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#39064 - 05/03/06 09:57 AM Bought myself a Kawai upright
Inge Skauvik Offline
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Registered: 03/14/06
Posts: 54
Loc: Norway
I went to the local piano store the other day and had the opportunity to try a new Kawai upright (Don't know the model number, but it has a 121cm frame). My impression was that it worked very well mechanically, and had a rich sound throughout all registers. It is definitely a much better instrument than my 2 year old Young Chang, therefore I made a quick decision and bought it.

I'm now waiting for the piano to be delivered. Occasionally I wonder if I made a good choice. The price of the Kawai was considerably lower than for a Yamaha of the same size (P-121 or U1). If I didn't have to take my wife's opinion into account, I would even have considered a baby grand. What do you think? Should I have spent more time travelling around and trying instruments before making my choice?

Inge S

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#39065 - 05/03/06 10:21 AM Re: Bought myself a Kawai upright
Monica K. Offline

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Registered: 08/10/05
Posts: 17949
Loc: Lexington, Kentucky
Well, this IS the piano forum, after all. You obviously should have devoted at least a full year to your search, reading Larry Fine obsessively, searching the archives here for any mention of any of the 20 brands you narrow your list down to, and posting here at great length. \:D

To give a more serious answer to your question: Please don't give in to buyer's remorse. Yes, you could have spent more time shopping around. Maybe, just maybe, you would have made a different decision had you done so. Does that mean the Kawai is a BAD decision for you? Not at all. They're good pianos; you played it; you liked the sound and action; and presumably you're happy with the terms of the deal.

Be at peace and enjoy that new piano of yours.

Oh, and by the way, congratulations!
Mason & Hamlin A -- 91997
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#39066 - 05/03/06 02:38 PM Re: Bought myself a Kawai upright
tenuki Offline
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Registered: 04/06/06
Posts: 669
Loc: Seattle, Wa
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#39067 - 05/03/06 04:19 PM Re: Bought myself a Kawai upright
Inge Skauvik Offline
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Registered: 03/14/06
Posts: 54
Loc: Norway

In practice there's only a very limited number of brands and models available here. Fortunately...
I can rule out brands like Young Chang and Samic, and I tried a Bergmann the same day as the Kawai, and didn't like it.

In the middle class we have Yamaha with a pretty wide range of different models. I also have the impression that they vary a lot (even within the same model).

In the high range we have Schimmel and Rönish, and some more exotic brands like Ed Seiler. These are excellent, instruments, of course, but cost at least twice as much as the Kawai.

I still don't know which feeling I'm going to have with the Kawai when I get it home. I'm optimistic, though, and if it turns out to be a disappointment, I'll rather start a search after something else.

Inge S

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#39068 - 05/03/06 10:09 PM Re: Bought myself a Kawai upright
MartinJ. Offline
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Registered: 12/12/05
Posts: 316
Loc: Iowa
I've never seen nor heard a Kawai that didn't look, feel, or sound good. When played side-by-side with others in the same class, Kawai will usually rank out top one or two in my taste.

In the US, dollar for dollar, Kawai is a pretty "safe bet."


#39069 - 05/04/06 01:49 AM Re: Bought myself a Kawai upright
Inge Skauvik Offline
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Registered: 03/14/06
Posts: 54
Loc: Norway

Good to hear. I agree that the Kawai is offered for a competitive price. With Norwegian sales tax, this is the typical level of uprights here:

Young Chang (118cm): USD 4800
Kawai (121cm): USD 6500
Yamaha U1: USD 11000
Schimmel: USD 13000 and up
Ed Seiler: USD 20000 (minimum)

Inge S

#39070 - 05/04/06 02:57 AM Re: Bought myself a Kawai upright
Jan-Erik Offline
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Registered: 10/18/05
Posts: 1302
Loc: Finland
I think you made a good deal. I appreciate Kawai uprights. The action is good and also the sound. Only the cabinet design does not attract me (too many sharp edges nad straigh lines) and for emotional and some other resons I prefer a piano built in Europe.

You can spend a year and still not find the ideal piano. If this Kawai immediately appealed to you, it is simply the piano for you!

German top tier piano, when sold through dealers, are really very expansive in comparison to quality brands from Asia. They are not always superior in sound and hardly ever in touch. The Renner factory is just one of many action factories.

I myself looked a lot on Kawai, then got an offer from Germany and imported my myself. If after revoicing and final regulation in my home I will be fully satisfied with my upright, I made a good deal, because the price was on the level of a Yamaha U1 and only about half the price of German piano of similar quality brought to Finland by a dealer.

In fact, you usually pay a lot for the name on the fallboard. Larry Fine's book should not be held as the Bible, as all pianos are individials. Even top tier factories have variations in quality, although they generally are making good instruments.

