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#1231900 - 07/15/09 11:06 AM Shigeru Kawai Sk3 owners
Elena-Margarita Offline
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Registered: 08/17/07
Posts: 37
Loc: Brooklyn, New York
Hi, I've been a lurker for quite some time and in the process of researching pianos. I am interested in a Shigeru Kawai SK3 and would like to hear comments from owners of this instrument. Are you happy with your purchase? Any problems after purchasing?

Thanks so much.

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#1232029 - 07/15/09 02:25 PM Re: Shigeru Kawai Sk3 owners [Re: Elena-Margarita]
Kurtmen Offline
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Registered: 03/10/08
Posts: 632
Loc: San Mateo, CA
Hello topi,
Welcomed to the forum.
Your questions are easy to answer. Shigeru Kawai Company has taken very seriously the task of satisfying Shigeru buyers beyond their expectations. The after-purchase service goes as far as having one of their most talented and experienced technicians from Japan visit the customer at home and adjust the piano to their particular preferences.
The quality and design of the piano is also unquestionable.
Best Regards,

Edited by Kurtmen (07/15/09 02:26 PM)
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#1232183 - 07/15/09 08:09 PM Re: Shigeru Kawai Sk3 owners [Re: Kurtmen]
chihuahua Offline
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Registered: 01/05/09
Posts: 391
Loc: An Oligarchy
I got a friend in Singapore who had purchased an SK3 last year. It's a great instrument, but the visit from a Kawai technician is only for those living in the USA/Canada. At least in Asia and many other continents around the world, the MPA visit is not offered by Kawai. Warranty also differs from country to country.

I have tried the SK3, and must agree that it is a very nice piano. My friend's SK3 was purchased out of the box (as piano dealers in Singapore - in general - do not prep the piano before selling them like piano dealers in the States). That being said, the tone and touch was already a winner.
Nepotism: We promote family values here - almost as often as we promote family members.

#1232185 - 07/15/09 08:10 PM Re: Shigeru Kawai Sk3 owners [Re: Kurtmen]
AJF Offline
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Registered: 05/18/06
Posts: 1625
Loc: Toronto
I own a Shigeru SK2 which is about 5" shorter than the SK3. I've had the piano now for about 3 months and absolutely love it to no end. I'm also very excited because, as Kurtman described above, I have an appointment scheduled this Sunday with a Master Piano Artisan from Japan who will come and spend a day working on my instrument.

I am a professional pianist in Toronto and decided about a year ago that it was time to find a piano that I could spend the rest of my life with.
I sampled a very wide array of pianos in a very exhauted search for 'the one'.
I played various specimens by Steinway, Bosendorfer, Mason and Hamlin, Schimmel, Sauter, Seiler, C.Bechstein, Bechstein Academy, Yamaha, Estonia, Grotrian, Fazioli and of course Shigeru.
As you can tell by this list I was focused mainly on high-end instruments (and although my income doesn't support this kind of purchase I was determined to find a way to make it happen through financing)

In the end three pianos stood out for me: a Fazioli 183, a Grotrian Cabinet and a particular Shigeru SK2. For what I was looking for in terms of sound, action, and the ability to be expressive across a very wide palette these three stood out well above the others.

The Fazioli, after a generous discount from the dealer, could be had for about $90,000 CDN. This was WAY out of my reasonable price range.

The Grotrian could have been had for about $55,000 CDN. After doing some number crunching this was almost possible (if i was willing to live off of Kraft dinner for the next five years.

The Shigeru, at almost half the price of the Grotrian (and a third of the price of the Fazioli) flip-flopped between my second and third choice over time(as I spent a considerable amount of time over several weeks playing these instruments). Fazioli was the clear winner in terms of having everything I could ever want in a piano but the price was, as stated earlier, out of the question. The fact that I kept going back and forth between the Grotrian and Shigeru as my 'realistic' choice made the final choice easy: 'Buy the cheaper of the two!"

