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#2256955 - 04/04/14 10:24 PM The Best Choice ?
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Hello all,

Since I have been spinning my wheels for many months now I thought I would post my choices and solicit some opinions. For a very brief bit of background, I'm a decent amateur player with a solid 20 (gulp) years experience playing. Currently taking lessons (again), try to play an hour a day, working on a Shostakovich fugue in addition to playing quite a bit of jazz and improvised music.

I currently have a Yamaha PF-500 digital piano. Pretty old I know but I'm so accustomed to it I generally put up pretty well with all of the compromises it requires. Ignorance is bliss. I do have some money set aside to upgrade maxing out at about $7-8k. I have a limited amount of practice time available while everyone is awake and generally do the majority of my practicing after everyone has gone to bed with headphones but still have some time available during the week - probably a half an hour a day - and then at least an hour each weekend day for "noisy" practice.

The choices that have been rolling around in my dusty attic are;

- I could get a pretty darn good acoustic upright, play it sparingly and do the rest of my practicing on my existing PF-500. So I'd get to play on real piano that I could trade in for my future grand piano smile (couple years away worst case).

- I could upgrade/ buy a new digital or hybrid. I've been looking at the yamaha N1 and NU1 recently. Pretty pricey and I haven't convinced myself that the playing experience is enough of an upgrade over the PF-500 to justify the $4k+ outlay of cash. Plus I feel like it is a step in the wrong direction when I'm ready to buy a grand as I won't be able to recover much of the cost in trade. Easy to move, I can play it when ever and it has a "real" acoustic action and improved sound (got to better samples than the PF-500 right?)

- Do nothing. Stay with the PF-500 for the foreseeable future and buy a mid-tier grand in a couple of years after saving some more.

Thoughts?

Thanks in advance.

Dan

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#2256990 - 04/05/14 01:26 AM Re: The Best Choice ? [Re: lsfird13]
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Originally Posted By: lsfird13

- I could get a pretty darn good acoustic upright, play it sparingly and do the rest of my practicing on my existing PF-500. So I'd get to play on real piano that I could trade in for my future grand piano smile (couple years away worst case).


I don't speak English very well so I don't understand what "pretty darn good" means, but in my opinion, for 7-8K you can buy a very good upright piano if you look for it. And perhaps I'm not correct, but digital pianos' evolution seems to be very slow, so if you buy a new one, perhaps you will be paying more for the cabinetry than for the better playing experience (specially true for hybrids).


Edited by Marcos Daniel (04/05/14 01:32 AM)

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#2257006 - 04/05/14 03:02 AM Re: The Best Choice ? [Re: lsfird13]
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Originally Posted By: lsfird13
... generally do the majority of my practicing after everyone has gone to bed with headphones ...
... Easy to move, I can play it when ever and it has a "real" acoustic action and improved sound...



This appears to be the key to what you want.
The Avantgrand....agree with you.
Kawai has some real good actions.
Roland ain't shabby either... V-piano.

You really should try these out yourself. High end digital stuff. Then decide for yourself. It really is a personal choice.
You should face the fact that you're playing with headphones most of the time.
If you want to spend money on a midrange Grand AP that you can use only a limited amount. It can't be your main practice piano. That's your business.
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#2257024 - 04/05/14 04:02 AM Re: The Best Choice ? [Re: lsfird13]
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I think you're in a pretty good place as you are, no real GAS. I would just take a leisurely stroll (ride) to a couple of music stores that have DP's on the floor, and have a play to see of any of them inspire you further with their action or sound. If they do, come back on here and ask about them, if not keep the money saved for the grand and carry on as you are for now.

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#2257065 - 04/05/14 07:34 AM Re: The Best Choice ? [Re: lsfird13]
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Thanks for the responses. I know there is no "correct" answer. I know the Roland V-piano and the Kawai digitals (CA models) get very good reviews. The V-piano sound and customization are supposed to be awesome. I don't know much about the action though. I have done quite a bit of looking but honestly only at acoustics and the AvantGrand's to date. It is of course the "authentic" acoustic action on the AG's that is the biggest attraction.

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#2257078 - 04/05/14 08:41 AM Re: The Best Choice ? [Re: lsfird13]
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Get a second hand digital if possible. You won't lose much on reselling it if you upgrade, whereas a new one will lose half its value as soon as you unpack it.

