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My first acoustic just arrived :-) #2797983
01/03/19 05:13 AM
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Just took delivery of my very first acoustic.

I'm a beginner and have been playing since April 2018 - until yesterday my instrument was a digital Roland F140 which was great for what it is but left me wanting for more "life" in the sound and feel. Rather than keep the Roland for silent practice I have opted for an acoustic with a silent system - I'm renting it for now and will see if I want to keep it or try out something different in a years time. Settled on a Kawai K300 ATX2 which I got a really good price on. It only just arrived but I'm already in love - it is a beautiful object and the sound and feel completely hit the points I were missing with the digital instrument - it seems so alive.

Anyways - enough with the talk - here's a picture :-)

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Re: My first acoustic just arrived :-) [Re: Morten Olsson] #2797987
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Congratulations on your new piano!

Remember that an acoustic needs 4 tunings the first year and at least 2/year later.

Re: My first acoustic just arrived :-) [Re: Morten Olsson] #2797991
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Thanks. It has been set up at the dealer as a demo unit for while so it's not fresh out of the factory. They have their own tech so I will have them assess it in a few months. It was freshly tuned prior to delivery and seem pretty much spot on for now.
I'm supposed to be working today - kind of hard to keep my hands of it and concentrate though :-)

Re: My first acoustic just arrived :-) [Re: Morten Olsson] #2798024
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Nice picture and I am sure you are ready to start playing. Enjoy!


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Congratulations!! I remember how excited I was when my piano arrived. I know you are elated. Years later, I still set down to play and I'm overcome with excitement and thankfulness for my piano. It brings me such joy to play it!

Re: My first acoustic just arrived :-) [Re: Morten Olsson] #2798105
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Really nice piano ! Enjoy ! What pieces are you playing ?

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Congratulations! I like the Kawai uprights and I hope you enjoy it for many years.

Re: My first acoustic just arrived :-) [Re: Lady Bird] #2798173
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Originally Posted by Lady Bird
Really nice piano ! Enjoy ! What pieces are you playing ?


Since I got a teacher I’ve played:
Little Seranade (Haydn)
Preludio I (Bach)
Menuett N.1 mit TRIO (Mozart)

Still working through issues and nuances in the last piece and today I started Chopin Prelude op 28 no 20 c min which I’m really excited about because I absolutely adore that piece and it really makes my new piano sing with the full beautiful chords.

I love playing and this instrument just takes it to a new level for me.

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Wonderful. Hopefully with your new piano you'll make great progress. There's nothing like a nice new piano to make you want to practise!

Re: My first acoustic just arrived :-) [Re: Morten Olsson] #2800629
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Originally Posted by Morten Olsson
Originally Posted by Lady Bird
Really nice piano ! Enjoy ! What pieces are you playing ?


Since I got a teacher I’ve played:
Little Seranade (Haydn)
Preludio I (Bach)
Menuett N.1 mit TRIO (Mozart)

Still working through issues and nuances in the last piece and today I started Chopin Prelude op 28 no 20 c min which I’m really excited about because I absolutely adore that piece and it really makes my new piano sing with the full beautiful chords.

I love playing and this instrument just takes it to a new level for me.


How do find the adjustment from your Roland to your Kawai upright
I am interested in whether you often play it without the silent mode ?Those are lovely pieces you are playing. This must be such an adventure for you !

Re: My first acoustic just arrived :-) [Re: Lady Bird] #2800751
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Initially I actually had a bad time of it because some keys were not completely resetting. Thankfully the dealer was great about it and their tech came and adjusted it yesterday and the issue is now completely gone.

Compared to the Roland action I would describe the Kawai action as more crisp and precise - subjectively it feels a bit lighter as well but that may very well be related to the different dynamics. Sound wise I feel it really comes into its own with full chords like the Chopin prelude I'm currently playing - so much happens when playing that acoustically compared to digital. Also the shift of tonal character when playing the pp or ff is very noticeable and pleasing compared to the digital that doesn't have the same range in my ears.

I mainly play in regular acoustic mode - the silent mode gets used if do scales or repetitive practice of short sections of a new piece while someone else is present.

I am extremely pleased with the change - the instrument speaks to me on an emotional level that the digital never could and I can't image I'll ever be without an acoustic again unless forced to by forces beyond my control.
Since I rented it I may very well try upgrading to a small or medium sized grand in a years time to see how that feels in comparison before deciding on buying something. Or I may just continue renting thus affording myself the luxury of an easy path for upgrades / changes.

I really love playing the Chopin piece - when I started playing April 2018 I had no idea what was waiting for me - and I'm sure many, many joyful experiences are yet to come.

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Congrats on the Kawai - that is a fine piano . After I got my k3 some years back I felt like I no longer had an excuse to blame the piano for my lack of virtuosity smile . I’m my experience you may find that the octave below middle C goes out of tune rather quick - this octave and the one below it may also suffer from some nasal qualities in the tone - in contrast I’ve found the treble registers on Kawai upright to sing beautifully , and the bass to have a nice full character


"Play Bach constantly. That will be your best means of progress." -F.Chopin
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If this piano is brand new it would have to be tuned at least 3 times
a year .The strings for one have to stretch while the piano adjusts .
I have read that after about 6 tunings the piano starts to settle down
and keep its tuning .
If the piano has been on the show room floor for a few months this
would not apply .

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The tech recommended that it be tuned in a months time and again 3-6 months after that and the probably once more within the first year.
It seems I can probably get the seller to pay for the initial tunings so all is well.
I can already tell it’s slipping a bit now but not to a point where it sounds dissonant.

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Hi,
I have a Kawai upright that I just love.
I have had one guest at my house who owns a Steinway Model M and he is very impressed with my piano.
When he plays, the piano sounds amazing.
My piano was, I am pretty sure, rebuilt.
My piano technician says its a very nice piano and that having my tuned every 6 months is ideal


Proud owner of a Kawai KU-5D 52 inch professional upright.

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