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Adult Beginners Forum
18 seconds ago
Originally Posted by malkin
If you're worried about what they think of your skill, you'll need to work that out on your own.

...and a digital piano w/ headphones or a silent system might be part of the working out wink [I](It is/would be for me!)[/b]
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Digital Pianos - Synths & Keyboards
1 minute ago
Originally Posted by Beowulf
Hi everyone, I own the Yamaha CLP-645 and I've just found out about Pianoteq. I am new to this virtual instrument stuff so I would require some help with the settings. I downloaded the trial version of Pianoteq to test out playing through my digital piano and I must say I really love the sounds compared to the DP's own internal piano sounds. However, the problem I have is that the keys do not feel the vibration or the sound coming through them when playing with Pianoteq as compared to playing through its own internal sounds. I just feel so disconnected from my piano playing through VST. Not sure if I said this right. Is there any way to change any settings to solve this?

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Digital Pianos - Synths & Keyboards
3 minutes ago
Well, the first thing to try is to turn the volume knob on your piano all the way counter-clockwise.

That will reduce to 0 the sound your digital piano is producing.

Usually that will not affect the sound coming from Pianoteq.

If that does not work, you are going to have to consult your manual.
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Adult Beginners Forum
7 minutes ago
Originally Posted by Handyman
This might be the heart of the problem here - the OP has been comparing herself for some time with a professional studio pianist on a CD and has been continually disappointed and frustrated with her inability to match those recorded performances. This makes her unhappy. She's been feeling this way for some time now. A casual remark by her husband brings all of these feelings back to mind. She blames him for her hurt feelings. But the feelings have been hurt long before this, and by herself, in her continuing routine of constantly comparing her performances with a professional's - a standard far too high to meet at this stage, and thus, an unreasonable expectation on her part leading to disappointment and sadness.

This is not a situation unique to the OP - we all suffer this just about every time we play or practice or listen to a really good pianist play.

Wow. I was a bit incensed by your earlier comments, but what you just said resonates! Thanks!
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Piano Forum
9 minutes ago
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Piano Tuner-Technicians Forum
28 minutes ago
Thanks for the replies guys! I've been tuning it once every 4-5 months or so, here you are some more pics:

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(Model name, there is some dirt since the technician has been trying to remove the pin with no success, he's coming back today):

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Serial number:

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Old lever and newer lever:

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Broken pin again:

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I record piano covers in Youtube, you can listen to it here in case you're curious: https://www.youtube.com/hollowriku
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Piano Teachers Forum
29 minutes ago
Very clever, Andamento!

I've never given assignment sheets as such. I just mark the date of the next lesson on the piece/exercise/theory page I want them to work on. This worked for my teacher many years ago, and it has worked well for me so far. I suppose that's an artifact of my very old-school approach to teaching. (I guess I'm just an old stick-in-the-mud.)

But I could envision scenarios wherein assignment sheets might be useful. I will definitely keep the idea in mind in case I ever get students for whom my current approach doesn't work.

A question for those who use assignment sheets: Where did you get that idea? From your teachers? From a course in pedagogy?
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Digital Pianos - Synths & Keyboards
29 minutes ago
My piano Yamaha P155 is only 5 years old! I don't think there is any excuse for broken key guides.
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Digital Pianos - Synths & Keyboards
34 minutes ago
Hm, too bad the latency didn't change anything. Karvala's suggestions make a lot of sense. Especially the preset loading. I'd add something else that's "too obvious", did you check the license on your eLicenser? Because if the dongle is not connected or if the license isn't on there, the software will load but you won't hear sound.
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Pianist Corner
58 minutes ago
Originally Posted by Sibylle
Wow. Now *that*s why I love YouTube. I'm catching up on so many legendary performances I have missed. Thanks for the link!

Yes! YouTube has been so outstanding in finding/watching/listening to so many legendary performances!
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Digital Pianos - Synths & Keyboards
1 hour ago
Originally Posted by Kawai James
Originally Posted by Smaug
Thanks JoBert - it's a revealing photo of the insides of the base unit. It doesn't appear to contain the elegantly-crafted soundboard of a grand piano - it looks like a slab of MDF!

