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The Downside of Setting a Custom Velocity Curve on a DP? #2826887
03/14/19 06:55 PM
03/14/19 06:55 PM
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Today, I had an opportunity to sample a number of Essex's, Bostons and Steinways (both uprights and grands) at a local dealership.

I own an Essex upright which I haven't been 100% happy with, plus a VPC-1 and a Dexibell P3. I've set a custom velocity curve on both the VPC-1 and the Dexibell. While I'm quite used to those settings on the DP, I'm not that enamored with the overall feel of my Essex as I find it frequently misses sounding the tone with repeated striking of a given key, even at moderate speed. I know that can be an inherent drawback of an upright's design, but let's not go down that path right now.

I went to the piano dealer because I've been throwing around the idea of replacing my Essex with something that feels more to my liking. I can't describe specifically what I'm looking for other than I'll know it when I find it. Well to my surprise, every piano in the showroom, including a 6-figure $$$ Steinway grand left me unimpressed. I felt that all were kind of "flat" and lifeless.

Today's experience now has me thnking that perhaps my Essex upright simply needs a good regulation (in addition to the tuning it needs).

Now, I'm no piano expert or conniseur, just a hobbyist, so I'm shocked that I could even notice this. Could it be because I'm used to "my" velocity curve (which, BTW, is shaped like a hill rather than a valley)? If so then, that begs the question: For those who want to play both a DP and an acoustic, would it be better to leave the DP's velocity curve at "default"? After all, an acoustic's velocity curve is always at "default", no? Can using a custom velocity curve actually have a negative effect on one's ability to play an acoustic piano?

I'd be interested in hearing others opinions about this.


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Re: The Downside of Setting a Custom Velocity Curve on a DP? [Re: newbert] #2826905
03/14/19 07:21 PM
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I think about this sort of thing too, as my digital piano's velocity setting of 49, is actually too soft to play anything really forte. There's just no way, you'd break the piano.

I still prefer it and haven't changed it as I can more easily deal with the subtle gradations of the soft tones which is the kind of music I normally play, but I wonder how much adjusting I'd have to do on an acoustic to play it the way I like.

Still, I have a couple of keyboards I play at once, and I do adjust enough over time to sufficiently get what I want out of each of them, even the one whose response bugs me, so I'm not worried.

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