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Posted on Sat, Mar 01 2008 18:27
by PolarBear
Joined on Sun, Jul 20 2003, Germany, Posts 1206

I'd look out for a piano tuning/repair guy, they probably know where good used (and therefore no so expensive) piano with the tone you are looking for are for sale, and as they don't usually make business with this probably give a honest answer about condition (and they know it if they tuned the pianos for some time).

But it's tricky... as one also does think of it as a piece of furniture.

PolarBear 

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Posted on Tue, Mar 04 2008 19:30
by synthetic
Joined on Mon, Mar 14 2005, Posts 281

For such a major purchase, I would travel somewhere and play the actual instrument I'm going to buy.

Posted on Wed, Mar 05 2008 22:42
by Angelo Clematide
Joined on Thu, Sep 08 2005, Posts 1139

I guess you talk about an upright pianoforte and not a Flügel.

I remember that when pianos are exported to damp climate regions for privat use, they undergo some special treatment which make them more resistant against the higher humidity, The climate is rather dry all over Europe compared to other places. The manufacturer may even ask you for a humidity log for a whole year of your area.If you do not want that your piano loses the brilliance within short time, you better talk to the manufacturer about that.

Posted on Fri, Mar 07 2008 09:49
by Sergino Futurino
Joined on Thu, Dec 18 2003, Italy, Posts 652

I have worked 8 months in the Republic of Maldives as a piano player.

Mumbay is in the sea as well.    According to wikipedia:

"The climate of the city, being in the tropical zone, and near the Arabian Sea, may be broadly classified into two main seasons — the humid season, and the dry season. The humid season, between March and October, is characterized by high humidity and temperatures of over 30 °C (86 °F). Between June and September, the monsoon rains lash the city supplying most of the city's annual rainfall of 2,200 millimetres (86.6 in). "

With such a climate  you need almost 2 visits a year of a technician to tune up the piano. But worse, you get all the strings rustied in a very few years.

More on you can't text a piano in a country and then expect it sounds the same in another and every piano is different from the others.

I would buy a good digital piano like a kawai mp8 or similar and some good speakers and forget the acoustic piano unless you go for a grandpiano and think about spending a ton for mantenance.

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Posted on Fri, Mar 07 2008 12:31
by Angelo Clematide
Joined on Thu, Sep 08 2005, Posts 1139

The proper temperature and humidity controlled room should solve this problem.


Since you seem to be attracted by Steinway, an old German Steinway Klavier, also known as Flügelersatz and today sold as model K-132 is pretty good, and bought revised from a piano builder is even satisfactory for home recording and may cost 5000-10000 USD, however there are not many on the second hand market. The maintanance of personal owned grand piano for recording cost a rudiculous amount of money. Today I have a Schmidt-Flohr made in 1928, the tuning is at A=336Hz and therefor unusable for recordings in today orchestra pitch of 442Hz.

Posted on Mon, Aug 25 2008 06:55
by amit_theme
Joined on Mon, Aug 25 2008, Mumbai, Posts 7

 Dear Mr. Tanuj,

Why dont you try one of the
finest world's best japanese pianos 'Kawai' at juhu (Opposite to
Amitabh Bacchan's old bunglow). Its an amazing place to check out the
pianos and also you get a huge variety there. There are about 9 upright pianos to check and 2 Grands and about 6 digital pianos.

So i
would recommend you for any of the Kawai pianos as it's famous for its
singing tone and good quality and Kawai pianos are tropicalized which
doesnt get affect by the climatic conditions in mumbai and also doesnt
require tunning frequently and also thier digital pianos sampling is done from Concert Grand pianos.

Just try it out ...

Amit 

Posted on Tue, Aug 26 2008 06:11
by amit_theme
Joined on Mon, Aug 25 2008, Mumbai, Posts 7

 Mr. Tanuj,

<>  

Well I m working here at
Kawai showroom  as a Marketing Excecutive. Tanuj, What i just want
is you to drop in once at our showroom and check out our new range of
K- series pianos which has got an Millenium - 3 Action and is also to
be known as the fastest responsive action and also fully tropicalized and we have got 2 baby grands with the same action ( New Range ) .

<>You
should try it out atleast once this new pianos..... !!!! These pianos
are completely 'Made In Japan' and has got ABS action and also this pianos doesnt ask for tunning over a year.

When had you come here last and whom did you meet (if you remember) ??? 

Amit 

Posted on Tue, Aug 26 2008 15:01
by clemenshaas
Joined on Sat, Dec 01 2007, Cologne, Germany, Posts 119
I bought a Yamaha YUS 5 last year - I´m quite happy with it, although of course it´s not a Grotrian-Steinweg (which I like best of all uprights) or a Steinway or a Boesendorfer.

Boston could be an option (the grands are fantastic), but upgrading to a Steinway Upright... If You have the budget to buy a Steinway Upright, I would prefer a Boston Grand.

I also thought of waiting for the upcoming Boesendorfer CEUSmaster, which is only a Masterkeyboard and will be "driven" by a sampled Boesendorfer Imperial. But of course "real" sound is more inspiring.





