The best prices I've been able to squeeze out of the dealer makes the C3 about £900 more, both including the usual delivery, tuning, warranty etc - and it's £900 I can ill-afford. The C3 is a better piano, all things being equal, yes? But is it £900 better...
Because I haven't played properly for years and all my recent experience has been on a beaten up very old piano it makes sense that I would be sensitive to a heaver touch - but now I'm wondering whether a somewhat heavier touch would be better for me in terms of getting those muscles back up to spec. I'm seeing a piano teacher tomorrow and I'll take her advice.
Im not saying one is better than another you just need to find what you like.
From when I did those you can be faced with anything from knackered old village hall pianos ( was along time ago) to 9 foot grands in music colleges. As an example we hire out a small Yamaha and a Kemble Oxford for those doing exams around here.classic-keyboard wrote:Point taken. Chances are the only time I will be playing other pianos (when it will matter) is when I take grade exams.
mdw wrote:The best piano for you is the piano you like. Buy the piano you like
.......If you buy the Kawai just because its £900 cheaper, every time you sit and play it will niggle you and you will wish you had the Yam.......
How true that is! Excellent advise.
Imho if it were me I'd try damn hard to prefer the C3 over the KG-2.
I just had a reply to a message I sent to another well-known dealer about a (somewhat younger) C3 for sale on eBay for £1,500 more than I'm contemplating. The piano is described using the eBay parlance as "manufacturer refurbished". I asked (1) what did "manufacturer refurbished" mean in this case (2) what warranty was included and (3) would delivery be included. The answer was (1) it was reconditioned in Japan and later imported, sold 10 years ago and now taken back in part-ex (2) no response (3) yes if I paid cash outside eBay.
No, I'm sure you haven't missed something. And I've taken on board everything I've read here and in many other forums, and everything I've heard elsewhere from professionals and punters alike. This includes being told that all grey import Yamahas are rubbish; that all Japanese-market Yamahas will dry out and implode on my living room carpet; that no Yamaha piano is well-made enough to ever justify re-building; that all grey import Yamahas are worn-out and tarted up to look like they're OK; and so on and so on. I've done everything I can think of to minimise the risk in this purchase. I've also learned that there is always a substantial built-in risk to buying a used grand piano.
Thing is, there are an awful lot of used pianos out there but I only have the money to buy one. My head and heart tell me this piano is my new best friend and we will have a lifetime of happiness together - but if I just obeyed Google I wouldn't buy it - or probably any other used grand piano either.
Yes, I'm happy. Yes, I'm over the moon.
I'll bore you all some more about it when it arrives. Meantime I'm going to deliberately forget everything the nay-sayers told me and think about what I'm going to achieve with it.
The time for technical analysis is over (thank goodness). It's time to flex my fingers...
The thing that really strikes me about the piano (apart from the fact that it looks fabulous obviously) is that there are so many timbres to choose from. On digital pianos, they boast that you can have 3 or 4 different piano sounds instead of just one. Ah, but I've got half a dozen to choose from. With everything shut and the una-chorda pressed, I've got a quiet, woody, calming sound just perfect for some late-night doodling with a glass of wine. Without the una chorda it's still quiet but just a little more talkative.
Open the front part of the lid and everything changes - and it sounds different again when the full lid is open... I'm still feeling this sense of anticipation whenever I walk into the room to play. Thanks to all who responded to my posts while I was agonising over my choice; I think I made the right one (and I'm very glad I didn't buy the Young Chang...).
Congratulations on your purchase.
Please let us know how it lives up to your expectations a short while after stabilisation and first home tuning.
Naw I'm just pullin' yer leg! You've got yourself a fine piano there, enjoy it, it'll sound great. These pianos are pretty much proven to be amongst the most reliable and best in their price range (and many other price ranges...), and you'll get a lot of years from it! Well done. Now, go get your Art of Finger Dexterity out and practise.