Month: September 2017

Kawai Pianos

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Award Winning Piano Manufacturer Kawai is proudly sold at Jim’s Pianos.

Founded in 1927 by Koichi Kawai, Kawai Musical Instruments began their journey crafting the world’s finest pianos. From his humble beginnings as the son of a wagon maker, Koichi became the apprentice of a struggling organ builder. That organ builder was none other than Torakusu Yamaha, who helped form the Yamaha Corporation. After Yamaha’s death in 1916 the company began to diversify their products, which displeased Koichi who wanted to continue his craft. This led him to create his own piano company with seven other colleagues dedicated to the production of excellent pianos.

Passed down to his son and eventually grandson, Kawai continued to innovate and perfect the piano, as well as expand the company’s reach around the world. Advanced manufacturing methods such as robotics were eventually introduced, which increased output and attention to every minute detail. One of their biggest achievements, and what draws many potential buyers to their pianos, is their use of ABS material. This allows their pianos to overcome the many issues related to using wood. While considered by some as standard or even “classic”, the use of wood to make pianos comes with complications that do not apply to Kawai’s ABS pianos. Wood is far more susceptible to shrinking and expanding due to humidity, which affects the tuning and reliability of the piano. This innovative feature, as well as their excellent craftsmanship, make Kawai pianos very popular and highly regarded. In 2002 Kawai introduced the use of ABS-Carbon, combining ABS and carbon fiber, to further increase reliability and performance.

When purchasing a piano one must consider many factors: build quality, sound and tone, visual appeal, performance, and so on. Kawai pianos are an investment that will last the buyer a lifetime when cared for, and will fill a room or music hall with crisp tones and melodic perfection. Jim’s Pianos understands that desire for long lasting quality, which is why we provide Kawai pianos.

Acoustic or Digital?

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When it comes to buying a piano, many customers ask themselves this question: should I get an acoustic or digital piano? Ultimately it comes down to preference, but there are a few key factors every potential buyer should consider.

Price

The biggest difference can sometimes be the instrument’s price. Some new acoustic pianos can cost upwards of $20,000, while a brand new digital piano may only reach a few thousand dollars. For price-conscious buyers or beginners, several grand for an instrument may be too much. However, the luxury of a Kawai Baby Grand may be exactly what you’re looking for.

Size

An Upright piano will take up significantly less space than a Grand, but a digital piano will take up even less room. Transporting the instrument is also easier, especially when you factor in the weight difference. For large homes or concert venues, size shouldn’t be an issue.

Upkeep

Digital pianos can have problems related to software and hardware, and acoustic pianos require tuning and servicing. With either investment, taking proper care of your piano is important. With no need for tuning, a digital piano might be the right choice if you don’t think you can afford regular tuning.

Sound and Feel

The biggest difference comes down to personal preference, and should carry the most weight when making your final decision. The sound of the piano and how it plays is the most important consideration. Digital pianos offer many different sounds and settings, as well as the distinct advantage of volume control. An acoustic piano can be very loud, but a digital has volume control and even headphone support.

For some people there’s no replacing the authentic sound of strings and hammers. While digital gets closer to the real thing every year, acoustic pianos will always have a place. Because of their physical properties, playing an acoustic piano will have a different feel than a digital one. Again, it all comes down to preference, so stop by Jim’s Pianos and see for yourself which is right for you.