Smaug, did you see somewhere that the NV10 features a soundboard speaker?

I'm confused too. I didn't expect to find a soundboard in the base. It's just a box that holds the electronics and the bass speaker, and that of course acts as the stand for the main piano body on top.
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Adult Beginners Forum
1 hour ago
Originally Posted by Sibylle
1. I just always wanted to play. I was too young to remember now exactly why that was.

2. I love the feeling of the cool keys under my hands and the full-body experience of playing.

3. When I listen to classical music, it's 95% either piano or orchestral. Since I can't play an entire orchestra, I settled on piano!

4. I think it's the most beautiful-sounding instrument.

Obviously, all of this is highly subjective... but those are the reasons I started playing, kept playing, and keep coming back to it.

Great reasons!
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Digital Pianos - Synths & Keyboards
1 hour ago
Originally Posted by arc7urus
But, as @paf said above, if Kawai believes the current system is perfect, then obviously there will never be any kind of proper updates to the current models. I still hope that Kawai understands that these minor suggestions would make a very positive difference.

My perspective from reading these forums and working in software development is that Kawai has moved on to other projects. At this point I wouldn't expect much in the way of updates other than minor bug fixes. Part of the problem is that while these changes may seem simple it's much more difficult to add them in after the product has been deployed. The analogy I use with clients is that of building a house. The easiest time to add a window is when you are still designing the house. After the house is framed it becomes more difficult. After the sheet rock is up even more so going up to when you have moved in and all your furniture in place it becomes much more difficult to add a window. It's not totally analogous but the general principle applies. At this point I would assume that their development teams have been assigned to whatever is next and need to meet those deadlines. For myself the bugs/anomalies of the CA78/CA98 have probably taken them off of my list.
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Piano Forum
1 hour ago
If it's a Steinway, how come it doesn't have a Steinway logo on it?
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Adult Beginners Forum
1 hour ago
Originally Posted by Nahum
Originally Posted by Animisha
There is no proof that all of your thinking is accelerated, for instance when you are asked to say as many words as you can in a minute that start with z.

To click on a number, you must:
1. to identify him
 2. determine whether it is ordinal,
3, to click.

And this is not a thinking process ??

Yes Nahum, this is a cognitive process. However,

Originally Posted by Animisha
There is no proof that all of your thinking is accelerated
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Adult Beginners Forum
2 hours ago
Sounds like great fun, and a wonderful challenge for yourself. Congratulations!

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Adult Beginners Forum
2 hours ago

This is one of the main reasons I took up piano. That and my love for music. There are numerous studies supporting the cognitive benefits of learning an instrument. That, a healthy diet, exercise, reading and some puzzles are now part of my routine.
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Adult Beginners Forum
2 hours ago
This is my first time hearing this and I liked it for several reasons; your singing and playing were pleasant to hear and I liked the lyrics also, I can relate to some.

I'd LOVE to have the skill to do this even if for just my own enjoyment and my wife's enjoyment.
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Piano Forum
3 hours ago
Hello! I spent a lot of time reading the forums here and trying out pianos, before deciding on a new Estonia L190 (which I love).

I got the impression that, barring some unusually good luck, you'll need to spend 10K or more if you want a good grand. You should be able to find some nice used options in the 10-15K range; e.g. Yahamas that aren't too old.

If you ever are in Oakland, CA you might check out the cavernous basement at Piedmont Piano -- they have a dizzying variety of used pianos, many of which are grands in the 10-15K range. A lot of them are older, and some are in less than perfect condition -- but really exciting pianos, a lot of fun to play.

If you're willing to buy from private parties (which probably means flying somewhere), I noticed Estonia L168 and L190 pianos from 2004 and later on sale for around 12K-20K. Estonia improved their manufacturing considerably over the last twenty years, I think especially around 2002-2004. An Estonia from the last fifteen years or so could be an excellent buy. (And a new Estonia would also be excellent if you stretched your budget somewhat.)

