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
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
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!
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
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...