I made a similar deduction when I was piano shopping. I wish I had just bought a Boston and gone down a few inches! Always time to upgrade, I guess..When I was out looking for a piano I also played on the Steinway brands: Steinway, Boston and Essex. I found that the Steinways themselves were clearly the superior instruments, both in touch and sound. Boston was an acceptable alternative, and cheaper priced. The Essex line was not at all to my liking though. The instruments I played sounded tinny and small, and were not at all related to the warm Boston sound, let alone the Steinway one.