Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2.5 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

Gifts and supplies for the musician

the Forums & Piano World

Trying Something New with Search
Piano Life Saver - Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
Sanderson Accu-Tuner
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
Piano Buyer Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyers Guide
Who's Online
77 registered (alwatson, barbaram, Bambers, Arty Movie, Anwar, 18 invisible), 1744 Guests and 8 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Estonia Pianos
Estonia Pianos
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Live Piano Venues
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#101898 - 02/23/09 03:49 PM Help !!! Which piano to buy?
Neverplaypiano Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 02/23/09
Posts: 13
I have never play piano before. I don't know anything about piano. I have done my researches, but still have no idea what I am getting myself into. Anyway, now, I have to buy a piano for my 4 yr old son.

Which one of these 2 pianos would you recommend me to buy or don't buy any of the 2 below:
1). Yamaha M1A 42" - cost $2,100. 24 yrs old and has had 2 owners so far. The first owner used it for composing. Second owner is only recreational playing and the piano has not been played for the last 4 yrs.
2). Yamaha U108 or M108 (not sure which one. The owner gave me both model #) - cost $2,200. 19 yrs old and has only 1 owner. The owner is a pianist and has used it for teaching.

I was told I have to buy a piano that is good up to Grade 8 (Canadian standard)... don't know what that means.... can't find any info on this on the internet...maybe I am not looking at the right site.

So, the questions are:
which one is a better piano?
which one is good up to grade 8
which one should I buy?

Please, please, help.... I have absolutely no idea.


Piano & Music Accessories
piano accessories music gifts tuning and moving equipment
#101899 - 02/23/09 04:39 PM Re: Help !!! Which piano to buy?
guest1013 Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 10/13/07
Posts: 1239
You will benefit from finding a good piano technician to help you evaluate these. I think for a beginner, you want to be sure the piano is functioning properly. I mean that it plays softly and loudly with ease. Either is likely to need or will play much better after additional maintenance beyond tuning - a technician can evaluate these items for you.

#101900 - 02/23/09 06:37 PM Re: Help !!! Which piano to buy?
guest1013 Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 10/13/07
Posts: 1239
I think bitwrangler has good advice in the thread below about looking at a Yamaha U1 or U3. A general recommendation is to look for the professional artist models of whatever brand you may be considering. edit added: I mean if not immediately, for an advancing player later. similar discussion in digital section

#101901 - 02/23/09 09:27 PM Re: Help !!! Which piano to buy?
asd123321 Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/26/05
Posts: 689
The prices sound high for 20 year pianos and one used for teaching would have a lot of wear.

(ad 800) Pearl River
Pearl River the world's best selling piano
#101902 - 02/24/09 12:11 AM Re: Help !!! Which piano to buy?
Neverplaypiano Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 02/23/09
Posts: 13
asd123321, you said the price is high for a 20 yr old piano, so how much do you think the piano should be?

If I go with the Yamaha M1A, is it good all the way till grade 8?

#101903 - 02/24/09 12:30 AM Re: Help !!! Which piano to buy?
guest1013 Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 10/13/07
Posts: 1239
example of piano depreciation
previous M1A discussion
M1A for sale in San Antonio TX
M1A for sale in Philadelphia
Prices are generally negotiable but it depends upon condition and your local market.

#101904 - 02/24/09 03:47 AM Re: Help !!! Which piano to buy?
pianobroker Offline
4000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/14/07
Posts: 4346
Loc: North Hollywood CA.
Between the two choices the M1A is the superior piano. The 108 was a lesser quality piano though relatively the same height. I agree with most in that the price of the M1A is a bit high. I would say $1500ish being contingent on it being very clean and of low milage. Have a tech check the speedometer and whether the oil was changed periodically. ;\)
Largest selection in the USA
100+Steinway and M&H grands
Warehouse showroom Onsite Restoration
Preowned & Restored
Hailun dlr.818-255-3145


Moderator:  Ken Knapp, Piano World 
Pierce Piano Atlas

Grotrian Concert
for Pianoteq out now
Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
Piano Acc. & Gift Items in
Piano World's Online Store
In PianoSupplies.com ,(a division of Piano World) our online store for piano and music gifts and accessories, party goods, tuning equipment, piano moving equipment, benches, lamps Caster Cups and more.

Free Shipping on Jansen Artist Piano Benches
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Kawai MP8-II or VPC1?
by Mr Zaxels
22 minutes 11 seconds ago
Yamaha DGX650
by CsR
Today at 03:06 AM
thoughts about a piano
by CsR
Today at 01:29 AM
ensemble playing?
by iamanders
Today at 01:28 AM
Liszt Grand piano (copy)
by Maximillyan
Today at 01:12 AM
Sheet Music Plus
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
Forum Stats
86,242 Registered Members
44 Forums
177,783 Topics
2,588,779 Posts

Most users ever online: 15,252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |

copyright 1997 - 2017 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission