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Parents had to move, what to do with their Kawai GE-1
#2882603 08/23/19 03:17 AM
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Hi everyone,

I'd love some feedback on a sort of emotional decision I'm trying to make.

My parents bought a 1986 Kawai GE-1 when I was a kid, partly because they wanted me to have a nice instrument to learn on, and mostly, I think, because they wanted a nice showpiece. It was bought new that year, is still with our family, and is in excellent condition, though it needs a tune.

As I got older, I stopped taking lessons, but continued to play on it periodically when I was at my parents' house visiting. My 15-year-old niece is now getting good at piano and she loves to play it when she comes over too.

Parents recently had to move to a smaller place and can no longer accommodate the piano. I could probably fit it into my house (with some effort), but I also have someone who wants to buy it at a fair price, $5850. I'm going back and forth on this, part of me would be relieved that I don't have to deal with moving it and keeping it, but the other part of me is thinking that it would be a delight to play on that piano when/if I eventually resume lessons (which is in the plan), and after 33 years, maybe i should think of it as a family heirloom.

I also know that when/if I do resume lessons, I'll probably be able to find another one at a lower price (but its condition may be worse than mine).

I know no one can decide this for me, but it's a hard decision and I'd love to hear some opinions. Is it a smarter decision to let it go and buy one when/if I want it in the future? Is this one getting to an age where it's going to begin depreciating more quickly? I'm somewhat attached to it, but I'm also trying to be logical about this decision.

Thanks for the counseling smile

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dsutton01 #2882646 08/23/19 07:57 AM
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Hello, dsutton01, and welcome to piano world!

If you could possibly find room, I'd keep your family's Kawai baby grand piano. Yea, they do take up a fair amount of space, at least as much as a small dining room table. On the other hand, it is a family heirloom.

You already have a buyer for it, and it is just a matter of making a decision to keep or sell. If it is not going to be a huge inconvenience for you to keep it, I'd keep it and have it tuned and play it, and enjoy it and let your niece play it to her heart's content. If it will cause too much of a disruption in your household to keep it, then sell it and buy another one later on. But you will never be able to buy that particular piano back, most likely.

You're right, it is a hard decision. My .02? Keep it and enjoy it if you have the room.

Good luck!

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If you're still hesitant to sell after being offered a really fair price for a private sale, it must mean a lot to you. If space is limited, you might be better off selling it and buying a nice upright when you get ready to play again.


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dsutton01 #2882665 08/23/19 08:50 AM
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I would be inclined to keep it if you're planning to play again. Keeping the piano is a low risk option, especially compared to selling it and buying a new one later on.

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"... in excellent condition ..." I think nearly answers the question. The other thing I suspect - you sound like you really want to keep it, or you wouldn't have posted the question.

But - if you do keep it, get it tuned, as the longer a piano is left out of tune, the more tunes it takes to stabilise it again.

Just my 0.02 too.


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Welcome to PW, dsutton01!

Originally Posted by dsutton01
the other part of me is thinking that it would be a delight to play on that piano when/if I eventually resume lessons (which is in the plan)

Why wait for this delight to happen? When you suddenly get a lovely piano, now seems to be the best time.


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As long as returning to piano is a consideration you should keep it. You won't find a decent grand for the same price down the road (free) and while selling it will provide a modest windfall, should you return to piano later you'll need to buy something to practice on. That opens the door to spending much more down the road.

Of course everyone here is a player (or they wouldn't be here) so we're biased. You won't get an unbiased opinion on this forum, everyone will tell you to keep it. I simply tried to explain the rationale for doing so.

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My vote is to keep it if at all possible. Invest in professional piano movers. I have a feeling down the road you’ll be so happy you kept it. It was also be stronger incentive to return to practicing and returning to lessons.


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This is so true! It's also part of what I love about PW!! smile


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This is so true! It's also part of what I love about PW!! smile

That’s exactly the reason our OP dsutton01 asked that question here. If I’m shopping for the opinion that says keep it, where else would I ask for moral support and backup? grin


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In 1956 (when I was 5) my father bought a Knight K10 (High quality British Upright). He played it quite a bit in his younger days and used to have musical evenings with his friends. My mother rarely played, although the only piece I ever heard he play on in was Chopin's Nocturne Op 9 No 2. I took lessons (at the teachers house) but rarely practiced so only played it a little bit.

In the early 1990s it was handed down to me, although I still never played it. I did however get it tuned every year. My youngest daughter did take piano lessons on it. So in May 2017, when she finally moved into a big house it was shipped to her.

I decided to restart piano in September that year, but having given away the family heirloom had to buy a digital.

One of my greatest pleasures is a visit to my daughter and an opportunity to play that piano. It brings back so many memories of my childhood and my fathers musical talents. He passed away in 2001. In addition I have learnt that Chopin Nocturne, and was able to play it to my mother (who has dementia)

and now my grandchildren will have an instrument that they can learn to play on.

A piano carries with it so many memories. You can't sell yours and ever get those memories back. Find a way to hold on to it and pass it down the generations.

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All I can say is keep the piano,or give it to another close family member.
Wishing you happy memories with the Kawai grand !

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Thank you everyone for the wonderful words of encouragement and very unbiased opinions smile

I have decided to keep the Kawai. I'm going to rearrange some things in my house and make it fit nicely in the living room. I'm excited to have it with me, and even more excited to begin piano lessons once again. @akc42, I'm listening to Chopin's Nocturne Op 9 No 2 as I type this, and thinking that I just may have to learn that piece too. Thanks for sharing your beautiful story. I'm so glad you were able to play that piece for your mom.

I suspect I'll be posting quite a bit more here as I ramp back up!

Thanks again.

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Originally Posted by dsutton01
Thank you everyone for the wonderful words of encouragement and very unbiased opinions smile

I have decided to keep the Kawai. I'm going to rearrange some things in my house and make it fit nicely in the living room. I'm excited to have it with me, and even more excited to begin piano lessons once again. @akc42, I'm listening to Chopin's Nocturne Op 9 No 2 as I type this, and thinking that I just may have to learn that piece too. Thanks for sharing your beautiful story. I'm so glad you were able to play that piece for your mom.

I suspect I'll be posting quite a bit more here as I ramp back up!

Thanks again.


I think you're making a wise decision. You can always sell the piano later if it just doesn't work, but you can't get it back once it's sold. I would never part with my piano unless I was absolutely 100% certain I was ready to part with it and had no other options.

Enjoy your reunion with your lovely Kawai piano!

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Originally Posted by dsutton01
Thank you everyone for the wonderful words of encouragement and very unbiased opinions smile

I have decided to keep the Kawai. I'm going to rearrange some things in my house and make it fit nicely in the living room. I'm excited to have it with me, and even more excited to begin piano lessons once again. @akc42, I'm listening to Chopin's Nocturne Op 9 No 2 as I type this, and thinking that I just may have to learn that piece too. Thanks for sharing your beautiful story. I'm so glad you were able to play that piece for your mom.

I suspect I'll be posting quite a bit more here as I ramp back up!

Thanks again.


I think you're making a wise decision. You can always sell the piano later if it just doesn't work, but you can't get it back once it's sold. I would never part with my piano unless I was absolutely 100% certain I was ready to part with it and had no other options.

Enjoy your reunion with your lovely Kawai piano!



I agree that you are making a wise decision. Enjoy your new adventure with your piano.



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