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 […]

C. Bechstein Classic 124 Upright Piano (R124) – Demo & Review by Merriam Pianos

Bechstein 124

 Introduction The C. Bechstein Classic 124 upright piano is being reviewed by Merriam’s own Stu Harrison. This piano is an absolute favorite upright in the Oakville showroom right now. We are going to be covering what makes this piano such an exquisite musical instrument and why so many have an excellent overall impression of […]

Kawai K-500 Upright Piano Review & Demo by Merriam Pianos

Kawai K500

 Introduction The Kawai K500 Upright Piano is a professional 51″ acoustic piano that is a part of the K-series of Upright Pianos, and one of the most popular models of new pianos from Kawai generally – eclipsed in sales only by the Kawai K300. Although there are several similarities between the two, the K500 […]

What is the Difference Between the Keyboard and Piano?

Difference Between Keyboard and Piano

Getting started in piano and getting shell-shocked at the price-tag on a baby grand? It makes sense. At upwards of $50,000, it’s not an inexpensive instrument. You may even start questioning if you need an actual piano at all. After all, electronic keyboards are much more cost-effective, and they seem to offer the same basic […]

The Three Types Of Pianos Explained

Kinds of Pianos

Pianos can be broken down into three types of categories. Grand pianos, Upright pianos, and digital pianos. Each of these pianos have their own unique features that are designed for specific pianist’s needs and environments. Upright or Vertical Pianos Upright or vertical pianos are named after the position of the piano’s strings and soundboard. They stand […]

Upright or Grand: What Type of Piano Is Right For You?

Grand Piano Vs Upright Piano

Time to tackle one of the most common questions in the piano world. Upright, or grand? Some of the biggest differences between uprights and grands are hidden beneath the piano lid. We are going to focus on the differences in feel (Action + Key length), overall sound, and of course, a price point comparison. Action Grand […]

10 Tips for Buying an Acoustic Piano

Upright Piano Livingroom

1. Sample as many pianos as you can There are many brands, shapes, sizes, styles that all take a while to get to know and understand. Now is the time to branch out from the piano company that you grew up playing on to try something new! Every piano has it’s own very unique features […]