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possible trade - Kawai KG-2C for Yamaha U1
#2625128 03/19/17 10:13 AM
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I have an offer to trade my 3-year old U1 for a re-furbished 5' 10" Kawai KG-2C (from early 80's according to the serial number).
I have room for a grand, and like Kawais, but the piano is a few hours' drive and I'd like to have some input before I make the trip.
The U1 is almost new. The KG-2C has new strings and pins, has had the action regulated and hammers shaped and voiced, and the case refinished to the point that it looks basically new. The soundboard and pinblock and bridges are in excellent shape according to the other party (it's a technician that's selling/trading it). The piano was in a private home and had limited use.
Assuming that's all the case, is a Kawai of that vintage more or less of similar quality to the U1 (also assuming I like the touch and sound, which I won't know unless I make the trip), or were the pianos of that series just not worthy of a trade for the U1 - assuming it's close enough to a straight trade?
I know it's impossible to say without looking at it, but I'd appreciate any input from anyone familiar with these pianos.

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I know the U1 is well respected, and hold their value, but the Kawai KG2 is a very nice 5'10" grand piano. If you are interested in going from a 48" upright to a baby grand, that sounds like a good opportunity.

You know what you have now... so, with that in mind, I'd have an independent piano tech to check out the KG2. Having that kind of work done on a piano scares me; make sure the work was done by a competent technician. Make sure you play the KG2 and spend some quality time with.

Are you dealing strictly with a private owner, or a dealer/broker? If it were me, I'd feel more comfortable dealing with a private owner in a situation like this... but that's just me.

Good luck!

Rick


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Provided the Kawai KG-2 has turned out as well as the description claims, there is a considerable advantage in upgrading from an upright piano to a grand. The action is better and the sound is more "open" and not "boxed in" as it is in many vertical pianos.
5'10" is an ideal length for a domestic grand piano and in particular gives a fuller and better bass tone than can be found on most upright pianos.

In reaching a deal, I would also corroborate what Rick has said in that it will be quality of the refurbishment that will be critical when evaluating the the Kawai KG-2.

All the best!
Robert.


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Good advice, thank you both for the input. I know that with a piano that old, it's all about condition, assuming they were well made to begin with.
I'll let you know if I end up going to see it.

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Just reporting back, I went to look at it, made the deal, the piano has been delivered. The KG-2C is a major upgrade from my U1, thanks for the input guys.

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Hi again EP,
Congratulations on getting the Kawai KG-2C!
Thank you for letting us know your decision and I wish you much piano playing enjoyment. The refurbishment should have rejuvenated the piano for the years ahead.

Kind regards,

Robert.

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Congratulations! I also have a Kawai KG-2C from the 80's, and my family has been really enjoying it.


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Congratulations, EP!!

I just played my Baldwin R, and enjoyed it very much. Played my Howard 550 (Kawai KG2) yesterday and enjoyed it!!

Heck, who needs drugs or alcohol when you have a nice piano! (Just kidding... no I'm not smile )

Enjoy!!

Rick


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Congratulations on your Kawai. I had a 1984 KG2D which I thought was a very good piano. I sold it to a friend, and she is still enjoying it without any major work done on it. I believe you'll love yours.


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Thanks everyone.
I am enjoying the piano, and it seems to be in excellent condition, so I'm hoping it will last many more years. It's obviously had lots of TLC from the previous owners.


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