It's been a year now with this piano. It's had its pros and cons.
Cons: 1. There's a couple of notes at the bridge break that are real honkers. Not bad at all when playing Chopin, but they really stick out with Bach and these Czerny and Gurlitt etudes I've been playing.
2. Right after I purchased this piano, Field's, the dealer, went on a genuine liquidation sale. They are eliminating their stock to become a Steinway Gallery. My timing is so good! Not! They have a Kawai RX-1 in polished walnut for $16,000 that I would have totally purchased.
3. Samick could have paid a bit more attention to the detail on this piano, but what do you want for $8000?
4 The bass is not that great.
Pros: 1. I have a good tech.
2. It has a wonderful singing treble.
3. The hammers respond well to voicing.
4. The action is nice, it has much better dynamics than my old beloved Kawai K-2.
5. It seems to be holding a tune quite well now.
My tech just left. She did some deep voicing and the tone is really nice. She spent four hours voicing and tuning. Samick pianos do have their own tone, and it is not a bad tone. I like it. It's a short piano, I'll have to live with the limitations of the scale.
She did some work on the pedals her first time with this piano, which has improved the damping.
All in all, I enjoy playing this little grand. Like all pianos it has its good days and bad days, but overall it is treating me well. I stood off to the side today while the tech was playing it and it is really a nice sounding piano. Maybe I'll keep it.
Larry Fine is correct when he states: "With dealer prep, Samick made pianos are a good value for most typical uses."
Unfortunately, while helping out a co-worker shopping for a piano, I played a beautiful rosewood polish Kawai RX-2 at Kim's in Garden Grove that not only sounded better than any RX-2 I've tried before, but had a wonderful touch, one of the best I've ever felt. It has been on their floor a long time and they are eager to sell it. Really eager.