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Hi there,

I recently tried playing a Yamaha CVP-701 and a CVP-709. I felt that CVP-709 action is a lot better than 701, but I couldn't exactly tell why! I assume that both models basically have the same action (GH3X), with CVP-709 adds the natural wood X (NWX), which I doubt it contributes much in the key action. So is there any particular point that makes the touch of CVP-709 better?

I'm asking this question because I might have been amazed by CVP-709 appearance and the sound quality, and wrongly concluded that the key action was a lot better. I'm determined to buy a CVP series Yamaha, but the price gap between these two is big. Do you guys have any good (or bad) experice with the key action of CVP-701? Any commnet will help me a lot!

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a226, in addition to featuring the NWX keyboard action, the CVP-709 also incorporates counterweights within the keys.

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a226 , James is exactly right. I own the CVP709 and the counterweights in particular allow you to play very softly with accuracy. I realise its expensive but the features are fantastic. Good luck with your search.

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Thank you guys!

That's true. I specifically realized that playing trill and tremolo is a lot easier in 709, which is probably due to the key counterweights!

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I just wanted to add an additional note to this thread.

I decided to add another digital piano to the collection this year for the kids and really wanted the bells and whistles of the CVP line. I tried out all the models along with many non-Yamaha digitals but ultimately opted for the CVP-701 (based primarily on price). Instrument arrived yesterday and while I love all the features as it makes the whole experience entertaining, the sound reinforcement in this mode quite frankly stinks. In fact, I moved it beside a very old CLP-170 and I can say without a doubt that the amp/speaker setup of the CLP is MUCH better.

My point is that not only is the action better on the higher end models, but just as important (unless you are dedicated to headphone use) is the sound reinforcement which improves as you go up the ladder. That said, I knew this when I purchased the unit as I had every intention of disabling the internal amp and using a pair of decent near field monitors with 1 or 2 subs. Total cost is still significantly lower than upgrading to a higher end model although the higher models do have that lovely touch screen interface.

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CVP-701 : 2x25W... The sound speakers can't rival my CLP150 (2x60W)... and then your CLP170 (don't know how much power). It is sad that more amp power means A LOT more expensive and then it is cheaper to buy another speakers set.


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I played the cvp 601 against the 609. Didn`t want to buy either because of their looks. But the 609 was the best piano I`ve ever played. The keyboard was wonderful and gave a feeling of total control which I`ve never encountered since. Even most acoustics didn`t come close to that. Allegedly, m`lud .

Edit Seems from what I read that from my own viewpoint I might be better looking at expensive previous models when I change my current piano . . .

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