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Just bought a Kawai PN90! Some key questions... #1231359
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Hi everyone!

Ive recently purchased (after much trawling of ebay...) a Kawai PN90!

Im very happy with my purchase except I'm a little unsure about the quality of the weighted keys. Ive played on acoustic pianos in the past and to be honest, the key-action on my Kawai is just like a standard cheap electronic keyboard. Nothing even close to the feel of a 'real' piano. No resistance at all and very light. I wasnt expecting this as ive heard Kawai's are usually pretty good.

Does anyone here have any experience of this model of Kawai? I've searched the net, and these forums, and I cant find much information at all!

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Re: Just bought a Kawai PN90! Some key questions... [Re: SilverandFire] #1231480
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The specifications are very unusual on this. 24 note
polyphony and 2 built-in pedals are unheard of on
a new digital console today. This is apparently
a super bargain basement model, and so although the Kawai
specs say that the keyboard is weighted, it could
be some kind of semi-weighted action, in order to
keep the cost down. How much did you pay for this?
If you got it for some unheard of price, like
$400 (US) or less, then it might not have the
fully-weighted, hammer-action that would be standard
on even the most inexpensive digital consoles
today.

Re: Just bought a Kawai PN90! Some key questions... [Re: Gyro] #1231550
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Sorry to hear you're not totally satisfied with this Kawai. Apparently it was not a popular model, probably due to it's limitations, which would appear once again to confirm that's it's unwise to purchase a keyboard 'unseen'.

However moving forward, you should have a facility to adjust the ‘touch type’ on this model. Default touch is NORMAL at power-up. Have you tried setting the touch to heavy by pressing any D key whilst holding down the TOUCH & TRANSPOSE switches? This may improve playing somewhat, although it will not significantly change the keyboard weight.
Hope this may provide some help.



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C Major scale (r/h only - starting with the pinkie finger)......

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Re: Just bought a Kawai PN90! Some key questions... [Re: Tweedpipe] #1231638
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SilverandFire,

The PN90 was launched in 1998, making this instrument over 11 years old.

Kind regards,
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Re: Just bought a Kawai PN90! Some key questions... [Re: SilverandFire] #1231828
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Yeah I think the keys are not quite weighty enough for me. I guess I can just put the PN90 back up for sale and put the money towards something with weightier keys. Such a shame because I really like the sound!

Re: Just bought a Kawai PN90! Some key questions... [Re: SilverandFire] #1231830
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Originally Posted by SilverandFire

Yeah I think the keys are not quite weighty enough for me. I guess I can just put the PN90 back up for sale and put the money towards something with weightier keys. Such a shame because I really like the sound!


Did setting the touch to 'HEAVY' not help at all?


Currently working on:-
C Major scale (r/h only - starting with the pinkie finger)......

Dear Noah,
We could have sworn you said the ark wasn't leaving till 5.
Yours sincerely,
The Unicorns



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Re: Just bought a Kawai PN90! Some key questions... [Re: Tweedpipe] #1231865
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I had a look at the 'Heavy','Light' and 'Constant' touch settings and they seem to adjust the touch sensitivity of the keys. Setting to Heavy means you have to hit the keys harder to achieve full volume, whereas Light means you dont have to play so hard to get full volume (ideal for children according to the manual).

Setting touch to 'Constant' means the keys sound at full volume no matter how light or heavy you press.

Unfortunately, the touch setting has no effect on how the keys actually 'feel' when played.

Re: Just bought a Kawai PN90! Some key questions... [Re: SilverandFire] #1232230
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SilverandFire,

I'm sorry to hear that you were unsatisfied with the action of this instrument.

Unfortunately, I have never played this instrument, or indeed any other KAWAI digital piano of such, shall we say, maturity.

However, I would strongly recommend that you playtest some of KAWAI's more recent instruments when examining similarly priced offerings from Yamaha, Roland, and other manufacturers.

Good luck with your search!

Cheers,
James
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