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For me it sounds like a concert grand. If I understood well, there is a kind of brillance somewhat beneath the "pure" piano tone you don't like. It could be the duplex scale. Isn't there in your Kawai an option to disable the duplex scale? Even on acoustics, there are people who don't like the brillance caused by the duplex scale, and ask their technicians to mute them.

But, having played a lot on concert grands, especially Steinways, I would say your demo sounds just right, and the very pure and sterile sounds of current Rolands and PianoTeq sound wrong.


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Originally Posted by matschulat
For me it sounds like a concert grand. If I understood well, there is a kind of brillance somewhat beneath the "pure" piano tone you don't like. It could be the duplex scale. Isn't there in your Kawai an option to disable the duplex scale? Even on acoustics, there are people who don't like the brillance caused by the duplex scale, and ask their technicians to mute them.

But, having played a lot on concert grands, especially Steinways, I would say your demo sounds just right, and the very pure and sterile sounds of current Rolands and PianoTeq sound wrong.
As someone who was 'brought up' on a Steinway grand and having listened to it again I have to say it sounds very much like a digital and yes, I do think there is a flutter which is most noticeable in the bass. I certainly wouldn't call it a brilliance but hearing and definitions differ.


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Sounds good & normal to me, and btw, the notes aren't being held long enough for sample looping to be a factor, IMHO.

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Thank you all for the feedback. To clarify, the "fluttering" that is bothering me is the (somewhat/very) faint raspiness that you can only really hear in the sample if you turn up the volume. It is not the vibration of the strings. In any case, the dealer response is disappointing. They said they cannot do anything in my home but have to take the piano away to open and inspect. If there are issues found, its an indeterminate time before parts can be had from Japan. I'm not sure whether to bother going thru this if this will leave me piano-less for weeks/months.

But thank you all. It has bothered me less now that I have adapted to play at a reduced volume. But obvious this is not ideal.

On the other question -- IS THERE A LEVEL IN KNOB on the NV5? The manual says there is but I really cannot find any !!!!

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What even in theory could be "broken" in a digital piano that would affect the sound when recorded internally into a USB stick?

I doubt opening the piano and taking a look inside reveals anything. It would probably be waste of time.

Try to get a similar recording from another NV5. That should (probably) prove that that's the way they all sound like and it's a feature and not a fault. Maybe the dealer has a showroom model?

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