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Help please??

Postby Aya » Mon Nov 14, 2011 1:01 am

Hi all,

I started piano about a year ago and am now in grade 2 practical. Unfortunately, back then I didn't know much about pianos and settled for my friend's which cost around $400. And to be honest, I'm losing interest in playing the piano because of it. I told my dad that I wanted a new one, but he was very reluctant.

Well, my dad told me he would buy one on two conditions... 1. I would have to find and tell him the piano shop(s) that I wanted to visit and 2. it must be cheap. The definition of cheap, in his opinion, is below S$2000. I'm having a headache looking at pianos on the internet (just so I can get an idea of how much they cost, and a lot of them are over the budget) ... I have no idea about brands but just don't want one of those China-made with European names, please... As for the Yamahas, tbey are obviously way out of my dad's 2k budget. Does any one know any piano shops/second-hand shops that I can try around Bukit Batok / CCK? I'm really determined to do this but this is such a tight budget... :(

P.S. I know this is a KP forum but I don't know where to seek advice on this matter... :(
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Re: Help please??

Postby LOLMum » Mon Nov 14, 2011 8:43 am

there is one "piano master" at geylang east avenue 3. google it and call them to check the price before going down.

this was one of the shops i went many years ago to buy a piano for my dd.

if you dont like the sound, dont buy it no matter how cheap it is.

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Re: Help please??

Postby Aya » Mon Nov 14, 2011 1:42 pm

LOLMum wrote:there is one "piano master" at geylang east avenue 3. google it and call them to check the price before going down.

this was one of the shops i went many years ago to buy a piano for my dd.

if you dont like the sound, dont buy it no matter how cheap it is.


Thanks , will try that :)

Anyway, was just browsing and saw a Toyo (10 yrs old) going for S$1500 and a Yamaha JU109 (3 yrs old) going for S$1550.

Toyo : http://www.olx.com.sg/2nd-hand-toyo-pia ... -133966765

Yamaha : http://www.olx.com.sg/yamaha-piano-ju109-iid-125079723

I personally prefer the Yamaha, should I go for it? I know second-hands are risky but I have no choice if I have to get one below $2000...

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Re: Help please??

Postby LOLMum » Mon Nov 14, 2011 1:52 pm

i believe you have to play the piano to hear the sound so cant give advice based on the link. but what is good to my ears might not be good to yours.

i bought a 2nd hand piano for dd too and that was like more than 5 years ago and it is still in good condition and the sound is still pretty good. reason why i chose a 2nd hand piano was becasue dd like you just started playing the piano and we have no idea if she will continue with it. we managed to find one which is of good quality made and sound.

the salesman at the shop might be able to advise yo. you dont have to buy just because you ask questions. if you dont like it, dont buy. just look around for others.

google on how to find a good piano.

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Re: Help please??

Postby markfch » Tue Nov 15, 2011 12:17 am

The URL below lists down the addresses of some of the piano shops in S'pore. But give them a call before you go down as the info maybe dated. I think there's a 2nd hand piano shop (Music Companion) in IMM and they have quite a wide range of pianos. Maybe you can call them to ask whether they have one within your budget.

http://piano-diary.blogspot.com/2008/07 ... o-for.html
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Re: Help please??

Postby peanut_butter » Tue Nov 15, 2011 12:47 am

If you are willing to settle for less famous 2nd-hand piano, you may get one within your budget, to last you till grade 3.

Best if you can get your father to go down to Piano-Master. The boss is very eager to demonstrate his Hailun. He may be able to convince your father.

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Re: Help please??

Postby Guest » Tue Nov 15, 2011 12:59 am

Sorry to say this, I think you are the main issue here as your dad only pays. So it is necessary that you do research on all models of piano that you like the sound first, then look for the second hand version to hear the sound again n with the right price, I am sure your dad will just pay. You really hv to do the groundwork to exhaust yr options and not repeat the same mistake in your first purchase. Even for a second hand one it would be good to try out the piano rigorously before making the decision. $400 to $2000 is a big jump of budget so you better get it right this time. I may sound a little harsh but both you n dad will be happy with your final purchase if you have done your part sufficiently.
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Re: Help please??

Postby peanut_butter » Tue Nov 15, 2011 1:01 am

If you are willing to settle for less famous 2nd-hand piano, you may get one within your budget, to last you till grade 3.

Best if you can get your father to go down to Piano-Master. The boss is very eager to demonstrate his Hailun. He may be able to convince your father.

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Re: Help please??

Postby Aya » Tue Nov 15, 2011 2:57 pm

ksi wrote:Sorry to say this, I think you are the main issue here as your dad only pays. So it is necessary that you do research on all models of piano that you like the sound first, then look for the second hand version to hear the sound again n with the right price, I am sure your dad will just pay. You really hv to do the groundwork to exhaust yr options and not repeat the same mistake in your first purchase. Even for a second hand one it would be good to try out the piano rigorously before making the decision. $400 to $2000 is a big jump of budget so you better get it right this time. I may sound a little harsh but both you n dad will be happy with your final purchase if you have done your part sufficiently.


I never said I had a problem with my dad or his request. I just think that the budget is a bit of a constraint. I don't want to buy a cheap piano that will not last/will not sound as good. In the long run, a more expensive (and better quality one) would help to save cost since it wouldn't be spoilt so easily.

I spent almost the whole of yesterday just to do research on second hand piano shops, so yes, I am doing my work. I don't really have a favourite brand or model but I know that Yamaha and Kawai are good brands and something on the lower end would suffice (etc Yamaha JU109). I'll feel assured knowing that it's an actual brand rather than some that I've never heard of.

When I first went shopping for a piano, I had only gone through 1-2 lessons of piano so I didn't really know how to test the piano and didn't know what kind of sound I liked (couldnt tell the difference). Ended up indecisive after walking around the piano warehouse. So when I knew my friend had a piano which she never used anymore, I asked about the price and she offered to sell it to me at $400 which I agreed upon. Now that I have experienced playing it I know that pianos are actually value for money, so rest assured, I will obviously be more careful this time.

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Re: Help please??

Postby Dreamaurora » Thu Nov 17, 2011 10:43 pm

I am going to reiterate my usual advice when sourcing for a 2nd hand piano, always get a tuner or pianist to go along with you (preferably your teacher, if not at least a friend who has a high grade in piano).

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