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#1999400 - 12/14/12 12:39 PM Possibly buying a Petrof P III today
Jason S Offline
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Registered: 12/14/12
Posts: 2
I found a deal on a P III c. 2002 for $10,500 on some classifieds. It's described as immaculate. I am aware this is a pretty great deal. I don't have a lot of details about the instrument since the owner is deceased. However, I do have some concerns that need to be addressed.

Firstly, I have scoured the internet obsessively and read of some issues with Petrof pianos; tuning, heavy action, quality control, need for voicing, and regulation. Second, the move is as long of a haul as possible from east coast to west coast. The bill would be $2400 for that.

Does anyone have any experience with Petrof grands and can allay my fears of receiving an inferior instrument? The move price is substantial but I just need some input from people with prior experience.


Edited by Jason S (12/14/12 12:42 PM)

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#1999421 - 12/14/12 01:37 PM Re: Possibly buying a Petrof P III today [Re: Jason S]
DanS Offline
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Registered: 10/28/12
Posts: 550
Buying a used piano sight unseen is risky. I wouldn't do it. Every instrument is different. You can play of the same piano from the same year, and they could be totally different, plus paying 2400 to move a 10,500 dollar piano just seems nuts. Put that extra 2400 toward a local piano!
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#1999440 - 12/14/12 02:17 PM Re: Possibly buying a Petrof P III today [Re: Jason S]
Robert 45 Offline
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Registered: 08/18/06
Posts: 1199
Loc: Auckland New Zealand
Absolutely! In fact I would regard it as insane buying a second hand piano without seeing it, playing it and having it checked by an independent technician. It could be an utter train wreck and remember that any used piano which is being sold is, for all kinds of reasons, a rejected piano. That is why it is essential to view the instrument, audition and have it assessed.
These comments have nothing to do with the make of the piano as Petrof pianos can be lovely instruments. It is a caution I would apply without exception to all second hand pianos for sale.

Kind regards,

Robert.

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#1999484 - 12/14/12 04:17 PM Re: Possibly buying a Petrof P III today [Re: Jason S]
Mark... Offline
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Registered: 11/27/06
Posts: 4373
Loc: Jersey Shore
No way I'd buy it without trying it. Plus it will be a risky transaction with so much fraud out there...

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#1999491 - 12/14/12 04:30 PM Re: Possibly buying a Petrof P III today [Re: Jason S]
frog97 Offline
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Registered: 02/02/12
Posts: 41
Loc: West side of the Globe
I would do it, as long and you find a tech in the area and have them check it out first...Great Piano, it is hard to pass up a good deal especially on something you will enjoy so much.
I hear about people buying from Rick Jones sight unseen and they seem to be very happy???

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#1999499 - 12/14/12 05:10 PM Re: Possibly buying a Petrof P III today [Re: frog97]
carey Online   content
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Registered: 05/13/05
Posts: 6224
Loc: Phoenix, Arizona
Originally Posted By: frog97
I would do it, as long and you find a tech in the area and have them check it out first...Great Piano, it is hard to pass up a good deal especially on something you will enjoy so much.


Even if the local tech gives the instrument a good bill of health, there is absolutely no guarantee that you'll like the piano once you play it yourself. And just because the seller claims the instrument is in "immaculate" condition doesn't mean it really is. Be patient and keep looking. I recall playing several Petrof's at dealers ten years ago - and I found them to be a mixed bag. Some were more impressive than others.
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#1999622 - 12/14/12 11:44 PM Re: Possibly buying a Petrof P III today [Re: Jason S]
Jason S Offline
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Registered: 12/14/12
Posts: 2
Thanks for all the great advice. I really am distracted by the good deal. I will hold off for something I can touch and be satisfied with because I know what I am getting.

smile

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#1999687 - 12/15/12 05:17 AM Re: Possibly buying a Petrof P III today [Re: Jason S]
jrcallan Offline
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Registered: 12/06/07
Posts: 362
Loc: Pennsylvania
People fly coast to coast every day. You could always go play it, and arrange for a local tech inspection if it appears to be such a great deal.

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#1999742 - 12/15/12 09:47 AM Re: Possibly buying a Petrof P III today [Re: Jason S]
frog97 Offline
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Registered: 02/02/12
Posts: 41
Loc: West side of the Globe
A few years ago I bought a Nissan Altima sight unseen, My brothers Father in law told me that it was a nice car and he took if for a test drive.
He was in Houston and I was in Los Angeles so I could not take off to go see it.
It has 35,000 miles and was a good price, so I sent him a check, When the car arrived I thought it was a little small compared to what I had been driving and seemed like it had too much plastic on the car. Anyway I still have it I use it as my second car now, but it has 188,000 miles and is the best car I have ever owned. Sometimes it is worth taking a risk, you may get something better than you expect.

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