I tried out some new Kawai grands that were affordably priced. They were not to my personal taste, but they have an excellent reputation and a lot of people on the forums love them.

Another new option is a Hailun; I got to try one of these, and it seems an excellent option, especially for anyone on a budget. You could probably get a new 178 for well under 25K.

There are a lot of rebuilds of golden age Steinways, Mason and Hamlins, etc. which often sell for roughly around 20K. You might find one of these to your liking.

This is not an exhaustive list! If you have the option to travel, I recommend visiting as many piano stores as you can, and trying out as many pianos as you can. When I did this, it was tremendously educational, and lots of fun.
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Adult Beginners Forum
3 hours ago
Thanks, Chili-Time. Gosh, the pedals, forgot about those... oops. Truly time for a teacher!

Also, having a teacher set pace sounds about right. There may be a fundamental difference between say, violin, and piano here. On my violin forums, there's a somewhat common experience that a teacher will have the student move on to the next piece, not because the current one is played well but because the student has understood the specific lesson to be learned in that piece. Notice, I said "understood" not "mastered". I think the underlying assumption with violin learning is that it's so damn hard to pull a nice sound that you've got to expect a much longer timeframe to get there. Many of us older violin students seem to find that tough to accept. At first I was thinking, "Wow, my teacher thinks I'm a lost cause, not worth the bother." Many, many moons later, I began to understand the wisdom of my teacher's pace setting approach.

I would guess it's not quite the same with a piano... a student's dynamics, phrasing or whatever may be so-so, but each individual note on a nice piano just sounds plain nice to my inexperienced ear. There aren't any intonation problems and the spectrum of opportunities for screwing up sound production on a piano is much narrower than on a violin.

OK, so maybe I'm stuck in a serious case of "I don't even know what I don't know".

Please, keep wisening me up!
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Digital Pianos - Synths & Keyboards
3 hours ago
Originally Posted by AlexBltn
Hello, how are you? smile

June, 2012
New model ES7. Kawai America is pleased to unveil the latest generation of its popular ES Series portable digital pianos.

August, 2015
ES8 Portable Digital Piano announced by Kawai Japan.

Do you expect/accept that this year ES8's successor could be announced?

If so (or even if not so) what could we expect to see in it? Let's take the most important factors: action and sound. ES8 brought the new keyboard action: Responsive Hammer III (ES7: RHII). And new sound source: Harmonic Imaging XL (ES7: Progressive Harmonic Imaging). So, both keyboard and sound have got improvements.

And here I see an interesting thing: RHIII action is still Kawai's top plastic/folded action (which doesn't mean that improvements aren't necessary of course). So how could it be improved?
1) New wooden Grand Feel Compact action?
2) New type of plastic/folded action?
There's one more, the worst option: just to leave it as it is (RHIII).

And there's another interesting thing. Sound. ES8 already had samples of SK-EX Concert and medium-sized SK-5 Studio grand pianos, which just recently appeared in MP7SE/MP11SE.

Similar story was before: Kawai announced MP7/MP11 with only one main Kawai EX sampled grand piano tone, and MP7 had RHII action. And after some period of time they announced ES8, which in addition to EX had two new piano samples (SK-EX, SK-5), plus new RHIII action, which made this offer even more interesting for many pianists than "more professional" MP7.

So here comes the question: will Kawai add the new SK-EX Rendering piano sound engine with multi-channel sampling and resonance modelling in ES8's successor? If no, and if keyboard also won't be upgraded, then there's no sense for such a successor. That's why this question is quite interesting for me. What could be improved? And can we even expect "ES9" this year?

Do you have some thoughts about ES8's successor? Would be interesting to read.

