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Re: Kawai announces Concert Artist CA99 and CA79 digital pianos
Kawai James #2957938 03/17/20 09:40 AM
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I still prefer the slide-it-in, slide-it-out key cover. It give a much neater appearance. And there are no hinges anywhere.

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The CA99 is now an Upright in disguise, if not for the touchscreen it could even fool people (since it even has a soundboard)


My piano history in about 15 months: Artesia PA88w -> Yamaha P45 -> Kawai CN 24 -> Kawai CN 37 -> Kawai CA 78
Done with: Clair de Lune - Debussy, Waltz Op. 64 no. 2 - Chopin. Looking for a new piece, kind of learning The Mandalorian theme, and practicing with Etude Op.10 no.1 - Chopin.
Re: Kawai announces Concert Artist CA99 and CA79 digital pianos
Kawai James #2957964 03/17/20 11:03 AM
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Gorgeous! Beautiful! Enjoy!!

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Originally Posted by pianogabe
Stevie could you check the logo is not (slightly) slanted? There were earlier reports, and I recently bought a K300 on which the logo also seems a bit slanted (although not by as much as I have seen on some pictures posted here).


Hi, just looked that this as i recall hearing about this too. Fortunately i can confirm the Kawai logo is straight on my unit. I have tried to add some more pics to this forum but its proving impossible.

Re: Kawai announces Concert Artist CA99 and CA79 digital pianos
StevieG1975 #2958169 03/17/20 09:39 PM
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Originally Posted by StevieG1975
It has arrived and it’s stunning! (Might go into voluntary isolation now 😊)


Congrats StevieG!

The CA99EP looks terrific. I've obviously seen this piano before, for product testing and photography etc., but it's always nice to see shots of the piano in customers' homes.

By the way, may I ask which software version(s) your instrument is running, please? (top right menu --> System --> Information)

Cheers,
James
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Re: Kawai announces Concert Artist CA99 and CA79 digital pianos
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Originally Posted by MacMacMac
I still prefer the slide-it-in, slide-it-out key cover.


Well, I guess that also rules out the Novus and Avantgrand models then...

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Re: Kawai announces Concert Artist CA99 and CA79 digital pianos
Kawai James #2958180 03/17/20 09:58 PM
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I doesn't rule them out, KJ. It's just that I prefer the slider. But I also want a (much) better action.
So unless you're developing a slider-covered Novus NV11 ... I'll just have to settle for the hinged variety.

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Originally Posted by MacMacMac
I doesn't rule them out, KJ. It's just that I prefer the slider. But I also want a (much) better action.
So unless you're developing a slider-covered Novus NV11 ... I'll just have to settle for the hinged variety.

Hinged cover on Novus NV10 was really nice when I accidentally slipped a pencil in the action. If you have pencil on the music rest and it falls on the fallboard when it is closed and then you lift the fallboard the pencil slides into the action. Luckily, the hinged cover is very easy to remove (just lift it up when it is fully open) - so I could get the pencil easily from inside the action.

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Re: Kawai announces Concert Artist CA99 and CA79 digital pianos
Kawai James #2958245 03/18/20 06:00 AM
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The first CA79 & 99 arrived in Switzerland last week. I went to the shop on Saturday to test both and hopefully purchase one. After a couple of hours I'd given all the models in the shop a good test and came away with... an N1X. The CA99 was definitely improvement in sound and touch over the CA98 (which I didn't like), but the N1X felt much more like an instrument of expression, understandably so at twice the price.

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Kawai James #2958248 03/18/20 06:14 AM
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Hey all!
I am back in Germany for those who remember I had to sell my brand new CA 98.
MAN what a bad timing to come back, can't even start my job as of April 1st frown

Anyways last week when things were not as severe I still had the chance to go to Thomann Music store and played
NV5
NU1X
CA 99
CA 79

I have to say from all those, I liked the "sound" of the CA 99 the least. It still sounded a little harsh and "boxy" (similar to the CA 98). The bass notes sounded really good but starting C5 it was weird somehow. I really liked the CA 79, the bass was so strong and rich, I believe due to it's subwoofers but I felt it's distorting at. higher volumes.

