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#1226770 - 07/03/09 06:55 PM What can one expect for $1,500?
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Hello there everyone,

So I just came back from my trip into Boston. Met my piano tech there. For my budget, around $1,200 - $1,500 we looked at an old Balwin, I think it was about 50 yrs old. Basic black, no ornate carvings. I can't remember the specifics. And we looked at a Kawai (looked like the 506N).

These two seemed the best bet for me out of what the choices were.

My question for you all is, what do you think I should expect with my budget?

I'll just start the conversation with that question. Thank you all.

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#1226771 - 07/03/09 06:55 PM Re: What can one expect for $1,500? [Re: enigma2118]
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Have to say though, both of the 2 pianos were pretty nice for what I can afford.

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#1226776 - 07/03/09 07:14 PM Re: What can one expect for $1,500? [Re: enigma2118]
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For $1500, you can expect either to pick the one that you like the best, or to do a lot more work searching.

If the Baldwin is a Hamilton studio, that is a decent price to pay for it. You could probably do better from a private party, but that is more work.
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#1226795 - 07/03/09 07:59 PM Re: What can one expect for $1,500? [Re: BDB]
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Not much, even in this economy. If your budget is rigid, I'l stick with privste sellers. Dealer overhead precludes a good piano at that price.
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#1226811 - 07/03/09 08:44 PM Re: What can one expect for $1,500? [Re: enigma2118]
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#1226813 - 07/03/09 08:47 PM Re: What can one expect for $1,500? [Re: Steve Cohen]
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#1226830 - 07/03/09 10:13 PM Re: What can one expect for $1,500? [Re: BDB]
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That 50 year old might be worth more like $500 or zero. The 506n or some Baldwin Yamaha Kawai 15 - 20 years old could be okay.

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#1226835 - 07/03/09 10:37 PM Re: What can one expect for $1,500? [Re: enigma2118]
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I got to buy the Yamaha U1(40 years old) for $1500 from a Korean home. it was in a perfect condition

But if you want to buy a good piano for that price,
you should not buy from a piano store,(they are so expensive)

try to look for private home deal. Directly from the owner.

I also bought the Young Chang Piano made in 2000 for only $700 since the owner had to move immediately and it was a good chance for me!

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#1226963 - 07/04/09 10:52 AM Re: What can one expect for $1,500? [Re: PinkPiano]
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Hey, thank you all for your advice.

I am willing to spend up to the full $1,500

Would you all be interested in a search for me today? The craigslist posts people found and some that I have looked at before too, but it is very hard for me to tell if a piano on craigslist is worth it or not.

Well it looks like craigslist has been updated today with all the pianos people are trying to sell.

Would anyone be interested in doing a craigslist search for me and give me your genius opinions?

Thank you so so so much everyone. I think I'd loose it without all of you.

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#1226969 - 07/04/09 11:22 AM Re: What can one expect for $1,500? [Re: enigma2118]
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Have you looked at any of the pianos already listed? You really cannot go wrong with a $175 Everett studio.
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#1227119 - 07/04/09 06:05 PM Re: What can one expect for $1,500? [Re: BDB]
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We can't tell if a Craigs list piano is good or not....until we see it!!! Have a tech inspect anything before you buy.
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