I've enjoyed these "reviews" when I've read them in the past so I thought that I would post my own, although there will be nothing new under the sun here.
I've never played the piano but for some reason decided to give it a try. Shortly after New Year's I started my research to decide on a DP to buy. I'm currently on parental leave (a long one) which left me with way too much time for the research project. I've watched Sean O'Shea play the Kawai's on YouTube more than a couple of times by now (he does look more worked out now than a few years ago, in the videos
) and have spent a lot of time reading these forums (thanks all for all the good stuff!)
The decision was to go for a Kawai CN34. It was bought "blind" since I didn't have any Kawai dealers nearby (out of the alternatives, I didn't like the Roland's with Ivory-G feel, PHAIII had a reputation of being noisy, and a bit expensive in the 505, and for some reason Yamaha never stuck with me although I liked the GH/GH3 action).First impressions
It's a great piano! I hesitated for a long time whether I should go for the CA65 or this one. CA13 was another option. I opted for the cheaper alternative hoping it would give me a lot of bang for the buck. I must say that the way it feels right now this will be more than enough for a long time! The action is heavy in a good sense, but feels distinct and fast. It sounds excellent. A lot of bells ans whistles that are fun (guess I will find out how much I will be using after the first week, but still fun). It looks great! I do prefer the look of the CA65 panel at the left hand side, there are a little bit to much going on on the CN34 for my taste, but no biggie.
Overall I have a great first impression, now I just need to learn how to play this thing!
This is how it looks in my home:Preparation
All lies in the preparation, right? A white piano in front of a white wall would not stand out would it, so let's make the wall red instead!Attempt one
Wall painted. Piano bought. A couple of adult piano books already waiting. Expectations are high. Waiting for the delivery. And... doh! The first piano that arrived from Thomann was unfortunately broken.Attempt two
Thanks to the very good customer service at Thomann, the piano was shipped back and replaced. And here is the result:
If you ask me it fits rather nice!
And thanks to an old bluetooth device that I had laying around at home I also got a neat way of getting music from my Android tablet or phone to play on the piano. Not sure if it will be used, but it works and it's fun
Again - thank you all for the content you contribute to this forum, it helped me a lot with my purchase!