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#129057 - 03/26/08 04:03 PM What should I pay for a crummy 1960's 243?
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There is technician near where I live selling a couple of old Baldwin 243's.

I'm going to check them out but I expect them to have sustained years of abuse at institutions and the guy even says they are really ugly.

However if it holds a tune OK and the price is reasonable (he's asking $1200) it might be worth it for me since I already have a digital piano to practice on too and it's just fun to have the real thing now and then.

That and I'm more into boogie-woogie kinda stuff than classical so I don't need a super delicate touch.


edit: This is his webpage: http://www.santacruzpiano.com/forsalepage.html

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#129058 - 03/26/08 04:57 PM Re: What should I pay for a crummy 1960's 243?
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Way overpriced.
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#129059 - 03/26/08 06:00 PM Re: What should I pay for a crummy 1960's 243?
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Originally posted by BDB:
Way overpriced. [/b]
What would be reasonable?

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#129060 - 03/26/08 06:11 PM Re: What should I pay for a crummy 1960's 243?
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Hard to say without seeing it, but I see decent ones regularly on Craigslist for $500 or less. I would say that from a dealer, maybe $700-800 tops, about half that from a private party, provided it is OK mechanically.
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#129061 - 03/26/08 06:58 PM Re: What should I pay for a crummy 1960's 243?
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I wouldn't pay more than $500.
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#129062 - 03/26/08 07:36 PM Re: What should I pay for a crummy 1960's 243?
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As described no more than $400. Probably a pass.
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#129063 - 03/26/08 09:58 PM Re: What should I pay for a crummy 1960's 243?
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Less than $400, if you have to pay more than $100 to move it.

Check the nearest Craigslist.com for alternatives.

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#129064 - 03/26/08 10:18 PM Re: What should I pay for a crummy 1960's 243?
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Take a look at this one. Right off the bat, which do you think you would be able to sell for more when the time comes? I am not endorsing this piano, except that it is not that far from you and cheaper than what you are looking at. I suspect it is much newer, too.

The cheapest piano is not necessarily the one with the lowest price, especially if you are planning on upgrading before long.
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#129065 - 03/27/08 02:25 AM Re: What should I pay for a crummy 1960's 243?
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Well I passed on the Baldwin.

The store had a lot of Chinese made Falcone uprights too that actually sounded pretty good.

He wanted around $3000 for a 46" and $3500 for a 47" model. Does anyone know the dealer prices on these?

I'm a little tempted since A. It's local and B. He is willing to let me rent if for a year and apply the rent towards the piano if I decide to buy it.

My living situation is not all that stable so it would be nice to be able to return it immediately if I had to.

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#129066 - 03/27/08 03:55 AM Re: What should I pay for a crummy 1960's 243?
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Does the "rent for a year" mean that you'd have to commit for a year or is it month to month?

If you'd have to commit for a year, BDB is pointing you in the right direction for your situation.

If you follow up, be sure to get an estimate for moving costs. If this piano has been used as lightly as advertised, it probably hasn't been tuned often, either, so plan on a tuning which will entail a "pitch raise." If in your area a tuning costs $75, plan on spending $100 for that kind of tuning. (If BDB or another tech sees this post, they can give you better info.)

IMO this piano deserves your consideration.

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