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Re: Kawai announces Concert Artist CA99 and CA79 digital pianos
Kawai James #2952628 02/28/20 03:12 PM
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If I were you I would take these two comments to heart ...
Originally Posted by Gombessa
Action feel is so personal, it makes absolutely no sense to take any other person's experience as gospel.
Originally Posted by sleutelbos
If *one* person on the entire planet having a negative opinion puts you off it without trying it yourself I suggest not reading any opinions on any product.
Ya jus' gots ta try 'em fo' youself. And be your own judge.

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Re: Kawai announces Concert Artist CA99 and CA79 digital pianos
Kawai James #2952629 02/28/20 03:13 PM
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Hi folks. My CA99 arrived a couple hours ago and is up and running. Very excited. I’d be happy to answer and questions but bear in mind I’m a newbie to piano. Been taking lessons for a year. And I’m old! Got the rosewood and I think its gorgeous. Still figuring out the electronic choices. I’ve been an avid reader on these forums while I tried to make decisions. BTW I also acquired a 97 yr old A B Chase six foot grand (loose action but sounds fabulous) and a free Baldwin upright that also sounds great.

Re: Kawai announces Concert Artist CA99 and CA79 digital pianos
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I want to confirm this- can you tune piano in pianist mode on ca79 and ca99?

Anyone?


According to the manual, yes. However, 'pianist' mode in CA79 seems to combine all piano sounds, whereas with the CA78 it only included SK-EX sound. So I am not sure if you can actually tune the SK-EX piano in pianist mode or only the pianos that used to be under the 'sounds' tab. Sorry, cant say more than that so hope some of the proud new owners can help you out!

Re: Kawai announces Concert Artist CA99 and CA79 digital pianos
Kawai James #2952635 02/28/20 03:23 PM
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Ok. First and quick review (1 hour playing):

- it is really heavy πŸ˜‚
- to me, the action is fan tas tic: perfect weight, surface feel.. Lets hope it last long
- piano sound is superb 😍😍😍 i cannot compare with ca78 but ca79 is really nice
- i miss a little bit of power for speakers, but the quality of the sound through them is pleasing
- the rosewood finish is really beautiful

I played a bit of Chopin and La La Land OST (mellow settings)


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Re: Kawai announces Concert Artist CA99 and CA79 digital pianos
OldDog #2952671 02/28/20 05:43 PM
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Originally Posted by OldDog
Ok. First and quick review (1 hour playing):

- it is really heavy πŸ˜‚
- to me, the action is fan tas tic: perfect weight, surface feel.. Lets hope it last long
- piano sound is superb 😍😍😍 i cannot compare with ca78 but ca79 is really nice
- i miss a little bit of power for speakers, but the quality of the sound through them is pleasing
- the rosewood finish is really beautiful

I played a bit of Chopin and La La Land OST (mellow settings)



That is pretty much exactly what I'd wanted to hear. laugh Is there any chance of recording a video with the line-out sound, or some pics? Waiting for my 79-rosewood and every pic eases the pain of waiting... laugh

Originally Posted by MaxDad
Hi folks. My CA99 arrived a couple hours ago and is up and running. Very excited. I’d be happy to answer and questions but bear in mind I’m a newbie to piano. Been taking lessons for a year. And I’m old! Got the rosewood and I think its gorgeous. Still figuring out the electronic choices. I’ve been an avid reader on these forums while I tried to make decisions. BTW I also acquired a 97 yr old A B Chase six foot grand (loose action but sounds fabulous) and a free Baldwin upright that also sounds great.


Ha, do you live in a castle that you have so much space for pianos? Must be wonderful to have such a choice! Welcome and enjoy the CA99!

Re: Kawai announces Concert Artist CA99 and CA79 digital pianos
sleutelbos #2952678 02/28/20 06:17 PM
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Originally Posted by sleutelbos
Absolutely. If the entire planet would hate how an instrument plays that I love, well, that would be everyone's problem but mine. laugh

Realistically, that is not true, it would likely become your problem in short order. Your preferred instrument would either never be made or never be made again.

So it's in your best interests to get that CA79/CA99 club started... πŸ˜‰

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Just received my CA79!!! πŸ€—

Work to do in the afternoon...

That's not fair. Still waiting for mine... Should also arrive today.


Heck, I don't even know when I will receive mine. smirk

I know this won't make you feel any better, but mine also arrived today...

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Originally Posted by OldDog
Ok. First and quick review (1 hour playing):

- it is really heavy πŸ˜‚
- to me, the action is fan tas tic: perfect weight, surface feel.. Lets hope it last long
- piano sound is superb 😍😍😍 i cannot compare with ca78 but ca79 is really nice
- i miss a little bit of power for speakers, but the quality of the sound through them is pleasing
- the rosewood finish is really beautiful

I played a bit of Chopin and La La Land OST (mellow settings)

Mine also arrived today. That is a large and heavy box... I was happy that the guy who delivered it helped me to get it into my apartment and my two neighbors helped me lift the main unit onto the base. Since I am just starting to learn playing piano, my review would be irrelevant... But I love it!