I really liked the NV5 and I also somehow really really liked the NU1X which I played for the first time.
I believe once my job finally goes through , apartment got through and Covid 19 allows to have a regular life again I would choose either the CA 79 (best price to benefit I believe) or the NU1X as I would also like to pick a polished ebony and then the NU1X is "only" 500 Euros more.

However I really like that Kawai sound... so that was my update so far!

Hope you all are safe and healthy!

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Originally Posted by StevieG1975
It has arrived and it’s stunning! (Might go into voluntary isolation now 😊)


Congrats StevieG!

The CA99EP looks terrific. I've obviously seen this piano before, for product testing and photography etc., but it's always nice to see shots of the piano in customers' homes.

By the way, may I ask which software version(s) your instrument is running, please? (top right menu --> System --> Information)

Cheers,
James
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Hi James, thanks for your note. Truly loving this Piano.

It states the following:

UI = Version 1.0.3
Touch Panel System = Version 3.3.8
Firmware Version = V1.04


Thanks

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Originally Posted by StevieG1975
It has arrived and it’s stunning! (Might go into voluntary isolation now 😊)


Congrats StevieG!

The CA99EP looks terrific. I've obviously seen this piano before, for product testing and photography etc., but it's always nice to see shots of the piano in customers' homes.

By the way, may I ask which software version(s) your instrument is running, please? (top right menu --> System --> Information)

Cheers,
James
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Hi James, thanks for your note. Truly loving this Piano.

It states the following:

UI = Version 1.0.3
Touch Panel System = Version 3.3.8
Firmware Version = V1.04


Thanks



Assume im all up to date James?

Couldnt see the CA99 firmware listed on the Kawai site so assume all good?

Thanks

Re: Kawai announces Concert Artist CA99 and CA79 digital pianos
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Hello StevieG,

Originally Posted by StevieG1975
It states the following:

UI = Version 1.0.3
Touch Panel System = Version 3.3.8
Firmware Version = V1.04

Thanks for the info!

Originally Posted by StevieG1975
Assume im all up to date James?

Couldnt see the CA99 firmware listed on the Kawai site so assume all good?

Thanks


I believe some CA99/CA79 owners' pianos may be running a slightly newer version of the software.
However, we plan to release the first update before the end of the month, so once that happens everyone will be on the same level.

Thanks again!

Kind regards,
James
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Yes but the approved soft fall board is better to be cleaned from snoozing on it with sanitiser.

I love it.

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Kawai James #2959201 03/21/20 08:43 AM
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The fairies have been in my house and left this behind - can you identify this for me please?

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he he ....

Big thank you to Olie from Bonners - Milton Keanes uk who personally delivered and installed it late last night!

Cheers to Bonners


No good but carry on regardless
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Amazing that things get delivered in times of COVID-19....

Enjoy your new piano especially during lockdown there is lots of time to play!

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I don't know what that is, but it does look fairy nice! smile

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So true about the virus - I was beginning to panic a bit and it is changing so fast here in the UK. I spoke to a Piano carrier also the other day who said that people are either jumping and buying anything going to their kids or cancelling orders made with dealers and so many of them are shutting up shop.

LOL to U3piano!

Only played for a short time and sounds so different to the shop environment and also to my old Yamaha in same position in room. Still impressed with the action. But may have to play around with output. Will keep you all posted smile


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Originally Posted by U3piano
I don't know what that is, but it does look fairy nice! smile


Surely, you meant to say fairly........oh wait, I get it! It’s a play on Killomiter’s ‘fairies’ remark. The implied ‘fairly’ is therefore referencing a fairy affair of sorts; where the fairy, a mythical being, does not indicate a misnomer but rather a double entendre. Is this observation correct, I ask? crazy

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Originally Posted by Pete14
Originally Posted by U3piano
I don't know what that is, but it does look fairy nice! smile


Surely, you meant to say fairly........oh wait, I get it! It’s a play on Killomiter’s ‘fairies’ remark. The implied ‘fairly’ is therefore referencing a fairy affair of sorts; where the fairy, a mythical being, does not indicate a misnomer but rather a double entendre. Is this observation correct, I ask? crazy


My My My Pete might be actually serious. Not LOL


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