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#1960933 - 09/19/12 12:10 AM Re: I GOT A Kawai CA 95 - Wow... [Re: Justplay]
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#1961250 - 09/19/12 06:33 PM Re: I GOT A Kawai CA 95 - Wow... [Re: Justplay]
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If you say the GF action is not lighter than my CA93's RM3, then I think I just found the answer I was looking for.

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#1961293 - 09/19/12 09:18 PM Re: I GOT A Kawai CA 95 - Wow... [Re: Justplay]
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It's not lighter or heavier...it's just so easy to control the sound. It is as smooth as butter and the control I have any instrument voice that's being played amazes me.

In my opinion, the CA93 is a 6.5 in terms of touch, control and feel, and the CA 95 is a 10.5. I have played this little guy for hours and have recorded both on the board and into logic on my mac and I can't believe how much better my music sounds simply because I can control the piano.

I kinda had a scare today...lol I plugged in a piano light and the cord was against the soundboard, which who would think it would be a problem, but I started to hear a buzz, especially when I played the lower bass notes. I thought, that's new..WTH...hum. Then I realized it started after I plugged the lamp, so I moved the cord from touching the back of the piano at all and WaLah... It's gone away. So the lesson is let nothing touch the back of the piano especially the soundboard or you will get a sympathetic vibration that you might like much.

Good Luck! Go for the CA95... You will not be disappointed!

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#1961396 - 09/20/12 03:35 AM Re: I GOT A Kawai CA 95 - Wow... [Re: Justplay]
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I have tested new Kawai CA95 and agree with Justplay. Control is better than in CA93. Model that was in shop had tapping keys that I don like. Touch is very good except for that little detail. The "tap, tap" when fingers pulse keys is very annoying. When I had a Kawai CA63 felt the same. I think that it depends of specific piano. Some are more precise and some have lazier keys that taps when you press quickly. I am not sure about it.
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#1961440 - 09/20/12 08:00 AM Re: I GOT A Kawai CA 95 - Wow... [Re: Justplay]
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Hi Justplay!:)

compliments for the piano! I have just purchased the ca 65, so I can understand your enthusiasm!! and I am very happy with it! smile

kind regards

Fabio

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#1961471 - 09/20/12 09:21 AM Re: I GOT A Kawai CA 95 - Wow... [Re: Brometeo]
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Originally Posted By: Brometeo
I have tested new Kawai CA95 and agree with Justplay. Control is better than in CA93. Model that was in shop had tapping keys that I don like. Touch is very good except for that little detail. The "tap, tap" when fingers pulse keys is very annoying. When I had a Kawai CA63 felt the same. I think that it depends of specific piano. Some are more precise and some have lazier keys that taps when you press quickly. I am not sure about it.


Hmmm, when I first read this I was thinking it was the letoff simulation you are referring to, but the CA63 doesn't have that, so I guess that idea's out the window. Unless the tapping you describe actually came from a different source in the two pianos.

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#1961474 - 09/20/12 09:32 AM Re: I GOT A Kawai CA 95 - Wow... [Re: Justplay]
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I am extremely picky about key action noise and my Kawai CA 95 has none, no tapping, no thumping no bottoming out. It is quiet and smooth. I have taken back and sold many pianos because of the noisy action and had resigned to playing digital pianos with headphones, but the headphones became such an annoyance, so I have been waiting for a digital piano that has a decent piano voice through speakers and this piano exceeds all expectations. I own a grand piano and love it because it feels so alive, but I have not touched it since I got the Kawai CA 95.

Just this morning I took a peek at my grand and said, "I'll be back little one, but not right now".. I know that sounds weird, but I do treat my grand piano as if it were real.

I now have a digital piano that feels and sounds like an acoustic and can't take my hands away from it.

The inspiration that is coming out of me when I sit at the Kawai is almost miraculous because every time I sit at it and play, I write a new song.... I'll take that any day!

Last night my spouse was in bed reading while I was playing the Kawai and thought I was playing the grand...

