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#1485670 - 08/01/10 04:53 AM Yamaha T-118 vs Kawai K2 for beginners
alyanamariel Offline
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Registered: 07/23/10
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Hey guys. This is my first post after a week of reading the forum. My 10 year old son wants to take piano lessons and we have chosen either the T118 or Kawai K2. I need help because you are the piano experts as to which one should I choose as to which one has better tone, touch, durability, value. For anyone who has bought any of the two, what is the fair price that I should pay for any of both? Thanks.

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#1485680 - 08/01/10 05:50 AM Re: Yamaha T-118 vs Kawai K2 for beginners [Re: alyanamariel]
gnuboi Offline
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Registered: 04/26/10
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You're off to a great start. By the time I read this forum for 1 week I had bought my piano (oops!).

Tone and touch between these 2 are rather subjective so pick what you like.

They are both very durable.

The K2's Millennium III action may feel heavier than the Yamaha. Its ABS with carbon fiber durable and high-tech. Composition aside, if you prefer the Yamaha touch then choose the Yamaha, by all means.

Value-wise, Yamaha is a household name today and may get you a better resale. I, like 99% of people out there, started out looking at Yamaha and Steinway wink.

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#1486520 - 08/02/10 11:13 AM Re: Yamaha T-118 vs Kawai K2 for beginners [Re: gnuboi]
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Welcome to the forum, alyanamariel. Those are both good pianos to start with. I prefer the Kawai action to the Yamaha, but it really is a matter of personal preference.

As for a fair price to pay, you can check out the price guide in the Piano Buyer (available free online; click on the link on the left hand side of the forum page). Make sure to read the introductory section on how to interpret the prices.

Keep in mind that when buying a piano, you are usually better off buying the "floor model" than one "straight from the box." So whichever piano you decide on, record the serial number of the model you tried out at the store and make sure that is the specific piano you purchase and have delivered.
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#1486526 - 08/02/10 11:20 AM Re: Yamaha T-118 vs Kawai K2 for beginners [Re: Monica K.]
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+1 to what Monica says about making sure you get the specific piano that you liked best. From my experience, there can be a big difference between T118s. The first one I tried, I didn't like. It sounded thin and reedy to me. The second one was much more mellow. The salesman made sure the serial number of the one I liked was written on the invoice so I could check it on delivery. This would be true of any brand of piano -- each one is an individual.
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