Hello, our 9 year old has been playing piano for 3 years. She is in a somewhat intensive course. She is using a digital piano but her instructors feel she has outgrown it and are urging us to buy an acoustic piano.
It's definitely time for her to have one.
For various reasons we are leaning toward Kawai and are debating between ST-1 and K-300. Our daughter’s teacher and our local Kawai store feel that the ST-1 is a good choice for the following reasons:
- the action seems close enough. Not a significant improvement in the K-300
They both have the Millenium III action. Same one I have on my Kawai K-500, which I love.
- The biggest difference seems to be in the sound, which given that we are in a small house, we may be better off not having too much volume.
That's primarily due to the difference in height. Both pianos have a muffler rail for silent practice. In a smallish house, the smaller instrument will probably be fine.
Our daughter’s teacher was very impressed with the ST-1.
That says a lot right there.
The price difference is $2000. The ST-1 is priced at $7000 and the K-300 ranges from $9K to &11K depending on color.
The K-300 is built in Japan, and the ST-1 in Indonesia. That, as well as the design and size of the two pianos primarily accounts for the price difference. From what I understand, quality control in the Indonesian facility is pretty good.
Is there a downside to having an institutional piano?
None whatsoever. They're built like tanks and meant to take lots of abuse.
I suppose that aesthetically it doesn’t look as nice but not sure if that justifies the substantial price difference for us.
The K-300 may have a niftier, more contemporary design, but the more traditional ST-1 piano cabinet looks pretty doggone nice.
Would it be harder to sell if our daughter ended up not continuing?
I think the difference in ability to sell one or the other would be negligible at best.
I would be very grateful for your thoughts regarding the choice between the two.
Quite frankly, the ST-1 would be perfectly fine for a nine year old - and could take her through high school.