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#2188386 - 11/26/13 12:28 AM My Kawai CA95 has arrived!
iceporky Offline
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Registered: 05/26/13
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Took delivery of my new CA95 yesterday. Played a good 5 hours on it.

My impressions on it (compared to ES7):

1. The CA95's key action is quite close to the Kawai's GM12 baby grand that I've tried. A bit more force is needed to push a key down initially, then there's very little resistance from there on. Compared to CA95, ES7's key action has a rather linear resistance all the way down - there's no initial resistance that you need to overcome. The depth of the keys in CA95 also feels perfect; I now find ES7's key stroke to be a bit too shallow.

2. Playing trills on the CA95 is a breeze. The key action feels buttery-smooth when my fingers race through the keys. Playing repeated notes also feels good. I've work harder on a ES7. I now understand why some folks say they feel like they are cheating when playing on the CA95. But I can't understand why some people say the CA95 keys are sluggish; while they are not "push-your-fingers-back" fast, they are definitely "follow-your-fingers-back" fast.

3. The sound generated from the CA95 is very immersive; I felt myself being enveloped in the music. It really comes alive when you play with conviction (I believe the soundboard plays a big part). There's no comparison for ES7 in this aspect. If the CA95's sound is a 10, then ES7's is a 5.

4. The dynamic range is very wide on the CA95. I can control the dynamics much better on it than I can in ES7.

5. I'm in love with the Studio Grand sample in CA95; the entire experience (e.g. sound, key action) makes me feel like I'm playing on a good acoustic upright.

6. I do wish the pedals on the CA95 are a bit further back though.

Sadly, one of the keys on my new CA95 has a clicking sound. It should probably be fixed next week. Besides that, everything is in order.
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#2188391 - 11/26/13 12:36 AM Re: My Kawai CA95 has arrived! [Re: iceporky]
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Yeah but does it sound good with the volume set to low with the onboard speaker system? If you have to play it with the sound cranked up then what good is it if most people buy digitals because they can't disturb the neighbors.


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#2188423 - 11/26/13 01:56 AM Re: My Kawai CA95 has arrived! [Re: iceporky]
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Originally Posted By: iceporky

1. ..... Compared to CA95, ES7's key action has a rather linear resistance all the way down - there's no initial resistance that you need to overcome. The depth of the keys in CA95 also feels perfect; I now find ES7's key stroke to be a bit too shallow.

3. If the CA95's sound is a 10, then ES7's is a 5.


4. The dynamic range is very wide on the CA95. I can control the dynamics much better on it than I can in ES7.


I had the opportunity to play both instruments recently, and concur with your impressions. I found the E7 to be disappointing for the reasons stated above.
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#2188434 - 11/26/13 02:37 AM Re: My Kawai CA95 has arrived! [Re: iceporky]
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Congrats iceporky! Thank you for posting your comments, too.

I wonder which finish you opted for?
It's a shame the CA95 is not available in white!

Cheers,
James
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#2188438 - 11/26/13 03:25 AM Re: My Kawai CA95 has arrived! [Re: Kawai James]
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Originally Posted By: Kawai James
Congrats iceporky! Thank you for posting your comments, too.

I wonder which finish you opted for?
It's a shame the CA95 is not available in white!

Cheers,
James
x


Is that a hidden hint about coming new color schemes or just a loose shot ? Anyway the current rosewood is a very classy color on all CA's - can't go wrong with that. Congrats on the CA, keys are indeed better than the ES once you're able to compare them. On its own the ES is also quite enjoyable though. Simply in another league.

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#2188441 - 11/26/13 03:36 AM Re: My Kawai CA95 has arrived! [Re: JFP]
Kawai James Online   content
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Originally Posted By: JFP
Is that a hidden hint about coming new color schemes or just a loose shot ?


Neither really. I know that iceporky's studio is white, that's all.

Now, a white polish CS10...well, that would be really special! wink

Cheers,
James
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#2188454 - 11/26/13 04:28 AM Re: My Kawai CA95 has arrived! [Re: Kawai James]
iceporky Offline
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Originally Posted By: Kawai James

I wonder which finish you opted for?


Thanks, James!

I opted for the Satin Black, but I wish the CA95 comes in the body of a Kawai CS7. The CS7 looks so slick. smile
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#2188458 - 11/26/13 04:51 AM Re: My Kawai CA95 has arrived! [Re: iceporky]
Kawai James Online   content
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Yes, the CS7 is very sleek, however the CA95 in satin black is also an attractive DP. wink

May I recommend that you update your CA95 to the latest software, and download the latest owner's manual PDF from Kawai Japan site at the URL below:

http://www.kawai.co.jp/worldwide/

Kinds regards,
James
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#2188464 - 11/26/13 05:29 AM Re: My Kawai CA95 has arrived! [Re: iceporky]
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Congratulations, iceporky. Sorry to hear one of the keys makes a clicking sound -- it's good to know it will be rectified soon. thumb
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#2188469 - 11/26/13 06:28 AM Re: My Kawai CA95 has arrived! [Re: JFP]
iceporky Offline
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Originally Posted By: JFP

Congrats on the CA, keys are indeed better than the ES once you're able to compare them. On its own the ES is also quite enjoyable though. Simply in another league.


