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Kawai CA49 CA59 CA79 CA99
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I have been playing on a Yamaha YDP-181 for a few years, recently I was planning to upgrade my digital piano to something better, I did some research and decided on Kawai for their realistic piano keyboard.

The CA59 was within the price range I was after so I went to a piano shop to try it out. Unfortunately, they didn’t have the CA59 but they do have the CA49, CA79 and CA99. The shop assistant showed me the 49 and 79 and let me tried them - I played them both for about an hour and I can easily tell the 79 is superior to the 49. I didn’t like the matte keys on the 49 and the artificial sound it produced. The high notes are particularly jarring, with a bell-like sharpness that’s unlike a piano. The 79 is much more realistic in the touch of the keyboard and sounds louder and more authentic. So I thought, I may have to spend a little more to buy this CA79. I haven’t tried the CA59 but now my heart is set on the 79.

The shop assistant came over and after chatting for a while he told me to try the CA99 as well. I did - and unfortunately (or fortunately) there’s no going back, now I want the 99! This is the first digital piano that made me feel like I am playing a real acoustic piano. The realism is due to the subtle vibrations you feel in the keys, you can literally feel the steel strings vibrating when you are playing! I actually thought they added haptic vibrations to each of the keys, but I think it has to do with the soundboard. The bass keys are especially impressive. (Btw, this piano feels like a grand piano, not an upright.)

So after spending 2 hours in the shop, I am leaning towards the CA99 - CA59 is long forgotten. Do you think it is a good decision? I am getting the non polished model, which is cheaper and looks better in my opinion.

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Hi Piayes. Your experience bears out an old maxim: You can only truly know from your own experience, and not from descriptions given by others.

"Seeing is believing" should be restated as "trying is believing".

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The CA 99 seems to be where your heart lies so it is a good decision if you go ahead with it and other people's opinions are not really needed anymore smile


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Why not try the NV10 too - your hearth will probably be set on it.

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I would go back and try it again, now that the wow has perhaps slightly faded and you can be more objective. It might not change your mind of course, and the salesman will know he has the advantage if any bargaining starts. wink

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Hello Piayes, welcome to the forum!

Originally Posted by Piayes
Do you think it is a good decision? I am getting the non polished model, which is cheaper and looks better in my opinion.

If you like the piano, and its price is within your budget, I believe you have made a good decision.

Personally, I prefer the classic look of the ebony polish finish - especially on the CA99.

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Why not try the NV10 too - your hearth will probably be set on it.

Maybe I should.... lol but in terms the price and performance ratio, I think CA99 is better. Also I live in an apartment with limited space, so NV10 probably won’t fit. I think that after getting the CA99, the next upgrade path will be the NV series. I don’t think there’s anything better, or is there?

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Originally Posted by Kawai James
Personally, I prefer the classic look of the ebony polish finish - especially on the CA99.

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The polished look is classic piano style, I can see why most people prefer it. The matte look blends in well with modern IKEA furnishings, that’s why I like it.

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Originally Posted by MacMacMac
Hi Piayes. Your experience bears out an old maxim: You can only truly know from your own experience, and not from descriptions given by others.

"Seeing is believing" should be restated as "trying is believing".

That’s true, I have been reading a lot about how there’s very few differences between the CA79 and CA99. If you compared them with their spec sheets, you may think that’s the case, until you tried them out then you realized it’s not!

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Originally Posted by Piayes
I think that after getting the CA99, the next upgrade path will be the NV series. I don’t think there’s anything better, or is there?

Erhm, in this budget range, have you considered an acoustic piano?

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Erhm, in this budget range, have you considered an acoustic piano?

I would if I could! I live in an apartment building, and I like to play at night. I used to live at another apartment building and I had an acoustic piano. The neighbour would banged on the wall every time I practised, even during the day. One time, he knock on my door and told me to stop playing because he needs to sleep (at 3pm).

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Okay, understood.
Then even hybrid and "silent" acoustic actions may make too much percussive noise.


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