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I want to preface this with the fact that I am a big believer in manifestation. I bought a Roland FA08 last year and now that I am recently retired, I decided to try my best to learn how to play piano. Having had a piano in the house when I was a kid I had something to compare the semi weighted digital keyboard to and there is no comparison.

I started scouring YouTube for what to look for when buying a used piano. I am a wood worker and was an auto mechanic, so this was right up my alley. I kept looking for used pianos because I wanted a Grand or Baby Grand and thought the new ones were out of reach. I went and looked at the Kawai's and wanted to try the millennium action. I was more interested in the GL-16 for the duplex bridging. They didn't have one but I tried the GL-10 and 30. It just wasn't for me.

The pianos sounded nice for their size but I wanted to see what I could come up with at the Steinway Presidents Day warehouse sale. I had an 11 am appointment on day one of the sale. I went with the intention of looking at a couple of used Boston's, but again I was not impressed with the sound. The low end was muddy to me. Something that made me hesitant to get a Baby Grand. I really wanted to be around the 6 foot mark. I wandered over to a section of the store where the non-Steinway pianos were. I looked at a Mason and Hamlin from 1955 but it needed a lot of work in the action and probably needed a restring. In spite of that it sounded awesome even out of tune. Ot was built like a tank too but I wasn't looking for a project.

Then I saw an Estonia 190 that was very clean. By the time the sales person came over I had already been under the piano and it was immaculate in and out (Like it was played by a little old lady from Pasadena on Sundays lol). I thought Estonia was a stencil brand out of Asia. How mistaken I was. I hit that low C and was blown away by the clarity of the bass and the bell like tones of the treble. Not too bright, to me it sounded perfect. Then I looked at the price new. This was a 2011 model and well kept. It also had a piano saver installed. I didn't think the financing would be approved, but I said to the salesperson "If it's to be, then it will be." A few hours later I was notified the financing went through. It's getting delivered this Saturday and I am dedicating the downstairs (not a basement) of the house to music. I can control the climate better there. What a beautiful sounding piano. I can't wait. It crosses the 6 ft threshold and plays better than I can LOL. It ticks all the boxes for me. I'll post a picture when I get it. This is the room it's going in. Approximately 8 X 11 1/2 and faces a room slightly larger so it shouldn't be too loud. This is my first piano purchase and I think I scored. (No pun intended)

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Woo hoo Bob
Great story and yes, the stars aligned for you to get a great piano 😊 Pics pleased when it is delivered.
Enjoy every minute of it


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Wow! Amazing.

Ya, Estonia in its previous iteration was a tank-like, awful piano out of Estonia. Now it is a very, very high end piano out of Estonia that isn't at high end prices due to the economics of Estonia (and the pianos are pretty much only sent to the US market, apparently). 2011 is a great year. The " major jumps" in improvement are c2003, c2007, c2013. These claims can all be Googled and triangulated.

So excited for you!


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Originally Posted by SonatainfSharp
Wow! Amazing.

Ya, Estonia in its previous iteration was a tank-like, awful piano out of Estonia. Now it is a very, very high end piano out of Estonia that isn't at high end prices due to the economics of Estonia (and the pianos are pretty much only sent to the US market, apparently). 2011 is a great year. The " major jumps" in improvement are c2003, c2007, c2013. These claims can all be Googled and triangulated.

So excited for you!
Thank you. I love this piano.

@Pianoworld I can see why you smile every time you play it. I feel privileged to own such a beautiful instrument.

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Correction on the room size 10x11 1/2 (the carpet is 8x10)

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Congratulations on your beautiful Estonia piano ! May you spend many happy hours playing music.I am sure it sounds wonderful !

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Congrats!! Enjoy, it looks really nice, and even better it aligns with your musical sound taste. I have put this manufacturer on my long list of pianos I hope to be able to play one day.

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Congrats! I just put a deposit on the same piano today... 2011 Estonia L190.


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Congrats! I just put a deposit on the same piano today... 2011 Estonia L190.

I really hope this is not the same piano! grin


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You found an Estonia L190!
Congratulations! One day I hope to play an Estonia as well.


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