Piano Shopping Experience
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The dealer I visited carries Kawai, Mason&Hamlin and Hailun and also had a couple of used Steinway's. I spent most of my time playing a Kawai GX-2, M&H A and Hailun 178, but also tried a 1985 Steinway M and a rebuilt Steinway B. I liked each for different reasons but my overall favorite was the Hailun. The action was the least tiring for my old hands but still very responsive and I found the tone very pleasing in all registers. I was really surprised, as I definitely went in with preconceived notions about Chinese pianos.
I've mainly been looking for used pianos but I may have to rethink that, as the new 178 fits in my budget and has a long warranty plus delivery and setup/tuning; it sure would simplify things. I'd take the floor model which is about 7 months old and has been tuned numerous times and is stable. If only it wasn't so shiny.