#39071 - 05/04/06 04:04 AM Re: Bought myself a Kawai upright
KJC Offline
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Registered: 02/27/06
Posts: 74
Loc: Vancouver, BC
I found my (used) Kawai BL-31 upright pretty quickly about four years ago. I was very lucky as I got a very good deal on an absolutely beautiful sounding instrument. I knew what type of sound I wanted and I bought the instrument without reservation and never regretted it for a single minute. Enjoy your new piano and consider yourself lucky you didn't have to waste a ton of time and effort finding something you will love playing!
"Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking" - Goethe

#39072 - 05/04/06 06:28 AM Re: Bought myself a Kawai upright
Rich Galassini Offline
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Registered: 05/28/01
Posts: 9885
Loc: Philadelphia/South Jersey

The Kawai is a nice piano. I hope you will enjoy it for many years.

Now- go practice! \:\)
Rich Galassini
Cunningham Piano Co.
Phila, Pa.
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#39073 - 05/04/06 03:30 PM Re: Bought myself a Kawai upright
cb_ Offline
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Registered: 01/27/06
Posts: 48
Loc: Philadelphia
I like my Kawai upright.

#39074 - 05/06/06 04:31 AM Re: Bought myself a Kawai upright
Inge Skauvik Offline
Full Member

Registered: 03/14/06
Posts: 54
Loc: Norway
I had the piano delivered at my home yesterday. I was a bit disappointed by the sound, particularly in the treble. It sounded quite differently from the one I tried in the shop (which already was sold, unfortunately). However, I hope that the tuner will be able to round off the sound a bit.
Mechanically, however, this is an excellent instrument, and many passages that I had problems with on my old piano (as well as other instruments I have bee playing) are MUCH easier to play well on the Kawai.

Inge S

#39075 - 05/06/06 10:42 AM Re: Bought myself a Kawai upright
MusicBud Offline
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Registered: 03/23/06
Posts: 276
Loc: Toronto, Canada
I just bought a Kawai K-25 and was delivered to my home yesterday. K-25 is 122cm in height and I am not sure if this is your model also. The actions of Kawai uprights are excellent and very responsive. The tone of mine is very warm and full, I am looking forward a much better sounds after the first tunn up a month later.
Kawai RX-3, UST-9.

#39076 - 05/07/06 12:31 AM Re: Bought myself a Kawai upright
pianovic Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 05/06/06
Posts: 19
Loc: mexico
I spent more than a year looking for the right piano for me. I played many different pianos. From very expensive ones to really cheaper ones When I played a kawai at the store I was astonished. The sound was so warm, so "delicious", that I had no doubt that kawai was the piano I was looking for. I finally bought my kawai k-25 and was delivered to my home last monday.

congratulations if you have a kawai piano k series. in my opinion it is a good piano


#39077 - 05/07/06 12:35 AM Re: Bought myself a Kawai upright
pianovic Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 05/06/06
Posts: 19
Loc: mexico

it is too soon to be disappointed!!. Wait for two or three weeks, you will see that the sound will improve (providing you play it daily to help improve the sound)


#39078 - 05/07/06 08:54 AM Re: Bought myself a Kawai upright
Jingdong Offline
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Registered: 12/16/05
Posts: 47
Loc: Manila, Philippines

Congratulations! You made the right decision with the Kawai purchase.

I own two Kawais and a Yamaha. Both are good instruments. But at the price differential you listed, any rational person would have made the same decision.

My kids piano videos

#39079 - 05/07/06 09:01 AM Re: Bought myself a Kawai upright
Inge Skauvik Offline
Full Member

Registered: 03/14/06
Posts: 54
Loc: Norway
Thank you, for your encouragement. Indeed I hope that the sound will improve in some weeks. In fact I already can hear a difference, and I become more and more impressed by the mechanics.
It is a joy to play Bach on it, since it is much easier to bring out the individual parts with the Kawai than with the old piano.

Inge S

#39080 - 05/07/06 03:38 PM Re: Bought myself a Kawai upright
Inge Skauvik Offline
Full Member

Registered: 03/14/06
Posts: 54
Loc: Norway
For the record, I had a look under the lid of the piano and found out that the model is K-25EI.

Inge S

#39081 - 05/07/06 07:47 PM Re: Bought myself a Kawai upright
Brad Haskins Offline
Full Member

Registered: 02/20/06
Posts: 31
Loc: Portland OR
In my area, the dealer's usually give 100% trade-in/trade-up value for the first 5 years. You could get the grand and not lose any money;)
Portland OR

#39082 - 05/23/06 03:28 AM Re: Bought myself a Kawai upright
yin Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 05/14/06
Posts: 12
Hi, I juz got myself a kawai piano as well yesterday. The model is "K48". Someone told me that this model does not exist. Can anyone tell me whether this model exist? I have tried on many piano as well. Still prefer kawai the most.


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