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Good afternoon folks,

Kawai Japan has issued software updates for the MP11 and MP7 stage pianos.

This recommended v1.15 update changes the Global Transpose behaviour for received MIDI, and fixes issues that could occur when using write-protected USB memory devices. The update also improves PedalWah effect responsiveness, simplifies naming when saving SETUPs, and adds LED indicators for the Metronome beat.

The full MP11 and MP7 changelogs are listed below.

MP11 changelog:
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V1.15 (December 2017)
– Changed: Sounds triggered by received MIDI are no longer affected by the Global Transpose setting. However, Global Transpose will still affect transmitted MIDI notes.
– Fixed: Changing to a SETUP with Solo mode selected for a MIDI zone could result in the sound being held in rare cases.
– Fixed: Changing to a SOUND with Pedal Wah assigned while the expression pedal is in the lowest position no longer prevents the sound from being heard.
– Fixed: An error screen could become stuck when using a USB memory device with the write protect function enabled.
– Improved: Changing SETUPs with different EFX parameters should be smoother in some cases.
– Improved: When storing a SETUP, the currently selected (displayed) SOUND will be used as the default name.
– Improved: The response of the Pedal Wah EFX is improved.
– Improved: EXIT/EDIT LEDs now indicate the current metronome beat.

V1.14 (October 2016)
– Changed: The adjustable range of the metronome volume expanded from 0~10 to 0~127.
– Fixed: Very rare case whereby selecting a SOUND which has the Damper function assigned to both the damper pedal and the modulation wheel, while holding the damper pedal, could cause instability.

V1.13 (March 2016)
– Changed: The preset EFX assigned to the Concert Grand sound is changed to 7-BandEQ from 4-BandEQ, due to the higher accuracy of the 7-BandEQ effect.
– Changed: The Modulation Wheel is no longer scanned when the power is turned on.
– Improved: Stretch tuning curves for a Standard Piano and Upright Piano sounds.
* Note: If user tuning is set for these sounds, please reset to “Stretch=Normal”.

V1.12 (July 2015)
– Fixed: The internal song recorder would not record the damper resonance effect correctly.
– Fixed: After loading an AllBackup file, then selecting PANIC, no sound would be produced until a fader was operated.
– Fixed: Potential freeze at end of recording when recording audio to some USB memory devices.
– Fixed: Potential glitches/errors when recording audio to some USB memory devices.
– Fixed: USB memory devices formatted on the instrument no longer trigger Windows 7 check dialogue.
– Improved: Prevent playback of MP3 files with unsupported bitrate.
– Improved: Various other operation/display improvements.

V1.11 (March 2015)
– Added: The instrument will now recognise (and respond to) MIDI CC#07 (volume) when SYSTEM:MIDI/Receive Mode is set to Panel.
– Improved: The damper pedal/sostenuto pedal behaviour is improved when replaying the same keys.

V1.10 (January 2015)
- Added: 'MidHigh' and 'MidLow' options added to 6.Control:HalfPedVal. EDIT menu setting when zone is set to EXT.
These additional options allow greater control over half-pedalling MIDI values, and may be useful when playing software piano packages, especially as the HalfPedVal can be set independently for each Zone. Please refer to the v1.10 changelog documentation for more information about the specific half-pedal ranges for each setting.

