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#2095200 06/04/13 11:35 AM
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I bought a new K-3 three months ago, from a reputable dealer locally in the US for about 5,500.

However, there was a problem with two of the keys (middle D and E).

One produced very shrill overtones, that were very unpleasant to my ear.

The other produced shrill overtones, and actually vibrated in a way that was very distracting, just for starters.

I have excellent hearing, for better or worse.

A piano technician from the store could hear nothing, and actually made things worse with "voicing" of the 2 keys and other nearby keys.

When I contacted the owner of the store again, he actually came out to our house and checked out the piano. He agreed that there was a problem with the 2 keys.
He then had the piano picked up for free, and repaired at the store.

Upon now listening to the repaired piano in the store (before re-delivery to my house), I can still hear unwanted overtones in one key, and can feel the vibration somewhat in the other key.
It is better, I will say that.

The owner of the store has been an absolute gentleman.

Here is my problem now:

The owner realizes that my hearing is picking up small flaws that most K-3 owners would never hear.

He suggested that I – might – want to get the K-6, for an extra 3k. They would keep the K-3 and I would be sold the K-6, for a total of 8,500.

I – love - the sound and feel of the K-6.

I am a beginner, but I do love the piano, and plan to play for a long time. I have a young son.

I can afford the extra 3k for the K-6.

I am tempted to get the K-6.

What do folks think?

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If you can afford it and you like the sound, why not? Seems like an easy decision smile


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What Allan said. Get the K-6. It is a big step up from the K-3.


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I would certainly upgrade from the K3 to the K6 which is a better, bigger piano. The dealer seems most accommodating and helpful and the extra $3000 will be well spent on ensuring your satisfaction with your new piano.

All the best!

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Get the K6.


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Unanimity??? On the Piano Forum???

Unheard of! laugh

Get the K-6.

And to the regular dealer bashers...there ARE good dealers out there!


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where are you? That's a very good dealer. Hope I can find a good dealer in MD.

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Maybe Steve could recommend a good Kawai dealer in MD?


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Add another vote, get the K6 smile


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100% get that K6! Let us know how you make out.

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Get the K-6. Or, if you can afford another $1K on top of that, the K-8.

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It is well worth three grand to have a piano which does not annoy and vex you every time you play (which will be many, many hours of your life). Provided you are quite sure about the K-6, and have examined and tested it carefully--- and are satisfied--- then get it and count your lucky stars. Every obstacle in your path through life will not be so easy to remove.

It is prudent to note down the serial number of the piano you liked in the store and wish to buy, checking it again at delivery.

I did not have to exchange my piano, but my experience of the gentlemanly conduct of my local Kawai dealer was much like yours. They checked back with me a number of times, and wanted to be sure everything was satisfactory with my piano. And in fact, they offered to accept its return, giving me credit for the full sticker price (within a year of purchase) if I wanted to move up to a Shigeru.

Nothing, and no one in this world is 100% perfect--- but there are things and people who come pretty close. I wish you the best of luck with your K-6, which is, indeed, a very nice piano.


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Thanks for all the replies, folks.

I appreciate the comments.

I think I will get the K-6.

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My wife is a piano teacher, I am a piano lover.

We faced same issue when helping my wife's student to choose between K3 and K6.

Of course K6 is better (sound, touch ...), so we advised the K6, and the student bought it 3 years ago.

Now, he played better, and we thought that he should have bought K3 3 years before, then when budget allows, then he should buy a grand piano.

K6 put him in a weird situation, it's is good but not that good for a demanding immediate level, if he has a K3 then he can switch to grand in a clear cut way, no hesitation.

He told me "the K6 now gives me a feeling of making love in a half way, it gives me something good, but not satisfying".




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I have never played K6 but to me K5 is a significant step up from K3 (not just size difference, everything starts to open up on K5). I can safely assume K6 is a better choice for you. No such thing as "overkill" for beginner specially for those who have picky ear.


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Having the K-6 in the house now for a week or so, I have to say, the sound is so amazing, and rich.

Not only do the keys "feel" different (softer, more responsive), but there is so much more resonance to each key, it's striking.

Glad I got the K-6.

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Originally Posted by Steven Y. A.
I have never played K6 but to me K5 is a significant step up from K3 (not just size difference, everything starts to open up on K5). I can safely assume K6 is a better choice for you. No such thing as "overkill" for beginner specially for those who have picky ear.


The interesting thing is that when I was buying my budget stretched to a K5 and, though it was nicer than the K3, the K3 was just too darn good for me to justify the uptick in price! I will say, though, that I only played one K5 and I don't think it was prepped as well as it could have been.


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