Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Kawai RX 6 vs Shigeru SK 5

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I am researching piano's for our church which seats 750 people and have found the two in the subject line that I'm particularly interested in. The Shigeru is considerably more expensive than the RX 6. I would appreciate your opinion as to the added value of that model over the RX 6.  I would certainly welcome any other suggestions, such as different makes that offer the same quality for the money as the Kawai. We use the piano as accompaniment for choir/soloists/ensembles, etc...along with a 10 piece mixed orchestra (brass and woodwinds).

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Hi Phil:

The Shigeru model is Kawai's hand made, limited edition. It is a refinement of the RX line.

For the church, you would do well with the RX6. The RX line is the upper end of Kawai's line and will do you for years to come. I'll assume here that we're talking new as opposed to used.

Kawai as a company is very end user friendly...you couldn't do much better.

If you wanted even more top end, you might consider the Schimmel 213. You may want to check the price difference between the Schimmel 213 and the  Shigeru. Just make sure we're talking the same relative length. In grand pianos, length makes a huge difference. The 213 is centimeters which translates to approximately 84 inches and it is a very, very, very nice piano.

I guess what it comes down to is pocket book.

Regardless of which piano you choose, be sure to have your registered technician install a piano cover (NOT vinyl but something that breathes!!!) and a Climate control system.

If you need a registered technician, go to http://www.ptg.org and plug in your zip code. To learn more about climate control, go to http://www.pianolifesaver.com.

This will create a micro climate friendly to the piano, something which churches are notoriously not!

Keep me informed.

Also, make sure you are dealing with an authorized dealer for whichever brand you choose.

I'll help all I can from here.

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