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Re: Shigeru Kawai: MPA visit next week [Re: kaspere] #2806305 01/24/19 11:31 PM
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Kaspere,

I'm so glad to hear about the great results! This is a very common experience I hear about from Shigeru owners. Often they write to me and thank me, and say something like "I really loved my piano, but wow - it is just that much better now!"

The lesson to all high quality piano owners: Find a technician who is good at regulating and voicing, and have them do more than simply tuning once in a while! There are excellent technicians in most major cities who can do this level of work, but most piano owners don't know to ask for it! If a piano is gone through every 3 to 5 years, it really maintains the sound and touch beautifully.


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Re: Shigeru Kawai: MPA visit next week [Re: kaspere] #2806490 01/25/19 09:23 AM
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To add to KawaiDon’s excellent advice, even if we don’t own a Shigeru level piano, piano owners should find talented piano technicians and have their pianos regularly voiced and regulated as well as tuned. It makes our pianos better and more enjoyable to play and helps them last for many more years!


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Re: Shigeru Kawai: MPA visit next week [Re: kaspere] #2806694 01/25/19 05:06 PM
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Sorry I didn't see this thread earlier -
Mr. Otake was the MPA who serviced my SK5 in Dec 2016.
I loved it before, and even more after. He was an amazing technician. One of the reasons I bought the Shigeru was knowing it would be excellently serviced to fit the acoustics of my room, and my expectations were surpassed.
Thank you "Terry", KawaiDon, and everyone involved.
I was fortunate that my own technician was willing to spend a few hours observing Mr. Otakesan's work, and am confident he can continue to keep my Shigeru in top condition.
p.s. Even after three years I continue to get a Christmas card each year from the Shigeru team, including KawaiDon. A small thing, I know, but I still appreciate them.

Re: Shigeru Kawai: MPA visit next week [Re: kaspere] #2807378 01/27/19 12:16 PM
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MPA Mr. Otake starting to work on my SK5L

Re: Shigeru Kawai: MPA visit next week [Re: kaspere] #2807409 01/27/19 01:33 PM
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At the end of the tuning the master tech will leave the owner with a little souvenir.


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Re: Shigeru Kawai: MPA visit next week [Re: kaspere] #2810246 02/03/19 02:02 PM
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Here, 12 days after the regulation, I'm still very much on honeymoon with my piano! I am studying Beethoven's op.31,2 at the moment and the instrument pleasantly and very controllable renders the abrupt dynamics of the 1st movement. I am very satisfied and cannot imagine that I should ever grow out of this piano - time will tell, of course, but it is a pure joy to play (while the most obvious limitation is its size - getting past 6 feet would of course sound fuller; should I ever get a bigger room, I would perhaps consider an SK-5/6, depending on my future budget).

Previously, I've heard rumours about the MPA leaving a souvenir in the form of a key for the piano. After the final check and hand-shake, however, mr. Otake left very quickly and left only his business card. I don't feel that I'm lacking anything (the only thing that mattered about the visit what was mr.Otake accomplished in tone and action, which I am very thankful for), but perhaps I will ask the dealer if he has a spare key when I stop by.


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Re: Shigeru Kawai: MPA visit next week [Re: kaspere] #2810685 02/04/19 04:40 PM
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Wow...Otake-san was just here in S.E. Asia a mere 3 or 4-ish months ago...

gave my SK-3 some attention, including brightening the sound at my request (for jazz) which opened up almost another full octave south in the LH for muddy-free lingering on 5-noted ballad comps...

since then it really has been hard to give the wrists a break...

Re: Shigeru Kawai: MPA visit next week [Re: kaspere] #2810696 02/04/19 04:55 PM
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Re: Shigeru Kawai: MPA visit next week [Re: kaspere] #2810806 02/04/19 10:56 PM
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Mr. Otake (as all of the MPAs) is a very skilled technician, I had the opportunity of playing multiple pianos serviced by him. All of these pianos were absolutely delightful.
Without diminishing the well-deserved praising the MPA deserves; Shigeru Kawai Pianos from design stand point allows the technician to do very refined work without resorting to unconventional techniques or struggle with many of the aspects that can make pianos unstable. Shigeru Kawai pianos are extremely well engineered to begin with and well- finished at the factory.