- Changed: If metronome is enabled when using the Overdub function, only the count-in will be heard.
- Changed: 'Volume' parameter in 3.Sound menu replaced with '[C]MasterVol.', allowing total SETUP volume to be adjusted.
- Changed: Zone volume value pop-up shown when operating a zone volume fader.
- Changed: Metronome Volume is now stored to SETUP memories. Moreover, when a rhythm pattern is running, selecting a SETUP with a different stored rhythm will not change the volume of the playing rhythm pattern.
- Changed: Default AudioRecGain value is now set to +9 dB.
- Fixed: Occasional glitches/errors when recording to large capacity USB memory devices in WAV format.
- Fixed: Rare phenomenon whereby pedal assigned to EFX2:Rotary Slow/Fast function would not toggle correctly.
- Fixed: Strange velocity behaviour of piano sounds when reducing the Cut-off parameter.
- Improved: When connecting a USB device, pop-up message is only shown when accessing USB-related functions.
- Improved: Reduced wait times when using large capacity USB memory devices.
- Improved: Right Pedal Calibration function in SYSTEM:Pedal menu has been improved.SYSTEM:Pedal HalfAdjust parameter is also taken into consideration when calibrating.
- Improved: Reduced 'jumping' noise that could sometimes occur when using MIDI recorder's A-B repeat function.
- Improved: Reduced 'jumping' noise that could sometimes occur when operating knobs controlling EFX, AMP, or EQ.
- Improved: Various other operation/display improvements.

V1.07 (August 2014)
- Improved: Output Gain increased (+4dB).
- Improved: User Temperament now allows the Temperament Key to be specified.
- Improved: Damper Resonance key balance is now more even across the keyboard.
- Improved: Delay when changing Reverb Type (e.g. between two SOUNDs) is reduced.
- Improved: Some knob/button functionality has been optimised.
- Changed: Zone Octave, Zone Transpose, and Pedal On/Off parameters are now kept when selecting SOUNDs.
- Changed: The 'Open Setup' function has been removed as it was largely redundant and could cause confusion.
- Fixed: The selected Temperament was not applied to the Octave Layer sound.
- Fixed: The 'Panel Lock' function did not fully lock the section volume faders.
- Fixed: Some notes of the Concert Grand sound did not decay correctly.
- Fixed: The Soft pedal would not function correctly after selecting PIANO section sounds.

V1.06 (March 2014)
- Added: 88 Key Volume function to SYSTEM menu, allowing volume adjustments for individually keys.
[SYSTEM] --> UserEdit : KeyVolume
- Added: 88 Key Stretch Tuning function to SYSTEM menu, allowing stretch tuning for individually keys.
[SYSTEM] --> UserEdit : Stretch
- Added: Right Pedal Calibration function to SYSTEM menu, for calibration of other manufacturer's damper pedals.
[SYSTEM] --> Pedal (page 1/3 or 2/3) --> [R.P.CAL] (F4 button)
- Added: EffSW Mode = "Fixed" to SYSTEM menu, allowing sounds to be changed without affecting current EFX settings.
[SYSTEM] --> Utility (page 1/3) --> EffSW Mode
- Improved: Pure temperament (Maj/min) adjusted.
- Improved: Key Off Effect setting adjusted to improve the sound.
- Improved: Amp Drive setting adjusted.
- Improved: Damper Noise volume is adjusted.
- Improved: The name of the Rotary effect's 'Vib&Cho' type is changed to '+Vib/Cho'.
- Improved: Pedal Setup+/Setup- functionality to 'jump' banks when incrementing/decrementing SETUP memory.
The first memory of the next bank is selected after reaching the last memory of the current bank. E.g.
SETUP+: A-6 --> A-7 --> A-8 --> B-1 --> B-2 --> B-3
SETUP-: B-3 --> B-2 --> B-1 --> A-8 --> A-7 --> A-6
- Improved: Received Sys-EX Parameter Send messages now also change knob assigned parameters in real-time.
- Improved: Various other operation/display improvements.
- Fixed: Some cases of sound settings not recording correctly when using the MIDI Recorder in Panel Play mode.
- Fixed: Plural Sounding notes of the same key number received via MIDI are all truncated by one Note Off message.
- Fixed: The Dynamics setting would occasionally not change correctly, influencing the selected touch curve.

V1.03 (October 2013)
- First production version.