So now I'm the proud 'partner' of a Shigeru SK2 and have absolutely no regrets. As each day passes I'm continually amazed at the sounds and colours that can be coaxed out of this beast and the action is to die for. I sometimes play very late at night and playing pppp is no problem with the ultra responsive and 'controllable' Millenium III action.

My verdict: In comparing what you PAY for what you GET I think that the Shigeru Kawai piano is hands down the very best piano in the world. It easily holds its own up against any of the top tier pianos in the world and in most cases can be had for half or even a third of the price. Of course, in the end personal preference for things like sound and tone play a big factor too. Some people may flat-out just not like a Shigeru.
But for me, in the end after a long and exhaustive search and really getting in touch with what I want from a piano it was a no brainer.

All the best,

Edited by AJF (07/15/09 08:16 PM)

#1232246 - 07/15/09 10:25 PM Re: Shigeru Kawai Sk3 owners [Re: AJF]
Elena-Margarita Offline
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Registered: 08/17/07
Posts: 37
Loc: Brooklyn, New York
Kurtmen, Chihuahua and AJF-thanks so much for your response. I will have the opportunity to touch and hear the SK3 next week. AJF-I played a Bosendorfer and cried, from the the beauty of the sound and the realization that owning one would not be within my financial means. Researching for that bass sound led me to the Shigeru Kawai and I'm excited at the prospect of what it offers.

Thanks again.

#1232254 - 07/15/09 10:45 PM Re: Shigeru Kawai Sk3 owners [Re: Elena-Margarita]
gabytu Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/26/05
Posts: 1522
Loc: Portland, Or.
A friend has a Shigeru and I had a chance to play it. What a great piano, marvelous tone, action, clarity, and response. Kawaii makes a superb piano. You certainly can't go wrong with your purchase. Gaby Tu

#1232647 - 07/16/09 07:35 PM Re: Shigeru Kawai Sk3 owners [Re: gabytu]
AJF Offline
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Registered: 05/18/06
Posts: 1625
Loc: Toronto
It never fails. Shigeru threads always get very few responses. Are there THAT few owners reading these forums??
Maybe they're all just to busy playing their piano rather than reading about them smile

#1232677 - 07/16/09 09:29 PM Re: Shigeru Kawai Sk3 owners [Re: AJF]
Elena-Margarita Offline
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Registered: 08/17/07
Posts: 37
Loc: Brooklyn, New York
It's surprisingly a possiblity that there may be few owners. From postings on this site, European and Steinway pianos seem to be the preference. I plan on visiting a dealer next week and will post my findings.

#1232715 - 07/16/09 11:00 PM Re: Shigeru Kawai Sk3 owners [Re: Elena-Margarita]
AJF Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/18/06
Posts: 1625
Loc: Toronto
I look forward to hearing your impressions.
Have fun!

#1239385 - 07/29/09 01:57 AM Re: Shigeru Kawai Sk3 owners [Re: AJF]
chihuahua Offline
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Registered: 01/05/09
Posts: 391
Loc: An Oligarchy

Have you tried the SK3 yet?

So what are your impressions? We keenly await your comments ... smile
Nepotism: We promote family values here - almost as often as we promote family members.

#1239400 - 07/29/09 02:27 AM Re: Shigeru Kawai Sk3 owners [Re: Elena-Margarita]
beethoven986 Offline
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Registered: 01/20/09
Posts: 3348
I don't own one, but have played several Shigerus and I love them. You won't be disappointed.
B.Mus. Piano Performance 2009
M.Mus. Piano Performance & Literature 2011
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#1240784 - 07/31/09 07:07 AM Re: Shigeru Kawai Sk3 owners [Re: beethoven986]
Elena-Margarita Offline
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Registered: 08/17/07
Posts: 37
Loc: Brooklyn, New York
Still planning the trip to Peekskill, NY where the dealer is located. Will post once I make the journey.


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