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.