MP7 changelog:
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V1.15 (December 2017)
– Changed: Sounds triggered by received MIDI are no longer affected by the Global Transpose setting. However, Global Transpose will still affect transmitted MIDI notes.
– Fixed: Changing to a SETUP with Solo mode selected for a MIDI zone could result in the sound being held in rare cases.
– Fixed: Changing to a SOUND with Pedal Wah assigned while the expression pedal is in the lowest position no longer prevents the sound from being heard.
– Fixed: An error screen could become stuck when using a USB memory device with the write protect function enabled.
– Improved: Changing SETUPs with different EFX parameters should be smoother in some cases.
– Improved: When storing a SETUP, the currently selected (displayed) SOUND will be used as the default name.
– Improved: The response of the Pedal Wah EFX is improved.
– Improved: EXIT/EDIT LEDs now indicate the current metronome beat.

V1.14 (October 2016)
– Added: 'FaderAsgn' parameter to EDIT:Transmit menu when a zone is set to EXT mode.
Note: The Transmit category parameters are all SYSTEM parameters. These parameters are memorised automatically and therefore do not need to be stored to each SETUP.
– Changed: The adjustable range of the metronome volume expanded from 0~10 to 0~127.
– Fixed: Very rare case whereby selecting a SOUND which has the Damper function assigned to both the damper pedal and the modulation wheel, while holding the damper pedal, could cause instability.

V1.13 (March 2016)
– Added: SW1/SW2 Mode function to SYSTEM:Utility menu, allowing SETUP+/SETUP– to be triggered by SW buttons.
– Changed: The Modulation Wheel is no longer scanned when the power is turned on.
– Fixed: Some rare SMF files could not be played correctly.
– Fixed: In some rare cases the SOUND compare mode would not exit correctly.
– Fixed: The default number (e.g. 2-2-A) of a OneSetup file would not be recalled correctly when loading.
– Fixed: Some Sys-EX parameter send messages for zones in EXT mode could not be sent correctly.
– Improved: Reduced note slide/movement delay when selecting a SETUP with Portamento enabled.
– Improved: Stretch tuning curves for a number of PIANO sounds:
ConcertGrand2, StudioGrand2, MellowGrand2, JazzGrand2,
UprightPiano, MonoPiano, MonoPiano2
PianoVari., PianoVari.2, Piano&EP, Piano&EP2
NewAgePiano, NewAgePiano2, NewAgePiano3, NewAgePiano4
* Note: If user tuning is set for these sounds, please reset to “Stretch=Normal”.

V1.12 (July 2015)
- Fixed: The internal song recorder would not record the damper resonance effect correctly.
- Fixed: After loading an AllBackup file, then selecting PANIC, no sound would be produced until a fader was operated.
- Fixed: Potential freeze at end of recording when recording audio to some USB memory devices.
- Fixed: Potential glitches/errors when recording audio to some USB memory devices.
- Fixed: USB memory devices formatted on the instrument no longer trigger Windows 7 check dialogue.
- Improved: Prevent playback of MP3 files with unsupported bitrate.
- Improved: Changed function of controllers when zone is set to BOTH mode - please refer to PDF documentation for more information.
- Improved: Preset SETUP's level balance is adjusted.
- Improved: Various other operation/display improvements.

V1.11 (March 2015)
– Added: The instrument will now recognise (and respond to) MIDI CC#07 (volume) when SYSTEM:MIDI/Receive Mode is set to Panel.
– Improved: The damper pedal/sostenuto pedal behaviour is improved when replaying the same keys.
– FIxed: Rare issue whereby tonewheel simulator does not produce any sound after loading AllBackup data.

V1.10 (January 2015)
- Added: SETUP summary screen is shown when pressing the SETUP button while already in SETUP mode. Screen shows each zone's selected sound, volume, and assigned SW1/SW2 function.
- Added: 'MidHigh' and 'MidLow' options added to 6.Control:HalfPedVal. EDIT menu setting when zone is set to EXT.
These additional options allow greater control over half-pedalling MIDI values, and may be useful when playing software piano packages, especially as the HalfPedVal can be set independently for each Zone. Please refer to the v1.10 changelog documentation for more information about the specific half-pedal ranges for each setting.

