2017 was our 20th year online!

Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 3 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments.
Over 100,000 members from around the world.
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

Shop our online store for music lovers
SEARCH
Piano Forums & Piano World
(ad)
Best of Piano Buyer
 Best of Piano Buyer
(ad)
Faust Harrison Pianos
Faust Harrison 100+ Steinway pianos
(ad)
Wessell Nickel & Gross
PianoForAll
Who's Online Now
38 members (cygnusdei, Calavera, Anglagard44, Charles Cohen, dima5222, David B, Animisha, deadlymajesty, 12 invisible), 982 guests, and 743 robots.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
(ad)
Estonia Pianos
Estonia Pianos
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Hop To
#3040603 10/29/20 09:50 AM
Joined: Sep 2020
Posts: 80
F
floknot Offline OP
Full Member
OP Offline
Full Member
F
Joined: Sep 2020
Posts: 80
My VPC1 is there, finally! (Okay, "finally" may be a bit exaggerated as I only ordered it two days ago. wink )

[Linked Image]

I've been hesitating a long time about trading my Estonia for a Novus NV10, for various reasons, but after circumstances evolved in a positive way, I'm able to keep the grand after all. Which left me with only one thing to decide: which digital piano was I going to upgrade to for silent practice, coming from a 6 yrs-old Casio Celviano AP-450 (not a hybrid-ish GP Celviano but one with the "usual" triple sensor action)?

After having tested a myriad of other DPs over the last two years, I pulled the trigger and bought the VPC-1, which ironically is one of the only digital pianos I haven't had the opportunity to try out. laugh

I don't know how it will turn out yet but I have pretty high expectations from the instrument. I'm positive about not having to return it. smile

Really can't wait to unpack it and play on it! But, yeah, work first...

P.S. Pulling the package over a distance of 5 m just made me realize I should exercise a bit more, besides hanging around on PW (and playing piano) wink


Estonia L190, Kawai VPC1, Casio AP-450
floknot #3040791 10/29/20 05:41 PM
Joined: Sep 2020
Posts: 80
F
floknot Offline OP
Full Member
OP Offline
Full Member
F
Joined: Sep 2020
Posts: 80
Took a bit longer than expected, but all set finally. The thing is just crazy heavy, I wished I had someone to help me lift it out of its box. I'm pretty sure my back will let me know tomorrow wink I don't think I'll move it too often from its little corner:

[Linked Image]

And the family picture smile I more or less managed to align the keyboards so I can just turn back on the stool to face the VPC1 when I want to play silently.

[Linked Image]

I could only play a little bit but was already so tired I couldn't get anything right out of my fingers. I still need to get used to the touch, which is significantly different than the Casio's one (and the grand's touch, but that's no surprise). I kind of like it so far. It doesn't feel (too) heavy at all and plays really smoothly IMO. So far so good wink


Estonia L190, Kawai VPC1, Casio AP-450
floknot #3040817 10/29/20 07:07 PM
Joined: May 2020
Posts: 495
M
Full Member
Offline
Full Member
M
Joined: May 2020
Posts: 495
Congratulations on your purchase (and on setting it up all by yourself), floknot!

I wish you many happy hours in the company of your two beautiful pianos.


at home: Kawai MP11SE; Yamaha LG800; Yamaha HS7; Ultimate MS-100B; Sennheiser HD558 | office: MP7SE; K&M 18820; Beyerdynamic DT-770 Pro

Adult beginner
Hugh Sung, Popular Piano course (in progress)
Mickey_ #3040920 10/30/20 04:25 AM
Joined: Sep 2020
Posts: 80
F
floknot Offline OP
Full Member
OP Offline
Full Member
F
Joined: Sep 2020
Posts: 80
Thanks for the kind words, Mickey. smile

The VPC1 is indeed a beauty of its own blush. I can really appreciate not having any buttons or LEDs in my sight when playing. The Power button/LED is one too much, they should have hidden it on the rear side, like on the MP11SE. But I won't complain too much (at least now).

The inner qualities are actually more important to me. The action is okay, really quiet compared to the Casio's. Definitely a million levels below your NV10's but hey, didn't I just say I wouldn't complain too much? laugh The action is in the same league as the GF, I can really relate it and put it in the same family.

