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First Grand Piano
#3037394 10/19/20 01:07 PM
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Been a lurker at Pianoworld for a few years mostly reviewing discussions about pieces I was working on – and enjoying the love so many have with music. I have no online presence whatsoever but I had to join the Pianoworld forum to say thanks. Earlier this year we sold our home to “move to the country” and my wife suggested in some strong terms I splurge on a grand piano given my love of the instrument. So two months ago I gave my solidly reliable 1969 U1 to my daughter-in-law and suffered with my Korg keyboard (nothing against the Korg but it’s not the percussion instrument I need😊). And now the wait is over as we have a grand coming Thursday.

I want to thank all the experts and “opinionators” in the Piano Forum who I was secretly eavesdropping on. I would have been almost blind in my search and learnt a great deal to help me choose a piano. It was a bit of chore since we’re now almost 3 hours away from Vancouver. But I was able to try some amazing instruments including a couple Baldwins, Yamaha’s, Kawai’s, a Steinway (for fun), Bosendorfer, Heintzman and two Petrof’s. Despite the high prices for the Steinway and Bosendorfer one of the Petrof’s had a sound and feel I don’t think I have ever felt – and at ¼ the cost of the Steinway. Started out with a $20,000 Canadian budget intending to find the best deal on a used piano I could. But in the end we settled on a new Kawai GL-40 for $27,000.00 Cdn. And the dealer covered the taxes (12%). Love the feel of the action and was a bit surprised how warm it sounded at first play – quite a bit different than the U1 I have been playing for 30 years😊. Can’t say I remember feeling this way since I was a kid on Christmas eve. Thanks to everyone!


Currently working on: Brahms Intermezzo in A, Op.118 No.2
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Congrats Greyarea!

And if You have been lurking, then You know the Drill - We’re gonna want to see some pics, after it arrives


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Lucubrate #3037434 10/19/20 02:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Lucubrate
You know the Drill - We’re gonna want to see some pics, after it arrives

Yes!!

Congrats, Greyarea! That is so exciting! I have a Yamaha C2, which is 5'8" so just a little bit shorter than yours. I bet that GL-40 is a very nice piano!


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Greyarea #3037451 10/19/20 03:44 PM
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Congratulations. How exciting for you.


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Greyarea #3037457 10/19/20 04:09 PM
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Congrats. We will need to see pictures when it gets delivered or it "didn't happen". smile

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Greyarea #3037471 10/19/20 05:04 PM
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Our pianos are cousins, congrats.


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Congratulations on your new Kawai GL 40!

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Thanks everyone. Just got a message from my seller saying he got the date wrong so it's coming NEXT Thursday. Pics will be on the way after that!


Currently working on: Brahms Intermezzo in A, Op.118 No.2
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Greyarea #3037497 10/19/20 05:56 PM
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That's wonderful!! Looking forward to pictures when it arrives.


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Greyarea #3037525 10/19/20 06:59 PM
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Congratulations and welcome to the Kawai family!


David



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Hi Greyarea,
Congratulations and best wishes for years of pleasure with your new Kawai GL-40 grand piano!

Regards,
Robert.

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Greyarea #3037557 10/19/20 09:26 PM
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That is wonderful that you found the right piano for you!

Enjoy your beautiful new Kawai - that is an excellent size at 5'11"


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Greyarea #3037973 10/21/20 10:19 AM
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How wonderful, congratulations! I'm in a similar situation, although I haven't yet decided on a piano. Enjoy your new Kawai!


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