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#2023121 - 01/28/13 10:32 PM So I finally got a real piano...
PianoZac Offline
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FINALLY.

I've been playing piano (or rather keyboards/digital pianos) for the last 9 years and at 29 years old, I finally got my first grand piano. It's a 1997 Kawai RX-2. Not the greatest piano, but it sure beats the heck out of any digital, including the AvantGrand N1 I owned for 18 months. It was a one owner, barely, played piano and is in great shape. Will definitely want to trade up to a finer European grand down the line, but I'm pretty happy with it. smile

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#2023124 - 01/28/13 10:37 PM Re: So I finally got a real piano... [Re: PianoZac]
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I know you'll enjoy it. I like your artwork as well.
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#2023125 - 01/28/13 10:40 PM Re: So I finally got a real piano... [Re: PianoZac]
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Congratulations!! A fine musical instrument! One to be proud of...

All the best!

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#2023126 - 01/28/13 10:46 PM Re: So I finally got a real piano... [Re: PianoZac]
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The piano looks very nice in the picture. Congrats!! May I know how much you paid for if you don't mind me asking?

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#2023127 - 01/28/13 10:46 PM Re: So I finally got a real piano... [Re: PianoZac]
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Congratulations!
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#2023132 - 01/28/13 10:59 PM Re: So I finally got a real piano... [Re: PianoZac]
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Looks lovely, may it bring you many years of happiness (until you get that European grand anyway)

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#2023134 - 01/28/13 11:07 PM Re: So I finally got a real piano... [Re: PianoZac]
ChatNoir Offline
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Why would you want a European piano? Kawaii is a very nice instrument, I almost bought one myself. Congratulations, and enjoy the music.
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#2023135 - 01/28/13 11:08 PM Re: So I finally got a real piano... [Re: PianoZac]
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Good for you. Is that with a satin finish?
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#2023145 - 01/28/13 11:37 PM Re: So I finally got a real piano... [Re: PianoZac]
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congratulations... RX2 is a great instrument...
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#2023155 - 01/29/13 12:15 AM Re: So I finally got a real piano... [Re: PianoZac]
albynism Offline
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Congrats. Though how are you gonna open that door?

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#2023161 - 01/29/13 12:29 AM Re: So I finally got a real piano... [Re: PianoZac]
pv88 Offline
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Looks like a really nice grand, and, I bet it sounds fantastic compared to all of those other digitals you have played on.

Also, be sure to let everyone know (over in the "Digital Piano" forum) as they might want to eventually "convert" to an acoustic, just as you have.

As for myself, still have the V-Piano and the newer Kawai CA95, which gives me plenty of decent Kawai "EX" concert grand simulation.

Congratulations, on a very nice choice!

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#2023189 - 01/29/13 01:59 AM Re: So I finally got a real piano... [Re: PianoZac]
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Yeah, I'd say that door's not opening anytime soon. smile I do hope it has weatherstripping to prevent any chill/hot winds from blowing on your lovely new instrument. And you'll want to be sure that the heat from that floor vent is directed away from the piano.

Enjoy! It's a beauty.
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#2023192 - 01/29/13 02:06 AM Re: So I finally got a real piano... [Re: piano_deb]
Cassiesmom Offline
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It's beautiful. Enjoy ! smile

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#2023194 - 01/29/13 02:07 AM Re: So I finally got a real piano... [Re: PianoZac]
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Congratulations - I'm sure you'll get many years of enjoyment out of it.

I see you've got it placed on saucers. Like I did when I got my first grand. Trying to protect the floor. Only trouble, I had a sore ankle within a week, as the pedals were that same distance off the floor.

I had 2 choices - to make a pad for under my heel the same height, or take the saucers out. I opted for the latter.
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#2023205 - 01/29/13 02:18 AM Re: So I finally got a real piano... [Re: pv88]
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Loc: Northern England.
"Also, be sure to let everyone know (over in the "Digital Piano" forum) as they might want to eventually "convert" to an acoustic, just as you have."

With evengelical fervour . . . . bring a few banknotes with ya. heh heh
We may get converted, but we need financing . .
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#2023214 - 01/29/13 02:40 AM Re: So I finally got a real piano... [Re: PianoZac]
maurus Offline
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Registered: 05/21/11
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Wow - congratulations Zac! May this piano give you imagination and enjoyment without end.

(And before looking for the next step up - find a good technician to keep your instrument in shape, or even improve it. That might be more important than the brand name written on it.)
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#2023276 - 01/29/13 05:45 AM Re: So I finally got a real piano... [Re: albynism]
Dave Horne Offline
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Originally Posted By: albynism
Congrats. Though how are you gonna open that door?


