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Posted By: TortoiseAvenger I got a new piano! - 03/16/19 05:37 PM
Hello y'all.

I've posted a few threads about the best digital setup, but in the end I've decided to sell my digital setup and buy an acoustic piano. I think I'll be happier in the long run.

I shopped around. My budget was low. Because of this, I expected I'd be looking at used instruments. The one shop that seemed the most flexible financially only had crappy spinets and elderly grands in the used department, which was kinda sad. I went over the digital area and played one that was so awful I think I must have reflexively ran away and landed on the nearest acoustic piano, which happened to be the Kawai 506N. I saw it there before of course, but completely ignored it. Being the snob I am, I reasoned, how could a $4,000 new piano be any good?

It was very strange to me, but to my ear, it was! For whatever reason, I loved this "cheap" piano's sound. Neither bright nor mellow, but quite punchy. To my surprise (and discomfort) I liked the sound better than most of the more expensive Kawai uprights (is something wrong with me?).

Part of me is a little bummed that I didn't get a "cool" piano. Or a sexy one. Or one that other people think is great. But oh well. I made the best decision for my ear and budget. Either way, it comes on Tuesday, and I'm quite excited!

P.S. I do have a question about the finish, which I plan to post shortly....
Posted By: WhoDwaldi Re: I got a new piano! - 03/16/19 06:30 PM
Enjoy your piano: it's nothing to sneeze at. 😁
Posted By: NobleHouse Re: I got a new piano! - 03/16/19 06:34 PM
Congratulations. You just never know when a piano is "calling your name!"
Posted By: Lady Bird Re: I got a new piano! - 03/16/19 07:14 PM
Originally Posted by WhoDwaldi
Enjoy your piano: it's nothing to sneeze at. 😁

I agree Kawai makes excellent pianos which have a really lovely tone
Being a new piano it has to adjust to its new environment.Sometimes
new pianos experience "new piano problems "So if the pedal squeaks
or something else happens.Do not hesitate to call the dealer so a technician can correct the problem
It may need more tunings as well depending if it is new to showroom
from the warehouse.
Congratulations on your new piano!
Posted By: nancyde Re: I got a new piano! - 03/16/19 08:54 PM
Kawai makes great pianos. Congratulations on your new piano.
Posted By: Rickster Re: I got a new piano! - 03/16/19 09:19 PM
Congratulations on your new Kawai piano! I'm a fan of Kawai pianos too.

Enjoy, and post pictures when you can! smile

Rick
Posted By: j&j Re: I got a new piano! - 03/16/19 11:10 PM
Congratulations on your new Kawai piano! And guess what...a new Kawai is way cool 😁! Nice! Post some pics!
Posted By: TortoiseAvenger Re: I got a new piano! - 03/16/19 11:18 PM
Thanks for all the warm thoughts smile. Definitely excited for when it comes. I can't deny that there are benefits to a digital piano, but there's something about an acoustic that I'm not sure they'll ever be able to replicate.
Posted By: meaculpa Re: I got a new piano! - 03/17/19 09:01 AM
Enjoy you piano , I'm sure you will get hours of pleasure playing . I have an electric Yamaha piano, at about the same price as yours and am very pleased with it , even though It was within my budget.
There is a 5 year guarantee with it. You can wear your headphones if you don't want to disturb the neighbours.
Posted By: malkin Re: I got a new piano! - 03/17/19 06:50 PM
You love it, and that's what makes it cool and sexy.
I think that's great!
Posted By: Hakki Re: I got a new piano! - 03/17/19 08:09 PM
Congratulations on your new Kawai!
Posted By: Lady Bird Re: I got a new piano! - 03/17/19 08:27 PM
Originally Posted by j&j
Congratulations on your new Kawai piano! And guess what...a new Kawai is way cool 😁! Nice! Post some pics!

I agree post some pictures !
Posted By: Progman Re: I got a new piano! - 03/17/19 08:50 PM
Congratulations! I'm same as you, digital didn't do it for me after feeling an acoustic....gotta have those vibrations!
Posted By: TortoiseAvenger Re: I got a new piano! - 03/17/19 10:09 PM
Thanks y’all. It comes Tuesday! I’ll definitely post pictures of her(?) when she arrives.

Random musings... I gotta figure out a name for her. But it occurs to me that it being 2019, I shouldn’t assume the piano is female. I hope it is. I’d rather play a lady than a dude. More confusing still, perhaps the piano is non-binary. Maybe I should name it Pat so as to cover my bases...
Posted By: WhoDwaldi Re: I got a new piano! - 03/17/19 11:40 PM
Originally Posted by TortoiseAvenger
Random musings... I gotta figure out a name for her. But it occurs to me that it being 2019, I shouldn’t assume the piano is female. I hope it is. I’d rather play a lady than a dude. More confusing still, perhaps the piano is non-binary. Maybe I should name it Pat so as to cover my bases...


I play viola a little bit, and the instrument that I own has a non-structural grain flaw parallel to the bridge that makes it look like it has a scar from a fight. So, it's a dude named "Pacino." And with "Howard" on the fallboard of my piano, it was already named. I wouldn't get hung up on instrument gender. 😁
Posted By: ebonykawai Re: I got a new piano! - 03/18/19 12:01 AM
Congrats, Kawais are wonderful instruments! ❤️
Posted By: cmb13 Re: I got a new piano! - 03/18/19 12:16 AM
Congrats!!!! Nothing like a new piano! Better than a new car!
Posted By: Tyrone Slothrop Re: I got a new piano! - 03/18/19 12:29 AM
Originally Posted by cmb13
Better than a new car!

