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Re: Update on negotiation CA98 [Re: jfish930] #2919758 12/04/19 02:36 PM
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Thanks dmd and TomLC

I guess I wasn’t clear on this: I play my Yamaha acoustic daily and the least of my concerns is how it appears as a piece of furniture in the living room. I merely mentioned this because unlike my Kronos that is upstairs, , I do not want to have llarge speakers and cords in the living room.

The 2 most important aspects I am seeking in a replacement are action and sound.

As for why I am getting rid of the acoustic: it’s old. It is very difficult to play pp or even p on it. Trills are harder than they should be. One of the keys sticks once in a while. Not sure how much of this can be corrected by a technician, but it has crossed my mind to see. This is a difficult decision.

As for selling it outright, there are many used pianos for sale in my area in various sites; also not crazy about people coming to my home


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Re: Update on negotiation CA98 [Re: jfish930] #2919780 12/04/19 03:28 PM
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Originally Posted by jfish930

Although I am looking for a CA98, the seller mentioned that he has a used N2 for sale for $5995, not including my trade or delivery fee. He said he sold this to the original owner about 2 years ago, she was a piano teacher. I didn’t negotiate on that yet as I wanted your advice about an N2 vs a new NV5.

Hi jfish930.

I have never tried the NV5 so I don't know how it compares to the N2, but I have tried every other hybrid and high end DP:s, and for me nothing beats the N2. It is something about it that feels natural. Sure, there are other pianos with a more up-to-date sound engine and the N2 lacks features like USB-audio and bluetooth, but a great instrument is more than the sum of it's parts and for me the N2 stands out in that regard. The way the instrument integrates with the player is for me unmatched, and I even think it exceeds the N3(X) from the players perspective. The cabinet is also the slimmest and space-efficient of all hybrids with grand piano action.

With that beeing said, a used instrument always comes down to what condition it's in and I don't know much about second hand prices in the US. I also believe that IF Yamaha launches a N2X (some say they won't) in the near future, the reselling value of N2:s will be very different.

I have a N1 and I'm very happy with it. It shares the action and the sound engine with the N2, but I would love to have the N2:s sound projection and the TRS-function. The one thing I think is a little funky with the sound is how the string resonance behaves if you press the pedal after you have pressed the keys. It makes a slight increase in volume that doesn't feel very authentic. It also lacks Virtual resonance and some pedal/key noises but that doesn't bother me. The sound is nice and it behaves very natural.

Good luck with your decision, you are choosing between some of the finest DP:S there is so you can hardly go wrong.

Best regards

Johan

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Re: Update on negotiation CA98 [Re: jfish930] #2919793 12/04/19 04:25 PM
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Hello johanibraaten,

Thank you for your informative reply. Very much appreciated


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Re: Update on negotiation CA98 [Re: MacMacMac] #2919812 12/04/19 05:07 PM
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Originally Posted by MacMacMac
I didn't know you had an N2. Not many people do.
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The NV5 is miles ahead of the N2. If you can, aim for it.


Do i had to own one to give an advice? It's not that i haven't tried the N2 multiple times. The N2 was good at its time but you can feel that it's getting old. The key action is top tier yes but idk if it justify the money. I hope Yamaha will give it a facelift too and spice up the sampling quality.

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Re: Update on negotiation CA98 [Re: jfish930] #2919889 12/04/19 08:32 PM
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Use having the Kronos to your advantage because now you have total control of the situation. You have the option to:
Sell the upright and have the benefit of a cash (no trade-in) deal.
If it sells before you have the chance to buy your new DP, you still have the Kronos to play.
If it has not sold after many months, you have the option to donate it (tax write off?) or trade it in at that time.
You can sell the Kronos as well to justify buying a NV5 or even a NV10. The dealer I bought my MP11se (for $1999) from has the NV10 tagged at $9999 right now.
Whatever you choose to do or buy will be fine, just keep playing!!! smile

Re: Update on negotiation CA98 [Re: jfish930] #2919934 12/04/19 11:41 PM
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All good points djvu10 and I have pretty much analyzed every possible angle. I think I may end up leaning towards the CA98, trading in my piano towards and keeping the Kronos.
Thanks for your input!


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