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#2340666 - 52 minutes 26 seconds ago Novice in love with Kawai and seeking advice!
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Registered: 10/23/14
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Hi all,

I'm very pleased to join what looks like a great community (thanks Pierre for telling me about this forum!).

I've been playing the guitar for some years but not very regularly. I recently had to stop playing guitar but found that something was missing in my life so... I decided to start learning the piano (despite my age :-p).

I bought a 49 keys MIDI keyboard (Akai MPK249) and hooked it up to Pianoteq VST. Very easy setup, very good sound (to my novice ears), perfect to start playing... Three months later... here I am with tons of questions :-)

I won't ask them all in this very first post of mine so let's start by the question that runs in circle in my head since a couple of weeks...

Would I benefit from a more advanced keyboard?

I must confess that I'm in love with two Kawai beasts.... The VPC-1 and the MP11.

I'll come back later to better explain why I have these two specific models in mind but I'd really like to hear from previous beginners if they regret not having bought such a keyboard earlier in their learning journey or if they consider that it's way too early for such a jump.

Thanks a lot!

Elli.

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#2340680 - 34 minutes 13 seconds ago Re: Novice in love with Kawai and seeking advice! [Re: Ellisande]
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Registered: 11/08/09
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If you are serious about learning piano, and not keyboard, organ or synth, then it's best to start with a decent graded hammer key action and with 88 keys, the best you can afford. In that sense 'advanced' - yes.

As you have found, software piano sounds offer more flexibility and arguably a better sound than most DP inbuilt sounds.

The MP11 is a long way in functional terms from the VPC1 so you will have to explain further your reasoning for picking those two. There are other brand slabs as good as the MP11, but the VPC1 is quite unique although you could buy other boards for use as controllers, with strengths of more flexibility depending on use in some areas, and even better in some (narrow) technical areas.

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#2340685 - 22 minutes 26 seconds ago Re: Novice in love with Kawai and seeking advice! [Re: Ellisande]
Banshee Online   content
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Registered: 09/11/14
Posts: 12
I do not think that any reply will be able to match your very own situation.

Me for example, I would consider myself an intermediate player. For sure no beginner but definitely not pro level yet. I tried the Kawais you have mentioned besides some others by Roland and Yamaha and finaly decided to go with a MP7.

The VPC-1 was way too advanced for me, it felt to heavy and I did not manage to get this beast connected to my fingers. I am a strict opponent of the strategy "you will grow into it". Just because if it is no fun to play from the very beginning, you will have a hard time and might get frustrated.

The MP11 was much better but still the action was not really my thing. In three to five years I might love it but right now I need something that works out better for me...

Eventually the MP7 was exactly my thing. It is amazingly fast, feels realistic enough and is not too heavy. Yet it does not feel cheap or simple by any means so I immediately got the feeling that this baby would be my perfect choice for the next years until I am good enough to value a more advanced action...

Hence you should not just look to the specs and head for the very best action around. If you are not yet the level to master it, maybe it might frustrate you or at least you will not have as much fun with it as you could have with something else...

But maybe all of these will not please you and you would prefer a Roland action or even look for a CP4... If possible, check them out and make up your mind on your own, this will assure you the best fun and do you a big favour...

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