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I have made a Kawai MP8 cabinet just over a month ago. I wanted to play/practice also in my livingroom while watching sports or a good movie ! So i had to convince my wife that it would look good......at first she was lukewarm, but now she really likes it, also because i receive many compliments from friends and family.
I created a cabinet that is custommade for my MP8 and computer running VST's.
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There's no way I could play using that cabinet. I need to have my legs at least a bit under the keyboard - but I'm very tall. I assume you can do that yourself on this cabinet?

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Since the pedals are set into the floor inside the cabinet, I assume he slides open the bottom drawer so his knees sit inside the cabinet whether he wants to play?


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Originally Posted by Gombessa
Since the pedals are set into the floor inside the cabinet, I assume he slides open the bottom drawer so his knees sit inside the cabinet whether he wants to play?

Exactly. The photo's show a mess inside, but that was just after i installed the computer to see if it worked. The flexible doors slide gently to the sides and all other measurements are those of a real piano. Height of the keybed , position of the pedals etc.
So the knees have the same amount of space as underneath a real piano..
It plays better than before, i know it's a mental aspect solely, but the whole keboard on a stand does influence the overall satisfiction of playing ..
The past show inventive piano cabinets also, but since the black polyester straight forward looks took over, it seems to be the only game in town, apart from your occasional colour/wood looks..

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Seems a bit low for good playing height for me. When I play, I adjust the bench so my legs are right under the actual piano, other wise I'd feel too low if my legs were 2" lower because of the thickness of the cabinet. But obviously it works for you. smile

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pianistje, nice job, it looks very professional! wink

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Originally Posted by Kawai James
pianistje, nice job, it looks very professional! wink

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Thanks James ! I was wrong about the amount of layers white paint (aerosoll)
It took 10 spraycans ( primer and finish combined) to get a smooth and solid look.

But i am very, very happy with it and a future Kawai upgrade (once Kawai always Kawai keys) will hopefully fit inside , so please ask Kawai to take the size of the MP8 as the maximum measurements in any future VPC-2 !
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I wanted to purchase the VPC-1, but i desperately need pitchbend and modulation for my electric guitar and other vst's.

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Might want to add 2 more cans of a clear coat Pianistje - protects the paint and adds a nice lustre and depth ^^


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Might want to add 2 more cans of a clear coat Pianistje - protects the paint and adds a nice lustre and depth ^^

Thanks, it crossed my mind, but i chose not too (i wanted the thing home asap :)) . I did use a very expensive paint for the three top layers that according to the salesman (don't know if that is good or bad) should have some protecting qualities though.......

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any scratches you get in just a coloured coat will show up more than if its in a clear coat on top - also a clear on top will be much cheaper than another layer of pigmented coating ^^ and will further protect against discoloration from UV light more than the pigmented coating can

Also is that finish a matte or eggshell one? Pigmented finishes of that nature will as we call it in our language verkrijten - over time it starts to turn into powder - it will rub off basically after some years. Add a matte clear and all that might rub off is the clear and not the colour


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Wow, 10 cans of paint!
It's a good job you have a nice big workshop (and hopefully well ventilated...)!

Regarding keeping the same dimensions...I'll see what I can do.

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Years ago I was supervising a couple of fellows who were painting the floor of a municipal dog pound using a super-duper concrete paint. After they had been at it for an hour or so I thought I would drive by the pound and see how they were doing. When I got there they were both giggling and swaying back and forth, and one of them said to me, "Hey Frank, I never knew working for the town would be so much fun."

Yeah, get out there right now guys -- you really do need some air.


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I, for one, am *very* interested in this tutorial so I hope the OP finishes it so I can have this done for my VPC1. smile


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No updates???


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I'm sorry for the delay. Still very busy with work. I think I finally have some time this weekend.

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Originally Posted by MickL
I'm sorry for the delay. Still very busy with work. I think I finally have some time this weekend.

Awesome!

Since I'm far from being handy, I plan on enlisting a handyman to build it for me. Since I doubt I'll be lucky enough to find one who's done this before (for a piano), your PDF will be immensely helpful!

And yes, I will absolutely paint it mat black. smile

Please don't forget to mention which type of wood you used. I know I'll need some especially strong wood to hold the VPC1's 65 pounds.

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Link to tutorial: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/24409276/Pianoworld/VPC1%20tutorial.pdf

If something is incorrect or unclear, just leave a message here and I will take a look at it smile

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That's great! Thank you very much. I'm color blind and for some reason having difficulties distinguishing between yellow and green part but I will figure that out if I decide to build this wonderful stand. Cheers!


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Awesome contribution! Thank you.

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pianistje, nice job, it looks very professional! wink

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But i am very, very happy with it and a future Kawai upgrade (once Kawai always Kawai keys) will hopefully fit inside , so please ask Kawai to take the size of the MP8 as the maximum measurements in any future VPC-2 !
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You`re not tellin` us that you can`t fit an RD2000 in there, are you? grin

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