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#2125832 - 07/31/13 11:02 AM Introducing Stella!  
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Hey everyone,

The search is over!!! While I really wanted to go for a new RX2 or 3 or for a used M&H AA, they were unfortunately out of my budget. So I finally took the plunge and bought a piano in my price range to keep for the next 10-15 years until I can afford a M&H AA. Today, she was delivered. I'd like to introduce you to Stella.

She's a Kawai KG3 from 1971. She's been refurbished: new pins, keytops, strings, hammers, dampers, etc. She's voiced a little bright at the moment but, as she has new hammers, I want to wait three four months to work the hammers in a bit until I get her voiced to my liking. I got her for 11K from a dealer and that includes a free tuning, delivery, 3 coasters, a free voicing within six months, and a piano bench of my liking (I like the duet benches; I hate leather ones).

I've been searching for a piano for a good 5 months, or a bit longer, now. I had very specific tastes, going in, and they were both refined and reinforced throughout this process. I must have tried over a hundred pianos: everything from things I wouldn't think of buying to things I'll likely never afford. But each playing experience was reflected upon in terms of sound, piano quality, action, and so on and I made detailed notes. I've learnt so much about pianos over the past few months and it's definitely very interesting to have peer so deep into an industry that's filled with such a diverse product and cast of characters (from the piano makers to the sales people to the reviewers and everyone in between).

I wanted to send a silent thank to all the stores and dealers that have put up with me for the past few months and a written thanks to everyone who helped me here along the way when I had an odd question or two.

Without further ado, here's some pictures:

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Well, that's all she wrote. I'm gonna get back and start playing her now. Woo!

Pantoufle


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Dream piano: Mason & Hamlin AA/BB. One day, I will have her!
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#2125842 - 07/31/13 11:19 AM Re: Introducing Stella! [Re: Pantoufle]  
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Congratulations!

A beautiful piano indeed!

Rick


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#2125848 - 07/31/13 11:33 AM Re: Introducing Stella! [Re: Pantoufle]  
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Happy New Piano Day!!!!!! My BIL has a Kawai. It's older and I don't know what model. I like it very much. I'm sure you will enjoy it!!


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#2125852 - 07/31/13 11:37 AM Re: Introducing Stella! [Re: Pantoufle]  
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Wow nice piano! I absolutely love the artwork you have chosen for the room.


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#2125856 - 07/31/13 11:42 AM Re: Introducing Stella! [Re: Pantoufle]  
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Delightful - and Congratulations!

You and Stella seem to have a marriage made in heaven. Since this is a new relationship, you need to quell your lusting after some other temptress. -- wink -- Sequential monogamy is important in the dream quest.

Also, my complements to you on the way you went about your search.


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#2125858 - 07/31/13 11:45 AM Re: Introducing Stella! [Re: Pantoufle]  
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Congratulations! Looks great and I'm sure you'll have a great time playing.


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#2125900 - 07/31/13 01:11 PM Re: Introducing Stella! [Re: Pantoufle]  
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Outstanding setup my friend, looks gorgeous!


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#2125927 - 07/31/13 01:58 PM Re: Introducing Stella! [Re: Pantoufle]  
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Stella is distinctive as a Kawai grand without the "K". You have selected your piano very carefully and you have found, I am sure, a wonderful piano. Even your beautiful black cat is intrigued by Stella.

Congratulations!

Robert.

#2125928 - 07/31/13 01:58 PM Re: Introducing Stella! [Re: Pantoufle]  
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Beautyful piano, it will last you much longer than you think.
Now, that first picture, it has something of Dali in it. It looks like the cat is carrying the one leg on its back, and the piano bench is half eaten up by the book shelf. Great shot.


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#2125936 - 07/31/13 02:17 PM Re: Introducing Stella! [Re: ChatNoir]  
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Did the matching kitty come with the piano?

#2125956 - 07/31/13 02:41 PM Re: Introducing Stella! [Re: d4]  
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Beautiful. I like the pics on the wall. Louie, Bird and I think Monk. I have those on my wall also. thumb


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#2125963 - 07/31/13 02:58 PM Re: Introducing Stella! [Re: Pantoufle]  
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Oh, Congratulations! I'm a bit partial to the name Stella - the same as my beautiful granddaughter. smile
Looks like your Stella has a furry little four footed friend. Enjoy!


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#2126005 - 07/31/13 04:16 PM Re: Introducing Stella! [Re: Pantoufle]  
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Very nice looking piano! My first "decent" piano was a KG2D, and I really liked it. Fortunately I sold it to a dear friend so I can go play it whenever I want to.


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#2126032 - 07/31/13 05:16 PM Re: Introducing Stella! [Re: Pantoufle]  
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congrats P,

it's really beautiful. so let's see, you have a piano, guitar and triangle, sounds like a band in the making. Cat on vocals?

Seriously, that's a great music room. Tell me, how do you like the bass, especially compared to the models you wanted?

If you're like me, you probably just stare at it, right? I like the sharp lines on the Kawai and yours looks brand new to me.

You have an outstanding piano my friend. I recall some threads about the great sound from this model. You must be having a blast. Like so many in here, I never tire of looking at, or playing my piano, You sound hooked too and that's great.

Enjoy.............blob


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#2126036 - 07/31/13 05:22 PM Re: Introducing Stella! [Re: Pantoufle]  
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"The cat crept into the Kawai, krapt and crept out again . . . ." (an old joke) Keep that lid down - and the cat out!

Lovely job, we need to hear you.


