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I'm about to invest a lot of money on a Kawai CA78, but I've been told that Yamaha will be releasing a new CLP line in April 2020 (which is a long time to wait without a piano!). However, if I'm going to wait, I want it to be worth it.

So far I haven't been too much of a fan of their key action. Especially not compared to Kawais GFII, so will they improve their key actions by any significant margin?
What can I expect?

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I think no one has any reliable info about new CLP line pianos at this point, so for now it's all speculations. But it's safe to assume that there won't be any drastic changes, they'll just improve what they already have in previous models (better samples, new control panel, new overall design). As for the action - they may improve Grand Touch action that received such controversial reviews, but I think that will be it, it may became more playable, but there won't be any significant changes. If you like some piano from the current lineup, there is no reason to wait for new models. Digital pianos aren't smartphones, they don't change as much from generation to generation.


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There’s always something new coming up, whether it’s phones, PCs, tablets, cameras, ... the question is how soon or how long you can or cannot wait. Unless the new release is next month or couple of months, I would buy now, as new releases are not always better, better for you a least, and often take even longer to become reviewed and available.

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It seems like Casio will be releasing a new Celviano Grand Hybrid.

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You could wait for the CLP700-series release... and then strike a deal on the existing stock of a 600-series pianos.
But if you don't like the Yamaha action that would be pointless. I would expect no changes to the action in next year's release.
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I've been told that Yamaha will be releasing a new CLP line in April 2020. ... So far I haven't been too much of a fan of their key action.

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Originally Posted by Romar
I'm about to invest a lot of money on a Kawai CA78, but I've been told that Yamaha will be releasing a new CLP line in April 2020 (which is a long time to wait without a piano!). However, if I'm going to wait, I want it to be worth it.

I wouldn't wait - just buy the CA78. It's the best option today.

As for release cycles, Yamaha release a new CLP series every 3 years.

2002 - CLP 100 series
2005 - CLP 200 series
2008 - CLP 300 series
2011 - CLP 400 series
2014 - CLP 500 series
2017 - CLP 600 series
2020 - no betting man is going to bet against a CLP 700 series appearing smile

The only thing you might wait for the Roland's new FP model in September. Unless Casio finally get their act together smile

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Buy a cheap slab piano (Yamah P-125, Kawai ES 110, Roland FP-30 or something else) and save the money if you want to wait.


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There was once a slab of wood yet it was also a piano. It was a slab of wood on one side yet once turned over, on the other side, there was a piano.
An impression on that slab was nothing more than a keyboard, black and white, painted by an ancient man. That man was poor, that man was frail, that man painted black and white keys on that there slab of wood.
At night, under the stars, as if by osmosis, that slab turned into a piano.

The moral of the story: one should make do with whatever is available; be that a Steinway, a Novus, or even a slab of wood with a keyboard painted on it.

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That slab of wood also served as an ironing table for old and wrinkled things.

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I must have missed school that day ...
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There was once a slab of wood yet it was also a piano. It was a slab of wood on one side yet once turned over, on the other side, there was a piano.
An impression on that slab was nothing more than a keyboard, black and white, painted by an ancient man. That man was poor, that man was frail, that man painted black and white keys on that there slab of wood.
At night, under the stars, as if by osmosis, that slab turned into a piano.

The moral of the story: one should make do with whatever is available; be that a Steinway, a Novus, or even a slab of wood with a keyboard painted on it.

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No one seems to be mentioning the fact kawai as well as yamaha are due to update their cabinet models, kawai new CA series next year will be announced.

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Wow really? I know the current CA models has its flaws (mainly with the GFII), so if they've improved on that I'm definetily interested!

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It's hard to be interested in a future when nothing has even been promised.

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I have heard they are due a new series of clp range in 2020. I hope the replacement for the clp685 has a more lighter and QUIETER action


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I have heard they are due a new series of clp range in 2020. I hope the replacement for the clp685 has a more lighter and QUIETER action

The previous release dates are : 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2017. One can guess Yamaha change its CLP line every 3 years since 2002... but we will be have to wait 2020 to confirm the rule for CLP7xx.


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NAMM is in January so perhaps we'll get a preview then if the cadence holds true.


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Originally Posted by Chrispy
NAMM is in January so perhaps we'll get a preview then if the cadence holds true.

They usually release their CLP series at Musikmesse (April).


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NAMM is in January so perhaps we'll get a preview then if the cadence holds true.

They usually release their CLP series at Musikmesse (April).


That has been the norm for Yamaha.


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Anyone know if the launch of the 7-series will now be postponed, or still released in April?

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Anyone know if the launch of the 7-series will now be postponed, or still released in April?


Nobody knows. Honestly, I can see logistics being pretty problematic the next three months. I would not be surprised if any new model would take considerably longer to hit the stores.

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I think keychain is right. Items that are important are not being produced in east Asia because the transport logistics are in jeopardy.

And so the less important merchandise is even less likely to get pushed along. I hate to view pianos as less important. But it is what it is.

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