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So, here we are, exactly two months since I placed my order for the VPC1 with Sweetwater, and... no joy <sigh>.

A couple of weeks ago, I noticed that they had a used one available, so I took a drive out there to check it out. I was worried about how old it might be, since Kawai has been making these things for eight years now.

The piano guy looked it up on his computer. Turns out it arrived at Sweetwater in the summer of 2020, as a refurb, and was returned by the buyer in December. The refurb status alone should have taken 10-15% off the "new" price, but they were only offering a 20% discount. On his advice, I decided to pass on it, and continue waiting for a new one.

Something tells me I've got another month or more to wait... frown


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The VPC1 was a hot item pre-COVID. I got mine at Sweetwater too, and at the time, they were able to precisely tell me when it would be on stock. All I had to do was wait until the morning of the day to quickly place an order. And as far as my research went at the time, Sweetwater were the first to get items in stock, quicker than PianoSolutions and KraftMusic.

Unfortunately, there is no true competition for the VPC1 - so I totally understand your situation - I hope the logistics kick back into rhythm pretty soon.

First week of June is generally being viewed as a milestone for many items to be in stock at high levels.


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Originally Posted by mmathew
Now that the "breaking in" period is over for you Animisha - let's see (hear) some repertoire!

Re: curved top - did you consider using two long sided mouse pads? I used two long-sided mouse pads, and had cut a slot in them for the music stand to go in. This worked well for me.

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I don't have this setup anymore. One version of this setup had a laptop in place of the Focusrite, which I moved to the right. The VPC1 is very sturdily built and though the top is curved, I think it can be made to work for you!

Happy playing!

Hi mmathew!

Somehow I have missed your post. The repertoire may come in a week or so, exclusively for this club. wink
I have not considered long sided mouse pads because I didn't know they even existed. It seems to be a very good idea to protect the curved top in this way. I could combine the pads with...

Originally Posted by EB5AGV
transparent soft plastic adhesive pieces on the bottom front, to make for the height difference due to the curvature

I could put such pieces underneath the pads. I do not want to put these on my laptop, because I use my laptop also for other purposes. For instance, when mixing audio and video for a recording, I sit at a table and I want my laptop to be stable.

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Another option for preventing sliding on the curved top is those kitchen devices made of thin, pliable silicon called Trivets, designed for setting hot pans on a table without damaging the table.

This is what I use right now! But they are too small to prevent scratches.


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Originally Posted by SeaDrive
So, here we are, exactly two months since I placed my order for the VPC1 with Sweetwater, and... no joy <sigh>.

It is a long wait. I feel for you!


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Originally Posted by SeaDrive
So, here we are, exactly two months since I placed my order for the VPC1 with Sweetwater, and... no joy <sigh>.

A couple of weeks ago, I noticed that they had a used one available, so I took a drive out there to check it out. I was worried about how old it might be, since Kawai has been making these things for eight years now.

The piano guy looked it up on his computer. Turns out it arrived at Sweetwater in the summer of 2020, as a refurb, and was returned by the buyer in December. The refurb status alone should have taken 10-15% off the "new" price, but they were only offering a 20% discount. On his advice, I decided to pass on it, and continue waiting for a new one.

Something tells me I've got another month or more to wait... frown

In perspective, I am glad I jumped at the oportunity to buy mine in July 2020. I bought it used, and came with licenses for Synthogy Ivory II Grand Pianos and Ivory II American Concert D, a set of nice Harman Kardon SoundSticks 2.1 speakers and a custom wood support, for 750€. I did a one-day trip of about 750km to pick it up!. But it was worth the hassle.

I hope your wait ends soon!

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Originally Posted by Animisha
Somehow I have missed your post. The repertoire may come in a week or so, exclusively for this club. wink
I have not considered long sided mouse pads because I didn't know they even existed.


I think the proper name for those would be gaming mouse pads - in case you're having trouble finding them online...


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Originally Posted by mmathew
Now that the "breaking in" period is over for you Animisha - let's see (hear) some repertoire!

As promised, here it is!



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Animisha, I really enjoyed this - thank you for posting! And fwiw, I thought Pianoteq was sounding pretty darn good.

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Originally Posted by Animisha
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Now that the "breaking in" period is over for you Animisha - let's see (hear) some repertoire!

As promised, here it is!
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Animisha, you seem to have an elegant and cozy setup for a VST!

The sound is so warm and articulate. But I think it has to do with your playing than anything else :-) Compliments!!!


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Wonderful sound and playing, congratulations!. You have adapted perfectly to the VPC1 thumb


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Thank you, pwl, mmathew and EB5AGV, that is very kind of you!

Pianoteq 6, Bechstein D282, VPC1 preset pianoteq and Pianoteq fully neutral. That's my setup. smile


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Originally Posted by Animisha
Thank you, pwl, mmathew and EB5AGV, that is very kind of you!

Pianoteq 6, Bechstein D282, VPC1 preset pianoteq and Pianoteq fully neutral. That's my setup. smile

I agree with you on VPC1 curve setup with Pianoteq. My only problem is when I forget to change it and play VSL Synchron Pianos. They sound really dull with that setting eek


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Animisha, can you refresh my memory on what stand you're using? Thanks!

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Beautiful!


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Thank you AlphaTerminus! Pwl, I bought Stagg MXS-A1 Universal Stand. I thought it would be quite ugly but in fact, it is very descreet, so you hardly notice it. However, do you see the silly screw close to the middle? Sometimes that touches my knee, so I had to replace it.


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Hello,

Originally Posted by Animisha
I bought Stagg MXS-A1 Universal Stand. I thought it would be quite ugly but in fact, it is very descreet, so you hardly notice it. However, do you see the silly screw close to the middle? Sometimes that touches my knee, so I had to replace it.


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I use this exact same stand and am quite happy with it. It sits like a rock and is a much better option than X- or Z-stands. In relation to its price, it is next to unbeatable.

Funnily enough, I had the exact same reservations as @Animisha about its aesthetics, but in real life it is totally fine. I use it with only the rear one of those indeed 'silly screws' in place, and that works just fine as well.

Great to read from your experience that it will hold a VPC, because a VPC1 or who knows 2 is amongst my several piano dreams. So once again I learned something today, thanks @Animisha!

Cheers and happy playing,

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VPC1 maintenance?

As the VPC1 has been in the market for so many years, I wonder if anyone has needed some maintenance. Mine, which is a May 2016 sold unit and so 5 years old (I bought it used in July 2020), had not yet needed any technical care, which is a good thing thumb

But there is no eternal keybed nor electronics, so I wonder about other people experiences.


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Seems they're not nearly as popular as the mp11se, still in stock, when the mp11's all went in the span of 2 days.

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Originally Posted by EinLudov
Seems they're not nearly as popular as the mp11se, still in stock, when the mp11's all went in the span of 2 days.

Well, of course not everyone enjoys fiddling with VSTs and such, so a complete, independent self-contained instrument, is more popular. For me it is the opposite, I love the upgrade possibilities of a controller plus VSTs setup.

My use is in my home studio, that helps also. Portability is not a problem eek


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Bought a VPC1 on monday. It was in Stock in Berlin and is currently on the way. I hope it's here at the end of the week. Piano Movers in Germany are generally a bit slow.


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