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#230306 - 08/29/08 05:40 PM Re: Kawai RX2 or Yamaha C2
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Registered: 08/20/08
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Mmmmmmmm....

No wonder it seemed like such a smokin' deal.

Maybe there should be an "auto nuke" feature for posts over one year old...
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#230307 - 08/30/08 05:50 PM Re: Kawai RX2 or Yamaha C2
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I noticed this thread was active again, and just read the added posts. Kentm, out of curiosity, what were you quoted on that RX-2 in Sapeli? I am asking, becasue I just today purchased that same piano in Florida.

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#230308 - 08/30/08 09:37 PM Re: Kawai RX2 or Yamaha C2
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So should you choose the Kawai that is muddy and dull and dark sounding, or the Yamaha that is clear and happy sounding?
The terms 'shrill' and 'bright' are catch phrases to describe the Yamaha, by people trying to sell you something else.
Try a Yamaha made in the last 5 years, at a Yamaha dealer and you'll find that they are not Bright or Shrill.
The headaches are caused by the lacquer painted Yamaha hammers on Kawai dealers floor.
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#230309 - 08/31/08 09:16 AM Re: Kawai RX2 or Yamaha C2
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Actually I did my research, went to the Yamaha and Kawai dealers separately, listened to both pianos, and made an informed decision to purchase the Kawai. Both are beautiful piano, both had nice, but different sounds (although played next to the Boston, the Yamaha had a distinctive shrill sound).

One of the reasons I decided on the Kawai after careful research was for exactly what you wrote in your post. I found the Yamaha dealers to be very negative about other pianos, choosing to sell on what they perceived as weakness in another brand rather than strength in their own brand. Telling me people will be impressed I havaea Ymaha piano sitting in my home is not a selling point.

I told the manager of the Yamah dealer and will state it here, sell on your merits, don't disparage other quality products, and come up with a reasonable market price and you will have a better shot at promoting your insturments and making the consumer feel good about it.

Both of these pianos are lovely, but negative selling does not appeal.

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#230310 - 09/01/08 04:42 PM Re: Kawai RX2 or Yamaha C2
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John:
You owe it to yourself to play the Sapeli Mahogany. It is clean and clear...not dark or muddy at all. discussions about the tone of the piano are all so subjective. I played several new Yamahas before buying my Kawai. They do have a very clean crisp sound, but a bit too much so for my taste. I played one C-3 that was so bright I thought it would peel the paint off the wall.

Yamaha makes a great instrument, but I went with what sounds most pleasing to my ears. After all, I've got to LIVE with it.
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