Piano. Please suggest on how should I proceed? Any feedback on the Samick and HEnry F Miller brands? TIA

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Hello, and welcome to Piano World!

I can assure you the Samick is not an American brand, although they build pianos in Korea and other parts of Asia with old, American brand names on the fallboard, whose companies/brands have long been out of business, and sold their brand names to someone else. Some call these "stencil" pianos.

The Henry F Miller is also an older American brand, that has been out of of business for decades. It is possible the piano you are interested in could be one of the old, original Henry F Miller pianos, or the Chinese stencil. As far as your tech saying these are American brand and only have 3-points, I haven't a clue what he is talking about.

Since his recommendation was a Yamaha U1, which is a fine piano, I can only imagine he has one to sell you or knows who does. But I'm just speculating there too. The U1 is a very nice piano, depending on the condition.

My suggestion would be to play the 46" Samick and the 46" Henry F Miller and see what you think about how they sound and play, and look. That is what really matters.

Good luck, and keep us informed of your decision!

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The Henry F Miller piano you are considering was built by Pearl River in China.

As to whether the Samick and H.F Miller pianos are a "good buys" - much depends on their current condition. When new, they were considered to be "economy" to "medium quality" consumer grade pianos. A Japanese built Yamaha U1 in good condition would probably be a better buy.


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Yes, but just to clarify, the U1 would have been a higher quality and more expensive piano when they were built. If the pianos are all in good condition (which is the most important thing for older pianos) then the Yamaha is likely to be the better one but a fair price for it would also be higher than the others.

That said just because a piano is better doesn't mean that you will like it more, or even like it at all. Play them all, actually play all pianos you can find near you, and worry about value and condition only after you have found a piano you like.

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Thanks for the recommendations. We went yesterday and played both the pianos. The Samick sounded much better than Henry F Miller. I do agree Yamaha is a better brand and would be great buy. But at this time I think Samick(German Scale) fits in our budget and was in a great shape, had been tuned recently and well maintained. The other piano was very old and had broken keys and never been tuned. We will have the Samick delivered this Tuesday.

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Yes, congratulations on your new-to-you Samick upright piano!

I hope you and your family enjoy it for many years go come! smile

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