It has been said that music is the language of the soul. Indeed there are certain musical compositions that are said to affect human moods and even intelligence. Students of music are known to be dedicated high achievers. Music is a gift for all ages, and one of the most popular and appreciated of all musical instruments is the piano with its smooth soul-calming tone. But when selecting a piano how can I know which one is right for my home? There are so many types to choose from. One popular brand is the Kawai Piano named after Koichi Kawai of Japan who became that nation’s first builder of pianos and established the Kawai Musical Instrument Research Laboratory in 1927, and Kawai Pianos are the pioneers behind plastic parts being used in a piano.
When choosing a piano that is right for me there are several factors that need to be taking into account.
A piano should be more than just a piece of furniture to beautify a room. A piano is a medium for bringing life into a home, so there are several things that must be considered before I choose my piano such as the quality of sound. All pianos have an appeal, but European pianos have a mellow and relaxed tone whereas a Japanese piano like the Kawai Piano is a little brighter and livelier, making it a popular choice for jazz and classical music.
Next, what stage are the piano playing members of my household at: beginner, intermediate, or advanced. Upright or vertical pianos cost less and take up less space than a grand. It goes without saying that if the kids are just starting to learn the joys of playing that they don’t need a Grand piano to practice on. However, if at an intermediate or advanced level that could steer them in the direction of a music career then a Grand piano might be more suitable
Available space is another thing that must be taken into consideration. When choosing a Kawai Piano I can have an upright, a grand or a digital piano. If I live in a small apartment with limited space then an upright piano that stands between 42 to 51 inches in height might be more suitable than a grand that can be up to 5 feet, 8 inches and requires more space such as a large den or music room. When considering an upright piano the available space determines the best choice. Spinet pianos are usually around 36 inches tall whereas studio and professional pianos can be almost ten inches taller. When choosing a grand there is either the Baby Grand under six feet or the Concert Grand which will require a room of its own. Digital pianos, on the other hand, require an electrical outlet, so they can’t be placed just anywhere.
Digital pianos do offer a unique sound using sound chips and speakers to create the sound and they can be programmed to make other sounds like organ or harpsichord, but there is a disadvantage to digital because it relies on its electrical components meaning it is possible that it could malfunction after a few years unless it is of a reputable design. A Kawai piano is known for its longevity.
Indeed when factors of space, appearance and sound quality are taken into account, a Kawai Piano may be just what I need to bring the joys of music into my home.