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Yes, but it is a valid question: is it or isn't it? Solid or laminated? Kawai should answer it clearly, because on that answer depends how closely we need to watch the humidity. Speaking of which - I noticed my CA99 rattling at full volume. So I had to remove all the hygrometers from it. Now it is again rattle-free
So I finally found some settings who actually fits me. After several week to find the best option to record with USB, I can share you my new video. I'm not totally proud or the sound but at least these settings are quite satisfying. What do you think about it ? Thank you for your feedback
Thank you for sharing your video Sodari, I think it sounds great.
I'm afraid I don't have any information regarding "optimum humidity" for soundboard equipped digital pianos. However, Japan has humid summers and dry winters, so I expect the engineers would have taken these factors into account when designing the soundboard speaker system.
If you have any further queries or concerns, please ask the Kawai distributor in your country (you did not state where you are based, so I'm unfortunately unable to provide a direct contact address).
Kawai James, but do you know if the soundboard is solid or laminated? Because if it is solid, we need to monitor and maintain humidity in some safe range. If it is laminated - then no need to worry about that, at least for people who live in areas with moderate climate. That is why I think Kawai should reveal this information. If you own an instrument with a solid soundboard you should know that and you should take care of it accordingly.
Finally, today I am able to play on my CA99 this (incomplete) chord: C2-C3-E3, where simultaneously fingers 5-2 play an octave, and fingers 5-1- a tenth. This perhaps is no big deal for people with big hands, but until now I was not able to play it without rolling. On my GEM RPStudio with Fatar keyboard - no problem, I can play it easily. So the question is: did I stretch my fingers enough or did the keys become loose. When attempting to play that chord, I always squeeze the keys - involuntarily. Perhaps they now move sideways more. If so, not sure if it is bad or not.
Finally, today I am able to play on my CA99 this (incomplete) chord: C2-C3-E3, where simultaneously fingers 5-2 play an octave, and fingers 5-1- a tenth.
That's quite a big stretch. I can just about play this, but not comfortably. (note that I broke my left wrist a couple of years ago and lost some flexibility in my hand and fingers)
Oh, I can't play it comfortably either, not on CA99 yet, but at least I can play it now. On RPStudio it is much easier. I think it is a difference of about 3 mm, because the outer-most of the inner keys move sideways eliminating the gaps between them and the keys next to them on inside. The squeezing effect. CA99 has stiffer keys.
And welcome to the left wrist club! I damaged mine a few years ago by overdoing it with barre on a guitar. Probably tendinitis. But it seems not to affect piano, only guitar.
Originally Posted by Kawai James
Which piece are you practising, may I ask?
Oh, just some left hand warm-up (or torture) thing I mostly invented myself in the style of swing piano - although the original idea was probably taken from a two line example in John Valerio's Stride & Swing Piano. But it is much shorter there and there is no such octave + tenth thing at all.
So now I got this new toy (you gotta love Thomann): Lab4Music Sipario Advanced MIDI Router.
If you do this: CA99 midi out -> Sipario midi in then your CA99 (or CA79, or anything) becomes a super-powerful master keyboard. And you can add to Sipario further expander modules or keyboards as additional sound sources for CA99. Well, it would be even more powerful if you wait for the new announced Sipario X toy.
Looks like Michael and I are getting instruments on the same day (assuming all goes well)!
Incoming CA99 in satin black for two of my kids who take lessons, and to a much lesser extent me (hacking my way through Faber Adult book 1, and might possibly take lessons). We're upgrading from a Yamaha P-105, bought new in 2014, currently stationed in one of the kids' upstairs bedrooms.
Welcome, Mickey and planet, to the CA79/99 club! I find these units to be way more piano than I expected! The action is amazing to me. The built-in samples and engine is more than enough. Great choice!
Previous owner of a Yahama P-120 - now has new life with a student New owner of a Kawai CA79 (and love it!)
So I got my CA79 delivered this morning. Everything is fine, no buzzing, rattling, no clicking keys, nothing. I did the software updates (UI, System) Just already spotted some bugs in the UI (like piano settings reseted - I don't remember exactly how to reproduce this behaviour).
Got my CA99 setup this past weekend. Previously had a Korg B1 so my 5 year old could start piano lessons, she's turning 8 soon and seems like she will be sticking with piano, so we upgraded. We wanted an acoustic, but we just didn't have the space for one, so this seemed like the best option in our price range.
I also struggled with the piano settings resetting. I wanted to enable auto shut off after 15 mins of inactivity, but that setting always reset after turning off the piano. Then i realized under the auto shut off setting there was a Startup option, which was set to startup at default. When i changed it to Startup as "Current", then the auto shut off setting kept.
Now I have assembled, updated and played the piano for a couple of hours. Everything is fine here too. No buzzing, clicking, rattling so far. I have tried Yamahas, Rolands and Casios DP before but never a Kawai, so this purchase was a bit of a gamble entirely based on internet reviews. But so far I am more than pleased. The keyboard was as good as I imagined and the pianosound isn´t secont to none and better than most. A positive surprise was the quality of all the other sounds. The only odd thing was the update procedure where I should use different USB ports for different updates. And for one update I should enter the menu system, but for the other I should hold down four keys on the piano before pressing the power button. Very strange! But apart from that, I am very excited and pleased whith my new instrument.