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#11298 - 03/08/08 08:30 PM Kawai Studio
jimboa Offline
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Registered: 02/27/08
Posts: 13
Loc: Nashville, TN
I'm a rookie piano shopper and am trying to get any info I can on a used 44" Kawai studio, approximately 10 years old. It's a model 603MP.

I'm specifically curious if it has a laminated or solid spruce soundboard...is there an easy way to tell from looking? If anyone has an idea on value, I'd appreciate that too. The owners are asking $1800. It's been played very little and tuned ZERO times since being bought new. One other bit of info I noticed was that it was placarded, "Assembled in the USA"

Thanks very much for any input!


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#11299 - 03/08/08 08:54 PM Re: Kawai Studio
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Registered: 08/01/05
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Get the serial number and one of us will looke it up. Never trust what the seller tells you.
600 series had a solid board. Think it was 42" console. Not tuning for that many years is not a good thing. Private party price would be more like $1400-$1500 on West coast. Get it checked out.
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#11300 - 03/08/08 10:05 PM Re: Kawai Studio
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Thanks very much! The serial number is: A63438

I didn't measure it myself, but the tag which came with it from the original retailer said 44". I'm definitely going to have any piano checked by a tech before I purchase, but of course, if it's a model to steer clear of, I won't even go through that.

I was afraid of the fact that it hasn't been tuned. I guess it would be up to a tech to see what kind of shape it's in and confirm it could be brought up to the proper standard.

Thanks again for the reply!

#11301 - 03/09/08 12:51 PM Re: Kawai Studio
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Hi Jimboa,

There is no way I would attempt to debate with any of the pro tech’s on this forum, but not being tuned in 10 years is not a death certificate for a piano; although it may not necessarily be good for an acoustic piano not to be tuned regularly (at least two times a year), I know form my own experience that once you raise the pitch to standard pitch and keep them tuned from that point on, you can still have a great piano.

It may cost you more initially for the pitch raise but you can use that point as a strategy to try and negotiate a better selling price with the owner.

Of course, this is just my .02 and is probably worth what you paid or it \:D .

Best regards,

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#11302 - 03/09/08 02:31 PM Re: Kawai Studio
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Yes, not tuning for 10 years is not a death certificate. Usually can be reversed by a few pitch raises and tunings.
Produced late in the year 1995 in Kawai's Lincolnton, North Carolina factory.
Worth looking into.
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#11303 - 03/09/08 03:12 PM Re: Kawai Studio
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Loc: Nashville, TN
Great input! Thanks very much.



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