Despite complaining, I think I will get a lot of enjoyment out of it, not fearing disturbing anyone. The Casio was getting really noisy.


Estonia L190, Kawai VPC1, Casio AP-450
floknot #3040932 10/30/20 05:04 AM
Joined: Dec 2018
Posts: 1,793
U
1000 Post Club Member
Offline
1000 Post Club Member
U
Joined: Dec 2018
Posts: 1,793
A grand plus a vpc1, all playable from a single stool, can it get any better? laugh

Originally Posted by floknot
I can really appreciate not having any buttons or LEDs in my sight when playing. The Power button/LED is one too much, they should have hidden it on the rear side, like on the MP11SE.

I agree, while a very minor thing, still a strange choice to put that button+led on top since it's clean other than that. This led even blinks when using one of the two last velocity curve settings! cry That said you could easily put a black round sticker or something like that over it so you don't see the led. smile

floknot #3040952 10/30/20 06:47 AM
Joined: Sep 2020
Posts: 80
F
floknot Offline OP
Full Member
OP Offline
Full Member
F
Joined: Sep 2020
Posts: 80
The color-changing LED feature is indeed quite a special one crazy... I really needed to look twice to believe Kawai added such a - how can I say that - "fancy" feature to an otherwise extremely sober and elegant design.

But, hey, it's also not the end of the world. I could just put some music partitions on that spot (as I'm pretty sure a black sticker would stick out even more than the button itself, for me at least wink ).


Estonia L190, Kawai VPC1, Casio AP-450
floknot #3040967 10/30/20 07:56 AM
Joined: Dec 2018
Posts: 1,793
U
1000 Post Club Member
Offline
1000 Post Club Member
U
Joined: Dec 2018
Posts: 1,793
Originally Posted by floknot
(as I'm pretty sure a black sticker would stick out even more than the button itself, for me at least wink ).

Ill take the black sticker over the blinking led myself. grin

floknot #3042032 11/02/20 08:50 AM
Joined: Sep 2019
Posts: 831
500 Post Club Member
Offline
500 Post Club Member
Joined: Sep 2019
Posts: 831
Originally Posted by floknot
The color-changing LED feature is indeed quite a special one crazy... I really needed to look twice to believe Kawai added such a - how can I say that - "fancy" feature to an otherwise extremely sober and elegant design.

But, hey, it's also not the end of the world. I could just put some music partitions on that spot (as I'm pretty sure a black sticker would stick out even more than the button itself, for me at least wink ).

Well, I think the Button-LED is located on a good place as it is used not just to power on and off the unit but to easily select velocity curves and knowing which one is selected. I don't see it located on the rear side and fulfilling any of these selecting/status functions


Yamaha U3H
Kawai VPC1
...plus some other DPs, synths, controllers and VSTs

[Linked Image]
floknot #3042048 11/02/20 10:13 AM
Joined: Sep 2020
Posts: 80
F
floknot Offline OP
Full Member
OP Offline
Full Member
F
Joined: Sep 2020
Posts: 80
Yes, in that case it indeed makes sense to keep it at hand reach. I almost stick with a single curve once I found one I like (same for piano VI), but I can definitely imagine this can be handy if you need to switch curves frequently.


Estonia L190, Kawai VPC1, Casio AP-450
EB5AGV #3042247 11/03/20 04:09 AM
Joined: Dec 2018
Posts: 1,793
U
1000 Post Club Member
Offline
1000 Post Club Member
U
Joined: Dec 2018
Posts: 1,793
Originally Posted by EB5AGV
Well, I think the Button-LED is located on a good place as it is used not just to power on and off the unit but to easily select velocity curves and knowing which one is selected. I don't see it located on the rear side and fulfilling any of these selecting/status functions

Alright, agreed.

