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#182127 - 05/17/07 09:24 PM Kimball LANGER ACTION vs Charles Walter
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Is a 1993 Kimball with Langer Action is in any way comparable to a Charles Walter? Please don't laugh at me. I mean if it has the same guts of a CW, wouldn't it be a pretty good piano?

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#182128 - 05/17/07 10:21 PM Re: Kimball LANGER ACTION vs Charles Walter
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Tone, touch, appearance - then price.

At the moment there's no way to know about the most important aspect.

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#182129 - 05/18/07 01:08 AM Re: Kimball LANGER ACTION vs Charles Walter
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Charles Walter originally used Pratt-Read actions, and then switched to Langer (Schwander) actions, which was at that time owned by Jasper Corporation, the parent company of Kimball. Kimball used both those actions. When Kimball stopped making pianos, they sold the action company to Walter, according to what I have heard.

Kimball improved their line quite a bit before they gave up pianos. A late Kimball studio can be a pretty nice piano.
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#182130 - 05/18/07 02:12 AM Re: Kimball LANGER ACTION vs Charles Walter
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The Walters did own Langer after Kimball.
They have sold the company not so long ago.

Walters now come with a Renner action they also offer a alternative action to the Renner called the Walter action.
A Walter with the alternative action retails approximately $800.00 less.
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#182131 - 05/18/07 09:53 AM Re: Kimball LANGER ACTION vs Charles Walter
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FogVilleLad-- good advice. I put those three words Touch Tone Appearance into my head this morning as I had the opportunity to go back and try it out again.

Touch-- Did not enjoy. It was like my fingers were working a Yamaha DX7 or other electric keyboard.

Tone-- only the upper notes sang out. The rest of the piano seemed kind of dead.

Appearance-- this is a fine POS. OOps I mean PSO. Haha. But, the appearance and price are probably what had me going back again.

Thanks very much for your input. This piano is definitely for someone else... so I'm still Looking!

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