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I've been reading this forum for a while. It proivide some great information.

I am not a player, but am looking to buy a used piano for my 5-year old, and came up with the following 2 options:

1) Kimball spinet, year 1978, walnut finish, normal wear & tear. Sounds ok, but owner said it needs tuning. asking $500

2) An upright Kimball, said to be 1990s but not sure. It is white with a very high-gloss finish. It also has large wording said "COSMOPOLITAN" on it. Owner also said it needs tuning. asking $500

I have seen a few used walnut spinets, but never seen an upright high-gloss Kimball, and is really not sure if it is a real Kimball (because Kimball was closed during the 90s as far as I know, and some said the later Kimball were made in the Asia).

If they are both original Kimball which Kimball would be the better piano? The Spinet 1978 or the high-gloss 1990s?

It will be very helpfull, if someone could clarify the above or provide any advice for a +/-$500 used piano.

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Cosmo Kimballs were from the lat 70's or early 80's. They came in black and pastel colors. Concept flopped. They did some very small La Petite grands in the cosmo series as well.


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Thanks Craigen,

Since they are both around $500, and lets say they are both in fair conditions and function fairly, is the 1978 Kimball Spinet or the Cosmo Kimball a better piano?

Is the Cosmo Kimball made in the US? Since the seller claimed it was made in the 90s, does Kimball truly made any Cosmo in the 90s?

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We finally got the upright Cosmopolitan Kimball for our 5 years-old. He loves it smile 3hearts

Now we got it moved to our home and took a good look at it, it actually has:
Model # 42CE
Serial #70067

Does anyone can tell if it is made on the 80s or the 90s since the original Owner's son wasn't sure?

Is Model #42CE Cosmopolitan Kimball a ok piano?

Since I moved it .... when should I re-tune it? and how much is a tuning cost?

Thanking all of you in advance.

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By all means call a tuner and get on their waiting list to have your piano tuned. There is no real reason to wait. The tuner should be able to tell you much more about the piano if the person is an trained piano tech. (Some people just tune pianos and are not trained to repair them.) Look at pgt.org to find a registered piano tech.


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Kimball didn't exist in the 90's so therefore...... it probably wasn't made in the 90's


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I sold many Kimball Cosmopolitan pianos in 1987 - 1988 in the Miami market ... They were made in the US.
The biggest reason to buy one back then was the modern cabinet style and the neat unusual colors. Having one up front in a Mall store stopped many walk-by folks that bought one on the spot. But, that was then, this is now!
I remember one that I sold was a Burgundy colored one that was featured in the movie Nadine. {Weird movie}
The piano was typical Kimball quality back then .. smile

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Hi Bear

wow Very interesting, thanks for the info. 3hearts

Because of the high gloss and pastel, my mover (a certified mover/tech & a member) made a very interesting comment too. He stated he never saw a Pastel colored Piano in his 18 years career, and never saw a Cosmo Kimball.

If it was a HOT SALE in 1987-1988 as you said, 18 years would only put him back to 1990, no wonder he never saw one.

Honestly, this Kimball color does throw me off a little, but it still very stylish. After all, it was in our budget, and I hope it will become a nice STARTER piano for my kid to get interesting in music + piano player.

By the way, Bear, do you recall how much it was sold new back then in the 1988s.

Thanks. Victoria.

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We'd love to see a picture of this one!


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Hi Bear

wow Very interesting, thanks for the info. 3hearts

Because of the high gloss and pastel, my mover (a certified mover/tech & a member) made a very interesting comment too. He stated he never saw a Pastel colored Piano in his 18 years career, and never saw a Cosmo Kimball.

If it was a HOT SALE in 1987-1988 as you said, 18 years would only put him back to 1990, no wonder he never saw one.

Honestly, this Kimball color does throw me off a little, but it still very stylish. After all, it was in our budget, and I hope it will become a nice STARTER piano for my kid to get interesting in music + piano player.

By the way, Bear, do you recall how much it was sold new back then in the 1988s.

Thanks. Victoria.
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Hi Victoria,

It's been a long time since I sold the neat "Cosmos" but I think they sold for somewhere around $2500 back then.

Have your Tech check it out for tuning stability and possible other technical adjustments it might need.

Enjoy it, it's a good beginner's piano for your family and you.

Best wishes.

Cordially,

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