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#2340154 - Today at 12:15 PM issues with my new VPC 1
JJRP Offline
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Registered: 10/22/14
Posts: 2
Hi guys, sorry for a downer for a first thread but I'm just having some problems with my new VPC 1.

One of the reasons I chose it was the fact that the vpc action is reputed to have less noise and rattle than the cheaper alternatives (I tend to practice on headphones in a quiet room) and over most of the keyboard this is true.

Unfortunately right in the middle register there is an octave that produces a percussive bang on most white notes unless I'm playing quietly. This bang does not happen on the other keys, regardless of velocity. It also feels like a slightly harder contact at the bottom of the keypress when it bangs. No black keys seem to be affected.

demo video here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ao1FWa_p79E&feature=youtu.be

Bearing in mind that I've just dropped 1000 on this I would have to say I'm disappointed. I'm a career pianist and I figured going for a more expensive but technically more realistic action was worth it after years of practising on cheaper stage pianos, but I'm now suffering buyer's remorse.

There's also a minor issue with the sustain pedal. It's a bit sticky, with a fractional delay in returning to the top. Not huge but enough to bug me.

I don't know if this is a good place to post about all this (apologies if not!) but I know that there's a kawai employee who has dropped in on some other threads, and I wondered if he might be able to confirm that this sort of variation in key noise/feel is not supposed to be happening, what the issue might be and how I might be able to get it fixed in London, UK.

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#2340158 - Today at 12:27 PM Re: issues with my new VPC 1 [Re: JJRP]
dmd Offline
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Registered: 04/15/09
Posts: 1894
Loc: Pennsylvania
Well, my basic position on something like this is to complain to the closest appropriate person and see what happens. If that doesn't rectify the problem, then go to a higher-up person in the chain of responsibility. So ....

Bring it to the attention of the place where you purchased it.

Next, Kawai technical support.

I believe you will get that either fixed or replaced.

Good Luck

Current: ES7, Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 audio device, SennHeiser HD555 Phones, Focal CMS 40 Powered Monitors, Ravenscroft275, Ivory II American Concert D, Pianoteq 5

#2340165 - Today at 12:47 PM Re: issues with my new VPC 1 [Re: JJRP]
Beemer Offline
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Registered: 05/26/13
Posts: 159
Loc: Scotland

As someone who is about to buy a VPC-1, I have been reading all the problems both here and watching problems being shown on You Tube.

I have to go out now but I'll check for these and post links sometime tomorrow.

As I recall some of the key issues can be fixed but it involves a strip down which would void your warranty. The sustain pedal has different pivot mechanism and I have seen a YT video of it being fixed by some thin material being inserted then grease being applied.

I have no doubt that James here (from Kawai Japan) will reply and advise you to pass the problem to the dealer.

Some use closed headphones type to reduce the clatter


#2340169 - Today at 12:57 PM Re: issues with my new VPC 1 [Re: JJRP]
Morodiene Online   content
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Registered: 04/06/07
Posts: 12044
Loc: Boynton Beach, FL
Definitely contact the retailer and arrange to have the instrument repaired or replaced. Same with the pedal, it shouldn't be sticky. If you have difficulty with the retailer, do not hesitate to contact Kawai UK. Once you get these matters sorted out, you will be very happy with your VPC1, I'm sure. It's a great instrument.
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#2340173 - Today at 01:06 PM Re: issues with my new VPC 1 [Re: JJRP]
JJRP Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 10/22/14
Posts: 2
Yeah I'm going to get onto the vendor as a first move, but we're out of office hours in the UK now and I'm hoping I might be able to work a bit more about the problem out before I phone it in tomorrow.

#2340395 - 35 minutes 11 seconds ago Re: issues with my new VPC 1 [Re: JJRP]
Kawai James Online   content
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Registered: 09/06/07
Posts: 9351
Loc: Hamamatsu, Japan
JJRP, regardless of the reason for signing-up, welcome to the forum!

I've watched your video and can hear the different key sounds when pressing the D and C keys. I do not work in the technical support division, so I'm reluctant to hazard a guess as to what may be causing this sound. However, I've seen a few cases whereby the metal front rail beneath the keyboard has become dented or warped slightly (often in shipping/transit), and pushing into some keys.

As others have noted, I would strongly recommend bringing this to the attention of the Kawai dealer from whom the instrument was purchased, and asking them to resolve the issue. It may also be worthwhile giving Kawai UK a call on 01908 288160.

As for the pedal, I can hear the friction noise you're referring to also. It may simply be due to insufficient grease applied to the mechanism, and even though it's a minor concern, if you're not completely satisfied, definitely take this up with the dealer too.

I appreciate the these niggles can be frustrating - you've invested in a high quality controller, and rightly expect everything to be perfect. However, I'm confident that the issues you're experiencing will be resolved promptly, and that you'll then be able to fully enjoy the VPC1 for many years to come.

Kind regards,
Employed by Kawai Japan, however the opinions I express are my own.
Nord Electro 3 fan & occasional rare groove player.

"Richard, none of us could forget you have a CLP-990." - EssBrace, 2014


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