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Upgrading instruments Yamaha->Bosendorfer (Read 1611 times)

Offline keitokyun

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Upgrading instruments Yamaha->Bosendorfer
« on: February 17, 2017, 03:44:19 AM »
I'm getting the chance of upgrading from a Yamaha G3 to a Bosendorfer 200 for relatively cheap (+/- $5000 USD). Basically from a Japanese piano to a European Piano. Do you think the upgrade is worth it?







EDIT: With the inquires from @chrisbutch & @dogperson, I am obliged to clarify. It is a Bosendorfer 200, year 2006. It is in perfect condition with original action, soundboard, and strings. All it needs is a little dusting. What I want to know is whether or not the increased depth of expression and more sensitive action worth the five thousand ($5K)?

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Re: Upgrading instruments Yamaha->Bosendorfer
«Reply #1 on: February 17, 2017, 09:46:59 AM »
Given the price you quote (unless you've missed out a zero) this has to be a used instrument, so the question can't be answered in the abstract without knowing something about its condition and history. Again given the price, it's likely to have been through several wars and need quite a bit of work, which may or may not be worth it. Incidentally, you may not know that Yamaha now own Bosendorfer: and although the original Viennese factory is still going strong and instruments still being built to the original Bosendorfer designs, in the half-dozen years since the takeover Yamaha influence is increasingly showing itself in details and in quality control, and far more than that in the recently-launched replacement for the big Imperial.   

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Re: Upgrading instruments Yamaha->Bosendorfer
«Reply #2 on: February 17, 2017, 10:55:42 AM »
The two important considerations are the age and the condition of the Bosendorfer, with condition being primary.  It is essential that you have this piano inspected by an experience piano tech to determine what work has been done previously and what will need to be done in the near future.

Anything else is just inaccurate conjecture about whether or not this is a 'good deal'

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Re: Upgrading instruments Yamaha->Bosendorfer
«Reply #3 on: February 26, 2017, 08:21:16 PM »
Unless the Bösendorfer is somehow damaged, I reckon that would be a very worthwhile $5000. The G-series Yamahas are clangy, soulless and unresonant, and in addition don't hold up well over time. The Bosie will be a much nicer instrument to play right now and will also last many years, with the usual routine maintenance.
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Re: Upgrading instruments Yamaha->Bosendorfer
«Reply #4 on: March 06, 2017, 11:00:11 AM »
I would say easily worth it, but you should play it.

The Bosey has a very different sound (which I very much prefer to Yamaha) and some people prefer the sharper Yamaha sound. I can't comment on the touch. I believe the Yamahas are lighter, but my technician says the Bosey's are far more accurate to play and for him, far more fine-tunable to adjust exactly to what the pianist wants.
This is not about the top level concert grands though, but the smaller house grands.

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Re: Upgrading instruments Yamaha->Bosendorfer
«Reply #5 on: March 08, 2017, 12:35:49 PM »
If you like the other piano then buy it, if you like your current one just fine then keep it