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What Should I do With Kawai KG 1C? #2779953
11/10/18 11:18 PM
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My 5'1" KG 1C (Matte finish) was built in 1958. I have had it for the last 10 years and have been happy with it. However, I would now like to get something newer.

I am not sure it is worth very much. My local piano dealer says that the cabinet needs refinishing. (It has some dullness, dings and a few scratches. The brass hinges and pedals are also dull looking).

Other than that, it sounds great and has been well maintained.

I am not sure if I should sell it on the open market. (If I do where I should list it.)

Try to consign it or find another dealer.

Or donate it.

The dealer said I would be lucky to get $2,500 for it.

Any advice about what I should do would be appreciated.

Thanks.


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Re: What Should I do With Kawai KG 1C? [Re: pavane1] #2779955
11/10/18 11:23 PM
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I am pretty sure it is not that old. Before about 1975, a KG-1 would have been called a 350, I believe. What is the serial number?

Even so, that price may be reasonable.


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Re: What Should I do With Kawai KG 1C? [Re: BDB] #2779956
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I'll have to look for it again. I remember it was hard to find. The tech was the one who told me it was built in "58 but I got it in 2008 so I really don't know.

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Re: What Should I do With Kawai KG 1C? [Re: pavane1] #2780006
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Your local dealer is in sales and you have to filter everything he says through that fact.

It he finish black matte or stained wood? How deep are the scratches? Need more info. Pics would help.

Re: What Should I do With Kawai KG 1C? [Re: pavane1] #2780114
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Re: What Should I do With Kawai KG 1C? [Re: pavane1] #2780117
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You need to post pictures in the Piano Photo Gallery area.


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Re: What Should I do With Kawai KG 1C? [Re: pavane1] #2780217
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Yes, there is a bit of ... well, I was going to say, a dark art to loading photos with the site's utility. Let me say instead, "It has a bit of personality." Not a great deal; you can make friends easily enough if you follow the instructions blindly.

$2500 may not be quite enough to retire on, but I wouldn't cross the street to avoid the sale.

"My local piano dealer says that the cabinet needs refinishing. (It has some dullness, dings and a few scratches. The brass hinges and pedals are also dull looking)."

Fine. So, get some Brasso and polish the pedals and hinges up; get whatever product is right for the case and give it a little rub-a-dub (Cory has a product; you can buy it here from http://pianosupplies.com which is PW's sister site, or your tech probably can get it for you). I could say the same for the keys; my piano manufacturer says use Windex, sprayed gingerly on the cloth, not the keys. Your pianomaker, or Cory, may say something different. Whatever; just clean it up and have it looking and sounding its best. Have the tech in to give it a nice fresh tuning and spruce up the inside of the case. As I have found too many times, you never get a second chance to make a bad first impression.

Where to list. Ask your tech. You can buy a classified ad here. There are websites. Try to list it where it will maximize a realistic target audience and minimize exposure to creepy "types." Daily newspaper classified ads will get you some calls from dealers who like to pick up pianos after someone dies or moves, or doesn't want to sell it themself. If they will meet your price, that may be good enough; they will expect to charge twice that in the store after they blow the dust out of the case with a leaf-blower. As regards price, they are bottom-feeders; don't lose your smile over it. In fact, without taking out any ads at all, you could drop in at dealerships which sell used pianos and see if they're interested, and look at what they have on the sales floor, for what price. Just keep a grip on yourself, as you try some new pianos. It is like staying out in the sun too long without sunscreen--- a few minutes may give you some color in your cheeks, but a few more may get your bald spot burned, your cheeks as red as those older ladies who lay on the rouge, and your nose peeling badly.

But stop the presses--- if you are buying a new piano, they may be willing to make you an offer on the old one, as a trade-up. Or your tech may know someone who is in the market. Or, other techs may. You can find piano technicians in your area from http://ptg.org Piano Technicians' Guild.

Best of luck! And BTW--- what are you getting as your new love?

Clef


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Re: What Should I do With Kawai KG 1C? [Re: pavane1] #2780716
11/13/18 06:52 PM
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If it is marked KG-1C it would be from 1972 - about 1979.

Here is a listing of starting serial numbers for each year of Kawai production:
www.kawaius-tsd.com/pages/serial_manudate.html

Last edited by KawaiDon; 11/13/18 06:53 PM.

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