Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2.5 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!


SEARCH
Piano Forums & Piano World
(ad)
Virtual Sheet Music
Download Sheet Music Instantly
Virtual Sheet Music - Classical Sheet Music Downloads
Sheet Music...
(ad)
Accu-Tuner
Sanderson Accu-Tuner
(125ad)
Piano Life Saver - Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad)
Modern Piano Moving
Modern Piano Moving
(ad)
Piano Buyer Guide
Piano Buyer Spring 2017
(ad)
Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restorations and sales
Who's Online Now
131 registered members (accordeur, ajames, agraffe, Bachus, alexcawley, ando, 34 invisible), 1,685 guests, and 5 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
(ad)
Estonia Pianos
Estonia Pianos
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Live Piano Venues
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Directory/Site Map
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords & Scales
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
#968246 - 01/10/05 09:43 PM Kawai KG-2 vs. Yamaha GA1  
Joined: Jan 2005
Posts: 37
Gina I Offline
Full Member
Gina I  Offline
Full Member

Joined: Jan 2005
Posts: 37
Houston, TX
I have read several threads on Yamahas and Kawais (as well as Larry Fine), but would still appreciate comments. Here is my dilemma:

I am deciding between a 20-year-old 5'10" Kawai KG-2 (new strings, new tuning pins, new hammers, refinished walnut) and a 2-year-old 4'11" Yamaha GA1, in polished ebony. Price is about $1K different between the 2 (Kawai ~$8K; Yamaha ~$7K). I am looking for a baby or medium grand piano; space is not necessarily a big concern. I haven't played the piano in over 20 years (and even then only for a few years), so I would basically be relearning. Thus, you can see that I am not a real "pianist," and a lot of the things that are very important to others may not register with me yet. We are adding a QRS player system to whichever of these we purchase. As far as priorities, we want a piano (1) for me to pick back up with, but more as a side hobby, maybe playing a few times a week; (2) to use the player piano feature during parties; (3) to look nice in a rather large living area; and (4) to offer good resale (read trade-up) possibilities. I am also concerned about quality. The advantage of the Yamaha is mainly that I think it will be much easier to resell because of name recognition. If I got this one, I would use it as a starter, maybe stay with it or maybe trade up after becoming a better player and knowing more of what I want, but I want to minimize the investment loss when I trade up. It's also newer and maybe a better value??? What I am having a hard time with is the comment that I keep hearing along the lines that a grand piano under 5 feet is simply not worth purchasing. Is this necessarily true with the Yamaha GA1, which I understand to play much better than some larger pianos? Ideally, it would be great if I could find a (used) Yamaha that is larger and of better quality but still within the $7-$9K price range. I have read that the Yamaha 5'3" GH1/GP1 were not so hot, so don't feel that would be any better than the GA1. I guess what I am asking is whether the Kawai KG-2 is that good a deal that I shouldn't pass it up, or conversely, whether the Yamaha GA1 is a safe enough buy that I could reasonably purchase it and, if I later decide I want a bigger and better piano, I will not suffer a big loss? (Also am aware that the GA1 was replaced with a "new & improved" model but question how significant the improvements). I have "played" both, thought the Kawai sounded better, but am not obsessed with that part of it because I am afraid that my tastes will change as I develop and then I'll want a certain tone, action, etc., and will be stuck with a piano that I can't resell without a loss. Any comments?

#968247 - 01/10/05 10:20 PM Re: Kawai KG-2 vs. Yamaha GA1  
Joined: Jul 2001
Posts: 3,974
jgoo Offline
3000 Post Club Member
jgoo  Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Joined: Jul 2001
Posts: 3,974
Seattle, Washington, USA
Error, error, you're posting in the wrong place and won't get any replies here (this area is for legal issues). Try here: http://www.pianoworld.com/ubb/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=forum&f=1&submit=Go

EDIT: Never mind, I just saw that you've already done that. smile


For off-topic discussion, please feel free to visit www.coffee-room.com

UK Members
Please check in
UK Members & Friends
Checking on our members and friends from the UK. Please Check In When Able
Piano Acc. & Gift Items in
Piano World's Online Store
In PianoSupplies.com ,(a division of Piano World) our online store for piano and music gifts and accessories, party goods, tuning equipment, piano moving equipment, benches, lamps Caster Cups and more.


Free Shipping on Jansen Artist Piano Benches
ad
Pierce Piano Atlas


(ad)
Pianoteq
Grotrian Concert
Royal
for Pianoteq out now
What's Hot!!
Why Do You Play The Piano?
-------------------
Posting Pictures on the Forums
-------------------
Forums RULES & HELP
-------------------
ADVERTISE on Piano World
-------------------
Piano Classified Ads
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Roland FP 50 - Recording
by hyena. 05/24/17 11:29 AM
1989 Yamaha G2R Grand Piano
by Darrel. 05/24/17 10:35 AM
Review of Pollini and Perahia at Carnegie
by pianoloverus. 05/24/17 08:00 AM
Practicing scales plus.
by happyhacker. 05/24/17 05:08 AM
More? Or less?
by Jolly. 05/23/17 09:10 PM
(ad)
Sheet Music Plus
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
Forum Statistics
Forums44
Topics179,856
Posts2,629,349
Members87,864
Most Online15,252
Mar 21st, 2010
Report Problems With New Forums
Report Problems with New Forums Here!
Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
| Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter |


copyright 1997 - 2017 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.0