I thought I'd start a new thread - after some re-prioritizing I am ready for a new Kawai DP. I started playing a few months ago on a used Casio DP and taking lessons on Steinways. Long story short, I'm looking at $2000 pianos and have chosen Kawai based on action and sample clarity. It seems like a big decision right now so that's why I'm here.
An important note: It is hard for me to unwind and let go at the end of the day, but playing music changes that and is my #1 release. I do not want this to be another digital workstation; it needs to be calm and inviting and away from my computer.
So, my choices and initial thoughts - there are no complaints as these are all nice pianos with their benefits:MP10
: The best sound and feel, obviously the most piano tones and by far the most sound shaping and ease of use. I don't care for most effects but ya gotta love Auto/WAH
The only (significant) downfall of this piano is aesthetics - trying to make it look less digital and blend in with my small house. I would hesitate to ever put it in the living room. If the sound really is that much better than the others I can
make it work. It would likely require removing the side panels and integrating into a custom console with strategically placed speakers, music stand, etc. I won't have time to build that for that for at least a few months.ES7
: Haven't yet played it but I'm familiar with the action, tone generation, and every audio sample I can find online. It is on order and I will get to side-by-side all of these before I purchase. The RHII action is awesome and the sound samples I've been painstakingly listening to are very nice. They seem to lack a liveliness that the MP10 has, but I guess only on can be 'the best'. So this may be #2 in sound and feel. I should able to accept the ES7 for what it is - a great sounding and playing instrument with speakers, in a cleaner package than the MP10.CN24
: Has one piano tone that sounds decent, the great RHII action, and the least expensive option yet includes console and bench. A simple console uncluttered with buttons is appealing - just turn it on and play. That is somewhat offset by the lack of acceptable piano sounds and tone shaping. MIDI could be a bonus but lack of line level ports negates that.CN34
: Takes the CN24 and puts it against the ES7 in features. A a nice console design, more piano tones and tone shaping, connectivity, etc. than the 24. Compared to the ES7: The ES7 has more tone shaping (particularly voicing, reverb depth/time, and less important hammer delay). The CN34 has more sounds, bigger speakers, and a console/bench. It will be good to play this one next to the ES7, and the ES7 next to the MP10.