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Re: Need advice: Kawai NV10 vs K-500 AURES [Re: Pelota] #2852559 05/26/19 11:20 PM
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Hello Pelota,

I'm afraid I cannot advise you on which instrument to purchase.

However, given the significant investment of either option, I strongly recommend that you play-test these instruments before making a decision.

According to one of my colleagues in this office, the Kawai distributor for Costa Rica is:

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Av.10 Calle 16, San Jose, Costa Rica
TEL: (506) 4000-0440
URL: https://www.lavozcr.com/


Checking the website at the URL above, it appears that the only Kawai model listed is the ES110, so it's perhaps unlikely that this store will be able to assist you in play-testing the NV10 or K-500 AURES, however it may still be worthwhile asking, just in case.

The other option might be to visit one of Kawai's "Piano Gallery" stores in either Houston or Texas - each store is approximately 30 minutes from the airports, and it seems that return flights are not too expensive.

I hope this helps.

Kind regards,
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Re: Need advice: Kawai NV10 vs K-500 AURES [Re: Pelota] #2852699 05/27/19 10:26 AM
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Hi,

I strongly suggest that you try Yamaha Transacoustic2 too, to make your opinion.

I'm sorry to say this (and it is only my pure point of view) : as far as I'm concerned, the sound comming from Transacoustic is BY FAR much better that the one from K500 Aures, at any volume.
Just try them both one after the other in the same room (which I did in a store) : I was so disappointed by K500 Aures ! The sound was poor, absent, with no depth at all. (maybe the instrument was badly configured ? I don't know, but this day, I was very disappointed)

To improve the sound a bit more (in treble) , I added 2 amplified speakers, and the overall sound is almost perfect.

Olivier

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Re: Need advice: Kawai NV10 vs K-500 AURES [Re: olivier du nord] #2852704 05/27/19 10:30 AM
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To complete my precedent post :
To be totaly transparent, I have to say that Transacoustic TA2 has a bug that the Aures K500 doesn't have : the quick repetition note bug : sometimes, in certain conditions, the note you play is louder that expected.

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Re: Need advice: Kawai NV10 vs K-500 AURES [Re: olivier du nord] #2852709 05/27/19 10:34 AM
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Originally Posted by olivier du nord
To complete my precedent post :
To be totaly transparent, I have to say that Transacoustic TA2 has a bug that the Aures K500 doesn't have : the quick repetition note bug : sometimes, in certain conditions, the note you play is louder that expected.


This problem has just been rectified on the AvantGrand NU1X through a firmware update. Maybe there'll be one for the Transacoustic.

Re: Need advice: Kawai NV10 vs K-500 AURES [Re: johnstaf] #2852711 05/27/19 10:39 AM
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Originally Posted by olivier du nord
To complete my precedent post :
To be totaly transparent, I have to say that Transacoustic TA2 has a bug that the Aures K500 doesn't have : the quick repetition note bug : sometimes, in certain conditions, the note you play is louder that expected.


This problem has just been rectified on the AvantGrand NU1X through a firmware update. Maybe there'll be one for the Transacoustic.


Yes, just wait in silence for about 5 to 15 years, Yamaha won't speak about it, but they will probably fix it eventually. smile

Re: Need advice: Kawai NV10 vs K-500 AURES [Re: Pelota] #2853111 05/28/19 10:47 AM
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there is no patch for Transacoustic in Yamaha website ... still waiting ....


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Re: Need advice: Kawai NV10 vs K-500 AURES [Re: Kawai James] #2853278 05/28/19 07:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Kawai James

According to one of my colleagues in this office, the Kawai distributor for Costa Rica is:

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La Voz
Av.10 Calle 16, San Jose, Costa Rica
TEL: (506) 4000-0440
URL: https://www.lavozcr.com/

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Already checked with them, thank you. They weren't precisely helpful when I asked about both of the models I'm looking for.
And, as most other stores here, they were pushy about getting a Yamaha.


Originally Posted by Kawai James

The other option might be to visit one of Kawai's "Piano Gallery" stores in either Houston or Texas - each store is approximately 30 minutes from the airports, and it seems that return flights are not too expensive.

I hope this helps.

Kind regards,
James
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That's a good option. Will see if i can. Thanks again.

Re: Need advice: Kawai NV10 vs K-500 AURES [Re: Pelota] #2853286 05/28/19 07:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Pelota
That's a good option. Will see if i can. Thanks again.


No problem, happy to help.

If you would like me to place you in touch with the manager at either store, please feel free to send me a private message.

Kind regards,
James
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