Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/upright boston piano vs yamaha


QUESTION: I would like to but a new piano in order tout replace m'y current (an oldest Willis 40 pouces). i
'M an advanced intermédiaire pianist and my goal ils t'ont buy a piano to keep many years and more sonofiness, but Im not a professional. My selected piano is boston 126 boston 132 (but maybe to expensive)  and a used yamaha U3 fron asian (gray market). I saw the essex upright  but not sure ans final ly thé baby grand Essex piano. how do you thinks about the boston 126 and 132 ou used yamaha? Is it a piano more defined ? I 'm looking used pianos but it's very difficult. Do you hzve other suggestions?

ANSWER: Hi Odette:

The Boston is Steinway's attempt to compete in a lower market. It it manufactured by Kawai.

The U3 is Yamaha's flagship vertical. There are some things you should consider here though.

1. It's the same piano as one that is not in the "grey" market.

2. Yamaha will not support it with parts...but that's OK.

3. I have lots of clients with grey market pianos and they are just fine.

The Boston is a bit pricey for its quality.

Actually, you should consider a Kawai K3 also.

I think you get more bang for your buck from Kawai.

The Essex is not in the same league as the Kawia, Boston, or Yamaha. It is much lower in quality.

Of the three companies, I rate them in the following order: Kawai, Yamaha, then Boston.

Here's a suggestion: go to http://www.ptg.org. There you will find a list of registered piano technicians in your area. Call of bunch of them and ask if they have clients whom are selling their family piano. All of us have clients wishing to sell their pianos and we as technicians servicing these pianos already know the condition.

Let me know how you do.

One further note, always work with an authorized dealer for the make you're looking at. You can go to the manufacturer's web site and get a list of dealers in your area!

Do NOT purchase a gray market piano from any manufacturer until you have had it checked out first!!!!! Again: http://www.ptg.org.

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I saw the Kawai K3, it's fine but it's difficult to evaluate again Tamaha u3. How do you thinks about the Hoffmand v120 and used yamaha gc1 ? The Hoffmann is more expensive than the kawai. It's very difficult to do the best choice because I can't compare each brand togother.


Hi Odette:

The Kawai K3 is not a good comparison to the Yamaha U3. I think you would have to go to the Kawai K8 for a good comparison to the Yamaha U3.

The GC1 is a grand and it's Yamaha's lower end.

But I would take the Yamaha over the Hoffmand.

Hoffmand is owned by Bechstein and made in the Czech Republic. It is there attempt to compete in a lower end market.

You can't compare a Yamaha gc1 grand and a vertical Hoffmand.

If I were you and you were looking at Hoffmands...look at the Becchstein Classic 118 or 124 instead.

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