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Kawai MP7 keyweight
#2289058 06/12/14 07:59 PM
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Hi all,

Am new here and have been reading the Kawai MP7 thread with interest as they seem to be great stage pianos. Was wondering if anyone can tell me how the key weight/action feels compared to the Yamaha P155. I currently own a P155 but am considering changing to the MP7. I love the piano samples from what I've heard, plus the built-in recorder etc, MIDI zones plus all the other great MP7 features I've read about and seen in the demo videos, but I have never played one. Have been following the MP7 thread with interest. Am an accomplished classically-biased pianist.

Thanks in advance.

Best wishes,

Mike

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Hello Mike, welcome to the forum.

It's been a while since I played the P155, however I don't believe the MP7 keyboard will feel considerably heavier or lighter

I would recommend play-testing the MP7 prior to making your purchase, however if you're unable to find this instrument at your local Kawai dealer, the CN24/CN34 and ES7 can be used for reference as they all feature the same RH2 keyboard action found in the MP7.

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I don't have a lot of experience with different pianos/keyboards, but I do know I tried both the Yamaha P155 and bought the ES7. The Yamaha felt heavier and less appealing to me. I instantly felt the difference when I tried the Kawai.

For reference I typically play on an upright acoustic and my lesson is on an old school M&H grand piano.

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I don't think there's a big difference in actual key weight. But I reckon the perception for most people would be that the Yamaha is heavier - that is because there is a slightly odd initial inertia or resistance on the Yamaha's action which has to be overcome to get the key moving. I find that quite an unnatural feeling.


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My previous piano was the P140 which I believe has the same key bed as the P-155.

Yes, the MP7 does have a lighter feel to it. It's also a more responsive and acoustic piano like action. For that matter the same can be said for the Yamaha CP4 action. I think the synthetic ivory keys also contribute to a more piano like feel which is also included with the CP-255 which I haven't played.

I've probably developed some playing habits using the CP-140 that are not useful when playing the MP7, such as occasionally giving it a good throttling. Lol.





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