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Worthy piano upgrade over Kawai CN25
#3038715 10/23/20 05:05 PM
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Hello,
I"ve had my Kawai CN25 for like 3/4 years now, and recently I've moved out of my family home and I left my piano there because my brother got into piano and I didn't really feel like taking it from him at that given time (so that he won't lose the motivation to practice due to lack of the instrument to play on :)).
He recently suggested that he'd buy one once I take it, so I thought that I could sell it to him for a fair price and would get myself something better (he also mentioned that he really enjoys this piano :P).
I was thinking about something from CA line, like CA48/49, maybe CA58, the higher models are a little over my budget.
So my question is, which one of these (CA48/49/58, or maybe something else like some Yamaha) would you consider a decent upgrade to my CN25?:)
I don't need fancy LCD displays as long as the keys and the sound quality is good. smile
Cheers!

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anzeen #3038732 10/23/20 06:30 PM
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Not too convinced if the lower models of the CA series or any of their competitors in the same tier are a worthy upgrade over the CN series but it'll be good if you can get your hands on the CA59 or Yamaha CLP-745.


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anzeen #3038807 10/24/20 04:08 AM
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Don't waste too much time online, because this is too subjective and beyond good description, you must try them.

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@anzeen: The next upgrade from a CN series should be an instrument from the CA series. But the CA49 uses the same piano engine of the CN series, so IMHO it would not be a great upgrade from your CN25. You should go at least for a CA59 (better speakers, more connectivity, better piano engine).
A CA79 would be the best choice, because it uses the last piano engine from Kawai (SK-EX Rendering Engine) and its wooden action has longer keys so it feels even better than the CA59 action.
The Yamaha CLP-745 has very similar features to the Kawai CA59. But Yamaha DPs usually are even more expensive.

P.S.: if you can still find a new discounted CA58 then I strongly suggest to buy it. It's almost the same as the CA59 but you can save 6-700 euros on it. And IMHO the very few new features of the CA59 are not worth those more money compared to the previous model.

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Hello anzeen,

Originally Posted by anzeen
So my question is, which one of these (CA48/49/58, or maybe something else like some Yamaha) would you consider a decent upgrade to my CN25?:)
I don't need fancy LCD displays as long as the keys and the sound quality is good. smile

All of those models will be a nice step-up in quality and realism compared to your CN25. Those instrument utilise the Shigeru Kawai SK-EX piano samples (which many prefer to the original Kawai EX sound in your CN25), and feature wooden-key keyboard actions.

I would recommend visiting some piano dealers in order to play-test these instruments in person, as well as to check models from other manufacturers within your budget.

Best of luck!

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