Thanks, JFP. And you're right. The ES7 is an awesome digital piano. It'll always be the first DP that I truly enjoy.
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#2188471 - 11/26/13 06:39 AM Re: My Kawai CA95 has arrived! [Re: Clayman]
iceporky Offline
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Originally Posted By: Clayman
Congratulations, iceporky. Sorry to hear one of the keys makes a clicking sound -- it's good to know it will be rectified soon. thumb


Thanks, Clayman.

For me, the clicky key is not a biggie. There are just too many things with the CA95 to be happy about. smile
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#2188574 - 11/26/13 10:35 AM Re: My Kawai CA95 has arrived! [Re: iceporky]
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Congratulatins on your CA95, iceporky. From what I hear in YouTube videos, the sound of the Kawai CA65 and CA95 is hard to beat.
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#2188578 - 11/26/13 10:38 AM Re: My Kawai CA95 has arrived! [Re: iceporky]
Enthusiast Offline
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The slightly shallow key depth on the ES7 put me off just enough not to get it. Apart from that I really liked it.

The key action was really important to me and something I wanted to be really happy about if I was spending a lot of money.

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#2188591 - 11/26/13 11:01 AM Re: My Kawai CA95 has arrived! [Re: TheodorN]
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Originally Posted By: TheodorN
Congratulatins on your CA95, iceporky. From what I hear in YouTube videos, the sound of the Kawai CA65 and CA95 is hard to beat.


Thanks, TheodorN!

For me, the Studio Grand sample actually makes all the difference. Coupled with the soundboard, it gives me the priceless illusion that I'm playing an acoustic piano.
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#2188595 - 11/26/13 11:16 AM Re: My Kawai CA95 has arrived! [Re: Enthusiast]
iceporky Offline
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Originally Posted By: Enthusiast
The slightly shallow key depth on the ES7 put me off just enough not to get it. Apart from that I really liked it.

The key action was really important to me and something I wanted to be really happy about if I was spending a lot of money.


Frankly, the slightly shallow key depth of the ES7 doesn't really bother me before the CA95 arrives.

I think the key action on the ES7 is great, but it's quite different from the CA95's. If memory serves, the CA95's key action comes close to Kawai's acoustic pianos that I have tried.
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#2189294 - 11/27/13 04:32 PM Re: My Kawai CA95 has arrived! [Re: iceporky]
Dutch Dhamma Online   content
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Originally Posted By: iceporky
Sadly, one of the keys on my new CA95 has a clicking sound. It should probably be fixed next week. Besides that, everything is in order.

Is that clicking sound caused by the key while playing is touching the key beside it? Is this maybe in general 'the weak point' of the wooden keys and keyboards? Let us know how they have fixed it, and hopefully solved this problem to your satisfaction. I wish you many years of fun with your new CA 95. Send some pictures...
Dhamma
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#2189549 - 11/28/13 09:05 AM Re: My Kawai CA95 has arrived! [Re: Dutch Dhamma]
iceporky Offline
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Originally Posted By: Dutch Dhamma

Is that clicking sound caused by the key while playing is touching the key beside it? Is this maybe in general 'the weak point' of the wooden keys and keyboards? Let us know how they have fixed it, and hopefully solved this problem to your satisfaction. I wish you many years of fun with your new CA 95. Send some pictures...
Dhamma


Thanks, Dhamma!

The clicky key is not caused by touching of neighbouring keys. I really hope whoever is coming over to fix it knows what he's doing. One of their technicians I talked to has no clue what a CA95 is!

As requested, the photos are below:





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#2189561 - 11/28/13 09:32 AM Re: My Kawai CA95 has arrived! [Re: iceporky]
carey Offline
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Loc: Phoenix, Arizona
Originally Posted By: iceporky

The clicky key is not caused by touching of neighbouring keys. I really hope whoever is coming over to fix it knows what he's doing. One of their technicians I talked to has no clue what a CA95 is!


And I bet he'd probably never heard of the CA93 either !! That's a bit unsettling.

Quote:
As requested, the photos are below:


Looks exactly like my new Black CA65 - except, of course, for the modification at the rear of the instrument for the soundboard. Beautiful isn't it !!!!! Congratulations !!


Edited by carey (11/28/13 09:33 AM)
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#2189579 - 11/28/13 10:29 AM Re: My Kawai CA95 has arrived! [Re: iceporky]
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Congratulations on the CA-95. That soundboard is something special. I also like that they made the wood thick enough. But not too much. Like the legs and ends of the keyboard. Classy but not a big piece of furniture. Am sure you're enjoying it.
Constructive suggestion... You should change that wall to grey. Maybe all of them. Did you have to wear sunglasses in there before? Some throw rugs in some shade of grey/black. I know, keep them out of the way of that chair racing around the floor. smile
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#2189595 - 11/28/13 10:56 AM Re: My Kawai CA95 has arrived! [Re: iceporky]
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... Now I see what Kawai James meant about a white CA95. It looks gorgeous, anyway. I hope they'll fix it to your full enjoyment.

