I am looking for a piano to purchase. Either a used grand or baby grand
preferably, but an upright grand would do for now. I need something in good
condition. If someone has one for sale or knows a reasonable music store
that sells used pianos, I would certainly appreciate it.
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- Good Evening,
Just returned from our little acerage in NW. Guanacaste. Our
little home might be completed by December.
Here is the question that I need your help with: My spouse is a
pianist.....well, she plays the piano. We just purchased an
electric Yamaha Clavinova that we plan on bringing to Costa
Rica. It is a portable musical instrument , which seems to meet
the criteria of avoiding import duties. It weighs 190 pounds and
the music store says they have shipped them to South America
among other places, and are currently checking out how to get it
to Liberia for us.........We hope to have it waiting for us when we
arrive next December 15, and throw the box in the back of our
rental vehicle. We have a lawyer who we work with in Liberia, as
well as friends who live in the immediate area. We currently
have it set up in our South Dakota living room, and will have it
professionally packaged, next fall, in it's original box. Oh, the
question:..........What advice can those wiser than we suggest ?
>From: algage@...My spouse is a pianist...We just purchased an electric Yamaha Clavinova that
>Subject: [CostaRicaLiving] Piano
we plan on bringing to Costa Rica.
It weighs 190 pounds and (we) will have it professionally packaged.
>Al GageDear Al, Hello to all others,
The international business section of the telephone directory
mentions several freight forwarders. As you are having it professionally
packed, it may serve you well to have it
professionally forwarded. You could shop the forwarding companies to see
which ones specialize in this type of sensitive equipment.
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- I have friends who are moving here later this year and are thinking
long and hard (as they should) about whether to move their baby grand
piano. Has anyone on the list done such a thing? Does anyone have any
experience or knowledge about purchasing a piano here? Spotted any
piano stores? Heard of anyone leasing a piano here for a period of
- I went through same thing with my Yamaha U3 upright...cost of
shipping,import tax was frightening....instead bought a Yamaha grand
piano synthesizer at Bahnbachs...big music store...had bad experience
at one in Multiplaza, but main store is in San Jose...saved lots and
lots of money, plus the synthesizer is a lot of fun and takes up much
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I am Bill Wunderle. My wife is the only authentic Suzuki piano teacher in C.R. She has around 60 students per week, & I keep many of their pianos' in tune, as well as our 2 grand. I use to be the dealer for Baldwin, Checkering & Wurlitzer, but when Gibson bought out Baldwin & wanted a financial statement from ME,who always paid cash in advance, you can imagine what I told the burecratic paper, nosy etc. people. As far as shipping your piano here, as long as it is crated property, expect no problems, & the duty is extremely low, like 7%.. Resale value here obviously is higher than in the states too. If I can be of further help. Let me know....Bill
- Bill, Carol & others with a piano. I'm curious - I know pianos in
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (another tropical paradise where my biz is
located hence my point of reference) have SERIOUS problems with
keeping in tune (is that the right lingo??) & sometimes warping - I
believe it was because of the humidity. I know at least the Central
Valley is no where near the same humidity level but - can that be an
issue here & if so - is it workable with good air-conditioning or
- Most newer pianos come with a metal rod heating element in the
strings so you actually plug them in and they keep a very low (and
cheap) electric current drying out the piano. I had a small grand
piano for years at sea level in Panama City and it wasn't in need of
tuning more than pianos I've had in the states.
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