My Piano Purchase!

You saw the sneak peek photo yesterday… here’s the full scoop on my recent piano purchase!

I’ve been shopping on Craigslist for quite some time, and I learned that a lot of piano shopping is about personal preference.  My husband and I looked at an absolutely breathtaking Knabe from the 1920’s, for example, but as soon as I played a few notes I knew it wasn’t the piano for me.  Somehow, it just didn’t grab me.  I wanted to find something that I would love to sit down and play.

Then, we looked at a 5’7” Kawai…..

The owner was asking $3500.  It was built in 1966, and the inside parts and the finish are all in original condition.  I could see it probably needed a little bit of work, but I really, really liked the touch.  It was fun to play!

I hired a registered piano technician to inspect the piano for me before I bought it.  The technician confirmed that it does need some work, but we were able to talk the owner down to $2500.  My new piano was delivered last Friday!

Sorry the photos are a bit grainy…I used the camera in my iPod Touch.

And here I am enjoying my new piano!  Part of me still can’t believe I’m now a piano owner.  How cool is that?!

Joy Morin is a piano teacher in northwest Ohio (United States) who enjoys keeping her teaching fresh with new ideas and resources. serves as a journal of her adventures in piano teaching as well as a place to exchange ideas and resources.

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  1. Posted 21 June 2011 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    You got a great piano for an even greater price! Congratulations!

  2. Posted 21 June 2011 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    Joy, Congrats in the purchase. I’m a piano technician in the Toronto area, and while they’re somewhat rare, those 1960’s Kawai’s were very well built and can be very sweet sounding. Enjoy!

    • Posted 21 June 2011 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for the comment, Paul – what you say confirms what the piano movers said! They commented on the piano’s weight and the quality of its build. I do like the touch and tone very much, so I’m definitely very pleased with my purchase!

  3. suzanne
    Posted 21 June 2011 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    Yes, Kawais can be very lovely pianos. Congrats on the new piano!!

  4. Posted 21 June 2011 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    That’s an amazing price for a baby grand!!! Congrats on the piano and enjoy every second of it! :)

  5. mar
    Posted 21 June 2011 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    I teach on a Kawai studio and it is a gorgeous piano. It makes you want to play it. Many of my students have immediately noticed the difference upon sitting down to play this Kawai. Congrats. Let us know what kind of work you get done.

  6. Posted 6 September 2012 at 5:44 am | Permalink

    Hi Joy, I have been so inspired by your life and your work .I would like to communicate with you by email. Can I have your email address please?
    Piano Teacher.

  7. Amy
    Posted 12 October 2012 at 1:07 am | Permalink

    I love Kawai piano! I have a Kawai K3 and am really enjoying the beautiful soft tone of the piano! I bet yours sound beautiful, too!

  8. Posted 2 March 2013 at 4:26 am | Permalink

    Wow, what a great price! (Sorry for spamming you with comments lately, I’m just having fun exploring your site!) Pianos are REALLY expensive here. My brand-new Irmler grand cost almost $11,000. Luckily it was a wedding present!

  9. Esther
    Posted 19 January 2017 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful! I’m so inspired.

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