Congratulations on your new baby!
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#2189596 - 11/28/13 11:00 AM Re: My Kawai CA95 has arrived! [Re: rnaple]
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Also too white for me, but as we say in Spain: "Para gustos, colores", meaning that there are infinite tastes, just as colours.

If he likes it white, white it is!
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#2189732 - 11/28/13 04:33 PM Re: My Kawai CA95 has arrived! [Re: iceporky]
JFP Offline
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Interesting chair ! Very sci-fi.

Now I get the white CA understatement of KJ. Anyway , the black looks good too. Congrats.

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#2189735 - 11/28/13 04:51 PM Re: My Kawai CA95 has arrived! [Re: iceporky]
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Originally Posted By: iceporky
The clicky key is not caused by touching of neighbouring keys. I really hope whoever is coming over to fix it knows what he's doing. One of their technicians I talked to has no clue what a CA95 is!

Hello Iceporky,
If I where you I would ask for a certified Kawai Technician.
I remember the horrible story of PV88, he also got a Technician not knowing the CA 95 for adjustment of the keys. Maybe you will find it on this forum. I have also a CA 95 wich had clicking keys. But I was happy to be visited by a certified Kawai Technician from Germany, who did a great job. That reminds me that I still have to write sometime a positive article about their work. I received great Kawai service that time. So if you can get a Kawai Pro, all the better. Afterall it's a DP of 3000,-..... Good luck. Keep us informed.
Dhamma

P.S. nice pictures !
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#2189781 - 11/28/13 07:32 PM Re: My Kawai CA95 has arrived! [Re: Dutch Dhamma]
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Originally Posted By: Dutch Dhamma
If I were you I would ask for a certified Kawai Technician.
I remember the horrible story of PV88, he also got a Technician not knowing the CA95 for adjustment of the keys. Maybe you will find it on this forum.


Yes, it is true that a technician was sent from the local store where I bought the CA95 as he didn't appear to know what he was doing.

Here is the original thread, below:

Kawai CA95 - key regulation & adjustments

Conclusion to the story:

After the "regulation" above was finished the tech left me with a rattly and noisy sliding keyboard cover (which wasn't that way before he started the work) as it was not assembled back together correctly.

The other issue was my perceiving the piano sounds as "raspy" and far too metallic making for unpleasant tones. This was the deal breaker for me as I could no longer keep the piano and be happy with it.

I traded in the CA95 for a Clavinova CLP-480 which I now own. No problems with key spacing or the sounds.

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#2189783 - 11/28/13 07:39 PM Re: My Kawai CA95 has arrived! [Re: iceporky]
Kawai James Online   content
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iceporky, great pictures - thanks for posting!

What happened to your P155, by the way?

Cheers,
James
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#2189785 - 11/28/13 07:40 PM Re: My Kawai CA95 has arrived! [Re: pv88]
Kawai James Online   content
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Originally Posted By: pv88
...


Right on cue!
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#2189800 - 11/28/13 08:10 PM Re: My Kawai CA95 has arrived! [Re: carey]
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Originally Posted By: carey

And I bet he'd probably never heard of the CA93 either !! That's a bit unsettling.

Looks exactly like my new Black CA65 - except, of course, for the modification at the rear of the instrument for the soundboard. Beautiful isn't it !!!!! Congratulations !!


Thanks, carey!

Yes, it's nice. And it has a pleasant woody scent as well. smile
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#2189806 - 11/28/13 08:16 PM Re: My Kawai CA95 has arrived! [Re: Kawai James]
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Originally Posted By: Kawai James

What happened to your P155, by the way?


I've sold off the P155. The buyer actually brought a friend, a piano teacher, to look at it. The piano teacher sat at the P155 and played for a good 10 mins, then turned to her friend and said "This is very nice!".


Edited by iceporky (11/30/13 08:38 PM)
Edit Reason: typo
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#2189820 - 11/28/13 08:38 PM Re: My Kawai CA95 has arrived! [Re: Dutch Dhamma]
iceporky Offline
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Originally Posted By: Dutch Dhamma

If I where you I would ask for a certified Kawai Technician.


Thanks for the heads up! I'll check with them.
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#2189826 - 11/28/13 08:53 PM Re: My Kawai CA95 has arrived! [Re: rnaple]
iceporky Offline
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Originally Posted By: rnaple
Congratulations on the CA-95. That soundboard is something special. I also like that they made the wood thick enough. But not too much. Like the legs and ends of the keyboard. Classy but not a big piece of furniture. Am sure you're enjoying it.


Thanks, rnaple!

Yes, I like the soundboard a lot! It makes the CA95 feels so alive.
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