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Piano journey came to an end today - used Kawai upright
#1604715 01/24/11 04:37 PM
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Hi!

I've been asking lots of questions about new and used pianos here, possibly driving you nuts. My piano journey came to an end today with my purchase.

After lots of research I've been swinging from new uprights, to used grands, to new Chinese grands, to new Japanese/German grands and to... back to uprights, used this time.

I was pretty much settled on a Chinese made Wendl&Lung grand piano, but two things happened:

  • we measured the room carefuly with my family, and whereas I would happily sacrifice the living space for the piano, my family would not and we decided a grand IS a stretch after all, essentially coming back to the upright stage
  • budget for a grand would be stretched as well... and I decided I wanted to play the piano, and not look for it another year or so


This is when things started happening faster than before. I have found a reputable piano dealer and researched their credentials. After finding many happy customers, both individual and institutional, I decided that trusting them is a reasonable idea and I took a trip to their showroom. They are well known for piano sales, repairs, rebuilds and they have wonderful technicians working for our major concert halls.

I've sampled used Yamaha and Kawai uprights, mostly 15 - 30 years old (the used pianos market in Poland is very small, as is the whole piano industry here - younger pianos simply do not sell), but in pristine condition.

After playing more than 10 pianos at the showroom I kept coming back to a single Kawai upright, a 51" KU3 model. It had this warm, rich tone without overly bright treble, with deep bass. It also had the keyboard feel I loved - I never really enjoyed Yamaha's typical "stiffness" (I don't know if this is the proper word to describe the feel).

I carefuly checked the piano, each single key with and without pedals, I also checked the hammers and finish. The piano really looks like new and is in great condition.

Making long story short - I took the plunge and the piano is now mine. Delivery in late February, as I have to prepare my house for the new baby beforehand.

I wanted to thank all of you for being so supportive. If it wasn't for your advice and the knowledge I gathered while carefuly reading this forum, I would have never decided on a piano myself. And I wouldn't be so convinced that I made a right decision for myself. Thank you!

I forgot to take the photo before taking the front cover, so only two pics as for now.

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Now... I can't wait!


Best regards,
Mateusz


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Re: Piano journey came to an end today - used Kawai upright
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It looks like a beauty. Congradulations on your excellent family addition.


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Looks very nice! Congratulations on your new piano, I know you've been looking for a while.


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Congratulations, Mati!
The KU-3 looks wonderful. The photos look to be an invitation to play. Wish I could take her/he for a spin. smile








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That's a handsome piano! Congrats.

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Congratulations, Mati!

A beautiful piano indeed!

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We all love a happy ending! Congratulations smile

When it arrives make sure to post some picture of your new baby in it's new setting!

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Nice looking piano! May you enjoy many years playing it!


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Thanks! I will certainly post more pictures when it comes home smile I will also try to post a decent recording as soon as possible, but my recording equipment is not yet there.

It's really nice to hear these warm words, thanks again!

I, also, hope to have many years of tender relationship with my new piano smile


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I love your description of the way it felt to the touch and sounded to the ear. This is the way to have happy relationship with your new piano. And looking good doesn't hurt anything, either.

Congratulations!


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That's wonderful! I'm looking forward to both the pics and the recordings.

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I am happy for you, I hope for many years of pleasure!!


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It's a charming story and to find a piano that you love is indeed wonderful. My warmest wishes for many years of happy music making with your beautiful new piano.

Congratulations!
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Congratulations, Mati, on your beautiful Kawai! smile Can't wait to hear it in some upcoming AB forum recital.

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I'll let you hear it in the NEXT upcoming AB forum recital, in May :-) I believe it deserves to be recorded properly and not with a digital camera. I am not sure I will manage to arrange a delivery before 15th, not to mention making the tuning stable and setting up the recording environment.

But yes, it will definitely become my primary recording instrument :-)

Thanks!

M.


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Congratulatins, Mati! It is wonderful to hear your good news!

Many happy years of playing to you.

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OMG, it is so pretty!

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Mati,

Very nice looking piano! I noticed it has felt strips installed for sound dampening. I also purchased a similar used Kawai upright about 10 years ago (UST-7), and installed the same dampening felt strips myself. I believe I can tell you without a doubt that you and your family will enjoy that particular feature.

My tuner LOVES this piano and has a standing offer to purchase it from me should I ever decide to sell (not anytime soon!). My UST is not as pretty as yours (designed for use as an institutional piano), but that doesn't lessen my enjoyment one bit.

Congratulations on your new acquisition.


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Thanks smile

Yes, these felt strips are much more practical than I thought. I always thought they don't do much, but oh boy they do. I am leaving my digital piano with me, for night time playing and working with my computer, so quiet acuostic is not my biggest problem right now - but I am pretty sure they will come in handy one day.

I can't wait to have it in my home. And I really hope it will be as happy as I am and will sound as beautiful or even more than in the showroom. When it comes to acoustics, I am always a little bit worried - nothing can be taken for granted.

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Congrats, Mati-- I know you've been looking for quite a while!


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