That was my thought as well. smile

Congratulations on your new piano!
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#2023280 - 01/29/13 05:57 AM Re: So I finally got a real piano... [Re: PianoZac]
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Originally Posted By: PianoZac
Will definitely want to trade up to a finer European grand down the line, but I'm pretty happy with it. smile



No need to 'trade up' (even to a European brand) - it's an acoustic, not a digital - and a great grand piano!

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#2023282 - 01/29/13 06:06 AM Re: So I finally got a real piano... [Re: PianoZac]
karlosserio Offline
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Registered: 12/26/12
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Loc: Lisbon, Portugal
Congratulations!
May it bring you tons of musical joy smile

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#2023286 - 01/29/13 06:21 AM Re: So I finally got a real piano... [Re: PianoZac]
Rich Galassini Offline
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Bravo! Enjoy your new piano!
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#2023289 - 01/29/13 06:26 AM Re: So I finally got a real piano... [Re: PianoZac]
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Congratulations on your new-for-you Kawai RX-2!

I always thought I wanted a European grand piano such as a Grotrian or a Steingraeber too, but I still love my pre-Millenium III RX-2 and if I ever upgrade it will probably be to a Shigeru. Enjoy the great instrument you have now and let later worry about itself.


Edited by theJourney (01/29/13 06:27 AM)
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#2023317 - 01/29/13 08:19 AM Re: So I finally got a real piano... [Re: PianoZac]
Morodiene Offline
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Looks wonderful and how exciting and inspiring it is to get a new (to you) beautiful instrument! Now all we need is a recording... wink
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#2023325 - 01/29/13 08:39 AM Re: So I finally got a real piano... [Re: PianoZac]
PianoZac Offline
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Thanks all for the most warm comments! As for the door, it is weather stripped and my wife and I actually never use that door...especially now. smile If there are any Kawai experts out there who can tell me anything about the quality of late 90s build RX series pianos I'd greatly appreciate it! Is this pre ABS action? How different is the scaling vs the RX BLAK series?

Thanks again everyone. Your excitement for me is much appreciated!


Edited by PianoZac (01/29/13 08:41 AM)
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#2023399 - 01/29/13 11:37 AM Re: So I finally got a real piano... [Re: PianoZac]
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Very nice looking piano! It will make all the difference, just upload some videos soon!
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#2023403 - 01/29/13 11:47 AM Re: So I finally got a real piano... [Re: PianoZac]
Ezra Offline
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Registered: 08/15/06
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Loc: New York
Nice piano! I'm jealous of that grand! Enjoy - post a recording. smile

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#2023409 - 01/29/13 12:06 PM Re: So I finally got a real piano... [Re: PianoZac]
CHAS Offline
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Registered: 11/25/03
Posts: 521
Loc: Ski Country of Colorado
That is a very real and excellent piano.
You may find you have no desire to trade for a Euro piano.
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#2023422 - 01/29/13 12:29 PM Re: So I finally got a real piano... [Re: PianoZac]
Jeff Clef Offline
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Loc: San Jose, CA
Zac, it's a really beautiful piano (as well as a really nice one), and I congratulate you. I like the light and the sense of space in the room--- my workroom has gotten quite crowded, so much so that I think I should do something about it. A more compact computer desk, maybe. And, it's dark as a mine during the winter. Oh well, at least my neighbors don't complain about me, and my RX sounds and plays well.

It would be nice if you cared to tell us more about how it sounds in there. It took me a good little while--- and a lot of experimenting--- to find just the right place where it sounded best. So, I was glad I didn't really need the caster cups; who cares if a pergo floor gets a couple of little dents. I think the new, bigger casters may avoid even that.

"...I see you've got it placed on saucers. Like I did when I got my first grand. Trying to protect the floor. Only trouble, I had a sore ankle within a week, as the pedals were that same distance off the floor. I had 2 choices - to make a pad for under my heel the same height, or take the saucers out. I opted for the latter..."

Another option might be to place a piece of carpet under the player's feet, and under the pedals. If your bench is adjustable, it can also go under the bench legs, to help avoid having the carpet drift and to avoid having the bench legs mark the floor. The caster cups only raise the piano a tiny fraction of an inch--- a quarter or less--- but the softer surface will be kind to your feet and ankles. I'm wondering if there could be some other difficulty of position or technique, or a previous injury, that is making the ankle hurt. It seems like it would take quite a stomp on the pedal to injure your foot. But anyway, I hope it is better now, and the caster cups are certainly not necessary.
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#2023442 - 01/29/13 01:00 PM Re: So I finally got a real piano... [Re: PianoZac]
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Lovely piano, enjoy! :-)
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#2023450 - 01/29/13 01:15 PM Re: So I finally got a real piano... [Re: PianoZac]
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It's beautiful Zac, you will no doubt see a real motivation to play more and are sure to love this piano. I surely hope that floor vent is a cold air return and not a heating vent. eek
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#2023482 - 01/29/13 02:06 PM Re: So I finally got a real piano... [Re: PianoZac]
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Very nice. Congrats!
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