|Quoting TSS (Reply 1):|
Maybe check with local piano tuners to see if they know of anyone looking to sell a decent grand piano in your area because they're moving, don't play any more, or just need the space currently being taken up by a grand piano?
Yet economic and cultural forces have made many used pianos, with the exception of Steinways and a few other high-end brands, prone to being jettisoned.
With thousands of moving parts, pianos are expensive to repair, requiring long hours of labor by skilled technicians whose numbers are diminishing. Excellent digital pianos and portable keyboards can cost as little as several hundred dollars. Low-end imported pianos have improved remarkably in quality and can be had for under $3,000.
Used pianos abound on Web sites like eBay, driving prices down and making it difficult to sell Grandma’s old upright. With moving costs of several hundred dollars, even giving a piano away can be expensive. Abandonment often becomes the only option, especially for heirs dealing with a relative’s property.
|Quoting Boeing717200 (Reply 2):|
If you want a new one, you can get a Yamaha b series for about what you're looking at spending. It's an upright, but at 5k you'll have a tough time finding a baby grand that won't need some work.
|Quoting Revelation (Reply 3):|
See also: http://www.pianoadoption.com/Lots of good info there...
|Quoting RussianJet (Reply 5):|
It's a shame that you are insistent on limiting yourself to a grand. You could get so much more for your money if you were open to an upright, and you could be very surprised by the quality
|Quoting zckls04 (Reply 6):|
Yamahas are already ruled out due to their horribly tinny sound, IMO at least.
|Quoting zckls04 (Reply 8):|
Interesting- I wasn't aware of that. I'll see if I can find a used one to play.