- Changed: If metronome is enabled when using the Overdub function, only the count-in will be heard.
- Changed: 'Volume' parameter in 3.Sound menu replaced with '[C]MasterVol.', allowing total SETUP volume to be adjusted.
- Changed: Zone volume value pop-up shown when operating a zone volume fader.
- Changed: Metronome Volume is now stored to SETUP memories. Moreover, when a rhythm pattern is running, selecting a SETUP with a different stored rhythm will not change the volume of the playing rhythm pattern.
- Changed: Default AudioRecGain value is now set to +9 dB.
- Fixed: Occasional glitches/errors when recording to large capacity USB memory devices in WAV format.
- Fixed: Rare phenomenon whereby pedal assigned to EFX2:Rotary Slow/Fast function would not toggle correctly.
- Fixed: Strange velocity behaviour of piano sounds when reducing the Cut-off parameter.
- Improved: When connecting a USB device, pop-up message is only shown when accessing USB-related functions.
- Improved: Reduced wait times when using large capacity USB memory devices.
- Improved: Right Pedal Calibration function in SYSTEM:Pedal menu has been improved.SYSTEM:Pedal HalfAdjust parameter is also taken into consideration when calibrating.
- Improved: Reduced 'jumping' noise that could sometimes occur when using MIDI recorder's A-B repeat function.
- Improved: Reduced 'jumping' noise that could sometimes occur when operating knobs controlling EFX, AMP, or EQ.
- Improved: Various other operation/display improvements.

V1.05 (August 2014)
- Improved: Output Gain increased (+4dB).
- Improved: User Temperament now allows the Temperament Key to be specified.
- Improved: Damper Resonance key balance is now more even across the keyboard.
- Improved: 'Fast' touch mode optimised to reduce key retriggering.
- Improved: Delay when changing Reverb Type (e.g. between two SOUNDs) is reduced.
- Improved: Some knob/button functionality has been optimised.
- Changed: Zone Octave, Zone Transpose, Pedal On/Off and SW1/2 On/Off parameters are now kept when selecting SOUNDs.
- Changed: Pedal Mode parameter is now set to 'Hold' for all Pad/Synth sounds.
- Changed: The 'Open Setup' function has been removed as it was largely redundant and could cause confusion.
- Fixed: The selected Temperament was not applied to the Octave Layer sound.
- Fixed: The Full Orchestra sound could produce a strange layer sound in certain circumstances.
- Fixed: EFX was not retained when changing SOUND/SETUP while holding the damper when using the F-10H pedal.
- Fixed: The 'Panel Lock' function did not fully lock the MAIN/ZONE volume faders.
- Fixed: In 'Multi Off' mode, the Bank LSB#1 reception did not work correctly.
- Fixed: Some brass/woodwind sounds could cut-out when playing SMF files.

V1.03 (May 2014)
- Fixed: The 'Quick Compare' function did not work correctly.

V1.02 (March 2014)
- Added: 88 Key Volume function to SYSTEM menu, allowing volume adjustments for individually keys.
[SYSTEM] --> UserEdit : KeyVolume
- Added: 88 Key Stretch Tuning function to SYSTEM menu, allowing stretch tuning for individually keys.
[SYSTEM] --> UserEdit : Stretch
- Added: Right Pedal Calibration function to SYSTEM menu, for calibration of other manufacturer's damper pedals.
[SYSTEM] --> Pedal (page 1/3 or 2/3) --> [R.P.CAL] (F4 button)
- Added: EffSW Mode = "Fixed" to SYSTEM menu, allowing sounds to be changed without affecting current EFX settings.
[SYSTEM] --> Utility (page 1/3) --> EffSW Mode
- Improved: Pure temperament (Maj/min) adjusted.
- Improved: Received Sys-EX Parameter Send messages now also change knob assigned parameters in real-time.
- Improved: Various other operation/display improvements.
- Fixed: Some cases of sound settings not recording correctly when using the MIDI Recorder in Panel Play mode.