Don't worry too much about "authenticity"; focus more on what feels good. Various people have said that there is no problem transitioning to an acoustic piano, playing pieces they've learnt on supposedly artificial action. The AGs and similar models fail in many of the "raisons d'etre" of DPs, in particular low weight / portability, low price, and low maintenance.

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#2257087 - 04/05/14 09:06 AM Re: The Best Choice ? [Re: lsfird13]
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Here's my opinion on comparing uprights (good quality) to high-end digitals. I think that the high-end digitals are more comparable to larger grand pianos, especially when coupled with software pianos for more authentic sound. If you were to compare, you're probably looking at upwards of $20k for an acoustic grand brand new (nothing shorter than around 6'). Upright actions are different than grands, and even the high-end uprights are *still* just an upright when it comes down to it. So I think unless you're planning on saving up for a grand (over 6'), your money will be better used towards a nice DP.

Seeing as how you are playing some classical, I do think you will need to focus a bit more on feel than sound. In that arena, I think Kawai DPs are the way to go. If you don't care about the cabinet look, you can get a Kawai MP11 which has the same action as the CA65/95s but is a slab-type. Action and sound is great, and it's about half the price of the CA95 model and easier to move if portability is something you need/want. This means you can save up your money for a grand piano in the future. wink
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#2257099 - 04/05/14 09:58 AM Re: The Best Choice ? [Re: lsfird13]
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This is your ideal choice, a neat Disklavier, one instrument that does it all for you http://usa.yamaha.com/products/musical-i...cfx/?mode=model
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#2257157 - 04/05/14 12:26 PM Re: The Best Choice ? [Re: Morodiene]
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For whatever reason I really hadn't thought about a used upgraded digital. If I could find a good one like a MP-11 for around half the price of a new NU1 then its a pretty good compromise. I have heard good things about the action. Thanks!

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#2257231 - 04/05/14 03:23 PM Re: The Best Choice ? [Re: lsfird13]
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Isfird13, taking into consideration your needs and among of playing with and without headphones, I would do of the two things:
- buy the kawai ca65 (or - if you will be asking much more without headphones, ca95) . It's action is really awesome compared to other top actions.
- buy the used kawai or other good used upright with installed silent system, if you want the Real thing for real playing

This seems the most reasonable. If you will not like the sound of kawai, you can look at yamaha or roland, but, i write it with a bit of sadness, kawai action is years ahead of other companies.

However, finał solution is yours.

I did not played the AG pianos, but still CA series action is something I would thought is unimaginable in digital, until I touched this in piano shop days ago.

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#2257315 - 04/05/14 06:28 PM Re: The Best Choice ? [Re: lsfird13]
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The MP10 is selling for $2000 at Kraftmusic.com. I just bought one locally and love it.

I take lessons and theory class. Lessons are on a Steinway baby grand, theory class has a Boston upright. I was not able to find a keyboard that I thought was a good enough comparison to make it feel realistic, until I found Kawai.

Because I wasn't happy with most of the keyboards I found, I began looking at Acoustic pianos. My price range was a lot lower than yours and I couldn't find anything that I liked that I could afford.

I absolutely love the sound of an acoustic piano - there is something about the way the sound leaps out of the cabinet and dances around the room. It is next to impossible to get that on a digital.

There will also always be a difference in the feel of a digital compared to an acoustic, unless you get a hybrid digital which has a real action. The Kawai wooden actions come pretty close - at least for me, for now.

An ideal situation would be to have both, so you could play the beautiful sounding acoustic when you are able to, and play the digital when you need to be quiet or want to explore other sounds or recording.

Your budget would have got me the Kawai K5 acoustic (used) that I looked at and loved, and the Kawai MP11 digital that I think is the best digital out there.

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#2257356 - 04/05/14 08:35 PM Re: The Best Choice ? [Re: Joe Garfield]
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Originally Posted By: Joe Garfield
The MP10 is selling for $2000 at Kraftmusic.com. I just bought one locally and love it.

I take lessons and theory class. Lessons are on a Steinway baby grand, theory class has a Boston upright. I was not able to find a keyboard that I thought was a good enough comparison to make it feel realistic, until I found Kawai.