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#2126050 - 07/31/13 05:45 PM Re: Introducing Stella! [Re: Pantoufle]  
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#2126078 - 07/31/13 06:31 PM Re: Introducing Stella! [Re: Pantoufle]  
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#2126127 - 07/31/13 08:50 PM Re: Introducing Stella! [Re: Pantoufle]  
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Felicidades, as we say in Spanish (Congratulations). Stella is beautiful.

If you don't mind my asking, where did you get the Bill Evans print that is hanging next to the Louis Armstrong print? Bill is my favorite Jazz Pianist/Composer, inspiration, everything! I would love to be able to purchase it.

Enjoy Stella!


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#2126132 - 07/31/13 09:01 PM Re: Introducing Stella! [Re: Pantoufle]  
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Thanks all for your kind (and funny) words!!

I am quite excited and extremely happy. I live in a 1 bedroom on the 5th (top) floor of an older apartment building and, being a good neighbour, won't play after 8pm, but even just sitting on my couch in the living room and looking at it is a pleasure. I only discovered that I have a real passion for jazz piano late in (my) life... I'm 28 and started playing 8 or 9 months ago. So to be the proud owner of a beautiful piano is something extremely special to me.

@Carbonblob: Thanks. I've had that wall and side of the living room prepared since March, just waiting, taunting me with its emptiness. Now that it's filled with a beautiful piano, it's everything I thought it would be. As for the bass, the whole piano is a bit bright at the moment, but I can hear its potential. The reason it's bright is that it has brand new hammers - less than two months old. Once a few months have passed and I've worked them in, I'll have a technician come and voice them a bit mellower, like I like it. But the piano sounds beautiful and even though it sounds a bit bright, I can still hear that characteristic dark, rich harmonic sound that Kawai is known for.

Tomorrow, I'll be sure to make a recording of me playing with the H2N I recently bought. Any suggestions where to place the mic to get the best sound? I find the piano sounds best (in my room) if I play with the lid half open... fully open causes too many reverberations in my small living room (15x10).

And yes, my cat, Potato, is having a grand old time with the piano. She's used to the sound from the Nord Piano 2 I've been practicing on so far. But she seems to really enjoy the vibrations underneath the piano as that's where she's positioning herself when I'm playing on it. I definitely will be keeping the lid closed when not playing however... don't want her ammonia stained feet on those delicate strings. Can anyone with cats make a suggestion as to how to discourage her from attacking the pedal rods? They're metal, so I don't know if it really matters, but I'd rather keep her away. haha.

@Music Me: A long time ago, I decided I wanted prints on canvas of my favourite jazz musician to hang on my wall. My dad decided he would do it for me so he went through a place called CanvasPOP. All the prints I have, except for two, are part of the Gottileb collection which is in the public domain but I believe that for that particular Bill Evans one he had to write to the rights holder and ask for permission to use it. This was a few years ago so I don't really remember who it was. However, you can go through CanvasPOP (or similar sites) and print your own photos on canvas. They will not, however, print anything that you do not have the right to use and they require evidence that you have the rights to whatever you're printing. Here's a great place to start looking pictures.... when you find one you like, go to the Library of Congress and find the high-quality version and use that to send to the printer.

Cheerio,,

Pantoufle

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#2126133 - 07/31/13 09:05 PM Re: Introducing Stella! [Re: Pantoufle]  
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Oh-Oh -- Here comes another Cat & Piano Thread!

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#2126181 - 07/31/13 11:40 PM Re: Introducing Stella! [Re: Pantoufle]  
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My cat is finally learning to stay on top and not inside my piano! Lots of work smile

#2126394 - 08/01/13 11:57 AM Re: Introducing Stella! [Re: Pantoufle]  
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So this morning I made a quick recording of how Stella sounds. I played... err... Stella by Starlight. I'm not too sure what the best mic placement is yet, so it may not be an optimal recording. Also, I just worked out Stella by Starlight a week ago so I'm still trying to figure it out and improve my voicings and whatnot, so apologies for the rough playing.

Recorded using a Zoon H2N.

Soundcloud link. smile



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#2126483 - 08/01/13 02:22 PM Re: Introducing Stella! [Re: Pantoufle]  
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Stella sounds as beautiful as she looks! Very nicely played.

Thank you,

Robert.

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Congratulations! Nice piano, and I, too,like your photos.


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Pantoufle,

Stella is the name of my mail lady. Every day Stella visits, it feels just like Christmas. I hope it's like that at your house too.


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Stella looks and sounds great. Congrats!


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#2611962 - 02/05/17 08:51 PM Re: Introducing Stella! [Re: Pantoufle]  
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Wow, you guys aren't going to believe this. I just took delivery on my KG3. Searched and searched, played lots of pianos and couldn't find "the one," until I found this one. It plays beautifully and is inspiring. All my friends ask "have you named her yet?" but not yet because I couldn't decide on a name. Until now! I was on the forum researching information on my new love and I saw a photo that I recognized. It's Stella!! I bought Stella!! I now know her name. Thank you Pantoufle. She is a beauty and as someone said in the thread I walk past her every morning and can't believe she is here. Unfortunately, I can't see the pictures that were posted of her former life, although I too loved the wall of musician photos behind the piano. I will try to post photos in her new surroundings.

I do have a question for the Kawai experts in the audience. Stella is labelled KG3, there is no letter extension such as C, D E. What does this mean?

PS. I don't have any cats.

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Named her? She? Stella? Really?



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Mine's called Roland - and he really is a Roland. Just squats where he wants in the livingroom, takes up space and grabs all the attention pfffffft


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