V1.00 (January 2014)
- First production version.


These software updates and update instructions can be downloaded directly from the Kawai MP website, or the Kawai Global website via the following URL:

http://www.kawaimp.com
http://www.kawai-global.com/news/mp11_mp7_update_v115/

MP11 and MP7 owners are encouraged to update their instruments to use this latest software version.
We also recommend that users backup any custom settings, SOUNDs, SETUPs, etc. before applying the update.

Note that Kawai software updates are cumulative, i.e. the v1.15 update includes the fixes and improvements provided with all previous versions.

That's all for now - please feel free to post your feedback in this thread.

Cheers,
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Thanks KJ! I'll be updating today.


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Cheers Gombessa.

I spoke with one of the main MP programmers the other day, it seems that this v1.15 will be the last official software released for the MP11/MP7.

For some reason that news always makes me a little sad, but these excellent instruments will obviously continue to be enjoyed for many more years to come - even without further updates.

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Thank you Kawai James and Kawai ... love my MP11.


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Originally Posted by Kawai James
Cheers Gombessa.

I spoke with one of the main MP programmers the other day, it seems that this v1.15 will be the last official software released for the MP11/MP7.


The MP11 and MP7 are about 5 and 4 years old respectively. It is _outrageous_ to support a digital product with updates for more than one or two years tops, let alone 5 years. You were WAY out of line there, Kawai. We're living in a throw-away society now, where you trash your digital products every two years. Didn't you get that memo?!

Hmpfff... Get with the program, Kawai.

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For some reason that news always makes me a little sad, but these excellent instruments will obviously continue to be enjoyed for many more years to come - even without further updates.


I was just kidding, of course. I'd love to see more manufacturers of digital goods update and bugfix their products for 4-5 years.

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(Dell does, but since 2016, their warranty handling is completely shot in such a big way that I'll never, ever buy a computer off of them ever again. They left me out in the cold with a €2500 portable Precision workstation with 3 out of 4 years of warranty left. "Our keyboards don't break. If they do, you've been using it too much, and that is classified as improper product handling. It's not covered by warranty if you break it yourself. Bye." Of course I use the thing a lot, you fool. I'm a professional software engineer. Therefore I have a €2500 DELL Workstation with 4 years next business day on-site warranty, and not a €400 budget notebook. You just lost a customer after 15 years.)

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Originally Posted by Falsch
The MP11 and MP7 are about 5 and 4 years old respectively. It is _outrageous_ to support a digital product with updates for more than one or two years tops, let alone 5 years. You were WAY out of line there, Kawai. We're living in a throw-away society now, where you trash your digital products every two years. Didn't you get that memo?!

Hmpfff... Get with the program, Kawai.


Yeah, sorry about that... wink

By the way, the MP11 and MP7 are not quite that old. The MP11 was first exhibited at Winter NAMM 2014, with the MP7 debuting at Musikmesse a few months later.

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Originally Posted by Kawai James
Cheers Gombessa.

I spoke with one of the main MP programmers the other day, it seems that this v1.15 will be the last official software released for the MP11/MP7.

For some reason that news always makes me a little sad, but these excellent instruments will obviously continue to be enjoyed for many more years to come - even without further updates.

Cheers,
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Question: Assuming there may be MPxxSE firmware updates released in the future, is there a reason that owners of MP7/11 (non-SE) models couldn't install these updates? What might "go wrong" if they tried?

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Originally Posted by Kawai James
Originally Posted by Falsch
The MP11 and MP7 are about 5 and 4 years old respectively. It is _outrageous_ to support a digital product with updates for more than one or two years tops, let alone 5 years. You were WAY out of line there, Kawai. We're living in a throw-away society now, where you trash your digital products every two years. Didn't you get that memo?!

Hmpfff... Get with the program, Kawai.


