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!