Posted on Wed, Aug 27 2008 06:50
by amit_theme
Joined on Mon, Aug 25 2008, Mumbai, Posts 7

Mr. Tanuj

Boston pianos
are made by the Kawai factory in Japan but the Boston
pianos do not have the  Kawai ABS Carbon jack action; thus you are getting the better piano option with Kawai at a very good price.

And if you want we can also import Grortian piano for you from Germany.
I would definately recommend that you take a look at these Kawai pianos specially Grands.

Amit

Posted on Sun, Jan 04 2009 12:08
by pearl
Joined on Sun, Jan 04 2009, Posts 1
Hi Tanuj
Have you bought one now? I have one for sale. My brother played it all the time but is currently in Brussels, and plans on staying on there.
It is a B Otto (German) stand up piano.
Regards
Pearl
Posted on Tue, Mar 24 2009 16:08
by laba
Joined on Tue, Mar 24 2009, Posts 1
Hi Tanuj,

I hve a family heirloom i.e. a Broadwood English upright Piano which is need of tuning and some repairs - would u be interested to buy it on a "as is" basis - I can arrange a showing - cheers
Posted on Mon, Apr 13 2009 20:02
by naving
Joined on Mon, Apr 13 2009, Mumbai, India, Posts 6
Hi Pearl,

May be late..I am looking to buy a used Upright Piano.(for my daughter)
If u still have the piano ur brother used to play pl.reply in the new post...


navin
Posted on Mon, Apr 13 2009 20:09
by naving
Joined on Mon, Apr 13 2009, Mumbai, India, Posts 6
Hi laba, I am looking to buy a used piano for my 7 yr old daughter.
Please let me know if and when u can arrange a showing.Thanks...

navin
laba wrote:
Hi Tanuj,

I hve a family heirloom i.e. a Broadwood English upright Piano which is need of tuning and some repairs - would u be interested to buy it on a "as is" basis - I can arrange a showing - cheers
Posted on Tue, Apr 14 2009 06:08
by amit_theme
Joined on Mon, Aug 25 2008, Mumbai, Posts 7

Hey Navin, Why are you looking for an old piano ???  You will only keep repairing it and always look for a tuner. Old pianos require much of a tunning and much of 

Maintenance

Posted on Wed, Apr 15 2009 19:01
by naving
Joined on Mon, Apr 13 2009, Mumbai, India, Posts 6
Hi Amit,

Today i went to Furtados n checked B Steiner, Pearl River and Ritmuller which one u think is good ? Pearl River
suits fine with my budget. What do u suggest ?

navin
Posted on Thu, Apr 16 2009 05:55
by amit_theme
Joined on Mon, Aug 25 2008, Mumbai, Posts 7

Good morning Navin,

Noooooo ..... Dont go for Pearl river or B Steiners. Dont go for chinese or indonesian piano, rather go for 2nd hand then as these pianos are waste of money coz after some time specially in rainy season u'll find the sticking of keys, pianos goes off tune very often and you require allintment of the keys again n again.

you can either go for Yamaha (Japanese Models) or any of the Kawai Pianos as these are tropicalized pianos. Why dont you try Kawai ?? you know thier new showroom in juhu ??

Posted on Thu, Apr 16 2009 06:32
by naving
Joined on Mon, Apr 13 2009, Mumbai, India, Posts 6
Hi Amit,
What is the price range of Kawai pianos ?

navin
Posted on Thu, Apr 16 2009 08:37
by amit_theme
Joined on Mon, Aug 25 2008, Mumbai, Posts 7

Navin,

There are different series with different prices with a huge range of Digital, upright & Grand Pianos. But there is one really good digital piano (CE-200) with Grand Piano wooden keys touch and it has won excellent reviews. You could consider trying that piano as well. Thier is vast wide range of pianos, why dont u visit Kawai showroom or else pls feel free to call me at +91 9820912138.

Just for your information, There are some good discounts going on with Kawai these days.

Amit.

Posted on Fri, Apr 17 2009 13:28
by naving
Joined on Mon, Apr 13 2009, Mumbai, India, Posts 6


Hi Amit,

I finally purchased Pearl River from Furtados...

navin

amit_theme wrote:

Navin,

There are different series with different prices with a huge range of Digital, upright & Grand Pianos. But there is one really good digital piano (CE-200) with Grand Piano wooden keys touch and it has won excellent reviews. You could consider trying that piano as well. Thier is vast wide range of pianos, why dont u visit Kawai showroom or else pls feel free to call me at +91 9820912138.

Just for your information, There are some good discounts going on with Kawai these days.

Amit.

Posted on Fri, Apr 17 2009 13:46
by amit_theme
Joined on Mon, Aug 25 2008, Mumbai, Posts 7

Congrats on your purchase .... But u have made a big mistake by buying Pearl. Now get ready to invest a lot of money on repairing your piano every often, tunning every often. Anyways good luch with your piano.

Amit

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