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#291519 - 01/06/07 08:01 PM Update on Piano search...
tonychar Offline
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Registered: 12/17/06
Posts: 105
Loc: CA
So after all of the topics and posts, here is my update.

I have decided upon the Nordiska Model G 5'5" in Ebony black. In March, they updated their entire Grand piano line to the Master series standards, including focused beam structure and a nose flange.

I have contacted an RPT and it is being checked out for me, hopefully this week.

I will report their findings....
As of 1/13/07 owner of Nordiska 5'5" Model G

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#291520 - 01/06/07 09:06 PM Re: Update on Piano search...
Monica K. Offline

Platinum Supporter until Dec 31 2012

Registered: 08/10/05
Posts: 18096
Loc: Lexington, Kentucky
Sounds good! Is this a new piano? If so, the tech inspection probably wasn't necessary, but it won't hurt.

Polished or satin ebony?
Mason & Hamlin A -- 91997
My YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/pianomonica

#291521 - 01/06/07 09:43 PM Re: Update on Piano search...
Rich D. Online   content
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Registered: 05/27/01
Posts: 1372
Loc: Rehoboth Beach De. USA
I only played one Nordiska grand but was very impressed with the tone. Sounds like a good choice. Congratulations. While a tech inspection is normally not done when purchasing a new piano I actually think it can be a good idea. $100 or so is not a lot to pay to insure the piano you are paying thousands of dollars for has no issues. The tech may also be able to tell you what further work the dealer should take before you purchase the piano. Good luck.

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#291522 - 01/06/07 10:12 PM Re: Update on Piano search...
tonychar Offline
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Registered: 12/17/06
Posts: 105
Loc: CA
I know it is not normally done, but given the fact that I have no ear and little knowledge, the tech is basically standing in for me as the designated "knowledgable" consumer. Also, as was said any problems can be addressed before I fork out thousands of dollars.

Interestingly enough, the salesman was not happy about it one bit...which to me may put up a red flag. Maybe I'm just stepping on toes normally left alone. The salesman and store were specifically recommended to me on this forum. I am curious how the techs report will turn out...
As of 1/13/07 owner of Nordiska 5'5" Model G

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#291523 - 01/07/07 11:56 PM Re: Update on Piano search...
snoman Offline
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Registered: 11/14/06
Posts: 71
Loc: melbourne florida
Tonychar, I have a 7 ft. Story and Clark whch is the same as the Nordisca.They are both made by the Dongbei company. Mine has the focused beam structure that gives it a great tone. I love mine. Good luck and keep us posted. \:\)
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#291524 - 01/11/07 01:00 AM Re: Update on Piano search...
tonychar Offline
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Registered: 12/17/06
Posts: 105
Loc: CA
The RPT checked out the Nordiska Model G 5'5" grand, and other than about an hour's work on a few small regulation issues, the piano checked out.

Actually, he was surprised at the quality and features of the piano. His general comment was that "It is nice to see that one of the Chinese Piano Manufacturers is listening to all of the complaints about Chinese pianos."

He recommended that we upgrade to the 6'1" due to the greater bass, but we are going to go for the 5'5". I argued with my spouse about getting the larger piano, but once we sort of laid out the size of the piano in the room, the 6'1" would just be too big...once I saw it, I had to agree with her.

They are asking for $7600.00 for the piano, and I don't want to haggle too much...he's already offered a second tuning. I will go in Saturday to try and finalize things..

Btw All of the Nordiskas now have the focused beam construction, and have been updated to the "master series" level.
As of 1/13/07 owner of Nordiska 5'5" Model G

#291525 - 01/11/07 01:10 AM Re: Update on Piano search...
MartinJ. Offline
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Registered: 12/12/05
Posts: 316
Loc: Iowa
Thanks for the update, it's nice to know where folks end up.

You went about this the right way-look how your knowledge has improved over just a few weeks, and think about how much more piano you're getting for your $$ than where you started from, and still in the ballpark of your original post!

Good job, congrats, and good luck sealing the deal!

#291526 - 01/11/07 03:32 AM Re: Update on Piano search...
tonychar Offline
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Registered: 12/17/06
Posts: 105
Loc: CA

Thanks for all of your very valuable advice through this process, and thanks to all of the rest of you. I didn't realize that I had managed to accompish staying so close to my original post. With tax and delivery, we're looking at $8500, about 1500 over the original budget, but considerably below the $15000 I was considering spending.

One of our criteria was that we deal with a local retailer if we bought new, and this did limit our choices to about 6 stores, and maybe a dozen brands. Ultimately, I still believe that a further search would have made no difference, because the Nordiska is such a great value for the money.

I also recieved a number of e-mails and PM's from other members going back about 2 years who bought Nordiskas. I sought them out and contacted them through this forum, and every single one of them were happy a year or so later. Also their tuners/techs were also complimentary about the Nordiskas.

Add to this the fact that the Nordiska product line has been improved over the last year with the focused beam construction and a number of other improvements, and it seems that overall Nordiska is a much improved product, doing their best to rise above the Chinese piano stigma, and they are truly making a decent piano within their price range.

And on top of everything else, my daughter preferred this piano above them all. She was not even in agreement with me getting the 6'1" Nordiska, because she completely fell in love with the sound of the Nordiska 5'5" piano at the dealership.

So let me say thanks again to this great forum. I have spent at least 50 hours scouring over the posts at Piano World. Specifically, this forum led me to the Nordiska brand, to the specific retailer, and even to the specific salesperson. The forum also prevented me from buying from Costco or eBay, or any other piano that we hadn't actually touched. It led me to The Piano Book and also the decision to find an RPT to look at the piano. (Yes, I will always have an RPT look at a piano, new or used. This should be on the "must do" list for any novice or first-time buyer!)

All of your posts gave me sound and important advice, and now I am going into this decision with the confidence that I am making an informed choice.

Thanks Everyone!!
As of 1/13/07 owner of Nordiska 5'5" Model G

#291527 - 01/11/07 07:39 AM Re: Update on Piano search...
sleepy Offline
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Registered: 04/26/06
Posts: 330
tony, fantastic!

Your daughter is very lucky!

I am happy for your whole family.

Congrats, and enjoy!!


#291528 - 01/11/07 08:02 AM Re: Update on Piano search...
mikhailoh Offline
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Registered: 07/20/04
Posts: 4288
Loc: Cincinnati

I think you will like your new piano. I played a nicely prepped 5'5" a couple years ago and thought it was a very nice piano. Good pick!


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#291529 - 01/11/07 08:46 AM Re: Update on Piano search...
Monica K. Offline

Platinum Supporter until Dec 31 2012

Registered: 08/10/05
Posts: 18096
Loc: Lexington, Kentucky
Congratulations, tony! We will forever hold you up as an example of how it IS possible to spend LESS than your initial budget and still end up with a piano that meets all your expectations and desires.

p.s. please post some photos if you get the chance. \:\)
Mason & Hamlin A -- 91997
My YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/pianomonica

#291530 - 01/11/07 09:03 AM Re: Update on Piano search...
TX-Dennis Offline
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Registered: 12/09/05
Posts: 4126
Loc: Texas
Congratulations on your new piano, tony. I will second what Michael said. I, too, played a well prepped 5'5 Nordiska a few months ago which was to be delivered to its new owner the following day. It had a beautiful tone, particularly in the treble. It was bright, but very musical. The treble seemed to sparkle or shimmer. Unlike most brighter pianos, though, I did not find its tone objectionable, twangy, or metallic. It's a very nice instrument, and your price is about what I was quoted. Enjoy!



#291531 - 01/11/07 11:31 AM Re: Update on Piano search...
BB Player Offline

Registered: 11/17/06
Posts: 2905
Loc: Not in Texas
Congratulations on your new piano! Sounds like a fine instrument and the fact that you came in under budget on a piano you love must be doubly satisfying. Please post some pictures when your piano arrives!

#291532 - 01/11/07 02:08 PM Re: Update on Piano search...
lucy_amanda Offline
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Registered: 04/07/06
Posts: 84
Congratulations! Just a thought - did you consider trading in one of the free tunings for a voicing session? I did just that when I got my piano as the piano was a bit too bright for our room. The dealer was pretty nice as in the end when we phoned up for our 2nd tuning, he gave it to us for free in addition to the free voicing session.


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