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#1948121 - 08/23/12 09:42 PM how much worth a 1970 Yamaha U1 ?
caminante Offline
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Registered: 08/21/12
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hello,
I need to buy a piano for my girl , she's just started playing, and I found this used Yahama U1 from 1970; any opinion on that? I would really appreciate your advise;
the other option (aprox. the same price) is a Kawai K5 from 2010

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#1948163 - 08/23/12 11:05 PM Re: how much worth a 1970 Yamaha U1 ? [Re: caminante]
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Hi,

Something sounds very wrong here if you are offered close to the same price on the 40 year old U1 as the 2 year old K5.

Can you provide more details?

David
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#1948172 - 08/23/12 11:30 PM Re: how much worth a 1970 Yamaha U1 ? [Re: supersport]
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the 1970 U1 Yamaha is 2400 $ and the Kawai K5 is 2700 (for both, I have to pay for moving)

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#1948179 - 08/23/12 11:51 PM Re: how much worth a 1970 Yamaha U1 ? [Re: caminante]
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OK, so if you are really able to get a K5 from 2010 for $2700 and it is not flooded burnt or otherwise wrecked, no question in my mind that the Kawai is the better deal. And a good deal too.
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#1948217 - 08/24/12 01:51 AM Re: how much worth a 1970 Yamaha U1 ? [Re: caminante]
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Buy the K5, and you should have done it yesterday! Er, unless it's a scam and not a real ad.


Edited by gnuboi (08/24/12 01:54 AM)

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#1948320 - 08/24/12 08:11 AM Re: how much worth a 1970 Yamaha U1 ? [Re: caminante]
caminante Offline
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sorry,
it was about a K15 not K5; I am really sorry

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#1948340 - 08/24/12 09:05 AM Re: how much worth a 1970 Yamaha U1 ? [Re: caminante]
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That's the difference. The K15 is the small Kawai and should be a good starter piano. The SMP is around $4500 new. Minus 20% is $3600. Looks like 25% off of that for 2 years depreciation. That is if the initial price was right. I might try to negotiate a bit on it.
There are bigger pianos of other makes you might find used for the same money.
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#1948597 - 08/24/12 04:12 PM Re: how much worth a 1970 Yamaha U1 ? [Re: supersport]
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thank you ; what is about this Yamaha U1, 42 years old? I read many topics on gray market Yamaha pianos; there are pros and cons;

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#1948611 - 08/24/12 04:53 PM Re: how much worth a 1970 Yamaha U1 ? [Re: caminante]
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42 years is a long time for any brand. If you really want it get an independent teh inspection first.

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#2039461 - 02/26/13 08:00 AM Re: how much worth a 1970 Yamaha U1 ? [Re: caminante]
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The Kawai is a better deal from my point of view.
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#2039464 - 02/26/13 08:06 AM Re: how much worth a 1970 Yamaha U1 ? [Re: caminante]
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If you like the Yamaha, please do get it inspected by a piano technician. He can tell you if the refurbishing job was done well. Take it from one who learned the hard way.
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#2039981 - 02/27/13 05:15 AM Re: how much worth a 1970 Yamaha U1 ? [Re: Morodiene]
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In comparison to the other choices you mentioned, the Yamaha U1 was the right choice.
I'm a big fan of Yamaha.
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