I am new to this forum and really enjoy the the music everyone has uploaded...thank you. I am a newbie adult learner. I started taking lessons about 8 months ago and have been plugging along making pretty good progress (I think). I wondered if I may gather a few opinions on a grand piano. I currently play on a digital and my instructor has a steinway BB and up until a month or so ago I honestly didn't hear the difference. I felt really proud the day I actually could hear what all the fuss is about.
Now, my digital seems to sound worse every day.. probably just me but I really would like to get something better. Progress I suppose. I have spent the last few weeks reading, playing, reading some more etc on the different models. I was looking at a couple of restored early 1900 M&H AA's but decided against it for logistical reasons and just didn't have a good feeling about either. The Steinways are just too expensive so I have already eliminated them. Questions are:
1.. Should I buy new or used? I would say that low/mid 20's is probably my max I want to spend. I have only been looking at used up until now but now I think that maybe if I just spend a little more and get something new I won't need to think about spending more in the future as I am in my mid 40's now. If I buy something 15 years old or more, then I might be looking at restoring in another 10 so whatever savings I may pick up now will eventually be lost.
2. I may be able to hear the difference between my digital and a steinway but between say a yamaha C2 and C3 or a M&H A or a Schimmel or Boston or kawai, etc.. I don't hear as much as you all may or feel that much difference. They all sound really nice to me. So, should I just get a cheaper new grand since I can't really tell the difference or will that come in time?
3. Right now I am looking at Estonia 190, M&H A, Yamaha C2 or C3 (may get a good deal since they are being eliminated for the CX models).
Any advice? I have a good size home so room isn't a problem.
thanks so much