I am pretty new here. My first post I mistakenly put in the FAQ forum. This is my second post.
I am a serious amateur pianist, and am ready to get to the next level. I currently own a console piano, and would like to step up to a grand. My space is limited; I live in a small condo, so I need something 5’9” or under. My budget is $5,000 - $8,000.
I’ve tried some different pianos over the last few weeks, and I could use some advice.
First up is a used Essex EGP160 from 2002, and that is my favorite that I’ve tried in my price range. However, it was already sold, so it’s not available, and I haven’t found any more used Essexes since then.
I also tried a new Hailun HG161 which I liked a lot. It was a bit over my price range, but the salesperson indicated it could go lower. Then I went to another piano store to try out a couple pianos, and I asked that salesperson for his opinion on Hailun. He said they used to be a Hailun dealer, but there were so many problems with those pianos that the service contracts became too expensive, and they stopped carrying them. That lowered my enthusiasm for the Hailun.
At that store I tried a 1991 Kohler and Campbell SKG-600. I really loved the sound on this one, but wasn’t sure about the action; it didn’t seem as sensitive as I would like.
Finally, I just tried a 1986 Kawai GE-2 today. It is in beautiful shape, but there were a few things I wasn’t crazy about: the keys seemed a little loose and kind of heavy; and I could hear some beats from inside the piano in the upper register. It also sounded a little like an old piano… not sure what causes that. This piano is priced to sell, as the owner is moving across the country in a couple of weeks, so it is a very attractive price, $7,000 and $4,000 less than the others.
I’m wondering if the issues on the used pianos can be fixed, and would be happy for any other advice you all might have.