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Kawai GX-2 piano delivery #2674361
09/10/17 11:22 PM
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After a year of piano searching, I ended up getting new Kawai GX2

I've tried many used grand pianos in the pat year including Petrof, Schimmel, Steinway, Boston, as well as new Yamaha C2X.

I decided to purchase the GX2 due to my personal preference.

It was moved into my living room this weekend.

Some photos below:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/2uA61BVRdrmU8T7z2

https://photos.app.goo.gl/N5qKvU1SzYlu2PuE3

https://photos.app.goo.gl/II6MKTAl8mTN8SP32

The tuning is scheduled to be this coming weekend. I was surprised that the piano just a little bit out of tune without tuning. I couldn't stop playing the new piano even though it's a little bit out of tune. Hopefully, it won't hurt the piano.

We had hard time selling the 30 year old KG 2C so we decided to keep it and moved into my small studio.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/DURUwwcQYEWMCboS2


I had been searching the PW piano forum since started to search for a new piano and found a lot of very helpful information.


Last edited by Kenny Cheng; 09/10/17 11:24 PM.
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Re: Kawai GX-2 piano delivery [Re: Kenny Cheng] #2674363
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Congratulations on your brand new piano. It's a fantastic looking instrument. Don't worry, you won't hurt it at all playing it before the first tuning, just enjoy.


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Re: Kawai GX-2 piano delivery [Re: Kenny Cheng] #2674374
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That is very nice. Congrats and enjoy.


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Re: Kawai GX-2 piano delivery [Re: Kenny Cheng] #2674396
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Beautiful piano, Kenny. Congrats. I think you made an excellent choice. Please post a recording iif you can. Would love to hear it.

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Congratulations! I know you're excited. There's nothing like the enjoyment a new piano brings.

Re: Kawai GX-2 piano delivery [Re: Kenny Cheng] #2674696
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Thank you all

I will definitely do some recording after the tuning is done.

Re: Kawai GX-2 piano delivery [Re: Kenny Cheng] #2674742
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Hello Kenny,
Congratulations on your new Kawai GX-2 grand piano! I am sure that many of us here would like to hear both your recordings and your feedback as your piano settles.

Kind regards,
Robert.

Re: Kawai GX-2 piano delivery [Re: Kenny Cheng] #2674749
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Thanks for sharing the pictures! We are considering a GX as well, so would love to hear how you are liking it!

Re: Kawai GX-2 piano delivery [Re: Kenny Cheng] #2674763
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Magnificent! Congratulations!


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Re: Kawai GX-2 piano delivery [Re: Kenny Cheng] #2674903
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Congratulations on your new piano.
Can you elaborate why do you prefer this gx compared to the other grand pianos?

I have considered getting a kawai gx but I have not made the decision since there is no gx floor model in my country to try.

Also there is a common belief around pianist here in my country that kawai action is harder and heavier to play than other pianos (mostly yamaha).
I do not know if this is true or not, but last year I tried a new SK5L here which has the heaviest action of all pianos that I have ever played in all my life. It is not a joy at all to play it.

At that time, I thought because I used to very light action and have played pianos mostly yamaha. My piano at home is GH1.
However, last summer vacation, I went to Bangkok and tried some very nice pianos over there: Fazioli, Sauter, Schimmel, Petrof, Shigeru EX and GX5.
None of those pianos feels heavy at all, they are all very nice to play.

So I think this maybe caused of different level of prep?
Is it possible that kawai prepped differently for different countries?

Anyway, I am looking forward to hear how do you like your GX2 after you have played for a few days. Please tell us your feedback.

Re: Kawai GX-2 piano delivery [Re: Kenny Cheng] #2675012
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No, it is the skill of the tuners and technicians at the dealerships who prep the pianos that can make all the difference. Shigeru Kawai pianos are usually acclaimed for their excellent actions. I would think that the disappointing experience you had with the Sk-5L is an anomaly.
Kind regards,
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I'm sure the GX2 is a fantastic instrument, congrats and enjoy!

I have an RX3 and love it. Yes, it indeed does play a bit heavy but that is how I like it. But perhaps not for everyone.

Re: Kawai GX-2 piano delivery [Re: Kenny Cheng] #2675476
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Congratulations on your new piano. I noticed in the first photo, it was in the original box. In the US knowledgeable buyers prefer an instrument that has been prepared by the dealer and is usually not delivered new in the box. While Kawai generally does a good job at the factory, it can't hurt to have the dealer go over the action to maximize its potential as a musical instrument when its tuned. Unfortunately, prep can be something that takes many hours (more than a day) to do well and is not usually done in the home.

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I had 2 hours of voicing done to my piano, and it really helped it a lot. No major regulation nor more extensive voicing was needed on my piano because it was gently used, but I imagine that it could take quite a few more hours and cost a good amount for work by someone skilled. (and you definitely want someone experienced and skilled do this kind of work).

A couple of reputable technicians quoted me around $500 USD for some regulation touch up work, plus whatever for minor voicing. With your new piano, I doubt however you would need that much work.

But especially for high level playing, its worth every cent (or whatever other currency equivalent!)

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Originally Posted by Steve Chandler
Congratulations on your new piano. I noticed in the first photo, it was in the original box. In the US knowledgeable buyers prefer an instrument that has been prepared by the dealer and is usually not delivered new in the box. While Kawai generally does a good job at the factory, it can't hurt to have the dealer go over the action to maximize its potential as a musical instrument when its tuned. Unfortunately, prep can be something that takes many hours (more than a day) to do well and is not usually done in the home.


In my country and I think also for most of us in Asia, this is not an option.
there is not many grand piano floor models in the store, if there is, usually only the cheapest models,
so if you want to buy a decent yamaha or kawai grand piano, you have to order it first, then it will be delivered straight from Japan.
so no try first before you buy, and usually after arriving the only service provided is tuning only, no voicing or other prep.

Re: Kawai GX-2 piano delivery [Re: Kenny Cheng] #2675938
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In Taiwan, there is GX2 in dealer's show room. They did offer me buy that piano in the showroom.

I played GX2 when I travelled to Singapore and find it's very consistent with what I played in Taiwan and that's why I decided to buy a brand new one.

KAWAI is known for havier action. That's how I like it. GX2's action is pretty responsive. I don't have problem playing fast repeated notes.

Technician came and did the tuning this weekend. I requested him to adjust the sustain pedal sensitivity so that the 1/4 and 1/8 pedal can be done more easily. He did the adjustment. I'll spend more time with the new piano and do some recordings in few weeks.


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