Because I wasn't happy with most of the keyboards I found, I began looking at Acoustic pianos. My price range was a lot lower than yours and I couldn't find anything that I liked that I could afford.

I absolutely love the sound of an acoustic piano - there is something about the way the sound leaps out of the cabinet and dances around the room. It is next to impossible to get that on a digital.

There will also always be a difference in the feel of a digital compared to an acoustic, unless you get a hybrid digital which has a real action. The Kawai wooden actions come pretty close - at least for me, for now.

An ideal situation would be to have both, so you could play the beautiful sounding acoustic when you are able to, and play the digital when you need to be quiet or want to explore other sounds or recording.

Your budget would have got me the Kawai K5 acoustic (used) that I looked at and loved, and the Kawai MP11 digital that I think is the best digital out there.


How well are you able to transfer from the MP10's key action to those on the acoustics? What about the pedals?

Whenever I've had the chance to try out the MP10 in a shop I've always been impressed by the realism of it's action. So far though I've never felt the same way about the GF DP's like the CA95, CS10 and MP11. I've been underwhelmed. The GF action seems a bit soft, light and empty to me. It could be due to the particular AP I'd used prior to testing them out though. I'll want to try them out some more and compare with other APs. The main advantage I could tell GF has over RM3 is it's a bit lighter and easier to play at the back of the keys, which is a more realistic trait.

At the moment though I'm seriously considering going for the MP10 or VPC1 over the MP11. I know there are others on here who also have a preference for the RM3 action over GF.

Have you tried out the MP11 or other GF action DPs Joe?


Edited by Enthusiast (04/05/14 08:37 PM)

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#2257393 - 04/05/14 10:06 PM Re: The Best Choice ? [Re: Joe Garfield]
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The information has been really great. Thank you everyone. Since I am playing most of the time via headphones a profession stage piano is a very good compromise at half the cost of hybrid piano. I hate the metal stands but if I get a good one hopefully it will keep the keyboard stable.

Question - is the MP-11 actually available yet? I've been looking on-line and the usual suspects all are giving a ship date in June. Is the consensus that the new GF action is a noticeable improvement over the MP-10's RM3? Wouldn't mind saving the money.

Edit - Kraft does have the MP-11. Some of the other's don't. . .


Edited by lsfird13 (04/05/14 10:17 PM)

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#2257444 - 04/06/14 01:11 AM Re: The Best Choice ? [Re: Enthusiast]
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Originally Posted By: Enthusiast

How well are you able to transfer from the MP10's key action to those on the acoustics? What about the pedals?

...

Have you tried out the MP11 or other GF action DPs Joe?


I would say I transfer between the MP10 and the acoustics pretty seamlessly, especially after finding the 'hammer delay' function and adjusting it appropriately. I used to practice on a Casio or Yamaha, and I'd get to lesson and miss notes because I was too soft. After getting the MP10 and adjusting the hammer delay from 1 to 2, I was missing notes on the MP10 just like I was in lesson (as in now I can work on it and stop missing notes). Yes, the keyboard feels different but it is so close it's hard to describe what's different. Reallly it's just the sensation of the hammer bouncing off a string as opposed to hitting a solid object.

I tried everything I could under $3000, and also tried the Kawai CA65. I tried Roland, Korg, Casio, Yamaha, Kurzweil all in their competing line of instruments, and to me, Kawai is by far the closest to feeling like an acoustic piano (barring the Yamaha Hybrid pianos). I actually didn't love the Yamaha hybrid (NU1) although it's cool to be playing a 'real' action. I think I'm not crazy about Yamaha acoustics - but the Yamaha hybrid felt exactly like a Yamaha acoustic.

The big difference between the MP10 and MP11 is the third sensor on the MP11. I noticed the third sensor when comparing the two to see what it does. I think it emulates a grand piano action a little better but it is a small difference unless you play a lot of fast notes.

One thing to point out is that Kawai's 2 sensor action still repeats notes quickly. I found the RM3 to be considerably better (faster) than Yamaha's 2 sensor GH based actions.

Oh and the pedals are really nice that come with the MP10. I don't even think about them, they don't really seem different to me. Each piano, whether acoustic or digital, feels different. Many of the differences between the MP10 and an acoustic are similar to the differences between two different acoustic pianos.

