So I've had an interesting few years playing piano. One day not too long ago, after only playing guitar since a young teenager, I finally was in a position in my life to start playing what i should have played at the beginning... piano.
So like most people you don't know much but you make the best decision you can make as a beginner and go for it. I ended up with a wonderful Mahogany Vogel 177T. What a great first piano! It was awesome, but like most people who make a decision as a total know nothing beginner, I began to see how it wasn't a perfect fit... for me.
After having fun trying out just about every major brand from around the world, and loving most in a certian way, I of course gravitated towards the American sounding pianos. For what i wanted it suits me better.
Steinway was out of my price range.
Mason is amazing but i didn't like the action.
Then I was at my piano store in San Diego, SoCal Pianos, a couple of years ago and I discovered Charles Walter Pianos. Wow what a nice fit. The clear steinway like sound, the excellent full renner action's superb touch, the build quality... everything was the right fit... even the pre-owned price. (which otherwise i couldn't afford the full $65,000 price tag new msrp) I also love the Walter story... American made and family owned and operated. To me that means quite a bit.
They had two W190's and i liked the both of them. One black satin and one semi polished Mahogany.
After getting back from our 2 week Austria vacation last week (more on that later) I pulled the trigger on the Mahogany.
Will take delivery next Tuesday. In the mean time, here is a pic from the showroom.
Thanks to all for your comments and insights on this forum. This virtual libary we call Piano World Forums is priceless.