Re: Kawai announces Concert Artist CA99 and CA79 digital pianos
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Yeah, You are right. The action of a piano seems to be subjective, but unfortunately I live in Panama, where there is a small amount of pianos to choose from. None of my local dealer sell an updated piano. Still, I will go for the CA99. It's cheaper, and I have tested a GFI from CS7, which blew me away. Thanks for the replies!!!

Re: Kawai announces Concert Artist CA99 and CA79 digital pianos
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Originally Posted by Martinez
I know this won't make you feel any better, but mine also arrived today...


Actually, knowing others get to already enjoy it does make me feel a bit better. smile Have fun!

Re: Kawai announces Concert Artist CA99 and CA79 digital pianos
Kawai James #2952741 02/28/20 08:40 PM
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I envy everybody so much πŸ‘€
Since I sold my CA 99 I haven’t played and I miss playing a lot :S
Hope you all enjoy your beautiful pianos 🀩

Re: Kawai announces Concert Artist CA99 and CA79 digital pianos
lovelovemale #2952824 02/29/20 05:50 AM
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Originally Posted by lovelovemale
I envy everybody so much πŸ‘€
Since I sold my CA 99 I haven’t played and I miss playing a lot :S
Hope you all enjoy your beautiful pianos 🀩

You bought the new CA99, and sold right after?

Re: Kawai announces Concert Artist CA99 and CA79 digital pianos
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Originally Posted by lovelovemale
I envy everybody so much πŸ‘€
Since I sold my CA 99 I haven’t played and I miss playing a lot :S
Hope you all enjoy your beautiful pianos 🀩

You bought the new CA99, and sold right after?


CA98, he had to move.

Re: Kawai announces Concert Artist CA99 and CA79 digital pianos
sleutelbos #2952832 02/29/20 06:25 AM
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CA98, he had to move.

Ok, now it makes sense... smile

Re: Kawai announces Concert Artist CA99 and CA79 digital pianos
sleutelbos #2952873 02/29/20 09:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Nordomus
Originally Posted by Nordomus
I want to confirm this- can you tune piano in pianist mode on ca79 and ca99?

Anyone?


According to the manual, yes. However, 'pianist' mode in CA79 seems to combine all piano sounds, whereas with the CA78 it only included SK-EX sound. So I am not sure if you can actually tune the SK-EX piano in pianist mode or only the pianos that used to be under the 'sounds' tab. Sorry, cant say more than that so hope some of the proud new owners can help you out!

Thanks.

Re: Kawai announces Concert Artist CA99 and CA79 digital pianos
sleutelbos #2953400 03/01/20 08:56 PM
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Originally Posted by sleutelbos
According to the manual, yes. However, 'pianist' mode in CA79 seems to combine all piano sounds, whereas with the CA78 it only included SK-EX sound. So I am not sure if you can actually tune the SK-EX piano in pianist mode or only the pianos that used to be under the 'sounds' tab.


The CA99/CA79 allow Tuning and Transpose for all piano sounds. Here's a quick screen capture to demonstrate:

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Originally Posted by Kawai James
Originally Posted by sleutelbos
According to the manual, yes. However, 'pianist' mode in CA79 seems to combine all piano sounds, whereas with the CA78 it only included SK-EX sound. So I am not sure if you can actually tune the SK-EX piano in pianist mode or only the pianos that used to be under the 'sounds' tab.


The CA99/CA79 allow Tuning and Transpose for all piano sounds. Here's a quick screen capture to demonstrate:

[Linked Image]

Kind regards,
James
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Cool, that was what I was hoping for. smile

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Thank you everyone for the pictures of the rosewood version, today I went to a local store where they had the ca79 in black satin, after trying it finally I ordered it in black .
Thanks for your help.

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Kawai James #2953656 03/02/20 04:42 PM
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Hi, just joined this forum and have just ordered the CA99 from Bonners (who are excellent btw) in Ebony black which im told should arrive later this month. Cant wait!

I used to own a Roland HP605 then went to a Kawai NV5 then to the current Roland LX708 now to the Kawai CA99. Long story...

I've been playing the CA99 and 79, Yahama CLP685 and others in store. Kawai wins it for me

Interestingly though, i played the CA99 on Saturday and thought it lacked a little with regards to the lower frequencies. Tony from Bonners went into the menu and adjusted the Bass boost which quickly bought it to life.

Also found out there's new firmware coming which will enable mobiles / ipads to mirror the controls. Think most know this by now.

Kawai are also adding EQ control in a future firmware update which will give you even more audio control . Im told the processor in the CA79 & CA99 touch panel is better than say the TP in the NV5 and other models and is easier to update.

The bad news for piano's with the original touch panel layout (NV5 etc) is that this cannot be updated to the new TP layout on the CA79/99.






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For those who care, maybe not the most virtuoso performance ever, but a nice HD look at the rosewood 79:




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