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I would like to get your advices on the durability of Samick JS118D or Kohler & Campbell KC115. I am looking for an upright piano with the budget of ~USD 3,000. In Vietnam, my options with this budget are only very old Yamaha/Kawai (>40 years old) or new Samick J118D or new Kohler & Campbell KC115 (from Samick too). I would like to learn more on Samick ones in case I cannot find a decent Yamaha/Kawai piano. I will try the touch and tone of Samick ones but it is hard to know their durability. Thanks you very much in advance.

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If you are going with an Indonesian Samick, please set aside some extra money for regulation and adjustments after the piano is delivered. These can be adequate entry level pianos, but they generally leave the factory in rough condition and will benefit from adjustments.

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Originally Posted by Rich Galassini
If you are going with an Indonesian Samick, please set aside some extra money for regulation and adjustments after the piano is delivered. These can be adequate entry level pianos, but they generally leave the factory in rough condition and will benefit from adjustments.

Good Luck,

Thanks you very much for your advice. I think I can afford the cost. It is around USD200-250 per time here (normal regulation and voicing is only around USD100). It is very good to know in order to include this cost into the price.

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Manufacturer specs for brands really do vary country to country. Here in the US, the Kohler & Campbell brand was discontinued several years ago and most of the models were combined to fill out the Knabe line. Still it would be hard to say what the differences are between a Yamaha sold in Vietnam vs. a Samick brand sold in Vietnam if we base our experience on the specs of those models here.

The overall minimum quality from either factory worldwide is considered pretty good even if they are entry level. Rich touches on a good point that without good prep and maintenance, entry level pianos become unpleasant very quickly. That we can see from here. It's good that you have a plan for service. Beyond that, its difficult to advise you without knowing more about either the new or the used pianos.


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Originally Posted by PianoWorksATL
Manufacturer specs for brands really do vary country to country. Here in the US, the Kohler & Campbell brand was discontinued several years ago and most of the models were combined to fill out the Knabe line. Still it would be hard to say what the differences are between a Yamaha sold in Vietnam vs. a Samick brand sold in Vietnam if we base our experience on the specs of those models here.

The overall minimum quality from either factory worldwide is considered pretty good even if they are entry level. Rich touches on a good point that without good prep and maintenance, entry level pianos become unpleasant very quickly. That we can see from here. It's good that you have a plan for service. Beyond that, its difficult to advise you without knowing more about either the new or the used pianos.

Thanks for your information. Actually I am looking for a decent old small Kawai (Yamaha is not the taste of my wife :)). Popular choices of old Kawai are BL and KU series, sometimes we can see KS2F one. Therefore I am considering New Samick ones (K&C or Samick brands). It’s pity that no Knabe in Vietnam.


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