I just returned from taking my wife to LAX for a trip to STL this weekend.
As I was on the way home, I stopped in at Pierre's Fine Pianos in W. LA and lo and behold...he had a new MP7 he pulled out of a box for me.
Wow...very nice. Terrific action and piano sounds. I just played it with some Sony phones he had there but they were good quality. I didn't get to all the sounds (there sure are a lot of them) but mainly focused on the APs ,some of the EPs, the basses and drums.
I might have liked the Studio grand, jazz grand or mellow grand a tad more then the default Concert on first play. I'm sure through speakers everything takes on a different character. The rhodes sounded good as did the wurlis. The Ac. bass wasn't as strong as the CP4 or RD800 but still very good and certainly useable for LH bass duties.
On to the most important thing - the drums.
I have to say Kawai has the best sounding grooves/patterns for Latin. The Afro/Cuban pattern, I believe under the "Jazz" category", was absolutely killing ! As were the Bossas and sambas. This thing's a latin groove rhythm monster...I loved it !
Listening to the Ac bass/Piano split...the piano sounded a tad harsh in upper registers. This was for single note jazz solos/lines. Not so much for chording. I didn't mess at all with EQ, so this can probably be smoothed out I'd guess. Could have been the phones too.
All the drum patterns I scrolled through were perfect for a solo gig where I do the LH bass/drum/vocal thing. They covered many different styles, very well. I spent a lot of time listening to all the patterns, the sound of the drums/cymbals, and maybe only came upon a couple, at most, that had a cheese factor. I do wish you could assign the drum sounds to one of the sliders for volume, but Pierre spoke with a Kawai guy, and apparently you can't.
Just has a piano it would be fine, I think, in a jazz trio context. You never really know about this stuff till you get it out on the gig, through your speakers and hear it with the rhythm section. But I thought the piano had plenty of sustain and a nice tone. Much better then the previous generation MP6.
Build quality is the best I've seen in any DP released in the last year. Hands down, not even debatable. Super attractive with the wood panel ends and black. Yeah it's defintley a winner.
I did just purchase a CP4, but if I can sell my Nord Piano 2, this MP7, the RD800 and still considering re-buying the CP5, are on the shortlist because of the drum patterns for solo gigs.