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Which of these two would you choose brand new today and how come? Any other new piano you would prefer under 12 grand new? Thank you

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Originally Posted by Gustavor90
Which of these two would you choose brand new today and how come? Any other new piano you would prefer under 12 grand new? Thank you
Both new? Probably the CW. Here's why......

From PianoBuyer ....."Although Mr. Walter is not oblivious to marketing concerns, his vertical piano bears the mark of being designed by an engineer who understands pianos and strives for quality. The pianos are built in a traditional manner, with heavy-duty, full-length spruce backposts; a solid spruce soundboard; and Delignit pinblock. Exceptionally long, thick keys that are individually lead-weighted provide a very even feel across the keyboard. The scale design is well thought out and the bass sounds good most of the way to the bottom. The cabinetry is substantial, contains no particleboard, and is beautifully finished. Some of the fancy consoles in particular, such as the Queen Anne models, are strikingly beautiful. The pianos are well prepared at the factory and so need minimal preparation by the dealer.

The vertical pianos now use Renner actions, but a Chinese-made action is available as a lower-cost option, reducing the price of the piano by about $1,500. The Chinese parts are virtually indistinguishable from the Renner parts, but they make the action feel just slightly lighter due to differing spring tensions."


That's not to say that a Kawai K-300 isn't a good instrument, but the more expensive K-500 is much better. Quality is very good for mass produced pianos - and the carbon fiber action components are quite nice. But since you haven't played either a K-300 or K-500 at this point, you really need to do so, since they are different animals than the CW. You should be able to find a K-500 for less than $12K.

From PianoBuyer....."all K-series models include Kawai’s Millennium III actions, made with carbon-fiber composites. The hammers in all models are now made with underfelt and mahogany moldings, which Kawai says improves the responsiveness of the action and the tonal sustain. All models have redesigned, tapered soundboards for improved tonal response; double-braced and steel-reinforced keybeds to prevent warping and flex; and come with slow-close fallboards and adjustable benches. The K-500 and K-800 both feature Kawai’s Neotex ivory-substitute key material, and the K-800 comes with a sostenuto pedal. The K-series cabinets have been redesigned for a sleeker, more modern appearance."


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