Yeah, sorry about that... wink

By the way, the MP11 and MP7 are not quite that old. The MP11 was first exhibited at Winter NAMM 2014, with the MP7 debuting at Musikmesse a few months later.

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I was going by the dates in the chance log, which states that the first firmware for the MP11 was released in Januari 2013. According to your post, it seems there was a year in between writing the initial firmware and actually releasing the MP11.


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Question: Assuming there may be MPxxSE firmware updates released in the future, is there a reason that owners of MP7/11 (non-SE) models couldn't install these updates? What might "go wrong" if they tried?


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Not that this should come as a surprise, but I got around to updating the firmware on my MP11 and it was uneventfully successful.

I think the only thing I may ever get out of the new firmware is the metronome blink wink


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Originally Posted by Falsch
I was going by the dates in the chance log, which states that the first firmware for the MP11 was released in Januari 2013.


Unless I am reading it incorrectly, the changelog in my initial post above states that the 'first production software' for the MP11 was finalised in October 2013.

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Originally Posted by OneWatt
Question: Assuming there may be MPxxSE firmware updates released in the future, is there a reason that owners of MP7/11 (non-SE) models couldn't install these updates? What might "go wrong" if they tried?


The MP will only update itself using a correctly named update file.

It may theoretically be possible to rename the update file in order to brute-force the safety check, however I would strongly warn against attempting such a procedure.

Even if the MP11/MP7 did boot up with the MP11SE/MP7SE firmware, it almost certainly wouldn't work correctly. The MPSE utilise additional sample memory for the SK-EX and SK-5 samples, which will obviously be missing on the original MP11/MP7. So some piano sounds may either produce no sound, or at the very least product very strange sounds.

Again, I strongly recommend using only firmware update intended for the instrument.

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Just discovered my MP7 is running v1.13

Have downloaded the 1.15 file.

According to the manual I copy the MP07_040.SYS to the root of my USB.

OK that seems simple enough, but I wondered what the other two files in the MP7 file I download are?

MP07_2C0.SYS and MP07TFF4.SYS

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Hello Ojustaboo,

Originally Posted by Ojustaboo
According to the manual I copy the MP07_040.SYS to the root of my USB.


It's probably best to refer to the update instructions here (the explanation in the printed owner's manual may be a little out of date), which states:

Extract the software update ZIP file and copy the included .SYS files to the root folder of a USB memory device.

Therefore, I would recommend copying all of the files included in the ZIP, not just the MP07_040.SYS file.

Originally Posted by Ojustaboo
OK that seems simple enough, but I wondered what the other two files in the MP7 file I download are?

MP07_2C0.SYS and MP07TFF4.SYS


I believe those files may include system default sound/setup settings that also needed to be updated in an earlier version. I don't know if they're definitely required by v1.15, but it's probably best to copy them to the USB stick too, just in case.

I hope this helps.

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So to get this correct, when my MP7SE is due for a software update, I simply download recommended files from Kawai website on to an external USB flash drive, then plug said usb flash into keyboard and power on? I admittedly have read nothing on updating... crazy


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Zac, in a nutshell, yes.

However I would strongly recommend reading the update instructions here before attempting the process...even if theoretically you cannot do any real harm. wink

The important point is that the .ZIP file must be unpacked/extracted first. Some customers mistakenly copy the .ZIP file to a USB stick without extracting the individual .SYS file(s) first, and wonder why the update does not proceed.

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Originally Posted by Kawai James
Zac, in a nutshell, yes.

However I would strongly recommend reading the update instructions here before attempting the process...even if theoretically you cannot do any real harm. wink

The important point is that the .ZIP file must be unpacked/extracted first. Some customers mistakenly copy the .ZIP file to a USB stick without extracting the individual .SYS file(s) first, and wonder why the update does not proceed.

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Thanks James. I’ve been on very few forums where a member has been as honest and helpful as you are to all of the many Kawai users here.


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