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#1682319 - 05/21/11 09:22 PM How is Kawai 505M upright piano
piggy Offline
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Hello, I am new to this forum. I am an adult piano beginners. I learned piano for couple of years when I was kid, now I am trying to pick it up. I saw a Kawai 505M upright piano, built on 2000. it is maintained very well, but since it is never been tuned for 10 years, and used as a decorative furniture for the past few years, it need some tuning for sure. The price is $1500. So my question is, How many years can a 10 year-old Kawai 505M usually be played reliably without big repairing? How is the quality of this model? is it a good price? Since I don't really know a lot about piano, and I don't know how serious I can commit to it, I am looking for something that is kind of hassle free, not too expensive (under $2000), and it is resalable in case either I want to upgrade to a better one or I simply quit. So is this Kawai 505M a right one with right price?

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#1682356 - 05/21/11 11:00 PM Re: How is Kawai 505M upright piano [Re: piggy]
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Anybody has any ideas about this model? is it similar to YAMAHA m460?


Edited by piggy (05/21/11 11:01 PM)

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#1682372 - 05/21/11 11:43 PM Re: How is Kawai 505M upright piano [Re: piggy]
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$1500 for a nearly-never-played Kawai console is a good price (built in 2000 but not tuned in 10 years... so it's been tuned like once or twice? smile). You can always hire a piano tech to look it over to give you more confidence and information.

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#1682382 - 05/22/11 12:01 AM Re: How is Kawai 505M upright piano [Re: piggy]
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Originally Posted By: piggy
I saw a Kawai 505M upright piano, built on 2000. it is maintained very well, but since it is never been tuned for 10 years, and used as a decorative furniture for the past few years, it need some tuning for sure.

Since I don't really know a lot about piano, and I don't know how serious I can commit to it, I am looking for something that is kind of hassle free, not too expensive (under $2000), and it is resalable in case either I want to upgrade to a better one or I simply quit.


Hello piggy,

With regard to the first point, if the piano hasn't been tuned in 10 years, it hasn't been maintained...it's been neglected! It may need a couple of tunings and some other work to get stable and back to a good state of playing.

With regard to the second point, you would probably get some piece of mind if a technician were to inspect this instrument for you prior to purchase, to be sure you're not inheriting problems you didn't expect.
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#1682803 - 05/22/11 11:08 PM Re: How is Kawai 505M upright piano [Re: piggy]
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Thanks for your replies. The seller said this piano has never been tuned ever since she purchased it. It is been played for the first couple of years maybe, then the player quit, and it is used as a decoration. So could you tell me what type of work it may need to be done and how much it can go? I definitely don't want to pay $1500 for a piano but spend $700 or something to fix it. Thanks.

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#1682804 - 05/22/11 11:16 PM Re: How is Kawai 505M upright piano [Re: piggy]
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Piggy,

Nobody can tell for sure what work would be needed over the internet. That's why it's a good idea to pay a technician to inspect the piano thoroughly, should you decide the instrument is your "top" contender. You stand to save money by buying a used piano from a private party, but you assume a greater degree of risk.
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#1682829 - 05/23/11 01:18 AM Re: How is Kawai 505M upright piano [Re: piggy]
gnuboi Offline
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Piggy, a friend of mine bought a baby grand about 10 years old, far worse quality than Kawai. In addition, it was also neglected (unplayed, untuned) for years prior the sale.

It ended up needing about $300 worth of regulation. This was after I referred my friend a proper tech. The previous tech took $1000 worth of tuning and ineffective regulation.

I would expect this one to need less fixin', but of course you need a real person there to check for real.

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