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EastWest Platinum Pianos - Worth 79 bucks? #2908941
11/06/19 04:21 PM
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These pianos are on sale - but all reviews I found here are a bit dated. So for live playing - are they recommendable?

Thanks

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Re: EastWest Platinum Pianos - Worth 79 bucks? [Re: Chordo24] #2908972
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They have a great tone and can sound very realistic The Platinum version gives you Close & Room mics in addition to the Player mics in the Gold version. Each of the 4 pianos have a very distinct sound, although the Bosendorfer has a rounder, softer tone than the typical Bosendorfer 290 (eg. VSL Vienna Imperial or Galaxy Instruments Vienna Grand).

Playability is a real mixed bag. Despite the 18+ velocity layers, and their huge dynamic range (the FFF are great) in live playing notes will sometimes jump out with inconsistent tone or volume, particularly when transitioning from sustain pedal off to on. This can be fixed later via MIDI editing so it's not a huge problem for production work, but it can be annoying for live performance.

The big attraction for me of the EWQL pianos is their 'realness'. They captured a very full & resonant tone, and don't sound sterile & digital like many other sampled pianos. I have the Platinum version of all pianos, and mainly use the Bosendorfer & Bechstein, with a mix of the Close & Player mics. Occasionally use the New York Steinway D, and rarely the Yamaha C7 (which is a VERY bright 'Pop/Rock' sounding piano) unless I'm after that 80's Bruce Hornsby style brightness.


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Re: EastWest Platinum Pianos - Worth 79 bucks? [Re: Chordo24] #2909062
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I tried EWQL around ten years ago. I didn't care for it ... but I cannot remember why.
Anyway ... what's the attraction? Is there a new or updated version? Or is it the price?

Re: EastWest Platinum Pianos - Worth 79 bucks? [Re: Chordo24] #2909374
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Can you link the offer?
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Re: EastWest Platinum Pianos - Worth 79 bucks? [Re: Chordo24] #2909393
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The lowest offer has gone, for 68€ (Gold) anf 79€(Platinum) still available at Thomann

https://www.thomann.de/nl/eastwest_boesendorfer_290_gold.htm?ref=intl&shp=eyJjb3VudHJ5IjoibmwiLCJjdXJyZW5jeSI6IjIiLCJsYW5ndWFnZSI6Im5sIn0%3D

Re: EastWest Platinum Pianos - Worth 79 bucks? [Re: Chordo24] #2909401
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They are on a similar offer at Sweetwater.com, with prices "Effective now through December 01, 2019."


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Re: EastWest Platinum Pianos - Worth 79 bucks? [Re: Chordo24] #2909461
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Each gold piano is $57 here

http://everyplugin.com/quantum-leap-pianos-1591.html

All 4 gold pianos are $133. All 4 platinum are $177.

Re: EastWest Platinum Pianos - Worth 79 bucks? [Re: newer player] #2909468
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Originally Posted by newer player
Each gold piano is $57 here

http://everyplugin.com/quantum-leap-pianos-1591.html

All 4 gold pianos are $133. All 4 platinum are $177.


Thanks. Each platinum is $66. A bargain for a Steinway D. Can we all petition them for a Fazioli!

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Re: EastWest Platinum Pianos - Worth 79 bucks? [Re: Chordo24] #2909493
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The descriptions of EastWest pianos is not so transparent IMO. I see manuals with copyright dates of 2007 and 2013. Some speculation as to what these piano VIs are:

http://forum.pianoworld.com/ubbthreads.php/ubb/showflat/Number/2839541/Searchpage/1/Main/193887/Words/%2BEastWest+%2B/Search/true/re-34-off-eastwest-pianos.html#Post2839541

Re: EastWest Platinum Pianos - Worth 79 bucks? [Re: newer player] #2909626
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That's what I suspected ...
Originally Posted by newer player
I see manuals with copyright dates of 2007 and 2013.
They're being sold for cheap because they're old.

EWQL was a hot subject here a decade ago. If this is just a resurrection of an ancient release ... then a low-price offer on a stone-age piano holds no appeal for me.


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