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Old 3rd June 2003, 06:09 AM   #1
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Default Any ideas on how to get a good piano cheap?

I know this is a bit off topic in diyaudio; but I play piano and I'm desperate to get a decent piano. I'm too young (16) to earn enough money for a decent grand piano but I'm itching to find a way.

I have a beat up Beckwith player piano (without the player) that is starting to fall apart because of my playing it. Doing level 8 is difficult on a piano with little dynamic expression or power. The action is shot too.

Does anybody have even the faintest ideas on how I might obtain a decent grand piano in BC, Canada on the Vancouver Island for really cheap or free(must be impossible!)

I know that's kind of a stupid question, but I'm really desperate to get a piano so I can continue to study properly.

Any help is greatly appreciated!!!
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Old 3rd June 2003, 06:38 AM   #2
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A good friend of mine has a music foundation that donates and accepts piano donations. We refurbish them and then resell them to raise money for other instruments or to bolster inner-city music interests. No idea how you would get it from here (twin cities) to vancouver, but its worth checking into any such foundations near you.

Just an idea.

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Interesting, how could I get in contact with this person?
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Duo,
Any particular reason why you need to get a grand piano? How about a baby grand or a used upright piano? I have seen some very very old piano at church that could be refurbish to almost like new condition at a very good price.
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I guess I can't be that picky, a baby grand would probably do, but I'm not so sure about uprights. I'd have to try a few good uprights to really find out what I think of them.
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Hi there. I'm also a piano player, and as a grad student, also poor. Here's the solution I found.

I got a Yamaha P80 electronic piano from Tom Lee Music (they also have lots of grand pianos) on Granville Street downtown Vancouver for $1350 Canadian. The keys simulate the FEEL of a grand piano very well.

As for the sound, it's OK, but to get it to sound like the real thing
you need Gigastudio and some good piano sample sets (EastWest Bosendorfer is great, and so is the EastWest Steinway B). With a good sound system (I recommend using quality headphones) it can sound just like a high end Steinway or Bosendorfer -- it's pretty amazing actually.

The one catch is that Gigastudio won't work with Creative sound cards (i.e. Audigy etc.) on Windows XP; you need a musician's sound card that supports GSIF. You can find a 24bit/96KHz card with GSIF for as little as $130 US.

Plus, the P80 only weighs 60 lbs so it can be moved around by one person.
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I have always had one or more pianos, bought used (excepting a Yamaha P-200 simulation), and--and this is important--always made a lot of money on it. Here's the thing: there isn't a real 'market' in used pianos sold privately. People put them on offer for much more, and much less, than they are sold for in identical condition by dealers. The trick is to:

1. Know a fair bit about how to spot a lemon and which makes are rell regarded. Here, get The Piano Book, which discusses all this.

2. Get together enough cash. For a small grand in your area, you'll need $2,000+.

3. Watch ads in newspapers, buy and sell, etc. Don't bother with obvious dealer ads, but get the paper early and move fast on potential good deals--that means visiting early the morning the ad comes out.

4. Don't buy a wreck.

5. Don't dither.

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The point is I can't rack up $2000+ right now...

I also wouldn't even think of using an electric piano... Eeww. It's got to have the exact feel of a piano, and the proper vibrations that travel through it. A spruce soundboard has a far far better sound than a speaker could ever hope to achieve...
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it would seem beggars CAN be choosers



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