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#1989384 - 11/21/12 12:25 PM Re: Case color and resale [Re: PianoWorksATL]
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Originally Posted By: PianoWorksATL
For most buyers, a grand piano represents the largest and most expensive piece of furniture in their home. It is foolish to believe that such a purchase is not emotionally driven. I've known many people to have an affair with a piano made ugly from institutional life but would absolutely think better of it before bringing it home, whether for their own views or those of a spouse.

To the OP, a traditional cabinet in a common wood choice like mahogany is unlikely to hurt long term resale bets. I do, however, find the irony in the question as the OP is primarily looking among used pianos for those that are currently undervalued. wink

Today and for many years, grand pianos are most commonly black. Uprights have shifted strongly, previously dominated by wood finishes and now I think they are slightly behind ebony. I wonder if 20 years from now we'll look back and think, where are all the pretty woods? The cost is so little to gain so much.

Black pianos are beautiful, but I observe that many people are choosing to deny their first love, justifying it as an extra expense, perhaps wasteful, or placing future resale speculation over current satisfaction.
I agree that resale value should not be a reason for choosing ebony over a wood finish. I think part of the problem with wood finishes for many people is the additional cost, especially if one is already pushing the limit of one's budget. It would be interesting to see if wood finished became more popular if they cost the same as ebony.

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#1989571 - 11/21/12 08:34 PM Re: Case color and resale [Re: KillerCharlie]
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It all depends on your expectation of a piano. A piano is a piece of furniture for some, a status symbol for others, and an artistic tool for the rest. The finish importance is very, or much less important considering your reasons to consider such a purchase. I still wince at folks who buy expensive pianos for status. I realize that it is good for the industry, however, I wish folks who really yearned for a quallity instrument could obtain one regardless of their financial ability.
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#1989574 - 11/21/12 08:45 PM Re: Case color and resale [Re: thetandyman]
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Originally Posted By: thetandyman
It all depends on your expectation of a piano. A piano is a piece of furniture for some, a status symbol for others, and an artistic tool for the rest. The finish importance is very, or much less important considering your reasons to consider such a purchase. I still wince at folks who buy expensive pianos for status. I realize that it is good for the industry, however, I wish folks who really yearned for a quality instrument could obtain one regardless of their financial ability.
You may wince at another person's reason for buying a piano, but no reason is any better or worse than another reason. There are a lot more than three reasons to buy a piano, and it's not always just one reason. I'd guess that a piano is furniture and a musical instrument for many. It's presumptuous to think your reason is better than another person's reason.


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#1989593 - 11/21/12 09:58 PM Re: Case color and resale [Re: KillerCharlie]
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Let's agree to disagree. Unlike other furniture, a piano is an instrument designed for those who do, or plan to appreciate music. i would feel that those who buy a Rolls of a Lamborghini just for the purpose of making their garage look great or plan to impress, aren't what the manufacturers originally planned for the design of their craft. I understand your opinion. I may be presumptous, but I am esoteric and steadfast in my beliefs. By the way, what are a few of the other reasons for a piano purchase other those that I originally stated? ( music, furniture, and status)


Edited by thetandyman (11/21/12 09:59 PM)
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