I think the MP10 is a heck of a lot nicer to play than a $2000-$3000 acoustic. To me it's on par with Kawai's entry level upright, maybe between the K15 and the K2. This is just my own opinion. I spent many hours in the piano store playing different digital and acoustic pianos, and I believe I made the best purchase I could for under $4000.


Edited by Joe Garfield (04/06/14 01:17 AM)

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#2257491 - 04/06/14 03:57 AM Re: The Best Choice ? [Re: lsfird13]
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Originally Posted By: lsfird13
The information has been really great. Thank you everyone. Since I am playing most of the time via headphones a profession stage piano is a very good compromise at half the cost of hybrid piano. I hate the metal stands but if I get a good one hopefully it will keep the keyboard stable.

Question - is the MP-11 actually available yet? I've been looking on-line and the usual suspects all are giving a ship date in June. Is the consensus that the new GF action is a noticeable improvement over the MP-10's RM3? Wouldn't mind saving the money.

Edit - Kraft does have the MP-11. Some of the other's don't. . .


Your thinking about the mp11 instead of console one is not so good. First, you will have to have really good stand. If you want to play it outside of the phones, still you will have to,have speakers and amps. And, kawai ca65 is the same price as mp11, but you get stability, place for sheet music, good music stand and it plays by itself if needed.
And looks better wink


Regarding the action, i also like rm3 II more than GF? It's more realistic for me. But both ahead of competition.


Edited by kapelli (04/06/14 04:00 AM)

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#2257525 - 04/06/14 08:05 AM Re: The Best Choice ? [Re: kapelli]
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Yes I do realize that I need an amp and speakers (for those times when I'm not using headphones I figure I'll just use my stereo equipment). I would need a good keyboard stand and a music stand. Price wise for new instruments it looks like I'll need to spend about $3500 on a CA-65. Where as I could get everything for the MP-11 at around $3k, an MP-10 at least a couple hundred less. Not chump change. Finding a used instrument would bring that down. The CA-65 does look better. Good enough to live in a family room where as any stage piano will be in the basement. Also have to say that in the video on the Kawai website, the CA-65/95 doesn't actually sound all that great (to my hear) in replicating a fully complex acoustic grand. One more compromise in a series of them http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/images/icons/default/frown.gif

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#2257553 - 04/06/14 09:14 AM Re: The Best Choice ? [Re: lsfird13]
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Maybe the prices in US are so much different than in Europe, but here the bare bones MP11 cost the same as CA65.


Edited by kapelli (04/06/14 09:17 AM)

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#2257771 - 04/06/14 05:49 PM Re: The Best Choice ? [Re: Joe Garfield]
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Originally Posted By: Joe Garfield
Originally Posted By: Enthusiast

How well are you able to transfer from the MP10's key action to those on the acoustics? What about the pedals?

...

Have you tried out the MP11 or other GF action DPs Joe?


I would say I transfer between the MP10 and the acoustics pretty seamlessly, especially after finding the 'hammer delay' function and adjusting it appropriately. I used to practice on a Casio or Yamaha, and I'd get to lesson and miss notes because I was too soft. After getting the MP10 and adjusting the hammer delay from 1 to 2, I was missing notes on the MP10 just like I was in lesson (as in now I can work on it and stop missing notes). Yes, the keyboard feels different but it is so close it's hard to describe what's different. Reallly it's just the sensation of the hammer bouncing off a string as opposed to hitting a solid object.

I tried everything I could under $3000, and also tried the Kawai CA65. I tried Roland, Korg, Casio, Yamaha, Kurzweil all in their competing line of instruments, and to me, Kawai is by far the closest to feeling like an acoustic piano (barring the Yamaha Hybrid pianos). I actually didn't love the Yamaha hybrid (NU1) although it's cool to be playing a 'real' action. I think I'm not crazy about Yamaha acoustics - but the Yamaha hybrid felt exactly like a Yamaha acoustic.

The big difference between the MP10 and MP11 is the third sensor on the MP11. I noticed the third sensor when comparing the two to see what it does. I think it emulates a grand piano action a little better but it is a small difference unless you play a lot of fast notes.

One thing to point out is that Kawai's 2 sensor action still repeats notes quickly. I found the RM3 to be considerably better (faster) than Yamaha's 2 sensor GH based actions.

