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So I am ready to pull the trigger on an LX706 and trying to decide whether or not the Polished Ebony is worth the premium.
While the ebony is, arguably, the nicer more upscale finish, this piano is going into a home with toddlers who aren't the most careful.

Is one finish more durable against chipping/scratches than the other? I would think the ebony would be more prone to fine scratches unless you exclusively use microfiber cloth, etc.

Assuming both as just as "soft," does one finish hide scratches and chips more than the other?

I love the sound and action of this piano and just trying to assess which finish, if anything, would look less "distressed" over the long run, a few good years into ownership.

Thanks so much for the feedback!

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Polished Ebony looks best but...

- you see the dust very quickly
- shows every fingerprint
- is more susceptible to scratches


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Amiro555, if your budget can stretch to the Polished Ebony finish, I would strongly recommend it.

Not only does this finish look the most beautiful and "piano-like" (in my opinion...), the instrument will likely hold its value a little better than the non-polished finishes, should you wish to sell the piano and upgrade at a later date.

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I'm all for the PE finish. The satin looks very low rent. The simulated wood finishes even more so.

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I've had my Kawai Ebony finish for 7 months now.

Dust rarely shows.

No fingerprints, but I have no young kids and I don't spend my time touching it.

No scratches so far, but I also worry about fine scratches.

I only use a dry cloth for wine glasses on it. That is it.

It really really looks amazing.


My old DP had the mahogany finish. It looked the same 14 years later, but remember it's all press-wood.

So if your kids are Tasmanian devils that could also chip.

The polish looks tough, but 6 months is not 10 years.

Not sure I would have gotten a polish with young kids unless they were not aloud near the piano.

I won't even let my wife touch my piano.

DP are no different then a computer in my opinion. Old technology is old technology and resale value will be low no matter what.

Unless you plan to sell within the next 5 years.

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Don’t worry too much about a scratch here or there. Distressed or not over time it will look a part of your home. If looks is important you could consider it together with the rest of your furniture.

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Polished ebony. Thirteen years. One scratch. My fault. Oh well.


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