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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.


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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
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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.
Houston, Texas

#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


#274345 - 07/18/05 06:53 AM Re: Opinion on Kawai GE-30
Rich Galassini Offline
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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
CSG Offline
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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.

#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.


#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. \:\)

#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
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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.


#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.

#274353 - 07/19/05 01:55 PM Re: Opinion on Kawai GE-30
Oleander Offline
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Registered: 06/01/04
Posts: 237
Loc: Chicagoland, IL, USA
Congrats, Brian Hoang! You will love playing your new piano! \:\)

#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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