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#2508332 - 02/07/16 08:55 PM Used Kawai
Graham W Offline
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Registered: 12/23/14
Posts: 6
Hi all,

I was just wondering if anyone had any opinions on buying used Kawai DPs? A local shop has both an MP6 and an ES7 at a good price and I was wondering if anyone has any opinion on buying one of these compared to a new casio PX350 (or any other sub $1000 piano)? Unfortunately, the PX360 isn't available in Canada yet and the exchange rate is terrible so buying in the US is less of an option. The local shop doesn't carry Casio and doesn't rate them very highly. I did play both the mp6/es7 and they felt fine to my unpracticed hands. Certainly better than the low-end yamaha/roland pianos in the shop.

I am looking to get a good ~5 yrs of use out of the piano before asking the kids if they are still interested in playing. The need for a stand, amplifier and monitors isn't a big deal to me. I am leaning to the mp6 over the ES7 because it would be more easily transported to our summer cottage and my nephew (a frequent visitor to our house) has shown interest in making 'music' but not in the traditional, sit down at the piano sense.

Thanks
Graham

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#2508341 - 02/07/16 09:36 PM Re: Used Kawai [Re: Graham W]
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Registered: 06/03/15
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If you're buying in Canada you might want to check the costco.ca website. To date I have bought two Casio pianos from there (a CDP-230 to start out with and now my current AP-650 when it went on sale about a month before Christmas) and I've been more than happy with the pianos and the prices and the fact that they were delivered to my door too.
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#2508360 - 02/07/16 11:30 PM Re: Used Kawai [Re: Graham W]
Just Alan Offline
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Registered: 01/19/15
Posts: 120
Loc: Perth, Western Australia
Originally Posted By Graham W


I did play both the mp6/es7 and they felt fine to my unpracticed hands. Certainly better than the low-end yamaha/roland pianos in the shop.

I am leaning to the mp6 over the ES7 because it would be more easily transported to our summer cottage and my nephew (a frequent visitor to our house) has shown interest in making 'music' but not in the traditional, sit down at the piano sense.



Hi Graham,

Why would a MP6 be more easily transported than an ES7? Compare the dimensions and weights below, they are very similar:
MP6: 1355 x 347 x 181 weight 21.5kg
ES7: 1362 x 361 x 149 weight 22.0kg

There is a very useful thread on the Piano World DP Forum which provides analysis of the pros and cons of the MP6 and ES7.
http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/1965967/Kawai_ES7_vs_MP6.html

Hopefully this helps you arrive at your ultimate decision.

Regards,

Alan
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1993 Roland JV1000 76 note workstation synth with Pop and VE-GS1 expansion boards ] 1994 Roland JV1080 Multi-timbral sound module ] 1994 Roland KR4500 Intelligent Piano ] 2008 Korg MicroX sound module ] 2015 Kawai MP7 Digital Stage Piano

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#2508364 - 02/08/16 12:49 AM Re: Used Kawai [Re: Graham W]
Charles Cohen Offline
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Registered: 12/26/12
Posts: 2766
Loc: Richmond, BC, Canada
FWIW (I've just been looking over the ES-7 manual, haven't played one) :

I think if someone offered me an even trade, my (used) PX-350 for his (used) ES-7, I'd take it.

The ES-7 action has gotten very good reviews here. The ES-7 "virtual technician" and string resonance aren't present in the PX-350. I think the PX-350 has a larger selection of voices (the ES-7 doesn't seem to support "General MIDI").

One advantage of the PX-350:

. . . It weighs roughly half of what the ES-7 weighs.

If I wanted to carry the ES-7 around, I'd buy a wheeled gig bag. Not a huge cost.
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#2508415 - 02/08/16 08:59 AM Re: Used Kawai [Re: Graham W]
ColoRodney Offline
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Registered: 02/07/14
Posts: 180
The ES 7 has good speakers in it, while the mp6 does not. Certainly something to consider when taking it to a summer cottage.
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