Originally Posted by Jamz
Craigslist...same here in the Philly area. I emailed an aquaintence who is a very talented pianist/songwriter signed to Telarc Records. He basically thought the Samick might be fine in pop music as a side instrument. A "serious" piano oriented band would probably want at least a good Yamaha or Baldwin if a Steinway wasn't available.
I tend to get tunnel vision when it comes to any purchase.
I've got a Young Chang PG-185 (6' 1") for the kids to learn on. It's a fine piano. At first I had my doubts, but once my tuner voiced it properly, it really started to shine. The action certainly isn't a Renner (i.e. the one they use on the Steinway). It's a very good action, and better than any upright could be. It's been problem free since I got it, and has only had some minor adjustments. It's probably pretty comparable to a Yamaha. But, only a Renner is a Renner.
It's overkill for a couple of young kids, but I got it for cost, and you can't buy them used for what I paid new. I prefer it to a number of Yamahas that I've heard. It would probably be suitable for some studio applications.
I can't say I've heard a grand smaller than 6' (which is the cutoff between baby grands and studio grands) that I'd want to record. And, a serious pianist will probably want something more like a concert instrument. The Samick may work out for some kinds of recordings. However, even a cheap baby grand is a big investment in both $$ and space to have it only work out *sometimes*.