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#1326028 - 12/15/09 03:47 PM sound of a Kawai RX7
Ansley Offline
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Registered: 09/28/07
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Loc: Arkansas
Is it possible to make a Kawai RX7 sound like (clost to) a Steinway B? Thanks. Ansley

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#1326087 - 12/15/09 05:22 PM Re: sound of a Kawai RX7 [Re: Ansley]
Silverwood Pianos Offline
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Registered: 03/10/08
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Loc: Vancouver B. C. Canada

No. The piano is a fixed tone instrument; therefore a Kawai will sound like a Kawai. A Steinway will sound like a Steinway. Of course,you can voice each instrument for tones that you want to hide and other tones that you want to bring out, but you cannot make one instrument of one brand sound like another brand.
Best to buy the tone you are looking for........
Dan Silverwood
"If you think it's expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur."

#1326222 - 12/15/09 09:35 PM Re: sound of a Kawai RX7 [Re: Silverwood Pianos]
Ansley Offline
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Registered: 09/28/07
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Loc: Arkansas
Thanks for your reply. That is what I am afraid of. Does anyone else have an openion? Ansley

#1326248 - 12/15/09 10:07 PM Re: sound of a Kawai RX7 [Re: Ansley]
David Jenson Offline
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Registered: 10/22/06
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Loc: Maine
Yup. I got one. It's the same as Dan's.
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#1326289 - 12/15/09 11:19 PM Re: sound of a Kawai RX7 [Re: David Jenson]
Jerry Groot RPT Offline
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Registered: 11/07/07
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Loc: Grand Rapids Michigan
Mine too.

Want a Mercedes? Buy a Mercedes. Want a Cadillac? Buy a Cadillac. Don't try to turn one into the other. It won't work.
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Piano Technicians Guild
Grand Rapids, Michigan

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#1326295 - 12/15/09 11:29 PM Re: sound of a Kawai RX7 [Re: Jerry Groot RPT]
Dave Stahl Offline
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My opinion? I like the RX 7 quite a bit...but like the others here, I'll say opine that it will never sound like a Steinway.

I do understand your quandry...you'd like a B, but maybe the cash isn't quite there. I personally think the Kawai is a good choice. What you don't get is the depth, nuance, or dynamic range of a Steinway. What the Kawai has is a big, rich, mellow, sweet tone. I find them quite appealing in many ways, and they are a joy to work on. But a Steinway it will never be, for better or worse.
Promote Harmony in the Universe...Tune your piano!

Dave Stahl, RPT
Piano Technician's Guild
San Jose, CA

#1326378 - 12/16/09 01:48 AM Re: sound of a Kawai RX7 [Re: Dave Stahl]
Olek Offline
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Loc: France
dont let somebody sell you the "Steinway hammers" as I've seen !
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#1326433 - 12/16/09 07:15 AM Re: sound of a Kawai RX7 [Re: Olek]
Ansley Offline
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Registered: 09/28/07
Posts: 23
Loc: Arkansas
Thanks to everyone for the info. I realize that "sound" is very subjective and personal. I also am very aware that there are probably as many bad sounding Steinways as there are really good ones. However, a really good Steinway , to my ear, is very distinctive and hard to beat. I hope to have the money to buy one someday. Ansley

#1326633 - 12/16/09 01:06 PM Re: sound of a Kawai RX7 [Re: Ansley]
Robert 45 Offline
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Registered: 08/18/06
Posts: 1501
Loc: Auckland New Zealand
However, a Kawai RX7 is a longer piano than a Steinway B at approximately a third of the cost.

While I find a good Steinway a superlative piano, I think that we can also celebrate the diversity of piano makes available today which have a distinctive voice. A Kawai will not sound like a Yamaha, nor will a Bluthner speak like a Brodmann.

Each piano voice will appeal differently to individual tastes and budgets. Music to some ears may be the substantial savings made in the purchase of a more affordable piano.

Buying a beautiful Steinway will not make us a better pianist and could push towards bankruptcy. Was it Richter who said that he preferred the challenge of making music on a Yamaha? On a Steinway it was too easy!

Happy Christmas!


Edited by Robert 45 (12/16/09 01:14 PM)

#1326958 - 12/16/09 07:22 PM Re: sound of a Kawai RX7 [Re: Robert 45]
Jeff Clef Offline
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Registered: 10/05/08
Posts: 4549
Loc: San Jose, CA
"Is it possible to make a Kawai RX7 sound like (clost to) a Steinway B?

It's like asking if it's possible to make Julia Child sound like Lady Bird Johnson. I mean it, you know, in a good way. You have to have a Meryl Streep if you want one instrument to sound like both Julia and Lady Bird. And even then I'm not sure.

So the answer is, no.

RX7 has a wonderful and exciting sound of its own--- those long strings--- and an excellent touch and action. The Shigeru might give you the additional refinement of tone you're looking for, with a less-inflated price tag.


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