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Re: New piano, Los Angeles area [Re: AZNpiano] #2761500
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Originally Posted by Learux
I am fairly tall and my knee didn't fit comfortable under the piano.(Price is also an issue)

That's an easy problem to solve: Elevate the piano! A cheap solution is to use wood blocks or pieces of old carpet.


Don't you get a steep angle in your foot reaching the pedals?


Been doing some more shopping, brain is oversaturated might have to take a break for a bit.

Seriously thinking about getting a new U1 or K400 use that for a couple of years. I think this might be a better choice for my 2 boys who just started playing.

I really like the sound and action on both of these piano's. Then I will use the 100% trade in option while searching for the piano I really want.

My wife seemed disappointment with this decision. While she doesn't play, she said it would be very cool to have a grand piano in the house.

This would take care of one room less decorating for her. (I couldn't believe my ears when she said that)



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Re: New piano, Los Angeles area [Re: Learux] #2761512
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I like the grand piano style music desk and fall board on the Kawai. Both are nice pianos.


David



Re: New piano, Los Angeles area [Re: Learux] #2761526
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I found my piano on pianomart.com
Lots of listings in CA

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Re: New piano, Los Angeles area [Re: Learux] #2762081
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Homing in on a new K-500, is this a worthy competitor in my $9500 budget. Or should I keep searching for a smaller grand?


I love the Kawai action and sound!


So many choices. Let me know what you guys think please.



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Re: New piano, Los Angeles area [Re: Learux] #2762600
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Played a Baldwin B252 today. I did like it. Does Baldwin still make quality piano's?



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Re: New piano, Los Angeles area [Re: Learux] #2763859
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If you guys had to choose between a 15 year old kawai rx-1(good condition) or a new Kawai K-500 vertical what would u pick?



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Re: New piano, Los Angeles area [Re: Learux] #2763864
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Learux, I would play them both and think about which I prefer. Most people prefer grands for the better action, but the bass strings are longer and the tone is more balanced in the K-500.


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Re: New piano, Los Angeles area [Re: Learux] #2764511
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I played a K-5 at my lessons and always enjoyed it a lot. What people have said about Kim's in OC is true. It's a great store and Benjamin Kim is genuine. It's worth checking out. And you might want to stop by Kasimoff's in Larchmont. Mrs. Kasimoff is an original. They might have something used for you there.


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Re: New piano, Los Angeles area [Re: Learux] #2764520
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Originally Posted by Learux
Homing in on a new K-500, is this a worthy competitor in my $9500 budget. Or should I keep searching for a smaller grand?

I just went through this, after I narrowed my search down to Kawai, I went to the local shop and played a K-500 and then played a GL-10. Over and over until I think I drove them nuts. In the end I bought the GL-10 because I at least imagined the action felt better, but felt the K-500 had a better/bigger sound. In theory they both have the same action, at least it has the same name. It could be just that particular piano, but I preferred the GL action. I paid $9500, not sure if that's a great price but it seemed reasonable to me, so that's just in your budget depending on if you have sales tax wherever you live.


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Re: New piano, Los Angeles area [Re: Learux] #2764529
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Tx mark, very helpful. I am driving myself nuts over this. I might have to take a fortnight away from piano shopping.



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Re: New piano, Los Angeles area [Re: Learux] #2764942
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Quick update. Went to Pierre's what a nice man he is. Didn't have anything in my price range. There was a nice Steinway Model M that I possibly could swing. How is the tuning stability of these piano's?

Don't want to get a guy out every 3 month to come tune my piano.


It is ridiculous I am even considering this. I am not nearly enough of a pianist for a piano of that caliber. But I would never need another piano and it will look pretty ncie in the house.



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Re: New piano, Los Angeles area [Re: Learux] #2764944
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Get the best piano you can reasonably afford. You will grow into it’s capabilities and you won’t be hampered by an inferior instrument. Also, if it is particularly nice it may inspire you to practice more which is always a good thing.


It’s never too late to be what you might have been. -George Eliot
Re: New piano, Los Angeles area [Re: Learux] #2765024
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the pianos in my life that pushed me into putting in more time playing could be described as 'easy players'. not necessarily really lush sounding (those tend to be in the premium price tiers) but responsive to touch in terms of tone colours, and really comfortable action. the first for me, which hooked me into playing much more, was an inexpensive 63 in. yamaha grand. the smaller grands are truly not created equal, even the same exact model by the same manufacturer, set up a bit differently or made a few years apart, will vary noticeably. in terms of used pianos, the differences get magnified with how differently users maintain them and play them. was in a dealer's show room recently and the piano that spoke 'easy player' to me was a restored early 20th century steinway upright, probably played a cared for a bit post restoration.

Re: New piano, Los Angeles area [Re: Learux] #2765733
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Got my piano, purchased a Schimmel SP182 T. Was a little more then I wanted to spend but I now have 6 feet of German quality instrument.

The sound was just amazing. Action not to light or heavy. The second I sat down I knew it was my piano.

I will post some pics when I have it in my house on Friday.

Thanks for all your help guys.



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Re: New piano, Los Angeles area [Re: Learux] #2765745
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Originally Posted by Learux
Got my piano, purchased a Schimmel SP182 T. Was a little more then I wanted to spend but I now have 6 feet of German quality instrument.

The sound was just amazing. Action not to light or heavy. The second I sat down I knew it was my piano.

I will post some pics when I have it in my house on Friday.

Thanks for all your help guys.


Many congrats! Your hardwork paid off in your finding YOUR ❤️ Piano
Please do post pictures

Re: New piano, Los Angeles area [Re: Learux] #2765750
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Can't find how to edit it is from 2002.



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Re: New piano, Los Angeles area [Re: Learux] #2765754
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Great and congratulations on your new piano!!


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Re: New piano, Los Angeles area [Re: Learux] #2765791
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Schimmels are high quality pianos ! Congrats on your choice.


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Re: New piano, Los Angeles area [Re: Learux] #2765956
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Congratulations and yes we like pictures!


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Re: New piano, Los Angeles area [Re: Learux] #2766489
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Sounds like a wonderful piano .I am late to congratulate ! I hope you and your family have much joy from the instrument.

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