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#700759 - 06/26/08 11:30 AM Used CLP 230 Yamaha
1qtKitty Offline
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Registered: 06/26/08
Posts: 2
Loc: Hampton Roads
I am thinking of buying a used CLP 230 for about $1500 is that too much or about right? New I've seen it for about $2000, maybe less if its something in stock that they don't have to order. I was hoping to find something cheaper used though. I live in VA so if you know of a dealer with great prices let me know!
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#700760 - 06/26/08 01:53 PM Re: Used CLP 230 Yamaha
Gyro Offline
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Registered: 04/24/05
Posts: 4533
This sells for maybe $2100 new in stores,
so at $1500 you're getting a discount, but
not a big enough one for a used digital piano,
in my opinion. A digital piano is essentially
a computer with a keyboard and speakers,
and so they are strongly influenced by
pc pricing. For example, if you buy
a pc for $2100 new, as soon as you walk
out of the store with it it takes a
steep drop in price, and you could not
sell it used for $1500 even just a day later.
A month later you might be able to get
$1000 for it if someone is generous. A
yr. later you'd have a hard time getting
$500 for it.

Digital pianos follow this type of pc
pricing to a large extent. A ten yr. old
digital, like a 10 y.o. pc, is worth little,
maybe a couple of hundred at most, even
though its performance will be similar to
brand new pc's. I bought a digital console
in 1989, and it's still in perfect condition
and performs similarly to brand new ones,
but like a 1980's vintage pc it's essentially
worthless.

Thus, in my view, $1500 is way too much for
this, even if its performance is identical
to a new one. Moreover, if might be a
yr. of more old and out of factory warranty.
The absolute maximum you should pay
for something like this in my opinion is
about $1000, and that's being very generous
to the seller. I personally wouldn't pay
more than about $500 for it even if it's
in perfect, new-like condition.

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#700761 - 06/26/08 06:44 PM Re: Used CLP 230 Yamaha
1qtKitty Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 06/26/08
Posts: 2
Loc: Hampton Roads
Thank you so much for your reply.
This is what I was thinking too, but the seller was soo insistent I was beginning to question myself. Well, the seller has now offered to lower the price to $1200. I still think that is a bit much since she's had it 2 years. I guess I'll keep looking! Thanks!

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#700762 - 06/30/08 10:32 PM Re: Used CLP 230 Yamaha
Craigen Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 08/01/05
Posts: 1815
Loc: West Coast
As the new Yamaha CLP330's roll out over the next few weeks you likely can buy a new CLP230 in a closeout for about $1600-$1700 and get a 5 year warranty.
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