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#1154127 - 02/27/09 06:13 PM help with this buying decision
Randy Smith Offline
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Registered: 06/29/08
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Hi, I currently own a baldwin 40" console- it's ok, nothing great- not a wonderful model from what I found out here on the forum. Since I always browse the advertisements, I came across this Baldwin 243 which serial number dates it to 1991- after I found out by conferring with the folks at Baldwin-(the woman drove to the condo to get me that information and it was a hassle for her with traffic. The woman selling it is a musician and is selling it becaue she is selling the condo (her parents had owned) where it is located. It seemed hard for her to part with it and hard to make the decision as it has a lot of sentimental value to her. She lives a little ways away from the condo and aleady owns two pianos and must sell it because her broker needs to get the place ready for painting and sale. Anyway- she is giving me what I believes is an awesome deal ($600) and said it is in excellent condition mechanically with a few discoloration spots on top, but very minor. She seems very genuine and said she subsequently got other offers from friends, but since she promised it to me, she wanted to keep her word and liked that I would give it a good home. With that being said, given my location and the price- I am planning to buy it sight unseen- I know it is not at all advisable- movers have agreed to make sure soundboard etc is sound and that all keys play. I am asking for feedback from the forum as to opinions of this model-and opinions of the obvious risk I am taking. It is just the only way I can do this- My other piano was bought with a technician. I simply can't get there or get my tuner there in time to accomodate the seller's need to have it move. All thoughts and advice is appreciate!!

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#1154139 - 02/27/09 06:33 PM Re: help with this buying decision [Re: Randy Smith]
John Mila Offline
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A Baldwin 243 is a workhorse, and at $600, I don't think you can go to far wrong. It is 18 years old, so at worst a set of hammers, bass strings and a regulation and you'll be in tip top shape.
(these things only necessary if the bass sounds dead, or the tone is thin and tinny)
John Mila de la Roca, Manager
Keyboard Concepts, Tustin CA
Piano Tuner/Tech 30 years

Yamaha C3-KorgN364-Kurzweil K2500-Yamaha P200-Roland Ax1 & Les Paul Custom gold Top 57 re-issue and 6 nameless guitars.

#1154232 - 02/27/09 09:22 PM Re: help with this buying decision [Re: John Mila]
Ben G Offline
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Registered: 06/11/07
Posts: 42
Loc: Los Angeles,CA
Of course your ARE taking a chance buying any piano sight unseen, but the price is low enough that it won't hurt to bad if it's a bust. The only way that would happen with a 1991 piano is if it's been abused or weather exposed. The movers can check the soundboard, but remember they are NOT technicians. They don't really know what to look for. All I can do is wish you good luck. If you can get ANY technician to look it over for you before you buy it I would recommend that.

Ben G
Studio TUNER, technician and consultant with 30yrs exp. Part time broker. (323)666-4007

#1154255 - 02/27/09 10:14 PM Re: help with this buying decision [Re: John Mila]
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That was my feeling-too- of course it is not the ideal way to purchase but it was either that or not take the piano- and it just seemed like a great step up for me from what I have- and because of the great price I am able to take that step up now. Do you know anything else about the 243 ie: I Know it's a favorite of schools because of it's durability- but is it a baby grand sound as some have touted (I know this is subjective). Thanks so much too- I feel a little better, I was sort of waiting to get slammed for buying sight unseen. The woman seems really great and I have a very good feeling about it. She really did want a good home for her parents piano.

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