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Re: Advice on chosing Kawai K3 or Yamaha U1 [Re: Maxlee] #1191318
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I tried both (new) and decided on U1. It is about $1000 more expensive though. But I think Yamaha holds the value better.

I like the sound of both. Both have deep bass and not too bright in the middle. But it is really hard for me to compare as the pianos are in 2 different stores.

The action of the UI is more solid (heavier) than K-3. The structure is more solid also. The key looks less plastiky on the U1.

Again. This is a beginner's opinion.

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Re: Advice on chosing Kawai K3 or Yamaha U1 [Re: umichioe] #1192874
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I strictly agree with umichioe, both Kawai K3 and Yamaha U1 are suitable for beginner. However cannot compare with european piano as for the price you pay and the quality. Nowadays people tend to purchase Kawai K3 and Yamaha U1 both used and recon. The recon of the Yamaha U1 i see looks like new and the prices are so much cheaper than to purchase a new U1 pianos. In the recon piano the hammerhead, pins, felts and etc are changed. It is also regulated and tuned up to standard. It is still a better choice for beginners and value for money. You can either check out Kawai BL 12 and Kawai BL31 for the range. Yamaha U1, Kawai K3, Kawai BL12 and Kawai BL31 price range from USD 2,500 to USD 3,500 (Southeast Asia Price Market).

Re: Advice on chosing Kawai K3 or Yamaha U1 [Re: Maxlee] #1193199
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Maxlee, sounds like a commercial for Gray market pianos.
Nowadays, people in dry climates find out these wet pianos (gray's) don't do so well.
Have a technician check out ANY used piano you purchase. Don't accept the sales pitch that 30 year old pianos are as good as they are today. They are not.
For a little bit more $$'s you get the new technology and advances in both Yamaha and Kawai enstead of buying gray's hook line and sinker.
In todays economic climate dealers are selling T118s, (U1 guts, built in Yamaha factory in China) in the mid to low 4s. Good piano, no snake-oil salesman.


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Re: Advice on chosing Kawai K3 or Yamaha U1 [Re: John Mila] #1193475
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One of the most successful guys in my office who has been around the block more than a few times and seems to know a thing or two about the world has given me this advice more than a few times and I thought it might be appropriate to this thread:


It's the Indian, not the arrow...


Re: Advice on chosing Kawai K3 or Yamaha U1 [Re: John Mila] #1193505
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John, regards to ur email. these pianos r actually selling hot cakes nowadays. the quality and the price factor. there is the after sales service that consumers actually buys. well in the humid area where the dampp chaser (dehumidifier) actually helps maintain the piano. FYI, 3 millions of these pianos in japan actually found and send to countries like malaysia to refurnished, recondition. i can say the price and the value of it just looks like new. it is so much affordable. for my group of clients and frens we had almost 20 recon yamaha and kawai piano and it is just perfect. with a 30 year old piano where the spring, hammerhead, felt all changed. the best part 3 years warranty for any spare parts. honestly, i been in china and japan factory. yamaha piano actually dont do in china factory. you may find alot of china pianos especially hailun pianos.

Re: Advice on chosing Kawai K3 or Yamaha U1 [Re: Maxlee] #1193573
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Yamaha has a factory in China.

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