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#272534 - 01/12/02 06:46 PM Nordiska piano
George Offline
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Registered: 01/12/02
Posts: 14
Hello. I am in need of some advice from fellow musicians regarding the purchase of a new piano. Our Kimball Baby Grand has passed on after long service. I have sampled many units (Samick, Yamaha, etc...). Of them all, I was most impressed with the sound of a (dare I say it) Nordiska. Ahh. When compared to many other entry levels, I found this unit pleasing to the ear and at a good price. My concern is, will this last. Careful inspection of the unit found solid construction but I read a rather nasty thread about Nordiska at this web site regarding construction. Has anyone had the opportunity to review them? I did look at the "PIANO BOOK" and Mr. Fine said that it was "playable" and this would coincide with my experience. What is known about Geneva International (the importer)? How reliable are they to keep their 10-year warranty? What/where do they put foam in the piano? I can't believe that to be common practice. Please help.

[ January 12, 2002: Message edited by: George ]

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#272535 - 01/12/02 07:53 PM Re: Nordiska piano
Hank Drake Offline
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Registered: 05/31/01
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Loc: Cleveland, Ohio
Preemptive disclaimer: I am a Nordiska dealer.

We have been very pleased with the Nordiska pianos we have carried (we have only carried the grands). They have arrived at our dealership reasonably well prepped--far better than two other Chinese brands we have carried. They typically need tuning, a moderate amount of voicing, and a bit of regulation--standard dealer stuff. I feel they offer an excellent value in an entry level piano. Geneva International, Nordiska's American Importer, also carries Petrof and Pleyel pianos. They are very pleasant and reliable to deal with.

We have installed various player systems on a number of units, and have never found evidence of foamcore used in the keybed or in other parts of the piano. In fact, when the thread you mentioned came to my attention, I asked our player system installer to hang onto the segment of the keybed which was removed--it was multiply hardwood, not foamcore.

In the end, however, the salesperson's opinion means little. It's YOUR opinion which counts, and I recommend that you let your fingers and ears be the judge.
Hank Drake

The composers want performers be imaginative, in the direction of their thinking--not just robots, who execute orders.
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#272536 - 01/12/02 07:54 PM Re: Nordiska piano
Rich Galassini Online   content
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Registered: 05/28/01
Posts: 9587
Loc: Philadelphia/South Jersey
I have not had a good experience with Nordiska. Speaking as a dealer, I ordered several - based on examination and recommendation from the rep. - but they have been service problems in the field.

My fault, I guess. I sold them to people that actually play.
Rich Galassini
Cunningham Piano Co.
Phila, Pa.
Dir. Line (215) 991-0834

#272537 - 01/12/02 07:55 PM Re: Nordiska piano
Rich Galassini Online   content
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Registered: 05/28/01
Posts: 9587
Loc: Philadelphia/South Jersey
Full Disclosure:

I have not ordered a Nordiska in 2001 or 2002.
Rich Galassini
Cunningham Piano Co.
Phila, Pa.
Dir. Line (215) 991-0834

#272538 - 01/12/02 08:10 PM Re: Nordiska piano
George Offline
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Registered: 01/12/02
Posts: 14
Thank you Hank and Rich. I must say that I was pleased with the sound and action. I have been looking for a replacement for our Kimball for almost one year now. I think with the Nordiska I may have found a replacement that even my wife is willing to play.
Rich: Can you please tell me what type of field problems there were? I do play quit a bit (enough to use up a Kimball at least) and I wonder if I will have problems down the line. TIA

[ January 12, 2002: Message edited by: George ]

#272539 - 01/14/02 05:52 PM Re: Nordiska piano
Jolly Online   content
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Registered: 06/20/01
Posts: 14057
Loc: Louisiana
I had a chance to play 4 Nordiska pianos yesterday. They have a sound unlike any other Asian piano that I have heard. Build quality was excellent for a Chinese piano, action was good in its' price range (although the store said thorough prep was mandatory), pedals were good. Got a chance to play a 5', 5'5" and two 6'1".

Believe it or not, I'm seriously considering this piano. I've been offered a killer deal on a 5'5". I'm looking at it as an alternative to a used grand, which is almost nonexistent in my area.

Long term durability is my main concern, just as it is yours. \:\)

Oh, and another thing - I talked to my tech about the piano. He's been in the business since 1956 and worked on 'em all. His opinion on the Nordiska was the same as both Hank's and Rich's. What do I mean? He said the pianos 2-3 years ago were extremely erratic and plagued with lots of field gremlins. He said that the Nordiskas he had worked on in the last 18 months or so had taken a quantum leap up on the quality scale. Much more consistent, no disastrous problems - but the same things Hank said - mandatory, thorough dealer prep is needed to bring the piano out of its' shell.

Hope this helps.

[ January 14, 2002: Message edited by: Jolly ]

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#272540 - 01/14/02 07:24 PM Re: Nordiska piano
George Offline
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Registered: 01/12/02
Posts: 14
Thanks for the reply. This really helps with my decision. I also called Geneva Int'l and the seemed friendly and courteous. I think they will stand by the warranty. I have called several PTG members and all said about the same. One even stated that it is likely that these will become more popular because of their sound and appeared to be relatively trouble free instruments. I'm glad I'm not the only one who found the sound better than expected. Best regards.

#272541 - 03/21/08 07:23 PM Re: Nordiska piano
Hairwide Offline
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Registered: 03/21/08
Posts: 1
For what it's worth at this late stage I just wanted to say I own a Nordiska and it is superb. I've had a U1 in the past and I've been ensconced in a place with a Steinway for many months and although it's not quite as good as the Steinway it's certainly up there. I love my Nordiska and would recommend them to anyone. I got here through google, thought this might be useful to someone else who did also. Ciao.

#272542 - 08/20/08 05:16 PM Re: Nordiska piano
ConnieL. Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 08/18/08
Posts: 1
Thank you so much for your replies. This has been very helpful.
Best wishes

#272543 - 08/20/08 07:10 PM Re: Nordiska piano
turandot Offline
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Registered: 01/27/07
Posts: 7374
Loc: torrance, CA
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#272544 - 08/20/08 07:57 PM Re: Nordiska piano
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Registered: 02/07/06
Posts: 1290
Loc: Toronto
Buy some good stock and hold it till it goes up, then sell it. If it don't go up, don't buy it.
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#272545 - 08/20/08 08:30 PM Re: Nordiska piano
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I'm with Turandot and Starting Over. As my daughter would say, Ancient thread alert!


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