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#702177 - 07/08/03 06:08 PM Kawai ES5
mhr Offline
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Registered: 07/06/03
Posts: 128
Hi All,

I'm new to the forum and have been lurking awhile before the first post.

I have been looking for a digital piano for some time and have played most of the Yamaha, Roland, and Kawai product. The only exception is the P250.

I have focused in on the new Kawai ES5 as the most likely candidate and wonder if any on the board have opinions one way or another. My choice basically boiled down to price, size, transportability, decent sound and action. I am prior piano student and will be using the piano as a returning adult student.

The ES5 can be found at the Kawai web page under the new section.

www.kawaius.com

All feedback appreciated.

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#702178 - 07/09/03 02:52 AM Re: Kawai ES5
Alonso Perez Offline
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Registered: 07/09/03
Posts: 3
After checking Yamaha, Roland, Kawai, and Technics models in the under $2500 bracket (this was about five years ago), I ended up buying a Technics SX-PC8, a basic model that I believe is no longer manufactured. It has 88 weighed keys, excellent sound, a MIDI out port, two pedals and that's it. It's a straight piano, and I'm very happy with it, except for one little thing, which is I've often wanted to play harpsichord pieces.

So just the other day I was checking out some newer models, and I found little change from a few years ago, at least in the low end.

I always try digital pianos with and without headphones (this is especially important for portables), and Technics definitely sounds more realistic to me than anything, either way. They don't seem to degrade sound as much with price, just features and cabinetry. Pay special attention to the lower three octaves, I believe their sampling is just plain superior.

The key action is very good, although I think Roland is a little better. Kawai sounds similar to Yamaha for me. I really didn't pay attention to the models, so I don't know if I checked out your model or not.

The point is that I still prefer Technics sound, as I did before, and I recommend you take a look at it if you haven't. Whatever you do, I suggest you:

1. Just sit there and play with each model and go back and forth beteeen different models.
2. Take your time and look at everything you can.
3. Eliminate variables. Take your own set of headphones to the store.
4. Sales people will also leave you alone if you play with headphones. It's boring for them, and you kind of shut them out. Any luck and they'll nearly forget you are there. This is even more important if you are a little rusty or a beginner.
5. Only after you found the sound and feel you like, deal with things like features and all that jazz.

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#702179 - 07/09/03 05:30 PM Re: Kawai ES5
Alonso Perez Offline
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Registered: 07/09/03
Posts: 3
After checking Yamaha, Roland, Kawai, and Technics models in the under $2500 bracket (this was about five years ago), I ended up buying a Technics SX-PC8, a basic model that I believe is no longer manufactured. It has 88 weighed keys, excellent sound, a MIDI out port, two pedals and that's it. It's a straight piano, and I'm very happy with it, except for one little thing, which is I've often wanted to play harpsichord pieces.

So just the other day I was checking out some newer models, and I found little change from a few years ago, at least in the low end.

I always try digital pianos with and without headphones (this is especially important for portables), and Technics definitely sounds more realistic to me than anything, either way. They don't seem to degrade sound as much with price, just features and cabinetry. Pay special attention to the lower three octaves, I believe their sampling is just plain superior.

The key action is very good, although I think Roland is a little better. Kawai sounds similar to Yamaha for me. I really didn't pay attention to the models, so I don't know if I checked out your model or not.

The point is that I still prefer Technics sound, as I did before, and I recommend you take a look at it if you haven't. Whatever you do, I suggest you:

1. Just sit there and play with each model and go back and forth beteeen different models.
2. Take your time and look at everything you can.
3. Eliminate variables. Take your own set of headphones to the store.
4. Sales people will also leave you alone if you play with headphones. It's boring for them, and you kind of shut them out. Any luck and they'll nearly forget you are there. This is even more important if you are a little rusty or a beginner.
5. Only after you found the sound and feel you like, deal with things like features and all that jazz.

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