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#28684 - 05/18/03 02:24 PM Re: Buying a new piano!
Jason Offline
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Bostons are made by Kawai.
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#28685 - 05/18/03 02:34 PM Re: Buying a new piano!
CR Offline
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Originally posted by Lisa Kalmar:
Whatever you do, remember to budget above & beyond the cost of your grand for a damppchaser system installation. It will pay for itself pretty fast with the need for less tunings and makes a HUGE difference for your instrument on a day to day basis.


Ms. Lisa,

what is a dampchaser?? I am interested.
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#28686 - 05/18/03 03:10 PM Re: Buying a new piano!
Lisa Kalmar Offline
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I notice you refer to me as MS. Lisa. Are you by chance someone from my dubious past?!? \:D
www.dampp-chaser.com

PS I didn't spend anywhere NEAR what the site says the cost! Check with you local technician to be certain!

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Originally posted by CR:
Ms. Lisa,

what is a dampchaser?? I am interested.


[ 05-18-2003: Message edited by: Lisa Kalmar ]

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#28687 - 05/18/03 04:42 PM Re: Buying a new piano!
NancyK Offline
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Jason..thanks for that info about Bostons being made by Kawai.

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#28688 - 05/18/03 04:49 PM Re: Buying a new piano!
AdrienneM Offline
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Jason:
Bostons are made by Kawai.


Um . . . I'm confused. If they are made by Kawai, then why would Bostons be advertised by Steinway?

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#28689 - 05/19/03 04:45 AM Re: Buying a new piano!
pianoannie Offline
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The salesman at a piano store explained it to me this way: Steinway designs the Bostons, determines all the specs, etc; but Steinway has Kawai actually make the Bostons. Like John, I have loved the Bostons I have played on. I'd been saving up for a Yamaha, but now I'm really leaning toward Boston. I have plenty of time before the $$ is in place though, so I'll be doing lots more looking around. I want to find a store that carries Kawai and get familiar with them, as 2 different piano techs have recommended them highly.

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#28690 - 05/19/03 06:16 AM Re: Buying a new piano!
Dolce Offline
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So if Kawai is less expensive, would it make sense to buy a Kawai, since they are capable enough to build for Steinway?

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#28691 - 05/19/03 07:31 AM Re: Buying a new piano!
pianoannie Offline
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What "makes sense" is to do what works for you. I don't have a lot of experience personally with Kawai, but there does seem to be some logic in what you say about them being good enough to build for Steinway(Boston). At my nearest music stores, the Steinways cost betwen 50-95,000, so that is clearly not an option for me in this lifetime!
Just be sure you spend LOTS of time playing on LOTS of pianos. Try a wide variety of music, to see how each one is; try trills, glissandos, wide range of notes, etc.
I bought my current piano too quickly and didn't realize how firm the action was (I swear it didn't feel that firm in the store!) I began having pain in my hands within 6 months of buying it, but just haven't been able to buy a different one yet.

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#28692 - 05/19/03 07:59 AM Re: Buying a new piano!
John Offline
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(for myself) Not giving a flying **** about who builds what :p \:D , it all gets down to playing a LOT of pianos, and paying close attention to the sound, action, and feel, and doing a bit of research about how the piano holds up over time.

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#28693 - 05/19/03 08:38 AM Re: Buying a new piano!
Vivace' Offline
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Registered: 05/25/01
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Loc: USA
I have a 6'8" Kawai......love it!
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