After several heated discussions, I have accepted that my other half thinks we don't have the space for a grand piano (without turning our whole flat into Piano Central - not a problem as far as I'm concerned lol!)
However, the other night, after good food and wine, he reopened the topic and is reconsidering whether it might be feasible ( )
Now, even if I can fully persuade him, and be sure that it won't be too much of an imposition on him, I'm still not financially ready, but my first question is what to actually go for. I'm pretty sure that I will eventually get a grand piano (even if it's in the next house), so it'd be good to have made my mind up.
I know this is a really personal thing, and will of course go and play many. But what are people's views on:
make/model (I've heard one piano tuner say some Yamaha C1s are nicer than some Steinways, for example??!)
size - I'd want at least 6 foot, but how big a difference is there between 6, 7, 8 foot long - really that noticeable?
value for money - in principle, ie spend less but getter a better deal, even if the ultimate quality isn't quite so high, or cough up but get better quality
age - for example, there are some pretty good deals on turn of the century Bechsteins, some reconditioned, some not - but would age make them no longer worth it?
Have read some previous posts, just interested in people's thoughts...
the other thing to bear in mind, is that once I finally get a grand, it will be my baby, so I'm having a hard time imagining letting some of my pupils near it lol! Think the upright'll have to go, but may keep the digital and put the real key-bashers on that until they learn decent technique...