I'm looking for some comments...
I have a Kawai CX-4, 1985, that I purchased about 18 months ago. I love the exceptionally light touch but I am not happy with the tone. At the time, I'd been playing on a hundred year old baby grand that sounded awful and had such a heavy touch I felt like I had to pound it to make a sound. So, when I found this one (estate sale) it was such a dramatic improvement I bought it without shopping as I should have. So, I'm going to be shopping again. It scares me.
I'm spoiled by the light touch of my present piano. Is there any reason that I should consider something with a heavier touch? (Does being used to this light touch limit me in some way?)
I thought I was an "okay" early intermediate player until I recorded myself, and I'm appalled at how bad I am. It makes me not want to shop for fear of playing in public. How can I get over this?
I have a good RPT, but if I'm shopping at a store, is it unusual to bring a technician?
I know that the trade-in on my existing piano won't be as much as if I sold it privately, but that may be a hassle, is there enough difference to make that worth my while?
I don't know if there is any 'best time of year' for a purchase but I thought maybe there might be good sales after Christmas. If I buy through a dealer, they'll back their product. If I buy privately, it will cost less but I'll have to pay my RPT to go with me to look at a couple of instruments, so is there that big a difference?
I think I'd like a small grand. I'm fine with used, since my budget is around 5k. My room is 15x20, with adjacent areas that are 15x8 and 15x12.
Any comments or suggestions are welcome.
Presently working on:
Schumann - Ave Maria
Beethoven - Sonatina in F
Attempting a little blues improv
'69 Mason & Hamlin Model A