Why Study Piano?
Piano lessons are a fundamental way to gain a broad appreciation of music. However, the real benefits that arise from playing the piano are primarily non-musical. A piano student learns to read two lines of music, use both ears, arms, legs, feet and all ten fingers, with the brain giving each body part a different assignment to perform simultaneously. No other activity allows a child to exercise all of these skills in such a constructive manner. Piano lessons, therefore, develop coordination in both mind and muscles, which transfers to many daily activities. This includes improved hand-eye coordination, greater enjoyment and ability in sports, and the full use of both left and right sides of the brain.
As a student begins to experience the benefits of concentration and coordination, he or she begins to experience a sense of confidence. Completing a difficult task is very rewarding and allows the student to feel good about what she has accomplished. Learning to play the piano is one of the best methods of instilling confidence in children and adults alike. Concentration, coordination, and confidence form the foundation for helping students grow.
One recent MIT study determined that the cerebral cortex of a concert pianist is enlarged by 30% on average compared to people that are considered intellectuals, but who did not have instrumental music education. Another CA study found that 75% of Silicon Valley CEO’s had instrumental music education as a child. It is not as important for a student to play a piece of music with perfection as it is for him or her to develop to the best of his or her abilities. The piano is an educational tool that can help accelerate a child’s development and help adults maintain and gain benefits in brain age. On top of all of this, it is one of the most fun and rewarding hobbies anyone can pursue. So why not take piano lessons? It is a ‘no brainer!’
Kawai America Corporation
Kawai was founded in 1927 by Koichi Kawai, a gifted piano craftsman, in Hamamatsu, Japan. From its humble beginnings, the company has grown to become one the largest and best known musical instrument companies in the world.
Kawai America Corporation (established in 1963) and Kawai Canada Music offer a complete line of pianos, digital pianos and professional keyboards to musicians across the United States and Canada through a network of authorized dealers. From our North American headquarters in southern California, Kawai America and Kawai Canada manage instrument sales, advertising, marketing, artist relations and technical services. Both companies also oversee independent sales and service representatives located throughout the United States and Canada.
Kawai’s authorized independent retailers are carefully chosen based on their ability to provide expert sales and service of Kawai instruments to our valued customers in North America. Our online retailers are chosen with similar care. We hope they will provide you with a thorough and engaging introduction to Kawai quality.
The Winners Choice
Kawai pianos have reached the pinnacle of international acclaim. Found on concert stages throughout the world, they continue to be selected by gold medal winners and finalists at prestigious international piano competitions across the globe.
In 1997, Kawai became the first in the piano industry to receive ISO 14001, the world’s foremost certification for excellence in environmental management. Awarded first to Kawai’s Ryuyo Grand Piano Facility, then to the company’s Maisaka Upright Piano Factory and most recently to Kawai’s Märchen Digital Piano Facility, ISO 14001 recognized exceptional achievement in reforestation, energy conservation, waste reduction and natural resource preservation. This unceasing pursuit of environmental excellence is an integral part of Kawai’s commitment to the future – and to our world.
Kawai has earned a reputation as the technological leader in digital pianos with the highly acclaimed Concert Artist Series and Concert Performer Ensemble Series pianos. In addition, the celebrated ES Series and MP Series Stage Pianos continue to be top choices for performing musicians. Having received over ten prestigious international awards for technological excellence, Kawai has become the most decorated manufacturer of digital pianos in the industry.
Innovative Piano Action One of Kawai’s most important innovations is the use of ABS Styran plastic in the manufacture of action parts. ABS-Carbon, the new composite material in our revolutionary Millennium III Action, combines the long-term stability of ABS Styran (a composite used in Kawai actions for over 40 years) with the extraordinary strength of carbon fiber. ABS-Carbon produces more dynamic power, greater durability, improved control and unparalleled speed to enhance the playing experience. Read what Larry Fine’s Piano Book has to say about it.
It is this continuing vision for the future, and a diversity of fine products distributed to more than 80 countries around the globe, that has earned Kawai its place among the world’s preeminent musical instrument companies.
Gray Market Yamaha Pianos
If you have your heart set on a Yamaha piano, Taylor’s specializes in Grade A refurbished Yamaha pianos from Japan. These are one owner, lightly used pianos that are completely brought back to factory specifications, with the cabinets buffed to look like new pianos. These pianos offer years of enjoyment and savings of up to half the price of new! Some retailers may caution you against used or “Gray Market” pianos. They try to instill fear and doubt about your choices, but we at Taylor’s Music assure you that the used pianos we carry are of the highest grade available. Yamaha dealers warnings of the dangers of buying a used Yamaha grand is intended to scare you, and are greatly exaggerated.
“Pianos intended for Japan and America are seasoned differently, and the Japanese market models will fall apart in America’s climate.” There is only one difference between the two pianos: 4% less humidity in the wood of pianos made for the American market. However, the climate and humidity in the Northeastern United States is very similar to that of Japan. Therefore, a piano that is seasoned for a Japanese climate should do fine in the Northeastern United States. Also, Larry Fine states in The Piano Buyers Book that “Yamaha pianos are well built and it’s hard to imagine that they would all be so temperamental as to fall apart with a moderate change in humidity.”
Here is a link to his most current article on the subject: http://www.pianobuyer.com/spring14/62.html#gray
“There is no manufacturer’s warranty for these pianos.”
There is no manufacturer’s warranty for any used pianos. Taylor’s Music offers a 3 year warranty and a 5 year option with purchase and installation of a climate control system. You can shop with confidence backed by Taylor’s service and over 80 years experience.
“Gray Market pianos are older, and will not last as long as a brand new piano.”
Good pianos have a 50-75 year life expectancy. Since most of our Certified Pre-Owned pianos are only 20-30 years old, they should give a consumer a good 30-40 years before major work is required. A climate control system extends the life of a piano another 5-10 years as well.
“Replacement parts for these pianos are not available.”
This is simply not true. Parts are readily available for these pianos from many different sources. Also, Taylor’s Certified Pre-Owned Models are always grade A, so they rarely need replacement parts.
Here’s what customers are saying:
“For a very long time I have been aware of the quality selection of used Yamaha grand pianos carried at your store. They are always immaculate in appearance and tone, as well as being reasonably priced and I always knew that someday I would own one. Dave Glarner-vice president, Bryn Mawr Trust Bank
“I must admit that I always wanted a grand piano in my living room. I looked around at other stores, but I found the best value at Taylor’s. I really enjoy the Yamaha grand piano. I bought it used, but it looks and sounds brand new.” Christine Costanza – piano teacher
For more information, call our piano department: 610-696-1812 x 115