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#307633 - 01/10/08 12:12 AM kawai and k.kawai
tanjinjack Offline
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Registered: 01/09/08
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hi everyone, i am tan from malaysia.
just join this forum!! nice to meet you

i came across a grand piano branded "K.KAWAI" instead of "KAWAI". is it a fake?

and, is KAWAI piano better than YAMAHA?
i intend to buy a grand piano, from either these 2.
can i get any advice?

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#307634 - 01/10/08 12:25 AM Re: kawai and k.kawai
Hoaglie Offline
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K.Kawai on a grand is fine. Watch out for the Y. Yamaha, though.

Is Kawai better than Yamaha? It would probably help if we had more information as toward your goals and specific choices.

I believe there is a great thread on the forum called "Adult beginner in Singapore: Buying new piano.", which might be of more help.

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#307635 - 01/10/08 12:30 AM Re: kawai and k.kawai
pianist.ame Offline
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I prefer Kawai pianos.

no K.Kawai is not a fake, those are genuine kawai pianos too
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#307636 - 01/10/08 12:39 AM Re: kawai and k.kawai
Jay Offline
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I don’t think there is any different between K. Kawai and Kawai. My guess would be K. Kawai was name after the founder, Koichi Kawai.

Kawai and Yamaha are both established piano and they are among the best from Japan. There is no better between the two brands, just different tone characteristic and touch feel. To me, both pianos have a bright tone. Maybe, Kawai sounds mellower and feels heavier as compare to Yamaha.

Have you tried both pianos and what do you think about the two pianos? Have you tried other piano brands before short listing your piano search to only these 2 brands? If not, I would suggest you to play as many pianos as you can find and compare them. You will never know you find a piano that meets your price and your taste. Yamaha and Kawai are not the only pianos available in the piano industry. 

Btw, which models are you referring to for the Yamaha and Kawai? My understanding is that they make different ranges of models which represent different quality materials, constructions, and country of origins which there will differ in overall quality.

Till then happy shopping.
Regards

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#307637 - 01/10/08 12:43 AM Re: kawai and k.kawai
Jay Offline
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Hoaglie:
K.Kawai on a grand is fine. Watch out for the Y. Yamaha, though.[/b]
Maybe T. Yamaha... Torrakusu Yamaha \:D

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#307638 - 01/10/08 12:53 AM Re: kawai and k.kawai
tanjinjack Offline
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i am sorry to say i don't really know about the models.
but, i would prefer a piano that has a deeper tone, where it won't be like very light and sharp.
my budget is around 50k of ringgir malaysia, which is about 15k in US dollar.

i am more secure to KAWAI as it is said that fully Japan made compared to YAMAHA where some of the piano i encounter is made from Indonesia.

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#307639 - 01/10/08 01:01 AM Re: kawai and k.kawai
FogVilleLad Offline
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Loc: San Francisco
As Hoaglie posted, you can get more help by posting in this thread.

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#307640 - 01/10/08 01:16 AM Re: kawai and k.kawai
Jay Offline
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Below USD 15K, you have Kawai GE/GM, Yamaha G, Young Chang, Wagner, Samick, Challen, C. Steinbert, Wendl & Lung, Perzina, Ritmuller.

For USD 18-30K, Kawai RX, Yamaha C, Petrof V / IV / III.

Pianos available in Msia is very limited. For now, I can only think of these pianos. Good Luck....

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#307641 - 01/10/08 01:19 AM Re: kawai and k.kawai
tanjinjack Offline
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Registered: 01/09/08
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thanks, i went to that thread but it seems that they are discussing on upright piano. i am looking for a grand piano. i passed my grade 8 last year, and i don't really plan to take my diploma so soon as i now study at college. but i want a grand piano to polish up my skill which i lack, from what my teacher told me.

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#307642 - 01/10/08 05:13 AM Re: kawai and k.kawai
Bear 1 Offline
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Registered: 07/28/06
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Loc: Hillsboro Beach South Florida
K. Kawai was named in honor of the founder Koichi Kawai.

Go to: www.kawaius.com for info and specs.

Both Kawai and Yamaha are fine pianos.
Choose whichever has the best touch and tone for your particular use. Only you can determine what's best for your needs. Obviously I prefer Kawai \:\)

Best of luck with the piano of your choice.

Bear
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Barry J "Bear" Arnaut ♫
46 Years in the Piano Industry
Retired Kawai/Shigeru Kawai Regional Manager
(My posts and threads are my opinions only)

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#307643 - 01/10/08 02:17 PM Re: kawai and k.kawai
pianist.ame Offline
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Loc: Singapore
there is no different between K.Kawai and Kawai pianos.

I have a 2nd hand K.Kawai KG-2E, they don't sell those anymore but if you can find one, well it's a good grand piano
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