Hello all --
Thank God for a forum like this! Today my wife was at an estate sale in our neighborhood, and called me to say that I really needed to come look at a grand piano they were selling. I have been playing for 30 years, but have never had enough money (or space) to have a grand to play. I am truly a newbie when it comes to buying one (got to play lots of nice ones in college -- lucky me!).
Anyway, I'm getting a bit off track. Turns out the piano is a (you guess it from the subject) 2005 Yamaha GC1 that has the Disklavier Mark III system. After looking at it (it looks to be in like-new condition, though I'm far from an expert, but some tuning is in order, probably not tuned very often since it was just a furniture piece to them according to the estate sale managers), playing it for 5 minutes or so, I had to leave (they were closing down the sale). I did some research tonight and realize that I don't know the specific model of the DK console (it does have a floppy disk and a CD input, and I *think* there was a recording feature, not just playback). The people running the estate said that it was originally purchased for $29K (they have a receipt though I did not see it). They don't know much about the piano, but they feel as though if it were sold to a wholesaler, it would fetch around $7,500.
They are looking for $11,500 obo. After some basic negotiation, they said that $9K would be a price they could accept.
1) Good price or not (assuming a tech says nothing major is awry)?
2) What is the basic price difference for a regular GC1 and one with DK installed?
3) What sort of warranty comes with this piano from Yamaha? I.e., am I still in any sort of warranty period?
4) How can a find a qualified tech (I'm in central NJ) to give it a once-over before going for the purchase?
5) How much would it cost to do a nice thorough servicing once it's moved to its final location (first time servicing, not the regular maintenance).
6) Where does one go with a piano like this assuming no one expresses interest? Would it really fetch $7,500 to a wholesaler (that's what I'm thinking of offering) or is that just a negotiation tactic? I want some sense of what their alternative is going to be.
Your expertise, all, is greatly appreciated!