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I am pretty new here. My first post I mistakenly put in the FAQ forum. This is my second post. smile

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.

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I bought a new Hailun HG151 6 years ago and I have yet to run into any problem, except that it developed a slight squeak in the sustain pedal, which I think is an easy fix that a tuner can take care of. Of course the piano has been barely used in the duration, so take my account accordingly.

Just curious, how far north of $10K is the HG161?


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Of those, I would pick the Hailun 161. I put little stock in what a dealer has to say about products they don’t sell/sell against. The pricing may be more competitive than usual because the North American distributor is located where you are.


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Cygnusdei, the HG161 is $11,499 at the dealer.
The K and C is $7,495 at another store.
The Kawai is $4,000 from a private seller.

Question, should I hold out for another Essex?

Since I don’t have a job right now, I really like the price of the Kawai. smile

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You should wait until you're employed again so you can make a sound decision based on what tone and touch you like instead of the price. A piano is not a necessity and is something that will last you a long time, so you need to make sure it's what you like.

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This is also a moving sale, which may work to your advantage. Ritmüller is supposedly the premium line from Pearl River, but I haven't heard one in person

https://www.pianomart.com/buy-a-piano/view?id=46814


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Thank you, for the tip! I have messaged the seller. I’ll let you know if I get a chance to play it.

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So I was able to play the 2017 Ritmuller GH 170R, and loved it! It has had the keys reweighted so they are consistent across the keyboard. I think I’m going to get it! Any opinions on this one?

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Sorry, it’s from 2016!

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So I was able to play the 2017 Ritmuller GH 170R, and loved it! It has had the keys reweighted so they are consistent across the keyboard. I think I’m going to get it! Any opinions on this one?

Info can be found here.....

https://www.pianobuyer.com/brand/pearl-river/

Also, most folks here would recommend that you have the piano checked over by an independent technician. I don't know if it's location by that large window might have been a problem, in terms of direct sunlight, etc.

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Originally Posted by ChopinGrl
So I was able to play the 2017 Ritmuller GH 170R, and loved it! It has had the keys reweighted so they are consistent across the keyboard. I think I’m going to get it! Any opinions on this one?
Wow, you move fast. My advice: "The wand chooses the wizard" !


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Cygnusdei, haha! I love your advice! The seller asked that I come ASAP since they already had an offer and they are moving next week. 😊

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Chopingrl - did you purchase the ritmuller?

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Yes I bought it yesterday! It will be delivered in a week and a half, then I’ll upload photos!

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Congratulations! 🎉🎊🎈
I’m looking forward to the pictures! Very exciting!

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Thank you Sgisela! It is very exciting! 😊

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Congratulations on your almost new, new to you Ritmuller grand piano!

Enjoy! smile

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Thanks, Rick! I can’t wait to receive it!

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Here she is!
[img]https://photos.google.com/photo/AF1QipOjWdCP70du9X6sQ9ZrW9DPS1tU_Su9OUYXL_1B[/img]

I couldn’t figure out how to paste the photo in this post… if anyone know how to do this, please let me know.

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Originally Posted by ChopinGrl
I couldn’t figure out how to paste the photo in this post… if anyone know how to do this, please let me know.
Hello - you can attach photos of your piano here (click on New Gallery)

http://forum.pianoworld.com/ubbthreads.php/forums/42/1/piano-photo-gallery-pictures-of-pianos.html


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