Have you played these two pianos? Do you prefer one over the other and, if so, why?
5' 1" is very small for a grand although the Kawai name is well-respected among posters on this board. Are these pianos in a dealership and is the technician who evaluated these pianos independent from the dealership?
I only played the the k300 and done extensive research on it. I was set to go through with it but the baby grand was presented as an alternative. I have only been able to hear the ge-1 on YouTube. Technicians independent. The baby grand is from an estate sale (thinking why the price is low as priced to get sold quickly) and k300 is private.
I had a 1987 Yamaha C2 from childhood. Traded it for a K300 Aures for the silent capabilities. The silent part was awesome but the action and sound made me miss my grand. Less than a year later I sold the k300 and got a grand.
In your situation I will say that the grand is pretty small. If you spent $5300 on a grand you prob could get one in the 5’7” range which would be better.https://stilwellpianos.com/collecti...ducts/young-chang-g-175-baby-grand-piano
I don’t think I’d have room for any bigger baby grand or grand style piano. So just stuck with these two options for the time being. It’s a piano I wanted to continue to learn on as I’ve outgrown my keyboard and wanted something to last as a family piano if children also decided to learn.
Any thoughts on the millennium 3 action versus what the baby grand might have (I’m not sure as I can’t find much information about specs online)
The Kawai K300 is a nice sized upright and perfectly suitable for advanced students. If you want an upright I’d say heck yes.
I generally always prefer grands, but 5’1” is pretty small and won’t have much bass. I’d personally would try to find a longer used grand.
It’s entirely up to you and what you want in your piano. Keep us posted on what you choose.
I wouldn’t have room for a bigger grand style piano. I was set to go with the upright k300 but enticed by the lower price point of the baby grand.