Says the man whose avatar is taken from his car! wink
Posted By: j&j Re: I got a new piano! - 03/18/19 01:51 PM
It’s kinda fun thinking random things about your new piano while you’re waiting for delivery. I’ll probably be teased forever sharing my thoughts about my own piano.
My C3 is male. His voice is a strong, soaring tenor. I named him Amadeus. Although he does a nice, clean job on classical, he’s much better on rock and roll. He and Linda Ronstadt could “kill it” on the Eagles ballad “Desparado”.
He’s steady. He’s dependable. He’s the band member that’s practiced. He’s the part of this keyboard duo that’s ready for me to work on drills and exercises. He’s always ready to support the temperamental keyboard partner (me) or the emotional vocalist having a bad day. Amadeus turned 7 years old last month and admits he’s slightly spoiled because he’s tuned every 6 months and voiced or regulated as required. Amadeus is built strong for a professional musician or piano students who put his innerds to the torture test, but since I own and care for him, he won’t be subjected to torture or ill treatment.
Posted By: Rickster Re: I got a new piano! - 03/18/19 01:59 PM
Originally Posted by j&j
My C3 is male. His voice is a strong, soaring tenor. I named him Amadeus. Although he does a nice, clean job on classical, he’s much better on rock and roll. He and Linda Ronstadt could “kill it” on the Eagles ballad “Desparado”.
Like your description of Amadeus, j&j! smile

I don't have names for my pianos, but my C7 is a bit like your Amadeus... can do great classical and can get-down with some up-beat oldies! I pounded out a little James Brown's "I feel good" last evening. Made me smile; no, wait, made me laugh out loud... smile

Rick
Posted By: Retsacnal Re: I got a new piano! - 03/18/19 07:35 PM
Congrats
Posted By: TortoiseAvenger Re: I got a new piano! - 03/19/19 01:28 PM
T-3.5 hours and counting!
Posted By: j&j Re: I got a new piano! - 03/19/19 01:45 PM
Grab your camera or video recorder. Have some cash ready for tipping delivery crew. Put some champagne or other celebratory drink on ice for later. Clear the path. With many/most new pianos, you’ll get a booklet with care instructions and likely a microfiber cleaning cloth. I keep mine in the piano bench for ready touchups.I celebrate responsibly piano delivery day each year as my piano’s birthday. Congratulations! This is truly exciting! Enjoy!
Posted By: TortoiseAvenger Re: I got a new piano! - 03/19/19 06:48 PM
She has arrived...

You all requested pictures. Not sure how to do that without hosting them somewhere?
Posted By: malkin Re: I got a new piano! - 03/19/19 07:09 PM
You have to host them somewhere.
Posted By: agraffe Re: I got a new piano! - 03/19/19 07:51 PM
Originally Posted by j&j
I celebrate responsibly piano delivery day each year as my piano’s birthday. Congratulations! This is truly exciting! Enjoy!


Love it! Happy Day, TortoiseAvenger!
Posted By: Eric Gloo Re: I got a new piano! - 03/19/19 08:00 PM
You can post photos to the Piano World Photo Gallery, then post a link to those photos.

The photo gallery is here:

http://forum.pianoworld.com/ubbthreads.php/forums/42/1/piano-photo-gallery-pictures-of-pianos.html
Posted By: TortoiseAvenger Re: I got a new piano! - 03/19/19 08:59 PM
Thanks! Here she is! She's pretty smile

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Posted By: WhoDwaldi Re: I got a new piano! - 03/19/19 09:39 PM
Wonderful! Nice bench, too. 😁
Posted By: TomLC Re: I got a new piano! - 03/19/19 10:01 PM
It looks great! I like the finish. wink. It goes well with the Hat.
Posted By: TortoiseAvenger Re: I got a new piano! - 03/19/19 10:18 PM
That hat has quite the story. My friends mother, who is one of the most wonderful non judgmental Christians I know, takes old VHS pornos out of circulation and crochets them into things. Upon learning of my love of Stevie Nicks, she made me that hat. It’s probably the most commented on thing I own. Then the story just makes it all the better.
Posted By: Robert 45 Re: I got a new piano! - 03/19/19 10:50 PM
Congratulations on your Kawai piano! It looks good in that placement. Just remember to keep any direct sunlight off your piano.
All the best for lots of enjoyment from this lovely piano.
Robert.
Posted By: NobleHouse Re: I got a new piano! - 03/19/19 11:17 PM
Nice looking piano and set up!
Posted By: Eric Gloo Re: I got a new piano! - 03/20/19 12:16 PM
Congrats! I think it looks perfect in that spot!
Posted By: Beardog Re: I got a new piano! - 03/20/19 12:20 PM
Excellent!! Congrats!
Posted By: Rickster Re: I got a new piano! - 03/20/19 12:34 PM
What a beautiful, classy looking piano! Congratulations again!

Rick
Posted By: MarkL Re: I got a new piano! - 03/20/19 01:02 PM
Originally Posted by TortoiseAvenger
...takes old VHS pornos out of circulation and crochets them into things.

Welcome to the Kawai Klub.
What is a VHS porno?
Posted By: TortoiseAvenger Re: I got a new piano! - 03/20/19 01:09 PM
Thanks everyone. I was worried about the finish, but I think she looks really nice smile
Posted By: j&j Re: I got a new piano! - 03/20/19 02:28 PM
Gorgeous! The satin finish is really nice! I love the comfy artist bench! Congratulations!
Posted By: j&j Re: I got a new piano! - 03/20/19 02:36 PM
Back in the 70s and 80s, recording directly to VHS tape, made it ridiculously easy to film porn at home or small “studio”. Millions of sleazy VHS porno tapes remain when the world moved to digital. TortoiseAvenger’s friend crochets these into decorative items. I think it’s realy cool.
Posted By: Dave in Denver Re: I got a new piano! - 03/20/19 02:54 PM
Congrats on your new piano!
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