I'm not a dealer or a prop, I am just a very discriminating consumer and I will buy the Kawai CA units every time they upgrade. It's unimaginable for me right now to think of any improvement on this CA95, but if they come out with a new model...I'm sold!!!

I think Kawai has made a turnaround and even though their quality has always been good, I think they are leaping to a higher level of excellence and the quality is now great! I'm sure that's a philosophy that is carried over to their acoustic line and all the other digital they make.

Good luck!


Edited by Justplay (09/20/12 09:34 AM)

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#1961490 - 09/20/12 10:33 AM Re: I GOT A Kawai CA 95 - Wow... [Re: gvfarns]
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Originally Posted By: gvfarns
[quote=Brometeo]
Hmmm, when I first read this I was thinking it was the letoff simulation you are referring to, but the CA63 doesn't have that, so I guess that idea's out the window. Unless the tapping you describe actually came from a different source in the two pianos.


Perhaps "tapping" is not a good term for refering my feeling. It seems that some Kawai keyboards (my last CA63 and tested CA95 at least) have an initial touch (when finger hits the key) that feels like if wood piece is not firmly disposed. The effect is evident when you hit keys quickly and without subtlety; when playing softly the keyboard respond well enough.

This is the only reservation I have with Kawai CAs. My current CA93 doesn't show this behaviour and I am very happy with it. Perhaps it can be adjusted by a technician.

Greets.


Edited by Brometeo (09/20/12 03:45 PM)
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#1961616 - 09/20/12 02:44 PM Re: I GOT A Kawai CA 95 - Wow... [Re: Justplay]
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Mine is being delivered Saturday or Monday (yay)
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#1961662 - 09/20/12 04:00 PM Re: I GOT A Kawai CA 95 - Wow... [Re: Justplay]
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Congrats, in advance...you wont' be sorry!

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#1961675 - 09/20/12 04:17 PM Re: I GOT A Kawai CA 95 - Wow... [Re: Justplay]
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cheers fella... I'm hoping to be as happy with it as you seem to be... been struggling with a budget chase digital for two years... after my heights of a lovely challen baby grand this thing has been horrendous... but if it wasnt for the lows we wouldnt appreciate the highs i guess :0)
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#1961690 - 09/20/12 04:33 PM Re: I GOT A Kawai CA 95 - Wow... [Re: Justplay]
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Just sold my CA93, CA95 on order, sight unseen.
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#1961734 - 09/20/12 06:21 PM Re: I GOT A Kawai CA 95 - Wow... [Re: McBuster]
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Congrats McBuster...let us know and send us pics!

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#1962241 - 09/21/12 06:39 PM Re: I GOT A Kawai CA 95 - Wow... [Re: Justplay]
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I just want to be clear about one feature of the CA95.

I believe it has been suggested that the sound engines for the CA65 and CA95 are identical so that if you are using headphones only with them, you are getting the same sound with each.

Is that true ?
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#1965452 - 09/27/12 07:17 PM Re: I GOT A Kawai CA 95 - Wow... [Re: McBuster]
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Originally Posted By: McBuster
Just sold my CA93, CA95 on order, sight unseen.

CONGRATS!!!

I would love to see a comparison between CA93 vs CA95, this time from you (RM3 vs GF to be more specific).

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#1970800 - 10/09/12 01:31 PM Re: I GOT A Kawai CA 95 - Wow... [Re: Justplay]
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Hello Justplay,
Wow, beautiful piano; good luck with it! On the pictures it looks like you have placed the CA 95 directly against the wall.
I wonder if there is a minimal distance to keep the backside from the wall, for having optimal profit of the low and midrange tones from the soundboard? What is your experience? I have a relative small room, so if I buy such a piano I'am almost obliged to put it directly to the wall. If the sound is influenced badly by such a position, maybe I better by a CA 65.
I hope you will shed some light on this matter. Thank you.
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#1970822 - 10/09/12 02:06 PM Re: I GOT A Kawai CA 95 - Wow... [Re: dmd]
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Originally Posted By: dmd
the sound engines for the CA65 and CA95 are identical so that if you are using headphones only with them, you are getting the same sound with each.

