Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2.5 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!

Gifts and supplies for the musician

the Forums & Piano World

Trying Something New with Search
Piano Life Saver - Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
Let Your Piano Sing
Let Your Piano Sing
Piano Buyer Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyers Guide
Who's Online
125 registered (ajames, Almaviva, AgustinO.Davalos, accordeur, Albunea, 30 invisible), 1800 Guests and 4 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Pianos
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

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

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Live Piano Venues
*Music School Listings
* 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
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#180085 - 04/20/07 05:39 PM kawai 508 console vs K2 studio
mom222 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 04/08/07
Posts: 4
Loc: norman

I'm buying our first piano for my 6 year old son. I don't play piano, so know nothing about it. Thanks to this forum, I've learnt a lot about different brands and models. With my budget, I'm now down to two: Kawai 508 and K2. The salesperson keep saying the K2 sounds a lot better than 508. Price difference is only $400. I like the 508 better because of its style and color. K2 is only available in Black and that's really doesn't match our home furnitures at all. However, if K2 is a much better piano, I'll consider that cause I don't want to look stupid buying a piano that looks good but sounds bad.

Another alternative is a Yamaha console M450, but the Kawai salesman said it is actually a Pearl River and a Kawai 508 is a lot better.

Any comments with help.


(ad 800) Pearl River
Pearl River the world's best selling piano
#180086 - 04/20/07 06:04 PM Re: kawai 508 console vs K2 studio
Ryan -the musicman Offline
Full Member

Registered: 06/13/06
Posts: 27
Loc: Iowa
The main difference in the 2 pianos would be the action as the k-2 has a vastly better action. It is the M III What he said about the yamaha is just sales BS. Buy the piano that you like. All the pianos are a good quality. The k-2 just happens to be a step above and but it also costs more.
Ryan McMahan

No longer active in the music retail business just hanging around now

#180087 - 04/20/07 06:25 PM Re: kawai 508 console vs K2 studio
KnKnR Offline
Full Member

Registered: 04/12/07
Posts: 25
Loc: California

I just bought Kawai K2 about two weeks ago. I actually visited both Yamaha and Kawai's dealers.

I tried Yamaha's entry level piano made in China (cable~nelson). It sounded very nice, but U1 (for more advanced player) sounded a lot more beautiful. At that point, I couldn't decide if I should get this entry level. U1 was out of my budget.

Then, I went to Kawai's dealer on the same day. I tried console (K-15) and K2. Console sounded really nice. Well, K-2 had more beautiful sound. Although I'm a beginner, I could tell the difference. I chose K2.

Please don't rush to buy one. You might want to have someone play those pianos at the dealer. Or you may find a better used piano within your budget. Or those experienced members here could tell you more!

#180088 - 04/20/07 06:38 PM Re: kawai 508 console vs K2 studio
Dave S Offline
Full Member

Registered: 05/03/02
Posts: 248
Loc: Houston TX
Actually, the K2 is available in mahogany polish as well. Nice piano. Lot's of bang for the buck.
Dave S.- Piano Sales
Houston Piano Company- Houston, TX
Mason & Hamlin, Brodmann, Perzina, Taylor, Hobart M. Cable, Pearl River, Hardman, PianoDisc, Restored Steinway, and tons of used Kawai & Yamaha
World Crisis' Solved in Ten Minutes or Less!

Piano & Music Accessories
piano accessories music gifts tuning and moving equipment

Moderator:  Ken Knapp, Piano World 
What's Hot!!
Some New Piano World STATS

Posting Pictures on the Forums
Forums Rules & Help
on Piano World

Piano Classified Ads
Piano Lamps
Piano Lamp by cocoweb - free shipping
New in Piano World's online store PianoSupplies.com, beautiful piano lamps from cocoweb. Free shipping! (continental U.S.).
Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) Pianoteq
Piano Acc. & Gift Items in
Piano World's Online Store
In PianoSupplies.com ,(a division of Piano World) our online store for piano and music gifts and accessories, party goods, tuning equipment, piano moving equipment, benches, lamps Caster Cups and more.

Free Shipping on Jansen Artist Piano Benches
New Topics - Multiple Forums
RIP Grandpianoman
by Mark Fontana
19 minutes 2 seconds ago
My new YT video - 3 Louis Jordan tunes
by indigo_dave
Today at 04:33 PM
Need advice on a small stage organ
by shaouy
Today at 03:19 PM
Yamaha YUS5
by ventolin
Today at 03:16 PM
Steinway M
by Pianopetals
Today at 02:03 PM
Sheet Music Plus
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
Forum Stats
85,349 Registered Members
44 Forums
175,966 Topics
2,565,747 Posts

Most users ever online: 15,252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM

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 - 2016 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission