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So I posted a little while back, because I was interested in buying a 1942 Steinway upright and restoring it, but everybody seemed to agree it wasn't that great of a deal. So I'm going a different route and wanted to get opinions again. I have two pianos I'm looking at:

1977 Yamaha P2 (Made for US Market)

1981 Kawai KS-5F

They're both in excellent condition. The Yamaha is a single owner piano (piano teacher). The Kawai has at least two owners, but I believe it has much lower playing hours on it.

The internals of the Kawai are in pristine shape, and it was kept in tune. I'd rate them 9/10. The Yamaha looks very good as well, probably 7 or 8/10. Kawai's exterior is flawless as well.

I could pickup the Yamaha for $1500 or the Kawai for $3000.

From what I'm reading the Yamaha is more entry level and the Kawai is a little higher end. It's also 52" vs. Yamaha being a 45".

Aside from how they feel when I go to play them, any reason I should consider one over the other? Is the Kawai worth the extra cost? I'd like to find a piano I can keep for 10-15 years, so cost is pretty low on my considerations (although Kawai is towards the top of my budget).

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The Kawai is newer, has had less use, is larger (usually implying better sound), and higher up the manufacturer's quality ranges so that would be the better choice on all counts.

That said Kawai and Yamaha pianos have different family sounds and you may simply prefer the Yamaha tone (in which case perhaps look for a U1 or U3 that is more fairly comparable to the Kawai?). The two pianos are so different that if you play both you are are very likely to have a clear preference for one over the other.

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Being a teacher's piano, the Yamaha probably has many more hours of use. Check the hammers for deep grooving and ask the seller if they have been reshaped or voiced. I would lean toward the Kawai, but of course you need to play both to decide. It is recommended to have a technician inspect the piano before committing, but you can bring a led flashlight and look at the soundboard and bridge areas for any cracks.


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