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#3044848 11/11/20 01:15 PM
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Hi there!

I've been reading the forum and thinking about buying a new piano for several months. There were a lot of useful advices and stories so when I finally did buy mine, I decided why not share the story and joy!

Playing the piano has been my hobby and passion for almost 20 years and I've played a digital piano at home the whole time. Only during my lessons I had the opportunity to play on an accousting upright which even though quite small, sounded much better than my digital piano. I've been thinking a lot if I should buy an upright or baby grand because my apartment is not that big (living room 20 sq meters). In the end I decided to follow my dream and get a small grand since I could just fit it in the room without overwhelming it. And why not enjoy something in life smile

I found a nice grand in the same store, in which @Dr. Perception bought his white GC1 (I followed his thread with much interest :)). In fact, it's the same Kawai GL-30 his wife was thinking about smile
The store has got a new (black) GC1 but I liked the Kawai much more. The new GC1 had a very sharp tone and even a gentle key stroke produced quite a big sound. The Kawai's was more refined and I could control it much better. Sure, the keyboard felt heavier and I had to put more effort, but my teacher said I should look for a heavier keyboard so I can strengthen my fingers (appartenly they're weak because my digital piano also had a light keyboard)

So it arrived yesterday!

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I love the tone and how it looks in the living room. As I suspected, I have to get used to a louder sound (I didn't play with a loud setting on the digital) and hope that my neighbors won't mind smile

I am not sure it's the best place to ask but I do have a question. The store will send a technician for regulating and tuning. They said it will be within 2 months to allow the piano to settle in new environment first. But I already have a weirdly stuck key - it feels different whan the neighbors and when played without pedal it goes very slowly up. When played with pedal, it stays about half way up (together with hammer) until I release the pedal. I doubt I can fix it myself (right?) but how long should I wait for the piano to settle in? Should I call the store and ask for the first service already now or wait more for some other potential problems? Since it's my first accoustic piano I am a bit lost...

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Congratulations on your new Kawai GL30!

https://www.pianobuyer.com/article/dealer-preparation-of-new-pianos/

Yes a month or two is normal. But you might just call the dealer about the problematic key. Maybe they can arrange a separate service for that.

In any case you should avoid trying to repair it yourself because of warranty.

Last edited by Hakki; 11/11/20 01:26 PM.
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I'm sure with a proper regulation the piano will feel lighter. What you're describing sounds like it could be tight key bushings. The dealer should be able to send someone out to fix that right away, and maybe check all your key bushings to make sure they're not too tight. They often are on new Japanese pianos. Bushings aren't going to get looser just sitting for 2 months, so there is no reason they can't address this now.

Compared to a digital, the GL will feel heavier. However, compared to other grands, it should not be on the heavy side when properly regulated. I too prefer a lighter touch, and was able to regulate my GL to get to the touch I wanted.

Congratulations, GLs are wonderful, and even more so when you get beyond the entry size.

Last edited by Emery Wang; 11/11/20 05:08 PM.

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