But, to continue my nitpicking, (I can be a bit of a perfectionist sometimes) I think it would be better if the (blinking) light would stop after 30 seconds or so. It's not like we need to be constantly reminded which velocity curve we have chosen or we suddenly forget and panic. grin

Maybe even better would be if the whole button with the light could be hidden as with the controls on the cs11, but that might be a bit over the top for a single button. smirk

U3piano #3042294 11/03/20 09:19 AM
Joined: Sep 2020
Posts: 80
F
floknot Offline OP
Full Member
OP Offline
Full Member
F
Joined: Sep 2020
Posts: 80
Originally Posted by U3piano
It's not like we need to be constantly reminded which velocity curve we have chosen or we suddenly forget and panic. grin
😂

I'm sure that if a VPC2 was to come out these days, a much more elegant and contemporary solution would be available. Some Google or Alexa integration for example. You just wake up and say "Hey Alexa, make me a fresh orange juice and set my VPC's dynamic curve to Light". wink

I put my laptop on that spot nowadays (yeah, for some reason, I can better stand seeing a laptop on the VPC than buttons) so the power button has become a non-issue.


Estonia L190, Kawai VPC1, Casio AP-450
floknot #3042324 11/03/20 11:09 AM
Joined: Dec 2018
Posts: 1,793
U
1000 Post Club Member
Offline
1000 Post Club Member
U
Joined: Dec 2018
Posts: 1,793
Originally Posted by floknot
I put my laptop on that spot nowadays (yeah, for some reason, I can better stand seeing a laptop on the VPC than buttons) so the power button has become a non-issue.

But... how do you turn it on? smirk

floknot #3042589 11/04/20 06:38 AM
Joined: Sep 2020
Posts: 80
F
floknot Offline OP
Full Member
OP Offline
Full Member
F
Joined: Sep 2020
Posts: 80
I'm also using that laptop for work, so it doesn't stay there all the time. When it does, the laptop soft case sits in between and I just manage to find the button blindly under it. wink


Estonia L190, Kawai VPC1, Casio AP-450
floknot #3054724 12/09/20 09:01 AM
Joined: May 2013
Posts: 3,020
Bronze Subscriber
3000 Post Club Member
Offline
Bronze Subscriber
3000 Post Club Member
Joined: May 2013
Posts: 3,020
How is the tuner/technician going to have enough room to draw the grand action?
Ian


I'm all keyed up
2016 Blüthner Model A
floknot #3059381 12/21/20 04:23 AM
Joined: Sep 2020
Posts: 80
F
floknot Offline OP
Full Member
OP Offline
Full Member
F
Joined: Sep 2020
Posts: 80
There's enough space to move the grand around should it be needed. However I'm moving over two months to a new location and I don't think I can keep the same arrangement. Ideally, there would be no need to share the same bench wink


Estonia L190, Kawai VPC1, Casio AP-450

Link Copied to Clipboard
What's Hot!!
Pianos - Organs - & Keyboards, Oh My!
My first professionally recorded piece
---------------------
Visit Maine, Meet Mr. Piano World
---------------------
Posting Pictures on the Forums
-------------------
Forums RULES & HELP
-------------------
ADVERTISE on Piano World
(ad)
Pianoteq
Steinway Spiro Layering
(ad)
PianoDisc

PianoDisc
(ad)
Piano Life Saver - Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad)
Mason & Hamlin Pianos
New Topics - Multiple Forums
When Mozart plays a mean trick on you
by cygnusdei - 11/28/21 02:20 AM
Thin\hollow sound - improvement possible?
by TBell - 11/28/21 01:26 AM
Es920
by Jitin - 11/27/21 10:11 PM
Shopping spree reports
by Marc345 - 11/27/21 06:24 PM
Fishy scientific experiment - needs candidates.
by ZeroZero - 11/27/21 04:09 PM
Download Sheet Music
Virtual Sheet Music - Classical Sheet Music Downloads
Forum Statistics
Forums42
Topics210,282
Posts3,149,257
Members103,450
Most Online15,252
Mar 21st, 2010
Please Support Our Advertisers

Faust Harrison 100+ Steinways

Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver

 Best of Piano Buyer

PianoTeq Bechstein
Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

Virtual Sheet Music - Classical Sheet Music Downloads



 
Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
| Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | MapleStreetMusicShop.com - Our store in Cornish Maine


© copyright 1997 - 2021 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.5