Is that true ?




Yes, that is correct. Plus, the LetOff Feature is standard for both. Outside of some Techy features, the main difference is the Soundboard/Speakers/Transducer, Amplification Section and instead of a Modesty Panel, there is an enclosure for the speakers/soundboard.
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#1970824 - 10/09/12 02:08 PM Re: I GOT A Kawai CA 95 - Wow... [Re: Pelota]
McBuster Online   content
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Originally Posted By: Pelota
Originally Posted By: McBuster
Just sold my CA93, CA95 on order, sight unseen.

CONGRATS!!!

I would love to see a comparison between CA93 vs CA95, this time from you (RM3 vs GF to be more specific).


I did some lengthy comparisons in another post. Search for them ...
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#1970826 - 10/09/12 02:11 PM Re: I GOT A Kawai CA 95 - Wow... [Re: Dutch Dhamma]
McBuster Online   content
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Originally Posted By: Dutch Dhamma
I wonder if there is a minimal distance to keep the backside from the wall


First, there is a setting for near a wall, or in an open room.

I would recommend about 6", but I would wager even 2-3" would be fine and not muffled. How many upright acoustics do you know of that are slammed right up to the wall and more than a few folks got some nice sounds from them?
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#1970870 - 10/09/12 03:41 PM Re: I GOT A Kawai CA 95 - Wow... [Re: Dutch Dhamma]
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Hi Dutch Dhamma,

I keep the piano about 3 inches from the wall. The reason for that is the cord is behind the piano as well as the outlet and I don't want the cord to come anywhere near the soundboard. And I say this, if you can afford the CA95, get IT. It is not big or overbearing in the small room I have and the acoustics are just fine like they are. There is an adjustment on the piano where you could choose, "From the Wall", or "To The Wall" settings. I don't think that those are the names, but you know what I mean. I sampled both settings and they both sounded the same, but that may be because mine is nowhere near the wall. The sound is perfect with it being about 3 inches from the wall.

Good luck! You wont' be disappointed. I still can't believe I haven't played my acoustic grand since I got this keyboard. I just love it; as you can tell..lol

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#1970884 - 10/09/12 04:24 PM Re: I GOT A Kawai CA 95 - Wow... [Re: McBuster]
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[quote=McBuster] the CA65 and CA95 are identical .... the main difference is the Soundboard/Speakers/Transducer, Amplification Section and instead of a Modesty Panel, there is an enclosure for the speakers/soundboard.

What you call the Modesty Panel is from my aesthetic point of view, my main objection against the CA 65. I don't like that big empty space below the speaker cabinet. It looks cheap. €800, cheaper then the CA 95 smile
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#1970888 - 10/09/12 04:45 PM Re: I GOT A Kawai CA 95 - Wow... [Re: Dutch Dhamma]
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My point was, the 65 has a piece of plywood in front of your knees that does nothing for the sound. The 95 has an actual enclosure about 6" thick the midrange speakers point into. This makes it look and sound alot more like a "real" piano.
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#1970893 - 10/09/12 04:52 PM Re: I GOT A Kawai CA 95 - Wow... [Re: Justplay]
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Thanks for your response Justplay. Tomorrow I wil visit a Kawai dealer nearby who has the CA 65 on stock, unfortunately not the CA 95. For the CA 95 I have to go to another dealer. I like the closed cabinet of the CA 95 also much more then that of the CA 65. But the €800, difference....... But then again if I have 10 years or more fun of the instrument I wil have long forgotten the €800, I think.
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#1970899 - 10/09/12 05:02 PM Re: I GOT A Kawai CA 95 - Wow... [Re: McBuster]
Dutch Dhamma Online   content
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Originally Posted By: McBuster
My point was, the 65 has a piece of plywood in front of your knees that does nothing for the sound. The 95 has an actual enclosure about 6" thick the midrange speakers point into. This makes it look and sound alot more like a "real" piano.



