Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 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

SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

Trying Something New with Search
(ad) Pianoteq
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
Who's Online
86 registered (AZNpiano, achi, AZ_Astro, AndrewJCW, Anticlock, 26 invisible), 1079 Guests and 11 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
(ad) Estonia Piano
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
*Organs

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
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Sheet Music
(PW is an affiliate)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
Topic Options
#12536 - 01/21/03 12:50 PM Baldwin Hamilton
randy_dup1 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 01/21/03
Posts: 4
Loc: Baltimore, MD
Hi everyone! I'm just starting my quest for a new upright/vertical piano. I've been without a piano for 3 years because I was living on a sailboat, but now I'm moving into a house! I do plan to go to the library and check out the Piano Book by Larry Fine that everyone mentions here. I did go to two piano stores to start, but have trouble distinguishing the sound from store to store and piano to piano.

Here is my question: I have played on my mother's Baldwin Hamilton piano for many years (44" or 45", furniture style, about 10-15 years old). I like the way the piano plays and sounds, but I would like to know what else is out there that is similar in sound and style. I think the same or similar Baldwin today would be about $6K or so and I was hoping to spend around $5K or less. Plus, I've heard something about Baldwin being in financial difficulty. Please let me know what other pianos you would suggest. I play mostly classical and popular music and consider myself to be an intermediate player. I would like a piano that is in a traditional furniture style (not black).

So far, the piano brands that I have identified that should be considered are (I realize there are others too):
- Baldwin
- Charles Walters
- Kawai
- Samick
- Yamaha
- Young Chang/Pramberger

I have only tried selected models of Yamaha, Samick, Baldwin, and Young Chang so far (these were all models priced around $3.5-$4K). Yamaha sounded good, Samick sounded a little more alive, the specific Young Chang I tried sounded to bright and tinny in the upper ranges (may just be the specific piano). The Baldwin and Yamaha I played had keys that were sticking (is this a bad thing or sign of a bad environment at the dealer?) One salesperson said the Samick lamintated soundboard was an advantage for longevity - what are the drawbacks?

I would rather buy new than used because I want to keep the piano for a long time and I do not plan to trade up later.

I know this is a lot of info. Thanks for your help!

Top
Hailun / Pearl River Pianos

Pearl River World's Best Selling Piano
#12537 - 01/21/03 03:00 PM Re: Baldwin Hamilton
Rich D. Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/27/01
Posts: 1309
Loc: Rehoboth Beach De. USA
Randy,
FYI a friend of mine, Jim Lobsenz knows someone in Potomac Maryland who has a 10 year old mahogany 45" Baldwin Hamilton in excellent condition with an asking price of $3,300 or BO. If your interested you can email me for her name and phone number.

Rich
_________________________
Retired at the beach (well maybe not completely)

Anton Rubinstein said about the piano: "You think it is one instrument? It is a hundred instruments!"

Top
#12538 - 01/21/03 03:49 PM Re: Baldwin Hamilton
Jolly Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/20/01
Posts: 14057
Loc: Louisiana
Here's the list of new pianos I would play:

1)Baldwin 248, 2)CW, 3)Yamaha U1, 4)Kawai K50, 5)Young Chang PE52, JP48, 6)Kohler&Campbell Millenium series 48", and 52"(or Wm. Knabe - both lines made by Samick) 7) Reiger-Kloss 48"(changing to Bohemia) and 8)Petrof 115, 125.

Some of these are within your budget, and a few are out, but even those can be found for 6K, or close.

Since you do not plan to trade, most of the pianos I mentioned are 48", or so. Usually a bigger piano delivers better performance, and since you are in it for the long haul, a few hundred dollars more for a piano you love, is well worth it, IMO.

Play 'em all, and tell us what you think!
_________________________
www.coffee-room.com

Over 1,000,000 posts where pianists discuss everything. And nothing.

Top
#12539 - 01/21/03 11:06 PM Re: Baldwin Hamilton
Rich Galassini Offline
9000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/28/01
Posts: 9797
Loc: Philadelphia/South Jersey
Jolly,

Good list. I would add Charles Walter to it though.
_________________________
Rich Galassini
Cunningham Piano Co.
Phila, Pa.
Dir. Line (215) 991-0834
rich@cunninghampiano.com
www.cunninghampiano.com

Top
#12540 - 01/22/03 12:55 AM Re: Baldwin Hamilton
KlavierBauer Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/06/02
Posts: 3773
Loc: Boulder, Colorado
Yes, don't forget to try the CRW (Charles R. Walter) and possibly the Kemble. Very different instruments, but in a similar price range. They might both be slightly out of your range, but I think the CRW is built significantly better (in some ways) than the other pianos in that range. This of course, is only my opinion (I have to say that or people yell at me and my radical ideas) \:\)

Hope that helps

KlavierBauer
_________________________
Outlive Yourself - Become an Organ Donor

Top
#12541 - 01/22/03 09:44 AM Re: Baldwin Hamilton
Larry Offline
9000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/25/01
Posts: 9217
Loc: Deep in Cherokee Country
I believe the CW was second on Jolly's list.
_________________________
Life isn't measured by the breaths you take. Life is measured by the things that left you breathless

Top
#12542 - 01/22/03 10:27 AM Re: Baldwin Hamilton
Jolly Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/20/01
Posts: 14057
Loc: Louisiana
Thank you Larry, Rich must have been "babe" watching, and not paying attention. \:D
_________________________
www.coffee-room.com

Over 1,000,000 posts where pianists discuss everything. And nothing.

Top

Moderator:  Ken Knapp, Piano World, Rickster 
Shop our Store for Music Lovers!
Back to School Music SALE!
Save 10% in our online store
.
Just enter SAVE10 in the coupon box during checkout. *
And YES, you can save 10% AND still get free shipping on Jansen Artist benches!
PianoSupplies.com is Piano World's Online Store
Please visit our store today.
* Sale does not apply to advertising, how old requests, or any non-tangible items. Can not be combined with any other promotions. Ends August 31, 2015
(ad) Teaching Children Music
Teaching Music to Children
(ad) Yamaha Stage Pianos
Yamaha CP4 & CP40 Stage Pianos
(ads) PD - WNG - MH
Mason & Hamlin Piano Factory Tours
(ad 125) Sweetwater - Digital Keyboards & Other Gear
Digital Pianos at Sweetwater
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Piano places in Boston
by phantomFive
08/30/15 01:52 AM
Ivory II as an inboard sound on a portable DP
by AZ_Astro
08/29/15 11:43 PM
Which edition for Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier?
by colin_pianist18
08/29/15 09:18 PM
How old were you when you started tuning?
by Justice Post
08/29/15 06:27 PM
Is it OK to dance on your piano lid?
by michaelha
08/29/15 05:37 PM
What's Hot!!
Posting Pictures on the Forums
-------------------
Forums Rules & Help
-------------------
ADVERTISE
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
-------------------
PIANO BOOKS
Forum Stats
80,564 Registered Members
44 Forums
166,516 Topics
2,440,263 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 - 2015 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission