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#682015 - 09/08/07 08:23 PM Second Hand Digital Pianos
clarkey100 Offline
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Registered: 09/08/07
Posts: 1
Loc: UK
I was wondering if someone could give me a bit of advice. I'm looking at buying a second hand digital piano and have been looking on Ebay.

I know it's preferable to get a new piano but I'm just starting to play again after 15 years and really can't justify the expense of a new piano and so second hand seems like a good route. I'm not overly fussed about recording or anything like that - as long as I can plug in headphones / turn volume down to keep my husband sane!

I have seen two pianos on Ebay and was just wondering if anyone has any thoughts about them in particular (info on the internet is quite scarce). They are Casio CPS 85 and Technics SX-PX336 both apparently not used very much. Any pointers on how much I should think about bidding would also be much appreciated!

Thanks very much.

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#682016 - 09/09/07 06:46 AM Re: Second Hand Digital Pianos
Gilbert Offline
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 442
Loc: Ireland

A great on-line shop which occasionally carries ex-demo pianos. I bought my Roland FP-7 here new at £799 with free postage to Ireland. It came with an insured courier overnight. Ebay sellers don't normally have the original packaging and box and this is crucial as stage pianos and digital pianos are really heavy.
"If your only tool is a hammer, every problem tends to look like a nail!"

Piano: Roland FP-7

#682017 - 09/09/07 02:09 PM Re: Second Hand Digital Pianos
MarkL Offline
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Registered: 05/26/07
Posts: 728
Loc: Chicago Suburban
I purchased a used piano on ebay, but it took about a year of watching to find what I wanted at a good price. I'm not familiar with either of the two models you mention. My advice would be to do some research, try a few different brands at the local music store, and then decide on several models that you find acceptable so you know what a reasonable price is. I chose a Yamaha P80 or P90 because both have been discontinued so the price has gone down, but were still good technically and had the features I wanted (no speakers, good action). I did see many keyboards for sale in the UK while I was looking, although as I recall most were new as opposed to used. Is there anything like Craigs List in UK?
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#682018 - 09/09/07 04:14 PM Re: Second Hand Digital Pianos
Gyro Offline
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Registered: 04/24/05
Posts: 4534
Used digital pianos are one of the biggest
bargains around. This is because digital
pianos are essentially computers, and
they therefore follow pricing similar to
computers. How much is a 10 yr. old
computer worth? It's worth zero. Similarly,
a 10 yr. old digital piano, which would
be just as good performancewise as
a brand new one, is worth very little.
One forum member recently bought a 10 yr. old
Roland digital console for 200.00. This
is similar in performance to a brand
new console costing 1500.00 or more.

I bought my first digital console way
back in 1989, for 1700.00, new in a store.
My neighbor now has it, and it is still
in perfect condition and sounds just
as good as a brand new console. An
old digital like this is worth absolute
zero, and yet it plays just as good as
a brand new one.

That digital you're looking at on
ebay, the Technics, should not cost more
than a few hundred, say, 300.00 at the
maximum, and that would be very generous.
Technics were premium instruments, and a used one
should be a good buy. I'm not sure what
that Casio model is, but it sounds like
an old model, which would be essentially
worthless, although it should still be
an okay instrument, just as good as
any new digital piano.

#682019 - 09/09/07 04:18 PM Re: Second Hand Digital Pianos
Gyro Offline
4000 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/24/05
Posts: 4534
The prices I quoted above were in US dollars,
not in British pounds.


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