Low ES8 stocks being reported at various outlets I have tried recently and "Kawai are also waiting for new units" says one dealer. Not sure if that signifies anything but we can hope..
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Pianist Corner - Non Classical
3 hours ago
The path of combining the melodic line with speech can be heard here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KrLzQa1ygU 06:18 - The World Is Going Wrong

The violinist plays simultaneously with vocals, exactly keeping a rhythm, intonation, breathing and articulation. Since the melodic line is a series of riffs, this format is most suitable for a beginner with a musical ear, acquaintance with the blues scale (or pentatonic) and a certain mastery of the instrument.
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Piano Teachers Forum
4 hours ago
Originally Posted by bennevis

I never thought converging the eyes is ever a problem: look at one index finger and gradually bring it closer to your nose - even when you can't focus, your eyes will still manage to avoid seeing double until your finger is just a few inches away.

Before being perscribed glasses the hospital opticians had me exercising the eye muscles by focusing on the tip of my nose. It seemed to work for a while. But no thoughts about distance vision exercises.
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Digital Pianos - Synths & Keyboards
4 hours ago
Originally Posted by Fleer
Did you try the Pianoteq Steingraeber?

In the end, all their pianos sound Pianoteq. They all have that artificial prolongation or synthetic sounding sustain. What Pianoteq needs to concentrate on first is to change their modelling of the harmonic ringing of a piano tone. The first segment of the tone (the loudest part) is mostly okay but that very same segment is too present in the sustain of the note. It's as if the 'attack' is merely stretched to create the sustain. It reminds me of a very short loops they used to do in the early days of sampling.
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Digital Pianos - Synths & Keyboards
5 hours ago
Originally Posted by piano_noobie
Hello! Looking for some advice before I make an upgrade. I had the P115 for two years and very recently sold it. My main issue with it was how light the keys were. Often I would practice some music for weeks on it and then have a hard time playing the same thing on my school's acoustic. For my new piano I am looking to get something with a great action and a nice grand piano sampling. I mostly play classical and don't really care much for many other voices.

I tried out the the MP11SE which felt great and I was so set on getting it that I already bought a pair of monitors (JBL LSR 306P). However, my university housing has somewhat limited room so the piano plus speakers will be a very tight fit. Being a student my budget isn't unlimited either and the P515 is $1000 less which would be nice to save.
Unfortunately, I can't try out the P515 anywhere locally, most dealers only have the P125s and Clavinovas.

I don't think I can wait till NAMM (Jan 24th) to get a new one but I am curious how long does it take for the new models to show up at stores and online retailers? Currently I am leaning towards returning the monitors and just getting the P515; would appreciate any thoughts smile.

Hi Noobie,

Firstly, you've mentioned two pianos which aren't competitors at all.
If you want a piano with speakers built in that is semi-portable, then you go for a portable piano: Kawai ES8, Roland FP90, Yamaha P515 and Yamaha CP300.
If you want a piano without speakers (more portable) that you might take to a venue to play, then buy a stage piano and monitors or a PA system.

Stage pianos come in a few flavours:
1) Heavy
2) Medium
3) Light

The heavy ones tend to have better actions and you wouldn't want to lug one of these around regularly if gigging. These include the Kawai MP11SE, the Roland V-piano and Yamaha CP1. You might buy these for a studio or home use; however, if it's only going to be at home, and the instrument isn't planned to be moved, then you'd be better off with a cabinet piano such as the Kawai CA67 (which has a better action -- the grand feel II) and has speakers inbuilt.

Then the medium weight stage pianos including Roland RD2000; Kawai MP7SE (same action as the Kawai ES8); Kurzweil Forte.

Then the light weight stage pianos: Yamaha CP4; Roland RD64; Nord Piano 4

Lastly there is the controller keyboard used for playing virtual pianos (where a computer provides the sound). These include the Kawai VPC1 which has a nicer action than the light and medium range stage pianos and the portable pianos; however, you've to provide monitors and a laptop/computer with VST piano to play this.

What exactly do you want?
Are you going to gig regularly or infrequently?
Is it just sitting at home?
Do you move house often?
Is it for your studio?

These should be determined first, then look at the most suitable models.

For instance, if you're going gigging, yes you might want to wait to NAMM because there would be no point in buying the P515 if a lighter stage piano came out with equivalent Yamaha action and sounds.

Kind regards,

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