Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/82 u3


I am going to buy a 1982 U3   Serial # M 3501648.  The seller is single person dealer who keep the piano at his home.   Ask for $4225 firm with 3 year parts and labor warranty, +delivery.  I pay tuning myself.

I just check the serial number saying it was not made for US market, and the dryness for the past 30 years indoor will cause problem.

Should I still do it?

Hi Jessica:

First of all, the warranty isn't worth any more than the paper upon which it is written.

Those are not factory warranties but "dealer" warranties and it's the dealer you would have to reckon with.

Second, the right price for a piano that old, especially Asian is 2950.00....firm.

If it's not for the American market (gray market), Yamaha will not talk to you about parts.

Third, if the seller is not a registered member of the piano technicians guild...you are virtually on your own. Any disputes would become legal and expensive.

I'm going to Texas soon to give testimony on a deal that was misrepresented. I'm expensive.

I don't worry much about piano not made for the American market if I check them before hand.

So, your first step is to go to http://www.ptg.org and find a REGISTERED technician in your area to check the piano out.

But again, the price is high!!!!

Yamaha didn't start making good pianos until the 1990's.

Let me know how you do!

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