C Bechstein A124 | Upright Piano Review | C Bechstein Academy Series

C Bechstein A124

 If you’re considering a premium upright piano from Germany in the $20,000-$30,000 USD range, it’s quite likely that you’ve come across the C Bechstein A124, and for good reason – from the material selection to the precision of the craftsmanship, the A124 is without question one of the top upright pianos available in its […]

Kawai K-800 vs Boston UP-132 | Upright Piano Review & Comparison | Boston Built By Kawai

Kawai K-800 vs Boston UP-132

When it comes to Japanese upright pianos, there’s no question that the Kawai K-300 and Yamaha U1 absolutely dominate the conversation. That said, Boston has a very nice lineup of Japanese-built pianos as well, and Kawai has other great options available as well beyond the vaunted K-Series. In today’s article and companion video, we’ll be […]

Zimmermann S6 | Upright Piano Demo & Review | Designed by C Bechstein

Zimmerman S6

 Famed high-end German piano maker C. Bechstein offers a wider range of product offerings in terms of price than perhaps any other manufacturer. From the C. Bechstein Concert Series which are among the most elite pianos on Earth, to the new Zimmermann pianos available at an affordable price, built to compete with Japanese-made grands […]

Essex EUP-123 vs Kawai ND21 | Upright Piano Comparison & Review

Essex EUP-123 vs Kawai ND21

There’s no question that the new, 48”, ebony polish upright piano market is dominated by the Yamaha U1 and Kawai K-300 due to the combination of price, quality and musical potential these two pianos offer. Of course, there are a variety of more expensive, high-end options available in this classic studio size, particularly from Europe, […]

Yamaha U1 vs Kawai K-300 | Upright Piano Review & Comparison

Yamaha U1 vs Kawai K-300

When it comes to mid-range professional-level pianos, there are of course many solid options on the market in this modern era of upright piano building. But, if there’s one particular rivalry that happens to stand out above all others, it has to be the Yamaha U1 vs Kawai K-300. Sure, these two pianos companies have […]

Upright Piano Buyers Guide | How to Choose an Upright Piano

Upright Piano

When it comes to acoustic pianos, there are a lot of ‘best of’ lists and new piano buying guides out there with a ton of different information on different models. What these lists tend to neglect is a systematic way that you, the buyer, can sort through this information and zero in on the most important considerations […]

Kawai K-800 Upright Piano Review & Demo – Kawai K Series

Kawai K800 Upright Grand Piano

 Introduction The Kawai K800 Upright Grand Piano is one of the few “true” upright grands to come out of Asia.  Built in Japan entirely by Kawai, the K800 has full sostenuto, premium hand-selected spruce soundboards, premium double-felted mahogany hammers, oversized music desk, and grand-like key sticks for a super high level of accuracy and […]

Piano Tuning – How and Why Does a Piano Go Out of Tune?

Piano Tuning

 Introduction Why does a piano go out of tune? Generally speaking, pianos are thought of as ‘out of tune’ when any one or several of the strings of the piano becomes de-tuned from the corresponding strings. For example, each key on the piano usually has three strings “assigned” to it. Those three strings must […]

Kawai ND21 Upright Piano Review & Demo by Merriam Pianos

Kawai ND21

 Introduction The ND-21 is a Kawai Upright Piano that has been a disruptive and hugely successful force in the piano industry – one that has filled a previous gap in the marketplace: a 48″ upright piano from a Japanese manufacturer that directly competes against its own used products as well as those of Yamaha, […]

Yamaha B1 vs Kawai K15 Upright Pianos Comparison & Demo by Merriam Pianos

Yamaha B1 vs Kawai K-15

 Introduction There are few upright pianos available from any manufacturer for less than $5,000 that would be considered anything but an entry-level instrument; however, the Kawai K15 and Yamaha B1 are two that defy that stereotype. They’re well-made with the same level of craftsmanship we all expect from both companies, use quality components and […]