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YAMAHA or KAWAI, these two Japanese brands which do you think is better and why?

-- ZAch (zachtheking@yahoo.com), December 02, 2001



-- Alexandra (alidoremi@aol.com), December 05, 2001.

Yamaha upright, Kawai grand. It's the difference in the tone quality.

-- Arlene Steffen (asteffen@fresno.edu), December 05, 2001.

Yamaha's key touch is lighter than Kawai. Yamaha uprights are better than Kawai's. Kawai's grands generate fuller tone and mellower sound. If you like bright sound, go for Yamaha. Else Kawai. It is personal preference. Quality wise, in terms of grands, they are both excellent.


-- Ted (ted@yahoo.com), January 02, 2002.

I have a Kawai GS-40 6'1" grand. It's a wonderful instrument and I couldn't be happier (well, maybe I would if I could have afforded a Steinway!). I bought it about 10-12 years ago and it's doing well.

-- Jim Woodside (jdwoodside@hotmail.com), October 31, 2002.

Yamaha, Yamaha, Yamaha, Yamaha, Yamaha!!!!!!!

-- Diana (dstocksd@sbcglobal.com), January 12, 2005.

I'll second the yamaha grands being more bright. It was the one thing I had a problem with as far as the kawai grands I looked at. Unless it had been beaten to death for 10 years, it just sounded extremely muted. Not the sound I was looking for. Yamaha sounded bright right off the bat.

Who knows over time though...

-- Adam Kontras (adamazon@4tvs.com), March 08, 2005.


At college I where used to teach there were Kawai's. IMO they don't compare to Yamaha's. They were inconsistant and needed frequent repairs. Yamaha for me!

-- Lea Johnson (clearfuture@erols.com), March 12, 2005.

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