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Please do youself a favor and check out the Boston piano by Steinway.

Im new to this forum and I think it is such a wonderful asset for prospective piano buyers.

But I find it very unfortunate that the Boston piano seems to be totally lost in this forum.

Im sure many will flame me and claim the lame argument "its just a more expensive Kawai" made in a kawai factory".. yes it is true Steinway uses Kawai to manufacture the limited production Boston piano for them in what was Kawai's Idle factory back in the early 90's.

The piano scale and design ARE TOTALLY DIFFERENT than any of the Kawai piano at any quality level.

OEM (oreginal equipment manufacturing) is a way of life in today world and is prevalent in most all the products we purchase today.

All I can say is that this piano has a full, warm, well rounded sound that has both power and clarity. It is very popular amongst many of the "all Steinway schools". (ooh im sure that makes you kawai guys just growl)

Im sure you can guess as to my opinion of this piano compared to the ones lister earlier, but you owe it to yourself to give this piano strong consideration. I was sold on the 150+ years of piano building and designing experience that Steinway has that was all put into the Boston piano.

Thanks again for such a great forum for us like minded people to discuss this wonderful expression of life we call piano.

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I'm no S&S enemy (see my profile), but this sounds like a plug to me. Are you affiliated with the piano industry in any way?

Bostons are great, well designed pianos. But those who find them too expensive relative to comparable instruments have a good case IMHO...


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I'm no S&S enemy (see my profile), but this sounds like a plug to me. Are you affiliated with the piano industry in any way?

Bostons are great, well designed pianos. But those who find them too expensive relative to comparable instruments have a good case IMHO...
I guess it is a plug, I am a piano teacher in the tampa area and I own a boston piano and shopped between all of the others listed above. IMO its the best piano available comparable to other products near its price and its frustrating to see everyone ask "should i get a kawai or yamaha" with no mention or consideration for a boston.


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It's been talked about before. You might search the archives if you haven't already. There are some members who own Bostons and are happy with them, FWIW. Go to the community directory and search by piano brand owned. Who knows, you may happen onto some of the infamous flame wars that are the real reason Boston, etc. are not discussed very much.

Glad to hear you're not affiliated with the industry, though.


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Oooh, I like drama though, where can I look to find some!

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For people considering Steinway who could afford a Steinway....

buy a Steinway!

For people considering Steinway but can not afford one...buy a Boston and feel free to say it's a Steinway piano. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that.
As for why Boston is not a popular brand among the mix of Yammie and Kawai, maybe people prefer to buy a Kawai piano made by Kawai and save some money.

I am sure that Boston pianos are just as wonderful as Kawai ones:)

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Please see the link provided

http://www.pianoworld.com/ubb/ubb/ultimatebb.php?/topic/1/24906.html

I tried to explain the many differences between a boston and kawai.

Im a teacher who shopped endlessly for my two pianos Boston GP 178 and B and am sorta a piano junkie. Been to s&s factory, selected my b there!


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What about the Boston versus the Shigeru Kawai/Yamaha S?

Kawai was mentioned without any specification; likewise the Yamaha S series.

How would you compare those models with the Boston?

For the same money (in my country), I went for the Shigerus though, so I'm a biased commentator. wink

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jman37, I must tell you to be careful with your enthusiastic rhetoric in support of Boston, because we neither want nor need a flame war. It's not worth it. I realize you are just enthusiastic about the brand, but others may take a less favorable impression. smile


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What about the Boston versus the Shigeru Kawai/Yamaha S?

Kawai was mentioned without any specification; likewise the Yamaha S series.

How would you compare those models with the Boston?

For the same money (in my country), I went for the Shigerus though, so I'm a biased commentator. wink
To be honest ive never played either of the pianos you have listed. I dont think they are really in the same price range as a boston piano so its probably not a fair comparisson. but If you werer able to buy one of these for the same price as a boston I'de say you did pretty well!

in my world i put the rx kawai, and c series yamaha with the Boston pianos.

EDIT: The only piano im really comparing are the RX kawai, and C serios Yamaha and Boston piano.

Sorry I should have been more clear..


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omg, omg, my Kawai dealer lied to me. I am selling my RX-5 tomorrow and must get a Boston.

ppp, there's no way your SK is better than a Boston. Ask for a return and trade it back in for a Boston.

read the link jman37 posted. I am so shocked now!

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in my world i put the rx kawai, and c series yamaha with the Boston pianos. [/QB]
You just answered your own concern.

If you believe that these pianos are in the same group and compared closely to one another in performance, of course people will opt for the lower priced one which often, in this case, is not a Boston.

just my 2c.

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I shopped mainly Yamaha, Kawai, Boston and Petrof in my long search...I visited several dealers multiple times.

I have to admit I found things I liked about each brand...and the Bostons I played at the Steinway dealer sounded rich and strong with nice touch...though not superiour enough to justify the comparative prices (Especially when I started noodling with a very nice Weinbach at the Petrof dealer).

The true deal-breaker for Boston came when the dealer asked me what other pianos I was shopping. When my answer included "Kawai," he rolled his eyes and asked why I would even include that brand in the same class as Boston by Steinway.

I explained why I found his statement disingenuous, and left.

In my own hypothetical tier scale, I couldn't get over the notion that the Boston was a tier three piano with a tier two pricetag, based on irrelevant association with a tier one company.

A shame really, because despite the identity crisis, I did find it a very nice instrument.

Just my experience...
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NmbrNine just reinforced my thinking and logic smile

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in my world i put the rx kawai, and c series yamaha with the Boston pianos.
You just answered your own concern.

If you believe that these pianos are in the same group and compared closely to one another in performance, of course people will opt for the lower priced one which often, in this case, is not a Boston.

just my 2c. [/QB]
just because they are in the same price point doesnt mean they should be the exact same price.

There are real, tangible differences between the boston and kawai pianos therfore there will be differences in costs as well.

A hyndai sedan is in the same class as a honda sedan, would you simply purchse the hyndai because it was less money?


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It is Hyundai, jman37.

As Korean, I do not see the reason why Hyundai sedan is not as good as Honda counterpart.

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sorry for the misinterpretation. I was not implying a hyundai is better or worst than a honda. I was using it as an example to make a point.

Honestly, I think Koreans are building the best stuff on the planet as of now, and I say that with all sincerity.


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he rolled his eyes
There's nothing that says 'Steinway' quite like a gesture of completely undeserved condescension.

I think the Steinway religion is a kind of self-perpetuating closed-mindedness. People play Steinway, hear Steinway, and want Steinway. I've owned five pianos and after having each one for a while I found the character compelling. I've played many hours on a Kawai, a Yamaha, a NY Steinway, a hand-made German piano (old May-Berlin), and others. After living abroad for a few years I started liking the european pianos. Now that I'm in the US I like the American tone of the piano I have here. I have LOVED each of these.

Somebody in another thread made the observation that all the piano teachers he knew who disliked a particular brand turned out to just be unacquainted with the brand.

Can't we all just get along?


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Can't we all just get along?
Agreed.

I LOVE Steinways because they fit my tastes in a piano. But a flame war won't help their (or anyone's) reputation. So let's not carry this discussion farther than it deserves.


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I hope that it doesnt turn into a flammin contast but Im not opposed to some spirited discussions!

I will tone down my enthusiasm a bit though.

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