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Dear all,

This is my first post on PianoWorld! Therefore I think it's only appropriate if I start by expressing my appreciation for the wealth of information that I have found here and thanking the community. Had it not been, at least in part, for the fascinating conversations and imparting of useful information in every post, I might not have been able to make an informed decision when shopping for my first grand piano.

I am a classical piano music enthusiast who could only afford a mini-sized keyboard as a child and briefly owned an upright into my adolescence and then a Yamaha P140, which I used sparingly over the past 15 years. Now more than a decade later, I have a newfound desire to start playing the piano again (currently gorging through my scales and arpeggios) as a (serious) hobby. However, my P140 left a lot to be desired in terms of touch and action, which prompted me to consider upgrading to a better digital or even possibly a hybrid a month or so ago. I considered a few digitals and passively (without actually visiting any stores and trying them out) researched every product and spec sheet/forum/video extensively and eventually settled on either Kawai's MP11SE or CA-79, mainly because of their action fidelity, discounting the Novus line for their relative high price compared to an acoustic, all the while also researching grands merely out of passion.

However, a single visit to the piano store and trying a few digitals and acoustics was enough to sway me away from digitals and reawakening my dream of having a grand. Long story short, my Kawai GX-2 is going to be (hopefully) delivered in less than 24 hours and I thought I share that news with you folks!

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Hello, Welcome to Piano World, and Congratulations on your new Kawai GX2! smile

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Pooya:

Welcome to Piano World. It's heartening to hear that you have had such a positive and rewarding experience on this forum.
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To us piano "geeks" can there by anything more exciting tha a new piano and, in your case, your first grand.

Congratulations! May you reap much enjoyment from it for years to come.

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Congrats 😊. Please post pics when your piano is set up— we love to celebrate new pianos


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Congrats, that's very exciting! smile


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Welcome to the forums. Congratulations on your new Kawai GX-2!

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Big congrats!!! I am also going to buy new GX2 in this week. Hope it delivered in next week!!! It must be the one of most exciting event in your life.

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Nice choice. I also had a P140 for few years.


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Congratulations, and enjoy for many years

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Congratulations on your new beautiful Kawai GX2. How exciting. Please post pictures when it’s delivered! If you go to the last thread by Tony3304, a question about where Kawai’s are made, KawaiDon, gives a wonderful informative answer about Kawai pianos. KawaiDon is our resident expert on Kawai pianos. Best Wishes on your new grand piano adventure!


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Dear Pooya,
I hope your new Kawai GX-2 grand piano has been safely delivered and you are already enjoying the musical and aesthetic pleasures of owning a beautiful, new grand piano. Kawai pianos have quite a following on the Piano Forum and we look forward to hearing your impressions of your new piano.
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Welcome to PianoWorld and congratulations on your new GX2! That's exciting. There's something very special about realizing the dream of owning a grand piano. Having one of these majestic instruments sitting in your home is thrilling. After 4 years next month, I still can't believe it's here. I've played a few of the Kawai GX grands and they are lovely. You're in for a real treat!

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Congratulations! And, well, Thank you!


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CONGRATULATIONS!!!!🍾🎉🎈🎊


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TLDR, the delivery went smoothly and I am a very happy man, see pictures.

Thank you very much for the heartwarming messages everyone! Good to be here! I finally received my lovely piano! It was delivered in the crate and I asked the delivery folks to only attach the legs and the lyre and reserved the final unwrapping and unlocking the action for myself to savor every moment! The feeling is unreal! Never did I fathom I still have the capacity to be that excited!

The piano is a meticulous marriage of craftsmanship and engineering. The level of detail, the precision, the character, call me naive, but it has far exceeded my expectations. It's especially a marvel in my mind because of its relative accessibility at its price point. I try to convey some of the beauties of the instrument through pictures if you would indulge me: http://forum.pianoworld.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/3074149/kawai-gx-2.html

The piano is virtually impeccable, devoid of any discernible aesthetic flaws. The action is very responsive. It is impressively in tune, especially after having traveled half the globe from Japan to the States. Even before any voicing the tone is very warm and rich (I want to to say warmer than the GX-3 I tried at the store, but I just might be high on piano right now!). The transition from the non-copper to copper strings is virtually indistinguishable (almost all other pianos I tried at the store had that issue other than an old Steinway). The sustain is truly impressive, across all registers, but especially so on treble and bass. Kawai puts an impressive number of features into its pianos, features that some other pianos in this class don't offer. I can't visually tell that the soundboard is tapered, but I want to say it does feel like it resonates better at lower volumes. The bridge is obviously vertically laminated (see the pictures).

And did I mention the action? It is very pleasantly weighted and feels like the extension of my hand. Feels like I stepped up in technique overnight (I can now play some passages that I couldn't play on my digital before without any fatigue). The extra key length (and of course being a grand) almost removes the weight disparity at the front and back of the keys.

But, I have to admit that my "truly beloved" is way too loud for me, which is something I need to work on, both in terms of managing the acoustics of the (rather small) room (for now I have put a few pillows under the piano to reduce the reverb of the hardwood floor and close the piano lid) and getting my ears used to the sound of a real acoustic.

At the risk of sounding like a cliché, it feels like it is semi-conscious! Again, forgive my naïveté, but it's been a long time away from any acoustics, which makes the contrast (to a digital instrument) that much more stark!

Anyways, given how in tune it is, I will let it acclimate to the environment before calling up my dealer for the promised regulation and tuning.

Rick, BruceD, dogperson, twocats, Hakki, MarkL, dhull100, Ian, Robert, thank you for your messages!

tony3304, best of luck in your piano buying journey!

j&j, thank you for referring me to KawaiDon's message, very reassuring.

GC13, exactly, I keep going to the room just to make sure it's still there!

KawaiDon, I am very impressed by the quality and attention to details so far (even the packaging was more robust than other unboxings I have seen).

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(I want to to say warmer than the GX-3 I tried at the store, but I just might be high on piano right now!)

Oh, there's worse things than that, Pooya! :-)

Congratulation on your purchase and on the smooth delivery... and many, many happy hours with your new companion!


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You're a good photographer, I like some of those shots. The piano is beautiful, enjoy.


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Next, we need to hear a nice recording of this gem!

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Originally Posted by GC13
Next, we need to hear a nice recording of this gem!

Should be a version of Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely!"

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