Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Should I Buy?


I've wanted a piano my whole life.  I've been the church pianist for years, but no piano of my own.  I saw a beauty at a moving sale close to my home.  They were asking $1750 for a 42-inch high upright 708-I model Kawai.  I want to make an offer because I love how it plays.  Can you help?  Eileen

Hi Eileen:

This is a discontinued (1989) console at 43" Walnut Kawai made in Japan.

At the time it was discontinued it listed for 3742.00.

I ran some numbers.

In perfect condition, the top price would be about 1659.00.

I can't see it from here...but let's assume it is in perfect condition...offer 1350.00.

Of course, the most prudent thing to do would be to have it looked at by a registered member of the Piano Technicians Guild.

Go to http://www.ptg.org. There you can put in your zip code and a list of REGISTERED technicians will pop up on your area. Anything less than registered is unacceptable.

Sometimes if a tech is in the area, they will look at it for a small fee if you promise to use them as your service tech.

Good luck!!!!!

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Ralph Onesti


I am a Registered/tested member of the Piano Technicians Guild (RPT) with 49 years of experience in all phases and levels of the acoustic piano. I will answer any questions regarding acoustic pianos only. All questions and answers are to remain public. Please to not include sensitive material! If they are marked private, I will change them to public. My answers may be of assistance to others. If privacy is an issue, please contact me through my web site: http://www.onestipiano.com Electronic keyboards, organs, and player/reproducing piano mechanisms are outside of my expertise. Anything to do with: Construction, Service, Tuning, Climate Control Systems, Piano Disc, Purchasing, Selling, Insurance Appraisal, Rebuilding, Repairs, Legal issues, Maintenance, Environmental issues, Finish issues with acoustic pianos. My full resume can be found at: http://onestipiano.com/pages/history.html You can like us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/onestipianoservice


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