Young Chang U-107A worth the bother?

Posted by: Sam Rose

Young Chang U-107A worth the bother? - 11/17/12 11:07 PM

Hey Pianoworld!

Piano acquisition syndrome is in full force, and I'm looking at buying a Young Chang U-107A upright piano. The serial number indicates it was made some time between 1990 and 1995 (I think it starts with 16***** (I didn't write it down)

It plays pretty well, and everything looks good. Decent tone (although it needs tuning), decent sustain. The only issue I could find was a couple of keys which stick (don't return to proper position) when using the sustain pedal. I'm hoping that will be an easy fix. Hammers don't look too worn, soundboard has no cracks, etc.

So, for $430, I can have this to play around with. What say you, pianoworld?
Posted by: Cy Shuster, RPT

Re: Young Chang U-107A worth the bother? - 11/18/12 03:28 PM

Generally it's hard to find a used piano in decent condition for under $1,500, but you could get lucky. Get a local tech to check it out. The price is suspiciously low.

--Cy--
Posted by: Sam Rose

Re: Young Chang U-107A worth the bother? - 11/18/12 08:43 PM

The people selling it are an elderly woman and her daughter. They are moving to an apartment and selling the house. I don't think they are aware of the market value of the piano, which is why I ask if it's a decent model. There doesn't appear to be anything wrong with it. It's not even all that flat, considering they haven't tuned it in a long time.

Any other thoughts?
Posted by: Cy Shuster, RPT

Re: Young Chang U-107A worth the bother? - 11/19/12 10:00 AM

The 107 is the height in centimeters, which means it's a 42" console, one of the smallest pianos made. Pianos often start to need repairs after 20 years, so your total cost may be higher. It's impossible to assess without seeing it in person.

--Cy--
Posted by: gnuboi

Re: Young Chang U-107A worth the bother? - 11/20/12 04:26 PM

This might be your learn-how-to-tune piano but you could still end up keeping it for a long time. For that reason, I'd much rather go for a studio upright like a Baldwin Hamilton (but at 2x the price, at least). Used pianos are easier to buy than to sell.