The high quality workmanship that both Yamaha and Kawai put into their Japanese pianos is the main reason that people buy these wonderful instruments.
Second hand Yamaha and Kawai pianos offer the public a chance to purchase these pianos at a fraction of the price of new models. Don’t be misled in thinking that all Japanese pianos are of the same quality as Yamaha and Kawai. This is not the case! Other Japanese factories don’t use the same quality materials as Yamaha and Kawai and they are not built to the same standard.
In selecting your piano it is recommended that you do not buy a second hand Yamaha and Kawai built before 1980. These pianos are now getting a little old and are showing signs of wear and tear. The safest way to buy a Yamaha and Kawai is from a reputable dealer. Make sure the company in which you are dealing with are well established with a good history and are able to offer a back up service should anything go wrong.
An honest piano dealer will offer you a good warranty. 3/5 years
depending on make, age, model etc... Yamaha/Kawai hold their money very
well especially second hand ones. Expect your piano in 10 years to be
worth around 60-65% of what you paid for it. For example .. if you pay
£2795 today, expect it to be worth £1750 in real terms in approximately
10 years time. Please note that this is only a guide.
The value of your piano also depends on the way you have looked after your piano. Tune your instrument at least once a year. Get a qualified technician to check it over while he’s tuning it.
These quality built instruments will last a life time (providing you look after them) and will offer great touch and tone no matter who’s playing.