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Can't believe it: bought my first acoustic! #2883193
08/25/19 05:15 AM
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Well, I thought after purchasing my Yamaha NU1X last September that it would be my piano for at least a few years. But, I have been wanting an acoustic since I actually began seriously trying them out (mostly at our piano dealers in town, but also visiting various shops while out-of-town). In March I was in Seattle and visited a Steinway Gallery and had a ball playing, and thought I was set on a Boston 126 upright. I didn't want to buy right away, and figured I would wait until I start my new job in February (I currently work a little over an hour away and commute a lot).

This past week I went to my lesson (early, as usual), and noticed they had a few more used pianos in (the place I take lessons is a Steinway dealer). I walked over to a gorgeous-looking, rather tall upright: a Kawai K-50. I had never really played a Kawai acoustic before. I sat down, played a bit, and said "This is the piano".

I went back in yesterday and had the manager (who is also their chief piano tech and whom I've spent quite a lot of time with asking questions) go over the piano with me. Even they are amazed at how pristine the piano is. It turns out that they hadn't even done anything to the piano since they just got it in--not even a cleaning! Most of the notes were dead on, too. The action felt great to me, but the tone was just lovely.

Then, the brief story of the piano. It is from 2000 and was owned by an older lady and her husband. The woman passed away earlier this year, and the husband finally decided he would part with his wife's piano in the hopes that someone else could enjoy it. I had already decided that I was going to purchase the piano, but then I heard the story and it just broke my heart.

So, they still have to give it a thorough cleaning, regulating, and tuning; then after a couple of weeks in my home they will come back and properly voice it to my liking. I will get the full cost back within 10 years towards another piano if I decide I want to upgrade, and they are installing a Dampp-Chaser for me as well.

I am very excited--and a little nervous--about having such a big acoustic in my home, but the price was more than half of what that new Boston would have been--and I just didn't have that instant "connection" as I did with the Kawai.

Sorry for the long post--will add pictures once I get her home!

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Re: Can't believe it: bought my first acoustic! [Re: pathguy] #2883314
08/25/19 12:09 PM
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Wow, exciting news and congratulations! Looking forward to the pictures>


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Re: Can't believe it: bought my first acoustic! [Re: pathguy] #2883359
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Good stuff, enjoy it.


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Re: Can't believe it: bought my first acoustic! [Re: pathguy] #2883725
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Congratulations I recently bought a Kawai upright KL502 .It also has an unusual mellow tone. It is a teaching piano (well that is my excuse)Mine is older than yours but also in
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Enjoy your first acoustic piano ,Kawai make great pianos.Do give us some pictures !

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Re: Can't believe it: bought my first acoustic! [Re: pathguy] #2884505
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Congratulations - I loved my rented upright Kawai.

Re: Can't believe it: bought my first acoustic! [Re: pathguy] #2884589
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Thanks, all! It's getting delivered tomorrow, but sadly I will be on call and away overnight! Will have to wait an extra day, I guess.

Re: Can't believe it: bought my first acoustic! [Re: pathguy] #2884705
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Lovely! Enjoy your new piano!

Re: Can't believe it: bought my first acoustic! [Re: pathguy] #2884710
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Congrats ! There is not much better than a new piano and your first acoustic😊
Please post pictures


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Re: Can't believe it: bought my first acoustic! [Re: pathguy] #2884911
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Congratulations!! Welcome to the club!

Re: Can't believe it: bought my first acoustic! [Re: pathguy] #2885780
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Re: Can't believe it: bought my first acoustic! [Re: pathguy] #2885820
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Originally Posted by pathguy


I could see two photos. Nice!


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Re: Can't believe it: bought my first acoustic! [Re: pathguy] #2885829
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What a beauty!!!

Re: Can't believe it: bought my first acoustic! [Re: pathguy] #2885957
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Beautiful piano ! Enjoy your wonderful piano, wishing you many happy hours of happy playing.

Re: Can't believe it: bought my first acoustic! [Re: pathguy] #2885988
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Thank you so much! I really enjoy playing it: hasn't even been tuned properly (I had a Dampp-Chaser installed so we all figured it would be best to wait a week or two), but is gorgeous! Such a great feeling.

Hasn't been too much of an adjustment coming from the hybrid. This morning I used the practice pedal and didn't seem to bother anyone.

So far, I'm glad I made the switch laugh

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Congrats on the gorgeous 🎹. Enjoy!!!


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Re: Can't believe it: bought my first acoustic! [Re: pathguy] #2899165
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Congrats Pathguy....sorry I’m late to the party, just noticed. You can be EhonyKawai.2!


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Re: Can't believe it: bought my first acoustic! [Re: cmb13] #2899676
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Originally Posted by cmb13
Congrats Pathguy....sorry I’m late to the party, just noticed. You can be EhonyKawai.2!
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Thanks so much!


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