Oh and the pedals are really nice that come with the MP10. I don't even think about them, they don't really seem different to me. Each piano, whether acoustic or digital, feels different. Many of the differences between the MP10 and an acoustic are similar to the differences between two different acoustic pianos.

I think the MP10 is a heck of a lot nicer to play than a $2000-$3000 acoustic. To me it's on par with Kawai's entry level upright, maybe between the K15 and the K2. This is just my own opinion. I spent many hours in the piano store playing different digital and acoustic pianos, and I believe I made the best purchase I could for under $4000.


Thanks for the info Joe. I'm also primarily going to use my next DP as a practice instrument to go onto acoustics and something I want to use long term. I'd also use it for music tech so the pitch bend/mod wheel etc would come in handy. There were a couple of good deals on the MP10 which are already starting to disappear that I missed out on. I'm hoping to move on that soon before it's too late.

The VPC1 is another I could consider but without onboard sounds and controls could become inconvenient. Not sure the RM3II action quite feels the same either since I did try a CA15. I don't know whether or not a triple sensor would make a real difference in the future to me.

I don't get the chance to try the MP10 in store anymore since it was replaced by the MP11 but the F30 pedals were good so glad to hear the F20 pedals on the MP10 are also realistic.

Talking about Yamaha's I wasn't so impressed with the CP4 from my brief go on it. I'd played on a real S6 grand before playing on it's S6 patch which was interesting. It sounded ok and somewhat like the acoustic it was based on. The action didn't seem realistic at all. I never really liked the CP line in that sense.

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#2263475 - Today at 11:19 AM Re: The Best Choice ? [Re: lsfird13]
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Hi guys. I am late in the discussion and a complete novice when it comes to digital. I am ready to purchase MP11 but have lots of silly questions. MP11 seems to be perfect because it has the most acoustic like actions like CA65 and cheaper, right? Also I like the portability because I start chamber music lessons in the summer. I know it will come in handy.

1) Is it wise to buy it on-line if it's cheaper? It seems like we only have one Kawai dealer in Arizona.
2) The owner of the store told me that he sells piano only - meaning it does not come with an amp or chair or case. I understand a chair / bench. but don't know why I need an amp. Doesn't digital piano make sound by itself or it makes sound through the headset only? Confused.
3) He said that I can buy the case, bench and amp etc in guitar center. Is that what you guys do?

Thanks.
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#2263483 - Today at 11:37 AM Re: The Best Choice ? [Re: lsfird13]
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Farmgirl,
The mp are stage pianos. So they are constructed to be used on stage, so thereis no need for them to have amps and speakers.

They do not have any manufacturers-ready stand.
The ca65 will cost you much cheapaer.
To practice chamber music, you will have to pług yourself into some extremely amp and speakers, because you cannot practice chamber music with the headphones on your head lolz.

Read the specification on the kawai site, so you will understand what it is.
The option for you is roland fp80, because it's the best action combined with abilities you are looking for.
There is not competition for it at given quality, because they are stage pianos.

If you buy a console, you will get everything you need except portabklity.
Of you will go one shelf down, so you will find Planty of portale pianos with dedicatd standy and speakers.

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#2263486 - Today at 11:39 AM Re: The Best Choice ? [Re: lsfird13]
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Check out Kraft music, they have nice bundle deals. A lot of people buy from them. I bought my digital piano (Yamaha P155) from Amazon because I have free prime shipping and I got one with no tax (shh!).

The MP11 does not have internal speakers, so you'll need to buy external speakers.

http://www.kraftmusic.com/digital-pianos-and-keyboards/digital-pianos/kawai/mp11/

You might be better off with a Kawai ES7 or Yamaha P255. The Roland FP80 is pretty nice, I just tried one yesterday and really liked it.


Edited by lang15 (Today at 11:44 AM)

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#2263494 - Today at 11:55 AM Re: The Best Choice ? [Re: lsfird13]
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Kapelli and lang15, thank you for your response. I think I am ready to speak to the piano dealer here - he is going to get back to me with quotes and then I will compare the price with on-line.
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#2263495 - Today at 11:55 AM Re: The Best Choice ? [Re: lsfird13]
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I will check fp80 too now.
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#2263496 - Today at 11:55 AM Re: The Best Choice ? [Re: lsfird13]
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Why the MP11? It's a fine instrument, but "I am ready to purchase MP11" makes no sense if you don't know what you are buying. Your desire for some portability and speakers would indicate other choices may be better for you.

