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#52717 - 01/27/04 10:46 PM Buying a new piano without trying??
Eepu Offline
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Registered: 01/25/04
Posts: 17
Now, I found that I like the sound and touch of Kawai professional upright. According to many forum users, Kawai K-5o sounds real good piano. Unfortunately, I couldn't find any K-50 around this area dealer shop. I liked most of Kawai I tried, K-25, NS-20, and KS5F.

Would it be O.K. to order K-50 without trying? or Should I wait and try it before I sign the paper?

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#52718 - 01/27/04 11:16 PM Re: Buying a new piano without trying??
Norbert Offline
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Registered: 07/03/01
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Loc: Surrey, B.C.
If this is the only way, perhaps yes.

Kawai uprights don't differ all that much from each other, and being a very decent quality piano from a respectable maker, one wouldn't think to have to worry too much.

norbert \:\)
Greater Vancouver B.C. piano dealers for : Estonia, Brodmann, Ritmuller

#52719 - 01/28/04 08:19 AM Re: Buying a new piano without trying??
Rich Galassini Offline
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Registered: 05/28/01
Posts: 9880
Loc: Philadelphia/South Jersey
I agree with Norbert, but I would ask for a transferable agreement, IOW, if this K50 is unusual, you can get some other piano.

Good Luck,
Rich Galassini
Cunningham Piano Co.
Phila, Pa.
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#52720 - 01/28/04 04:38 PM Re: Buying a new piano without trying??
rob ieva Offline
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Registered: 12/18/02
Posts: 90
Loc: massachusetts
Hi, I have a K50, and I do think it would be worth your while to play before you buy. Great piano, but I've noticed that they are all a bit different in regards to tone and power.


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#52721 - 01/31/04 09:30 AM Re: Buying a new piano without trying??
Stevester Offline
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Registered: 10/04/03
Posts: 2851
Loc: New Jersey
I got to play a new K-50 several weeks back and it certainly is a nice piano. However I would want to play the one I was buying before cutting the check. The bass on the one I play was muffled and really in need of some work. I like Kawai and I think they make a nice product.

What kind of prices have you seen?. The one I played had a sticker price of 5900 but that was before any negotiation.

"The true character of a man can be determined by witnessing what he does when no one is watching".


#52722 - 01/31/04 08:35 PM Re: Buying a new piano without trying??
Eepu Offline
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Registered: 01/25/04
Posts: 17
Thank you for all your advice... \:\)

I hoped that I was able to play the piano before I made a final decision. But the dealer didn't have K-50 currently, and he would order one if I decided to buy it.

After long thought, I decided to order it. I trust the name of the company and cross my fingers to get the one with sound and touch I like. The price I paied was 4,600 including tax, delivery and first tuning. Is it a good deal?

I'm very excited about this piano. It will be here in 2 weeks. I can hardly wait.

Buy the way, when is the good time for the first tuning? Some dealer says 3-4 days after the delivery and some says a month after. Getting little confused...

Once again, thanks all!!

#52723 - 01/31/04 10:01 PM Re: Buying a new piano without trying??
Stevester Offline
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Registered: 10/04/03
Posts: 2851
Loc: New Jersey
Congratulations, I am sure you are going to be very happy. Not to mention the fact you did very well on price as far as I am concerned.

Regarding the first tuning, I will let others with more experience get back to you on that topic but I would wait a few weeks. In the mean time get hold of a humidistat so that you can get an idea of the humidity in the room you are going to place the piano. If you can't locate one post back here or send me a mail and I will give you the site where I bought mine.

Have fun,
"The true character of a man can be determined by witnessing what he does when no one is watching".



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