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Re: Shigeru Kawai: MPA visit next week [Re: kaspere] #2885362 08/30/19 11:26 PM
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The MPAs travel from Japan to different parts of the world? Or they live in USA and travel from the city they live in to your home?
Do they come to South America? I'm buying a SK2 but the dealer said as I live in Argentina I won't get the MPA visit 1 year after purchasing the piano

Re: Shigeru Kawai: MPA visit next week [Re: kaspere] #2885370 08/31/19 02:10 AM
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Originally Posted by kaspere
Here, 12 days after the regulation, I'm still very much on honeymoon with my piano! I am studying Beethoven's op.31,2 at the moment and the instrument pleasantly and very controllable renders the abrupt dynamics of the 1st movement. I am very satisfied and cannot imagine that I should ever grow out of this piano - time will tell, of course, but it is a pure joy to play (while the most obvious limitation is its size - getting past 6 feet would of course sound fuller; should I ever get a bigger room, I would perhaps consider an SK-5/6, depending on my future budget).

Previously, I've heard rumours about the MPA leaving a souvenir in the form of a key for the piano. After the final check and hand-shake, however, mr. Otake left very quickly and left only his business card. I don't feel that I'm lacking anything (the only thing that mattered about the visit what was mr.Otake accomplished in tone and action, which I am very thankful for), but perhaps I will ask the dealer if he has a spare key when I stop by.


Well he does look rather jet lagged perhaps he forgot to give you a key.
He probably has a bag of keys ,but forgets to give everyone thier keys !
This is so Freudian I probably am just jealous as well !

Re: Shigeru Kawai: MPA visit next week [Re: tomyt3] #2913535 11/18/19 03:45 PM
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Originally Posted by tomyt3
The MPAs travel from Japan to different parts of the world? Or they live in USA and travel from the city they live in to your home?
Do they come to South America? I'm buying a SK2 but the dealer said as I live in Argentina I won't get the MPA visit 1 year after purchasing the piano


Hi tomyt3,

I have no idea if they travel to South America. Perhaps KawaiDon knows.

Best,
Kasper

Re: Shigeru Kawai: MPA visit next week [Re: kaspere] #2913545 11/18/19 03:59 PM
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Just to follow up:

Three days ago, i had the first tuning since the MPA visit 10 months ago, Tuning stability has been excellent, with only a slight/slow beating in some areas. However, a tuning really brings back the crystal crisp timbre!

I had also noticed a slight tendency in two treble keys to not always repeat properly (hammer not being pushed, sometimes a faint clack in stead) when playing extremely fast repetitions - perhaps only in one of eight trials, but still annoying (at least to think of). My local tuner/technician (from the Kawai dealership) was able to correct it with a tiny bit of micro teflon powder, a bit of synthetic oil to a joint/pin and some gentle adjustments. The conjecture of the technician was, that the change from summer to fall/winter (and related shift in temperature and humidity) had swollen the felt in the joint/bushing ever so slightly, causing the need for things to be loosened a bit and friction lowered.

After this, the piano continues to play and sound as well as ever, and I'm still very, very happy with it - perhaps only envying those whose living spaces can accommodate the larger sizes!

Best,
Kasper

Re: Shigeru Kawai: MPA visit next week [Re: kaspere] #2913570 11/18/19 04:58 PM
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Originally Posted by kaspere
Just to follow up:

Three days ago, i had the first tuning since the MPA visit 10 months ago, Tuning stability has been excellent, with only a slight/slow beating in some areas. However, a tuning really brings back the crystal crisp timbre!

I had also noticed a slight tendency in two treble keys to not always repeat properly (hammer not being pushed, sometimes a faint clack in stead) when playing extremely fast repetitions - perhaps only in one of eight trials, but still annoying (at least to think of). My local tuner/technician (from the Kawai dealership) was able to correct it with a tiny bit of micro teflon powder, a bit of synthetic oil to a joint/pin and some gentle adjustments. The conjecture of the technician was, that the change from summer to fall/winter (and related shift in temperature and humidity) had swollen the felt in the joint/bushing ever so slightly, causing the need for things to be loosened a bit and friction lowered.

After this, the piano continues to play and sound as well as ever, and I'm still very, very happy with it - perhaps only envying those whose living spaces can accommodate the larger sizes!

Best,
Kasper

Congratulations 🎈🍾🎊🎉. Did you get your spare key?


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Re: Shigeru Kawai: MPA visit next week [Re: kaspere] #2913574 11/18/19 05:15 PM
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Originally Posted by kaspere
Just to follow up:

Three days ago, i had the first tuning since the MPA visit 10 months ago, Tuning stability has been excellent, with only a slight/slow beating in some areas. However, a tuning really brings back the crystal crisp timbre!

I had also noticed a slight tendency in two treble keys to not always repeat properly (hammer not being pushed, sometimes a faint clack in stead) when playing extremely fast repetitions - perhaps only in one of eight trials, but still annoying (at least to think of). My local tuner/technician (from the Kawai dealership) was able to correct it with a tiny bit of micro teflon powder, a bit of synthetic oil to a joint/pin and some gentle adjustments. The conjecture of the technician was, that the change from summer to fall/winter (and related shift in temperature and humidity) had swollen the felt in the joint/bushing ever so slightly, causing the need for things to be loosened a bit and friction lowered.

After this, the piano continues to play and sound as well as ever, and I'm still very, very happy with it - perhaps only envying those whose living spaces can accommodate the larger sizes!

Best,
Kasper


Interesting and encouraging story. Thanks for sharing.

How was the visit scheduled? Did Kawai or the dealer contact you, or did you have to call someone to ask for it?

Re: Shigeru Kawai: MPA visit next week [Re: noyes] #2913670 11/19/19 05:32 AM
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Interesting and encouraging story. Thanks for sharing.

How was the visit scheduled? Did Kawai or the dealer contact you, or did you have to call someone to ask for it?


Hi,

The MPA visit was scheduled by the dealer. The recent tuner/technician visit was scheduled by me (but part of the original purchase).

Best,
Kasper

Re: Shigeru Kawai: MPA visit next week [Re: kaspere] #2913676 11/19/19 05:44 AM
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That does it. I need the money for an SK-7...

Re: Shigeru Kawai: MPA visit next week [Re: kaspere] #2913911 11/19/19 04:44 PM
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Thanks for this. I bought an SK-2 earlier this year and had been in contact with Kawai in regards to the MPA. They said at some point someone will contact me but they have my piano on the list. I have no idea what to say to the MPA as the piano sounds great as it is. I already have pictures of Mr. Otake tuning my piano at the Shigeru dealer's studio. So I guess they get 2 tunings. Once in the studio and one once it's in the home?

Here's a facebook page link: https://www.facebook.com/bayfrontmu...recently-visited-bayfr/1936907646597449/

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Re: Shigeru Kawai: MPA visit next week [Re: johnstaf] #2913942 11/19/19 05:52 PM
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Originally Posted by johnstaf
That does it. I need the money for an SK-7...



I have to say, I really do love my SK-7 (bought used, of course).

[img]http://forum.pianoworld.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/2750076/shigeru-kawai-sk-7-take-2.html#Post2750076[/img]


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Re: Shigeru Kawai: MPA visit next week [Re: John305] #2914061 11/20/19 03:24 AM
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Originally Posted by John305
I have to say, I really do love my SK-7 (bought used, of course).

[img]http://forum.pianoworld.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/2750076/shigeru-kawai-sk-7-take-2.html#Post2750076[/img]



Beautiful!

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