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#1189321 - 04/28/09 06:42 PM Disappointment...Bluthner that got away
ChristineG Offline
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Registered: 03/18/09
Posts: 33
Loc: Montreal, Quebec
What a roller coaster ride this is (buying a piano). Rushed out today to see a Bluthner (1901), asking price $10,000. Someone saw the piano before me, and made an offer this evening for $1000 under the asking price. As owner's daughter is selling the house too, she was very tempted. She just called me and said I could take 30 mins to make a decision, but I said I could not make an offer without having the piano seen by my technician. There was a substantial amount of work done on the piano in 2000, but the daughter was not sure what exactly, and I am in no way qualified to determine whether the work was quality work (and I don't know the shop where it was done). So, they are going to accept the offer.
I feel like this might have been the one that got away...there aren't lots of pianos available in Montreal, and Bluthners don't grow on trees.

Hailun / Pearl River Pianos

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#1189330 - 04/28/09 06:57 PM Re: Disappointment...Bluthner that got away [Re: ChristineG]
StatsMan Offline
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Registered: 01/22/08
Posts: 116
Loc: Southern California
I know this may feel like little consolation, but you did the right thing. It would have been a HUGE risk to buy such an old piano without having your tech take a good look at it.

Go Habs Go
Essex by Steinway Model EUP123E

#1189338 - 04/28/09 07:06 PM Re: Disappointment...Bluthner that got away [Re: StatsMan]
DanLaura Larson Offline
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Registered: 09/01/08
Posts: 695
Loc: Pocatello, Idaho
Sounds like a rather dubious sales technique to me. Even if it wasn't you still made the right decision.

Dan and Laura Larson
Fazioli and Ibach grands
Larson Piano Studio

#1189358 - 04/28/09 07:59 PM Re: Disappointment...Bluthner that got away [Re: DanLaura Larson]
Marty Flinn Offline
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Registered: 11/25/06
Posts: 2604
You absolutely did the right thing ChristineG! You will find another and likely better deal on a better piano.
Co-Author of The Complete Idiot's Guide To Buying A Piano. A "must read" before you shop.
Work for west coast dealer for Yamaha, Schimmel, Bosendorfer, Wm. Knabe.

#1189367 - 04/28/09 08:11 PM Re: Disappointment...Bluthner that got away [Re: DanLaura Larson]
ChristineG Offline
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Registered: 03/18/09
Posts: 33
Loc: Montreal, Quebec
Thanks for the encouraging feedback. I also just spoke with my technician, and when I gave him the details, he assured me that it was just as well to give this one a pass.

So it was simply not meant to be, this time.

(Same for the Habs and the playoffs I guess ;-))

#1189405 - 04/28/09 09:27 PM Re: Disappointment...Bluthner that got away [Re: ChristineG]
BDB Offline
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Registered: 06/07/03
Posts: 22973
Loc: Oakland
If it had a Blüthner patent action and you cannot find someone to deal with it, you are undoubtedly better off.

Most of a Blüthner did grow on trees! Just like most other pianos.
Semipro Tech

#1189460 - 04/28/09 10:37 PM Re: Disappointment...Bluthner that got away [Re: BDB]
apple* Offline

Registered: 01/01/03
Posts: 19862
Loc: Kansas
you could have bought a real lemon.. then you'd feel really bad.
accompanist/organist.. a non-MTNA teacher to a few

love and peace, Õun (apple in Estonian)

#1189620 - 04/29/09 06:45 AM Re: Disappointment...Bluthner that got away [Re: apple*]
Rich Galassini Offline
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Registered: 05/28/01
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Loc: Philadelphia/South Jersey
You made the right decision. Thankfully, there are more pianos out there.
Rich Galassini
Cunningham Piano Co.
Phila, Pa.
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