Yes, Jon. I fully agree with that, the CA 95 looks much better and more like a real piano.
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#1970904 - 10/09/12 05:08 PM Re: I GOT A Kawai CA 95 - Wow... [Re: McBuster]
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Originally Posted By: McBuster
Yes, that is correct. Plus, the LetOff Feature is standard for both. Outside of some Techy features, the main difference is the Soundboard/Speakers/Transducer, Amplification Section and instead of a Modesty Panel, there is an enclosure for the speakers/soundboard.


This is correct. In addition, I should point out that the CA95 allows the 'Line In' audio to be mixed in with the instrument's sound when using the USB audio recorder (WAV/MP3). More than just a minor software tweak, this actually requires a more complicated hardware configuration internally, increasing production costs.

Kind regards,
James
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#1970907 - 10/09/12 05:13 PM Re: I GOT A Kawai CA 95 - Wow... [Re: gvfarns]
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Originally Posted By: gvfarns
Originally Posted By: Brometeo
I have tested new Kawai CA95 and agree with Justplay. Control is better than in CA93. Model that was in shop had tapping keys that I don like. Touch is very good except for that little detail. The "tap, tap" when fingers pulse keys is very annoying. When I had a Kawai CA63 felt the same. I think that it depends of specific piano. Some are more precise and some have lazier keys that taps when you press quickly. I am not sure about it.


Hmmm, when I first read this I was thinking it was the letoff simulation you are referring to, but the CA63 doesn't have that, so I guess that idea's out the window. Unless the tapping you describe actually came from a different source in the two pianos.


@gvfarns,

Not to worry, as my new CA95 has none of the issues mentioned above, so if you still are still thinking of considering it, I would keep it in mind. It is an incredible digital all in all, as I don't believe you would be disappointed with either the sounds or action, as it is very good piano, indeed.

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#1970912 - 10/09/12 05:26 PM Re: I GOT A Kawai CA 95 - Wow... [Re: Kawai James]
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Originally Posted By: Kawai James
Originally Posted By: McBuster
Yes, that is correct. Plus, the LetOff Feature is standard for both. Outside of some Techy features, the main difference is the Soundboard/Speakers/Transducer, Amplification Section and instead of a Modesty Panel, there is an enclosure for the speakers/soundboard.


This is correct. In addition, I should point out that the CA95 allows the 'Line In' audio to be mixed in with the instrument's sound when using the USB audio recorder (WAV/MP3). More than just a minor software tweak, this actually requires a more complicated hardware configuration internally, increasing production costs.

Kind regards,
James
x


James

The Line In being Mixed was one of the "Techy Features" I referred to ... tee hee hee
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#1971012 - 10/09/12 09:19 PM Re: I GOT A Kawai CA 95 - Wow... [Re: Justplay]
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Kawai James, can you please elaborate on that line in and Mp3 statement. What do you mean, can you give an example please?

Thanks much!

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#1971026 - 10/09/12 09:49 PM Re: I GOT A Kawai CA 95 - Wow... [Re: Justplay]
Kawai James Offline
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Justplay,

The CA65 and CA95 both feature 'Line In' jacks, allowing you to connect an external audio device such as a computer or another instrument to the CA's amplifier and speakers.

However, the additional features of the CA95 allows this external audio to also be captured using the USB recorder, allowing both the piano's sound and the external sound to be mixed to the same MP3/WAV file.

An example of this might be if you wish to record piano and vocals/guitar to an MP3/WAV file at the same time, thus negating the need to use a separate mixer/recording device.

I hope this helps.

Cheers,
James
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#1971062 - 10/09/12 11:05 PM Re: I GOT A Kawai CA 95 - Wow... [Re: Justplay]
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As with so many other Kawais, this appears not to be for sale in the US (at least I don't see it advertised online). What's the US equivalent? Where can I order this without having to talk to a person?

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