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#274342 - 07/17/05 08:19 PM Opinion on Kawai GE-30
Brian Hoang Offline
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Registered: 07/17/05
Posts: 7
Loc: Seattle, WA
Hello piano experts,

A local dealer said that he got a good deal going on for Kawai GE-30. The price is $8750. What do you think? is it really a good deal?

I tried to search for Kawai GE-30, but there's no post that talk about GE-30, and there are not many post about Kawai. I wonder why.

Is there a better deal or alternative that I should consider?

Thanks in advance.

Brian

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#274343 - 07/18/05 12:04 AM Re: Opinion on Kawai GE-30
Loki Offline
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Registered: 07/09/05
Posts: 1035
Loc: Texas
There are posts that talk about kawai, but all the ones ive read talk about the rx series.

The GE-30 is a 5'5 piano. The one ive played on was very nice and had a good sound to it. You are gettin g a good deal on it, but make sure you like the piano before buying it.

Also, write down the serial number and you can look up online when it was made.
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#274344 - 07/18/05 02:11 AM Re: Opinion on Kawai GE-30
Brian Hoang Offline
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Registered: 07/17/05
Posts: 7
Loc: Seattle, WA
Thanks for your response. I played the piano and like it alot. I used to own an upright young chang, so going to grand Kawai is a huge upgrade. I didn't shop around alot, so I don't know if I could get a better piano for about the same price. That's why I search the forum hoping to find review that talk about the GE-30. I guess most people in this forum own very high end piano. My question still what kind of piano can you get at under $10K.

If someone owned Kawai piano before, I'd like to know their experience with it. Which model of Yamaha, baldwin, boston...should I compare Kawai GE-30 both interm of money, size, quality...

All comments are welcome

TIA!!!

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#274345 - 07/18/05 06:53 AM Re: Opinion on Kawai GE-30
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If you are in Seattle, you need to stop by Classical Grands. I don't know if they will have Kawai, but I can say that Alex Hernandez is a true gentleman and a very competent tech. His instruments will be in prime condition and you will learn from him.

You may even find a piano that speaks to you.

Good Luck in your search,
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#274346 - 07/18/05 09:22 AM Re: Opinion on Kawai GE-30
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I would also recommend visiting Alex at Classical Grands too. Seattle should offer a wide range of choices for you.
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#274347 - 07/18/05 10:21 AM Re: Opinion on Kawai GE-30
josfai Offline
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Registered: 03/08/05
Posts: 15
Loc: US-MidWest
Brian, if you do a search for Kawai GE30 instead of GE-30 in this forum, you should find a few matches. I don't have any experience with GE30 but $8750 seems very low if this is brand new. When I was shopping for a sub 10K piano a couple of months ago, $8K was the price for a 5' GM10.

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#274348 - 07/18/05 11:19 AM Re: Opinion on Kawai GE-30
Brian Hoang Offline
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Registered: 07/17/05
Posts: 7
Loc: Seattle, WA
Guys, Thanks for your responses. I'll visit Classical Grands to meet Alex. Yes the one that he offer is brand new with carbon jack. I think I'm going to buy it. I have not own any other piano before beside the upright young chang, so I think I'm going to enjoy it for the budget range that I'm in. I come to play it a few times, and I like it alot. Though when I switch over to play an upright Yamaha which happen to sit next by, and I like it even more for the brighter sound and the touch. However, the bass is not as powerful. I think I shouldn't be comparing a grand to an upright ;\)

Thanks for everyone inputs. I hope to hear from other people who own Kawai and how they like it.

Brian

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#274349 - 07/18/05 03:10 PM Re: Opinion on Kawai GE-30
Oleander Offline
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Registered: 06/01/04
Posts: 237
Loc: Chicagoland, IL, USA
I used to own a 1987-88 (?) Kawai KG-2E (5'10") that I bought used in 2001. I liked the tone and enjoyed playing this piano for three years; it was a well-performing piano, and the only reason I sold it was because the action was too heavy and sluggish for me. I eventually had some carpal tunnel problems and wrist pain. My tech told me he could work on it, but it would be somewhat costly, and I was not "in love" with the piano, so I opted to sell rather than put money into it.

Overall I had a positive experience with my Kawai and would recommend them whole-heartedly. \:\)

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#274350 - 07/18/05 05:39 PM Re: Opinion on Kawai GE-30
GreatLakes Offline
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Registered: 05/26/05
Posts: 51
Loc: Originally the midwest, now th...
Brian,

From my recent shopping experience, that is an excellent price and I would feel very comfortable buying it if I were you. My mother is a piano teacher and has been teaching 25-35 students a week on a 6'1" Kawai grand for 37 years (not sure what the model was called back then). She lives in Michigan and has it tuned 1x/year -- absolutely no problems and it still plays like new! She loves it.

I have a new (2005) RX-2 (5'10"). It has a feel very similar to my mothers; but it's a bit quicker on the recovery after one strikes a note. Kawai tends to have a bit of a heavier action feel than many others, including compared to Yamaha. However, the GE-30 is a bit lighter in action than the RX-2 in my opinion. I think your purchase will be a good compromise on value. I don't think you'll find a much better deal for the quality you'll be getting in a NEW piano.

Pros: Good price, well-built and time-tested brand that shouldn't give you any problems for your whole life, pretty good bass, overall consistent and pleasing tone, predictable and consistent action, above average expression/dynamic control range, YOU LIKE IT!

Cons: Slightly heavier action than some other pianos might cause mild fatigue.

I'd say it's a winner! Enjoy and congratulations on a good piano and very fair deal.

GreatLakes

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#274351 - 07/18/05 10:12 PM Re: Opinion on Kawai GE-30
mdsdurango Offline
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Registered: 01/01/04
Posts: 1755
Loc: Durango Colorado
Without doubt you SHOULD be comparing a grand to an upright. Unless you are a very proficient player and prone to extreme repititions, or just very particularly attached to the action of a grand you may find that many high end uprights actually sound better than a small grand. There are many on this forum who own an upright piano (me being one of them) who would not trade them for a small grand. A larger and wonderfull grand of course we would all prefer (I am not speaking for myself here and maybe I should) but a really good upright is nothing to be ashamed of! And they are generally less expensive. Come on upright owners - let's hear your opinions.
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#274352 - 07/19/05 11:25 AM Re: Opinion on Kawai GE-30
Brian Hoang Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 07/17/05
Posts: 7
Loc: Seattle, WA
I think you're right mdsdurango. When come to sound and touch, it may not matter much of what type a piano is. I've owned an upright (young chang) before, and I like it alot for the touch. I just feel like the young chang piano that I have sound a bit too sharp. I've always wanted a baby grand for myself, and yesterday I've bought the GE-30. I think I'm going to like it. Thanks for the responses from everyone.

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#274353 - 07/19/05 01:55 PM Re: Opinion on Kawai GE-30
Oleander Offline
Full Member

Registered: 06/01/04
Posts: 237
Loc: Chicagoland, IL, USA
Congrats, Brian Hoang! You will love playing your new piano! \:\)

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#274354 - 07/21/05 05:07 AM Re: Opinion on Kawai GE-30
BelleBelle Offline
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Registered: 06/09/05
Posts: 61
Hi Brian,
just read your post. GE 30 was one of my first few considerations when I decided to get a baby grand. The price I was quoted was around S$19K. I settled for a C2 instead coz I ended up looking at pianos higher up. Ge 30 is a good piano but I find its sound a little too muffled for my liking but anyhow, I still think it's not bad. Another reason I didn't get it was coz it looked too short and I was warned against short pianos. But I do like the volume of it. Have fun with your piano! It's a good buy for that price range.

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