Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

This custom search works much better than the built in one and allows searching older posts.
(ad 125) Sweetwater - Digital Keyboards & Other Gear
Digital Pianos at Sweetwater
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) Pianoteq
Latest Pianoteq add-on instrument: U4 upright piano
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
PianoSupplies.com (150)
Piano Accessories Music Related Gifts Piano Tuning Equipment Piano Moving Equipment
We now offer Gift Certificates in our online store!
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Piano
Quick Links to Useful Stuff
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers
*Organs

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano Accessories
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#11298 - 03/08/08 08:30 PM Kawai Studio
jimboa Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 02/27/08
Posts: 13
Loc: Nashville, TN
Hello,
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!

Jim

Top
(ads 568) Hailun Pianos

 

#11299 - 03/08/08 08:54 PM Re: Kawai Studio
Craigen Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 08/01/05
Posts: 1815
Loc: West Coast
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.
_________________________
Piano Technician, member Piano Technicians Guild.

Top
#11300 - 03/08/08 10:05 PM Re: Kawai Studio
jimboa Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 02/27/08
Posts: 13
Loc: Nashville, TN
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!

Top
#11301 - 03/09/08 12:51 PM Re: Kawai Studio
Rickster Online   content


Registered: 03/25/06
Posts: 8535
Loc: Georgia, USA
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,

Rickster
_________________________
Piano enthusiast and amateur musician: "Treat others the way you would like to be treated". Yamaha C7. YouTube Channel

Top
#11302 - 03/09/08 02:31 PM Re: Kawai Studio
Craigen Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 08/01/05
Posts: 1815
Loc: West Coast
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.
_________________________
Piano Technician, member Piano Technicians Guild.

Top
#11303 - 03/09/08 03:12 PM Re: Kawai Studio
jimboa Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 02/27/08
Posts: 13
Loc: Nashville, TN
Great input! Thanks very much.

Jim

Top

Moderator:  Ken Knapp, Piano World, Rickster 
What's Hot!!
HOW TO POST PICTURES on the Piano Forums
-------------------
Sharing is Caring!
About the Buttons
-------------------
Forums Rules & Help
-------------------
ADVERTISE
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
-------------------
PIANO BOOKS
Interesting books about the piano, pianists, piano history, biographies, memoirs and more!
(ad) HAILUN Pianos
Hailun Pianos - Click for More
ad (Casio)
Celviano by Casio Rebate
Ad (Seiler/Knabe)
Seiler Pianos
Sheet Music
(PW is an affiliate)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Piano Tuner Recommendation
by DancerJ
54 minutes 4 seconds ago
Opening a Kawai ES7
by ColoRodney
Today at 03:32 PM
Kawai MP11 black key noise?
by rungabic
Today at 11:35 AM
Rachmaninoff 2 and broken strings
by Anne'sson
Today at 09:31 AM
Kawai CN24 vs Kawai CA65 Vs Acoustic
by Luca33
Today at 08:55 AM
Who's Online
140 registered (anotherscott, accordeur, ajames, Anne'sson, 39 invisible), 1655 Guests and 18 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
76285 Members
42 Forums
157692 Topics
2316263 Posts

Max Online: 15252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
(ads by Google)

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
|
Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |


copyright 1997 - 2014 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission