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It's here! My first real piano! #2922018 12/11/19 04:00 PM
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Finally, my long-awaited Kawai K-500 is here! grin

Just some initial observations as I wipe away the dust (yeah it was dusty) and set up the bench.

1. It is NOT too loud for my place. It's perfect. It is currently sitting on a new area rug and underpad. Lesson learned - I probably won't need to upgrade my digital piano any time soon, and I can get a grand in the future no problem (yay)! It's NOT loud at all. My sax is louder. And I was so concerned it would bother my neighbours.

2. It's sooooooo warm sounding. I mean, I bought it knowing that it was warm and mellow but it's even more warm and mellow in my house. And it sounds soooo much nicer than in the showroom. I think the rug has helped a lot with this. Or maybe it's because I wasn't comparing it with the Concert 8 LOL.

Ok, that's it for now. My first 2 observations. Give me a few more days to play with it, and get back to you once it's settled a bit. It hasn't been tuned yet.

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Re: It's here! My first real piano! [Re: WeakLeftHand] #2922021 12/11/19 04:07 PM
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Congratulations again!

I can feel your excitement and jubilation! smile

Post pictures when you can!

All the best,

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Re: It's here! My first real piano! [Re: WeakLeftHand] #2922023 12/11/19 04:08 PM
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Awesome, congrats!


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Re: It's here! My first real piano! [Re: WeakLeftHand] #2922029 12/11/19 04:19 PM
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Awwww, congratulations!!!🎈🍾🎊🎉

There's nothing in the world like welcoming home a new instrument! ❤️❤️❤️


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Wonderful!!! Congratulations and many happy practices!!!


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Re: It's here! My first real piano! [Re: WeakLeftHand] #2922034 12/11/19 04:29 PM
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Congrats on the new piano! I guess you're going to be able to get some really good practice time in this next week or two.


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Re: It's here! My first real piano! [Re: WeakLeftHand] #2922035 12/11/19 04:32 PM
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Originally Posted by WeakLeftHand
Finally, my long-awaited Kawai K-500 is here! grin

Just some initial observations as I wipe away the dust (yeah it was dusty) and set up the bench.

1. It is NOT too loud for my place. It's perfect. It is currently sitting on a new area rug and underpad. Lesson learned - I probably won't need to upgrade my digital piano any time soon, and I can get a grand in the future no problem (yay)! It's NOT loud at all. My sax is louder. And I was so concerned it would bother my neighbours.

2. It's sooooooo warm sounding. I mean, I bought it knowing that it was warm and mellow but it's even more warm and mellow in my house. And it sounds soooo much nicer than in the showroom. I think the rug has helped a lot with this. Or maybe it's because I wasn't comparing it with the Concert 8 LOL.

Ok, that's it for now. My first 2 observations. Give me a few more days to play with it, and get back to you once it's settled a bit. It hasn't been tuned yet.


Congratulations!!!! Getting your first real acoustic piano is such a fabulous feeling, it made me want to hum and dance during the day for weeks. It was inconvenient because I was working full time fixing IT issues, but there was more spring in my step.
Don’t forget the picturesgrin


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Re: It's here! My first real piano! [Re: WeakLeftHand] #2922038 12/11/19 04:35 PM
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Congratulations on your new piano!

Re: It's here! My first real piano! [Re: WeakLeftHand] #2922053 12/11/19 05:37 PM
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I am so happy for you ! Especially that you love the sound.That is what it is all about in a way.
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Re: It's here! My first real piano! [Re: WeakLeftHand] #2922058 12/11/19 05:58 PM
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A wonderful and exciting moment - I hope you get copious pleasure from it! Pics would indeed be cool.


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Congratulations, good choice.


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Wonderful!

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Mazl tov. I remember the feeling well!


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Nice! I saw a used Kawai K-500 that looked like a good deal. I hesitated because the K-500 is 51 inches tall and I was trying to stick to 48” or under.

Are you in an apartment like me? Are you the guy whose neighbor’s kid imitates him? Haha.

It’s nice to hear that’s it not too loud. Otherwise, you’d have to drag the piano out to a bridge to practice.

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Congratulations! I was worried about the "loudness" factor as well, but that quickly subsided. There's nothing quite like playing a nice acoustic! ENJOY!

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Thanks for all the congrats, folks!

No new updates yet, and no photos yet, as I'm actually quite busy right now at work. Hope to get some playing done though.

