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#1939639 - 08/08/12 11:56 PM Need advise of getting a piano
Coco11 Offline
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Registered: 08/08/12
Posts: 5
I am searching a piano for my 6 years old.
Here is what I find here:
20 years old Young Chang U-107
Tuned 5 years ago

Was told it is great condition
Asking price $300.

Should I go for it if it is great condition?
What should I pay attention when I check out the piano?
Heard the piano key usually is harder to play, will it be too hard for young kid to start playing this piano?

Thanks,
Coco

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#1939715 - 08/09/12 04:34 AM Re: Need advise of getting a piano [Re: Coco11]
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If possible, I would have a registered piano technician check out the piano. If it's in great condition, $300 sounds like a good price. It's always best to start a young person on a real piano. The keys shouldn't be hard to play assuming the piano is in good working order. By the way, 5 years is a long time to go without tuning; once a year should be absolute minimum.
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#1939761 - 08/09/12 07:39 AM Re: Need advise of getting a piano [Re: Coco11]
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This is a continental style cabinet, meaning the piano has short keys, in relation to other pianos. If not properly weighted, the key repetition can be slow. This is more of a starter piano, and probably will not support intermediate play, so it's fine for now, but prepare to trade up if your child progresses. Remove the panels and make sure there is no rust on the strings or tuning pins, and check for water stains and mouse damage. The price is very low. It's either a steal, or there is something wrong with it.

You will need to pitch raise the piano to pitch and do a follow up tuning two months later.
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#1939762 - 08/09/12 07:42 AM Re: Need advise of getting a piano [Re: Coco11]
Coco11 Offline
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Thanks for the info.

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#1939766 - 08/09/12 07:49 AM Re: Need advise of getting a piano [Re: Coco11]
Coco11 Offline
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The person i moving and want to sell it soon.
I go throught all the keys, pin, cable to make sure no rushoe damage.
Good to know it is for a beginner piano. But hearing not properly weighted, this make me concern. Will this create problem for my kid learning in the future?

Thanks

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#1939798 - 08/09/12 09:54 AM Re: Need advise of getting a piano [Re: Coco11]
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Loc: Atlanta, GA
It's a very cheap piano for a very cheap price. You should not plan for it to serve you long term. Get what you can out of it and try to upgrade soon.
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#1939952 - 08/09/12 04:37 PM Re: Need advise of getting a piano [Re: Coco11]
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Despite of price I would recommend to avoid getting this piano altogether.
Unless you are absolutely restricted by $$

Not only do non-weighted keys make a student "not" getting the right feel, owners often ignore to trade up when necessary later. We all too often become habitual animals..

It's the same with digital pianos and I often wonder how much quicker a student would have progressed without it.

Do if absolutely necessary but don't - if not.

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#1939960 - 08/09/12 05:01 PM Re: Need advise of getting a piano [Re: Norbert]
Coco11 Offline
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Thanks so much for your opinion.

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