So, start again, what do you need (speakers, occasional portability, what else ...), what music do you play, what budget?

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#2263498 - Today at 11:59 AM Re: The Best Choice ? [Re: lsfird13]
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a portable piano that is very much like a grand piano and within my budget of $3,000. I have a grand piano and like it's action. I play mostly classical. My hubby is bugging me for a long time to buy a digital since I play (sometimes) late night. I noticed in chamber music practice sessions (just starting now) they often have a very shabby digital (sometimes not even 88 keys) so decided to get a portable high quality digital on my own.
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#2263501 - Today at 12:03 PM Re: The Best Choice ? [Re: lsfird13]
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OK, do you have powered speakers? Or are you happy just to use headphones? Will hubby help you lug the portable to the car, and back? Just piano voice(s) then?

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#2263506 - Today at 12:18 PM Re: The Best Choice ? [Re: lsfird13]
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Registered: 09/14/10
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I don't know if I have speakers. probably. my husband knows about those things and I never dealt with electronic so far except turning on TV occasionally. he can help to lift the piano into my suv.
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#2263545 - Today at 01:57 PM Re: The Best Choice ? [Re: lsfird13]
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Registered: 10/07/13
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Loc: Ohio, USA
Please note that the MP11 is something like 80lbs. I just got the MP10 - I totally love it but I don't know that I'd be wanting to regularly move it in and out of the house (unless I had help I guess, or didn't have stairs to go up, and had a rolling case).

The MP11 is less expensive than the CA-65 in the US.

I have the JBL-305 studio monitors - they are $110-150 each and sound really nice for something small and fairly inexpensive. You need speakers that have their own power, typically called 'monitors' or 'PA speakers'.

If you more portability than the MP11, check out the MP7. It's virtually the same as the MP11 but with a different style action that still feels really nice. It's also a bit less expensive. I guess the action would feel more like an upright than the MP11.

The MP11 is my pick for best digital under $3000. I played a Yamaha NU1 and while I liked the action, I didn't like the sound or limited connectivity. I think they were selling it for $3500 as they were clearing out Yamahas.

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#2263705 - Today at 06:15 PM Re: The Best Choice ? [Re: FarmGirl]
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Originally Posted By: FarmGirl
a portable piano that is very much like a grand piano and within my budget of $3,000. I have a grand piano and like it's action. I play mostly classical.


The MP11 is the most acoustic-like portable digital piano currently available. It is rather big and heavy due to the real wooden keys and solid construction, however it should be possible for two people to lift relatively easily when necessary. As noted, the MP11 is a stage piano, and therefore does not include built-in speakers. Headphones or external speakers will be required to listen to the instrument.

If you have not done so already, please visit www.kawaimp.com to learn more about the instrument.

If you require an instrument with built-in speakers, the ES7 would certainly fit the bill. The ES7's 'Responsive Hammer 2' keyboard action is less realistic than the MP11, but still the best in its class.

I hope this helps.

James
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#2263722 - 36 minutes 35 seconds ago Re: The Best Choice ? [Re: lsfird13]
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Registered: 02/15/06
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Well after doing as a bunch of research and playing as many digitals as possible I did end up purchasing a MP-10 through kraft music on line. Feel like a got a great deal as the bundle included a good sturdy stand, speakers and a much better pair of headphones then my 10+ year old ones. All in for a little over $2k. Looked at and played the MP-11 but the extra money just wasn't worth it for me particularly when I needed some other items. I may miss the third sensor but decided I didn't miss it for $500 to $1000 extra. I also can now take the piano with me to any future gigs if needed as I will play for the occasional wedding or the like. It's a little incentive to get out there more.

So I have a nice little studio set up now in the basement. The action is much better and the sound is definitely much improved over the PF-500. From about C5 down it really does sound great. To the point where it is almost too easy to bring out bass and tenor voices as compared to playing pieces on upright acoustic pianos. (I know - the horror.) From C5 up it does start to sound a little tinny for my taste but I am working on adjusting the settings and there is quite a bit of flexibility there.

So thank you everyone for all of your input. I feel very good about the purchase and still have some money left in the kitty for a future acoustic purchase!



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