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#2612686 - 02/08/17 02:19 PM Re: Kawai ES7 user thread [Re: CyberGene]
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Registered: 11/30/12
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Originally Posted By CyberGene
After two years of relatively medium usage at home only (being played once each other day for an hour with Chopin mainly) most of the keys make a clicky sound when there is lateral movement, i.e. when you don't press them straight down but with certain angle to the left or to the right (to test: put a finger on top of a key without pressing it and start wobbling it in left-right direction and listen for the clicks). This doesn't affect the playability, sensitivity, precision or homogeneity of the keyboard, however it is a very annoying plasticky noise. Wondering if anyone else has experienced this or something's wrong with my keyboard...


My ES7 is now 4+ years old with well over 1,500 hours on it. It's been mostly at home, was gigged often for about a year, now just home full time. I must admit it has truly been a rock solid slab, but yes, the keys are starting to show some age. My symptoms are probably common as any decent stage pianos with a lot of mileage: You can see some wear on the surface of keys. I have little bit of noticeable left/right wobble on some keys mostly between C3 and C6. I do not have and plasticky clicking noise but rather some slight mechanical noise in the action and "thumping" bottoming sound that has become louder over the years. Kind of reminds me of the RD700NX PHAIII thumping when playing with a heavy hand. As with CyberGene, it does not affect playability or precision whatsoever, yet can be somewhat annoying when practicing late at night in the most quiet environment. I was recently thinking about having the keybed reconditioned or a winter DIY project to tackle if the cost was reasonable for new felt, rubber key contacts, etc.

The ES7 is still my go-to for daily practice at home. Also, still love the ap sound and simplicity of turn-on-and-play with no futzing. I was almost going to sell/trade-in for an ES8, but still very happy with my faithful ES7. However, I can't wait to see the all new ES9 design next year with new RHIV wooden key action wink


(for the record; I have absolutely no clue about any ES9 release or RH4 wooden key action. Just fun to speculate)
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#2612746 - 02/08/17 06:54 PM Re: Kawai ES7 user thread [Re: mabraman]
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CyberGene, Marko, I'm confident that an servicing performed by a skilled technician will restore your pianos to their former glory. There are a lot of moving parts in a piano action, so I expect the lubricant may have dried or migrated over time.

Give your Kawai dealer/distributor a call, explain the situation, and I'm confident that they will offer their services to you.

Kind regards,
James
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