I am hard pressed in deciding which brand and type of piano I should purchase. I'm caught between a trap that says: buy the upright for space and sacrifice the sound, or sacrifice the space and have the sound produced by a baby or "adult" grand. The dimensions for my room are 12 by 14, and we are willing to pay $7,000, possibly more once we get money from FEMA. I had my eye on a terrific sounding German brand-upright. I know, that doesn't help much, but I know for sure it wasn't Bozendorffer; it had a weird name and was written in such fine script, it was illegible. I believe it had a Renner action and was only for $5,500. But being the person I am, I would rather prefer to have a grand, but within the $7,000 price range-seems impossible
Are we neighbors? I had to run from Katrina and Rita just two weeks later.
Have you considered using $7,000 as a down payment and financing the rest? That's what I did, although interest rates are a bit higher than 6 years ago.
I purchased a three year old, 5' 10" Kawai RX2 from UNL (Monroe) for just $10,500 (in 2000). It was in a faculty member's office, not a practice room, so I know it wasn't mistreated, as the practice room pianos often are. Perhaps you will find what you need at one of the several 'university piano sales' around Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Alexandria and Monroe Louisiana.