mwf: My K300 with ATX3 came with a 10 year warranty on the acoustic side of the piano and a 5 year warranty on the ATX3 electronics side. I'm not sure what the warranty period is like on purely digital pianos, but I would be surprised if it's not within the range of 3 to 5 years.
The kawai ca99 is probably not much less than kawai k200 or even k300.
I don’t believe all people who buy such expensive pianos , do because they need volume control...
So with that said why not just buy k series kawai and have real thing???
Are acoustic that hard to maintain?
This is a good question, and I think we should discuss about in a new post.
If you play fine tuned and voiced acoustic pianos in a shop, you will always find that acoustics are thar better than digitals.
Better sound, better keyboard, better control, more pleasure with playing etc.
It is my experience, so far.
Well, it is not totally true, because bad acoustic piano exist.
I had one.
My first piano was an acoustic. I found it marvellous in the beginning.
But after some months it was not so big. Always out of tune, bad keyboard.
It was a bad acoustic piano, cheap but bad (500 $)
The main characteristic of this situation are :
- misconception of the piano : impossible to maintained tuned
- very unconstant hygrometrics in the house
I must add that with this acoustic I could not play during the night, the morning, and sometimes when my famillly was fed up with all this noise.
Here the problem it is the house . Solution is very expensive...
So first step : to have an acoustic you need :
- buy a really good acoustic and that keeps the tuning
- have a big house where you have a room for the instrument, and nobody else hear you playing. (and it is better to work alone)
- have good hygrometrics, temperature and so on, or buy a damp-chaser and wait until all be stabilized
So after my first acoustic I bought an ES8 digital piano. It was marvellous : precise keyboard far better than my acoustic, always tuned, and I could play 27/7.
And I play a lot. Everybody felt better in the house...
After some month I sold my acoustic because I never used it, it was too bad.
So now it apears that after 7 years learning the piano (I am near 58 years old), I am fed up with my ES8 too !
First the keyboard is not exactly responding like an acoustic, and now I feel the difficulty to be connected with the music and to produce nuances ppp and FFF and so on.
And it is difficult to play instantly on an acoustic piano.
Second I am fed up with the sound despite the almost infinite possibilities to modify every thing.
So I begin to think about buy a new piano. I thought a lot about the Kawai K300 ATX3 or the same Yamaha (exists but more expensive).
I am not sure that my final choice is the better, but I have strong "technical constraints" so I chose the rational side against the heart side.
I chose to buy a very expensive hybrid piano, the Yamaha N1X (7000 €). Because :
- I play with headphone 95 %of the time
- I will have a grand keyboard : best choice for technical work an expressivity
- for the 5 % when I play out loud I will have a not so bad sound