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I would like to buy a used Yamaha U-3 piano for my 9 year old daughter. She had been playing on a Clavinova and her teacher says that she is doing extremely well. She says that we should get a baby grand (impossible in our NYC apt) or a full sized upright. I can't afford a new one. I have heard of a dealer in Washington state, Kim Rawlings (Rawlings Music), that has U3 pianos available in NYC area at approx $5,000 for excellent quality. They come with a 5 year warranty but the catch is that they must be bought sight unseen since he normally only works with dealers. The NYC piano stores do not generally have used U-3s for sale or if they do they can cost over $8000. However, if I buy from a private individual I get not warranty. I am torn among these different options. I would love to hear from anyone who has experience with this subject.

-- Michael Ketring (, December 30, 2004


You need to check out another website (pianoworld), but essentially buying a piano should not be a stressful experience.

I wouldn't get caught up trying only for a U3. I used to sell Yamaha pianos. I would look for a WX3, or WX7 because the music desk is far superior, the keys feel nicer and it sounds beautiful. Plus it looks a whole lot better. But if you have your heart set on a U3, go to a store that allows you to see it and hear it. To my memory they are only sold in polished finishes. Check that out.

Don't be too paranoid about warranties when it comes to Yamahas. Rather, assess where the piano has been placed in the home, whether in sunlight or furnace heat's path. Have a technician check it out. You can transfer the warranty from the previous owner if it's still valid. A lot of people are responsible owners once they've spent thousands on a piano. Don't worry.

-- Anita (, December 31, 2004.

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