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Nice! I saw a used Kawai K-500 that looked like a good deal. I hesitated because the K-500 is 51 inches tall and I was trying to stick to 48” or under.

Are you in an apartment like me? Are you the guy whose neighbor’s kid imitates him? Haha.

It’s nice to hear that’s it not too loud. Otherwise, you’d have to drag the piano out to a bridge to practice.


LarryK, I wouldn't be too hung up on the 3" difference between 51" and 48", honestly. If you put the two heights of pianos side-by-side, you might notice a difference, but otherwise, with your or your neighbour's naked ear, I doubt a difference could be heard. And since you already know what a 48" sounds like in your apartment with your U1, and you haven't gotten any complaints about it (unless I missed something), I think it's pretty safe to go a few inches higher. I don't think it's necessary to limit yourself to 48" or less. If your neighbours are going to complain, they'll complain whether it's 46" or 48" or 51". And even if you do find a piano too loud, a rug and thick underpad works wonders, as you might already know. And there's always the option of voicing it down. I'm just learning/realizing all this as I go along.

Yes, I'm the "gal" whose neighbour's kid imitates me playing on the piano. I've noticed he's picked up his practice lately, so I don't think I will be getting any complaints if I play within reasonable hours.

I'm in a townhouse, with neighbours on either side of me.

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Originally Posted by WeakLeftHand
Thanks for all the congrats, folks!

No new updates yet, and no photos yet, as I'm actually quite busy right now at work. Hope to get some playing done though.

Originally Posted by LarryK
Nice! I saw a used Kawai K-500 that looked like a good deal. I hesitated because the K-500 is 51 inches tall and I was trying to stick to 48” or under.

Are you in an apartment like me? Are you the guy whose neighbor’s kid imitates him? Haha.

It’s nice to hear that’s it not too loud. Otherwise, you’d have to drag the piano out to a bridge to practice.


LarryK, I wouldn't be too hung up on the 3" difference between 51" and 48", honestly. If you put the two heights of pianos side-by-side, you might notice a difference, but otherwise, with your or your neighbour's naked ear, I doubt a difference could be heard. And since you already know what a 48" sounds like in your apartment with your U1, and you haven't gotten any complaints about it (unless I missed something), I think it's pretty safe to go a few inches higher. I don't think it's necessary to limit yourself to 48" or less. If your neighbours are going to complain, they'll complain whether it's 46" or 48" or 51". And even if you do find a piano too loud, a rug and thick underpad works wonders, as you might already know. And there's always the option of voicing it down. I'm just learning/realizing all this as I go along.

Yes, I'm the "gal" whose neighbour's kid imitates me playing on the piano. I've noticed he's picked up his practice lately, so I don't think I will be getting any complaints if I play within reasonable hours.

I'm in a townhouse, with neighbours on either side of me.



Relations with the neighbors are a work in progress.

At the moment, they’re complaining about the sound of our footsteps. We’re putting down some area rugs to try to help. Still, the building was built in 1939 and the floors creak. There is only so much that we can do.

As for the U1, they’ll just have to live with it. They haven’t complained about the piano specifically.

My wife did some sleuthing and found out that the new neighbors are a guitar/vocal team! We haven’t stopped laughing since we found that out.


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Originally Posted by LarryK



Relations with the neighbors are a work in progress.

At the moment, they’re complaining about the sound of our footsteps. We’re putting down some area rugs to try to help. Still, the building was built in 1939 and the floors creak. There is only so much that we can do.

As for the U1, they’ll just have to live with it. They haven’t complained about the piano specifically.

My wife did some sleuthing and found out that the new neighbors are a guitar/vocal team! We haven’t stopped laughing since we found that out.


Do you think you haven't gotten complaints about your piano specifically because they're also musicians, so their tolerance for musical noise is higher? I'm sorry about the complaints of footsteps. It's not like you're kids skipping and jumping and hopping...at least I don't think so...my neighbours' kids do skip and hop and all sorts of bumping noises, but what can I expect? They're 3 and 6 I think. That's what kids do at that age.

When I was young (me 6 and my brother 4) we got evicted by our landlord because "we walked too loudly". The house was a century-old house (at least) and the landlords lived on the first floor and we lived on the second floor. Apparently, the landlord (husband) worked night shifts, so slept in the day. The landlord (wife) would complain to my mom almost every day. I'm sure we skipped and hopped and bumped into things. Guess what? We were kids, who slept nights and lived during the day! Anyway, we got evicted and that was that.

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