I doubt it's a unique piano. Wacky colors were popular in the mid-80s thanks to MTV & Miami Vice (my house originally had pink carpet throughout), although I'm not sure that this affected the piano industry as well. Most pianos come in wood finishes, usually from black to reddish-brown (cherry or rosewood) to brown (mahogany) to light-brown (walnut) to white. It's possibly that it could've been (more than likely) repainted to match some gaudy yuppie's living room.
As for the piano, I believe Schumann was a "stencil" used by a Korean company (possibly Samick or Young Chang) during the '80s. Before that, it was a midwestern piano company that made generally middle-of-the-road pianos and was eventually acquired by Kimball, another midwestern company that also made OK pianos. While Korean pianos are fine instruments today, they were very sketchy up until the mid-late '90s. According to what I've heard, they suffered from humidity, quality-control, scale (string placement, tension of the strings, which strings are wound, what hammers are used, and anything else that affects how the piano sounds), and action problems, and were generally avoided by most serious piano-buyers. As for condition, there aren't too many 20-30 y.o. baby grands that are in anything less than beautiful external shape, because most of the people who buy baby grands buy them as furniture for their living rooms, and thus were only played lightly and kept clean (although tuning is usually neglected). Also, pianos tend to age more like people than like electronics or cars. Many [good] pianos can be expected to last 60-100 years before needing to be rebuilt/refurbished or replaced (kind of a weird metaphor when you think about it), so a 26 year old piano should still be in good shape
I'd recommend that you hold onto your piano, because A) maybe your daughter would like to have it after she graduates and moves out to her own apartment/home, so she doesn't have to spend time & money buying a new one, and B) you will have one heck of a time trying to get someone to buy a low-end baby-blue baby grand.
Edited by SBP (07/18/13 11:56 AM)
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