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Topic: Bechstein/Kawaii/Yamaha with Silent System  (Read 499 times)

Offline wtobin

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Bechstein/Kawaii/Yamaha with Silent System
on: December 11, 2022, 03:47:22 PM
I'm a piano teacher in Ithaca NY, living in a small space with a family and interested in a silent system to both serve the remote teaching that makes up about 40% of my students and simply gives the flexibility of a quieter house.  I have a Nord stage 3 as my remote teaching setup, but as we prepare for a kid space is a premium and that setup needs to be consolidated.  I currently have an 80s Yamaha P22 that I bought post college when I had no money and that I've never been in love with. 

I LOVE the Bechstein A124 even though it's a stretch financially.  I like the Kawai K500.  I'm less in love with Yamaha's U models.  All represent significant upgrades to my P22 though. 

In terms of silent systems - I prefer Kawai's Aures and Yamaha's Silent Piano systems to Bechstein's Vario.  All the native systems come at a cost $4000-6000 with the Bechstein at the top of that.  I have no experience with the aftermarkets such as QRS or Pianodisc, but am drawn to their lower cost which is nearly half and will likely be using midi out for virtual lessons.  I've been told adding an aftermarket system doesn't change the piano in any way, but I just have a hard time spending that much money and immediately making modifications. 

Any one have experience with the aftermarkets?  Any feedback is welcome. 

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Re: Bechstein/Kawaii/Yamaha with Silent System
Reply #1 on: January 17, 2023, 08:18:06 PM
I saw a lot of Yamaha piano's with Silent System on: https://www.schumer.nl/yamaha-piano-vleugel/.
I hope to have helped you with this.

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