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Shigeru Kawai SK-2 vs. Schulze Pollmann Masterpiece series (Read 357 times)

Offline hodi

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Shigeru Kawai SK-2 vs. Schulze Pollmann Masterpiece series
« on: November 05, 2020, 04:21:36 AM »
Hello,
After many years with my Kawai upright, I'm looking
To upgrade to a grand piano. I am looking for a brand new piano only, not a used one.

Recently I tried the Shigeru Kawai SK-5 and was highly impressed by both the action and it's sound
However it's too big and I would want to SK-2 which is 180cm and just perfect in size for my apartment
Price is
31,812$

I did try today also a schulze-pollmann piano from their highest end Masterpiece series (completely made in san marino) its 190cm in size. It had beautiful rounded tone and excellent action too.
Price of the SK-2 is 35,347$

I would really want to buy a piano soon, waited for so long.

I have few questions:

1. What are your thoughts of the schulze-pollmann, particularly of the high end Masterpiece series? How would you compare it to the SK2? In terms of quality, longevity, etc... I'm looking to buy a piano for life, I am 33 now.


2. Unfortunately the shop that imports the kawai (I live in Israel), don't have currently the SK2 in stock. Which means If I want to buy it, it will have to be a "blind buy". The SK5 is wonderful , but I have heard only youtube recordings of the SK2 (sounds amazing too). Is it too risky to blind buy it? What do you think

3. Price difference - the schulze-pollmann is 3500$ more expensive. I am willing to spend it if it's worth it, but still it may be extra point for the SK2. What do you think of the prices? Both are for brand new pianos

For the reference, this is me testing the schulze-pollmann piano today, a video recording:
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Note: It needs tuning, I know it.

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Re: Shigeru Kawai SK-2 vs. Schulze Pollmann Masterpiece series
«Reply #1 on: November 05, 2020, 07:14:18 AM »
I would personally not consider the SK-2 if it was not available to play as you can’t reliably assume the SK-2 will be similar to the SK-5. Youtube videos are unreliable for accuracy. You may feel like you have waited too long— I get it😊 but I would wait until you can reasonably try more pianos or your shop receives an SK-2.   An acoustic is not a small purchase and you want to be really happy with what you buy.