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No dreams of other pianos. My piano is quite humble compared to those being discussed here but it is definitely not the limiting factor on what I would like to achieve :-)

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Provided it stays in top condition and does not, in its life with us, require rebuilding so costly as not to be worth it (which would be a very, very long time from now in any event), I think our Yamaha S4 is our piano for life. It was Yamaha's premier piano in its size when built. The action is amazing, and the tone is complex in a very good way. Like many lesser Yamahas, especially older ones, it is hardly unyieldingly bright.

It is actually pretty crazy how we acquired this piano. We bought it, very lightly used at what I thought was a great price, from PianoWorks in Atlanta (h/t to Sam Bennett). I found it online, learned as much as I could about it, and felt in my gut it was the right piano. I never saw or played it in person before buying it. I sometimes cannot believe that I did that. But I don't regret it -- it was "the one".

I do at times fantasize about having a second piano. I've become sort of infatuated with Steingraeber since thread a month or so here with the mystery reveal. And my grandparents owned a stunning mid-century M&H model A. They are now deceased, but sold it before moving into a retirement home. I know who bought it and, while I'm sure the piano now needs substantial rebuilding, I have fantasies of buying it back.


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Originally Posted by brdwyguy
I am living in my dream world of playing what has been a dream for me for many years.
Having a high-end piano that responds to my emotions in my playing.

My piano doesn't repond to my emotions. It sides with the wife . . .


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Originally Posted by trandinhnamanh
My current piano:

1987 Hamburg Steinway C-227

My ultimate dream piano: Bösendorfer Imperial Enspire Disklavier in 2 tones wood finish: polished Brazilian Rosewood for exterior, and polished Sycamore Maple for interior!

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Yes, I’d also love to own the Bösendorfer Imperial Enspire Disklavier but it would require a whole new house, a much larger house, and my wife and I didn’t want to maintain or renovate a large house.

I settled for a Yamaha DYUS5, a YUS5 with the Enspire Disklavier system. It’s a lot of fun to listen to and I can hear it pretty much everywhere in the house.

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Originally Posted by brdwyguy
Just for some fun and some thinking.
I am 65 yo and recently retired
and I am dealing with the thought of either refurbing or even trading up my piano I loved for 30yrs
for the Piano of my Dreams (Mason & Hamlin/Steinway/Bosendorfer)!

So it brings me to see just how many of you:

Who Owns their FINAL Piano?

Who Owns their ULTIMATE Dream Piano? What Make?

Who Plans on stepping up eventually?

(Something tells me ones age will matter in the answer)

Would love to hear thoughts and ideas on this.

Thanks


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I don't know what to say! I think it depends on the amount of money that you have. Maybe it is better to restore your piano...


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We have what is most likely our final piano, an August Förster 215 built in 2005 and purchased new. We've had two technicians (change only because we moved) who've both been outstanding in the care and maintenance of the instrument. In some ways I feel just as lucky to have found great techs as I am to have found the piano.

As for "dream piano"...that should probably be plural. I've been lucky to play some dream worthy instruments, two standouts being a Bösendorfer 214 and Fazioli 278. I'd still love the opportunity to experience Blüthner and Steingraeber. In a dream life, I'd have a house large enough to accommodate multiple top-tier instruments, say 3 perhaps?

Dreams aside, I'll echo the sentiment of other posters: I don't ever really see myself parting with my current piano. Any other piano would simply be an addition.


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This is interesting. I've been through a lot with my piano and I feel it is finally settling into how good it is supposed to sound. Don't want to jinx it. But, rest assured, when my lottery winnings arrive, I will most definitely buy one of the following: 1) Yamaha S5X 2)Steinway B 3) Fazioli 212. Number 3 will also have a brand new house with it! I can dream can't I?


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