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Kawai CN-33 Arrived !
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This is sort of a repost, as I made a failed post in the piano forum yesterday.

Anyway,
Yesterday morning my first ever piano arrived in a big, but not so high package.
I did not expect it to come unassembled. The salesperson never mentioned it.
The assembly turned out to be pretty straight forward. (no missing screws)
Just a bit tricky doing it by myself. Especially the mounting of the keyboard. Quite heavy.

Either way, as you can see it's assembled. And I am happy to say it's also working.
I haven't gone through all the functions yet. But all the keys sound good and feel good.
I started the Alfred all-in-one course yesterday, and will start lessons next month. It will be interesting to have the lessons on an acoustic and comparing it to this CN-33.

I'll keep you up to date on my further findings of the piano and will post some more photos as well.
But so far, I'm liking it.

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Thanks again to everyone who helped guide me to this piano.

Fred


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Congratulations! The piano looks gorgeous!

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Congratulations! It looks like you also chose Rosewood like me. Looking forward to share experience.


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Congratulations Fred!

That shot bears more than a parsing resemblance to the CN33 scene in the brochure. wink

It's a little worrying to read that you lifted the heavy main keyboard section by yourself, however I'm glad that you've been able to assemble the instrument and begin to play.

It's interesting that you're learning using the Alfred materials too. As you may know, the UK, US, and Australasia models ship with built-in Alfred lesson songs, as opposed to the Czerny and Burgmüller exercises featured on the European models.

Anyway, regardless of the learning materials used, may I wish you the best of luck with your new hobby!

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I wouldn't trust myself with that vase there (particularly if there's a cat or a toddler in the house!)

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Congrats mate, I've also opted for the CN-33 but still waiting for the shop to get it's backordered stock.

They have one in cherry I could pick up now, but I have to have it in satin black - I think it's worth the few weeks wait smile

You're making me impatient for mine!

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Thanks for the congrats everyone.

James:
I was aware of different lesson function, but I don't mind so much as I'll probably check out the Czerny and Bergmuller stuff as well.
The keyboard section was quite heavy, but I managed quite well.
It's pretty straightforward to slide it into the frame.

Vectistim:
Actually, I don't trust myself with that vase either. I'll take it off when I get home.

Eyst:
Yeah, I wouldn't have picked the cherry either. It was going to be either satin Black or Rosewood. The Rosewood just matched my cupboards better..

I'll post some more pics in a bit.

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Fantastic, well done Fred. Hope you really enjoy it.

Mine was delivered today, in one piece! That's taken me something like 2 months waiting, and saving pennies. I will also take a photo and upload it later on today. My trusty Casio is going to be demoted to the spare room, although it will also go on travels with me.


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Fantastic, well done Fred. Hope you really enjoy it.

Mine was delivered today, in one piece! That's taken me something like 2 months waiting, and saving pennies. I will also take a photo and upload it later on today. My trusty Casio is going to be demoted to the spare room, although it will also go on travels with me.



Dah da, here it is:

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It might not be its final place, I have to take advice on that :-) but it's only a small house. I really tested in advance in the store, but even so there's a couple of pleasant surprises:

Mawima suggested on another thread the mellow piano sound (Piano 1-3), yup it sounds great to me for some music.

I love the church organ, compared to my Casio. Must have scared my neighbour trying to play Bachs Toccata in D Minor really LOUD. Love it. Now to learn to play it properly. Oh yes, and everything else too!

Need some time to transition from the lighter and looser keys of the Casio.

Just for fun, I also love this piano:

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It's outside some offices near where I live.

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Congrats spanishbuddha!

Thank you for posting the photo of your brand new (pre-assembled!) CN33.
I hope it was worth the wait! wink

Cheers,
James
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ps. Where is that outside GP by the way? Clearly the humidity of the Great British summer has taken its toll on the key lid...


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Originally Posted by Kawai James
Congrats spanishbuddha!

ps. Where is that outside GP by the way? Clearly the humidity of the Great British summer has taken its toll on the key lid...


OT: The outside GP is here:
http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=3915045
The satellite view is a couple of years old.

I didn't see a smiley in your post on the comment, so just to be clear it's a piece of art/sculpture made of (rusting) steel. I'm not sure why it's there as AFAIK there's no musical link to the offices/park. I jog past it regularly and think it's great.

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Sigh, wish I could go jogging...

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Anyway, thanks for clarifying the location of that interesting sculpture.
Nice part of the world, by the way. wink

Cheers,
James
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What happened??
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I went out cycling during my lunch break (as I do every day), and slipped on some wet metal grating in the road. It happens every so often when the road surface is a little greasy from rain, however on this occasion my shoe didn't disengage from the pedal - I came off the bike but my foot stayed with it.

No broken bones, but a badly torn ligament means no cycling for 3-4 months. ;(

I showed the photo to one of my colleagues at Kawai Europe - he asked if I had perhaps failed to read the owner's manual safety/assembly instructions properly. Who says Germans have no sense of humour?
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OOOPH! Sorry to see that! I wish you a speedy recovery. I guess you can use your extra indoor time working on new piano pieces, but that is, I think, small consolation.
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Congrats to Spanishbuddha and Fred on the new CN33's. Nice looking pics from both.

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I'm so sorry.

Maybe you want some flowers... I'll take those from Fred's DP, since they're anyway dangerous up there...

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James, I'm sorry. I wish you your leg getting better quickly.


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OT: James, ouch, hope you're cycling and jogging again soon.

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To follow up the image posts, here are some images of my CN33.

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Great pictures Mawima. James should hire you.

I always like to see the stool/bench that people use as I don't have one. I have back trouble, not related to piano and am reluctant to invest in a traditional style bench without back support. But I've just started to learn to pedal and find sitting back on my office style chair doesn't work so well for that. I might start saving for a bench next, after the summer holiday.

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