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The NV10 is all need at my age and skill level.


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You must be pretty skilled if it takes an NV10 to suit you! smile

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I wanted the best “silent” piano available I could get. This was it. In hindsight I should have looked at a K300atx3. But I have a great compromise. The one have now was built in Dec. 2019. I got it as a replacement in spring 2020. So it’s still pretty new. The lighter action is nice also.


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That's great, Tom. I'm kind of in the same boat as you, but my long term plan (5-10 years out) is to get an acoustic grand.

From a DP perspective, the NV-10 checks almost all the boxes. It's got an unmatched action, it looks great (will let the unfinished back panel debates fly on their own), and with my new VST setup, I have instant, invisible turn-on-and-play capability with zero visible wires/hacks. I even like the sound of Garritan through the NV-10's speakers. So I see very little need to upgrade it in the future!

And in that ideal future in which I own an acoustic, I suspect I'll still need a digital for silent play, so I might not be trading up the NV-10 either....


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Originally Posted by ˆTomLCˆ
I wanted the best “silent” piano available I could get. This was it. In hindsight I should have looked at a K300atx3. But I have a great compromise. The one have now was built in Dec. 2019. I got it as a replacement in spring 2020. So it’s still pretty new. The lighter action is nice also.

I tried a K300 Aures a while ago and it felt quite heavy to me. Maybe because it was new, I'm not sure.

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Here's a new interview/performance video featuring Oi-san and Koike-san (and my colleague Ito-san):



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Thank you, James.

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Interesting video. Thanks for sharing!

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So James do we get to pick which one of the pianists that will be delivered with our new Kawai Novus piano wink laugh


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Hi James,

Hmmm...

From your video, this looks like the damper back action from the NV-10S:

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And there's the same back action from my NV-10:
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The NV-10's damper weights seem to be graded to four discrete zones, whereas the NV-10S's has individual per-key linear grading?

Would you be able to confirm that?

I don't recall that detail showing up anywhere in the NV-10S literature, but if true, it's a nice (subtle) improvement.


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Here's a new interview/performance video featuring Oi-san and Koike-san (and my colleague Ito-san):



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Nice video!!!!


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I received my NV5S recently, just wanted to join to post my findings. I’m a novice returning to piano after many years (guitar mostly in between). Really love the feel and sound of the NV5S but noticed an issue from the get go with some specific keys intermittently failing to sound. Wanted to post a clip and see if any ideas, find out if its a common issue or whether this would even be considered an issue at all. Kawai apparently need to send an engineer to take a look.

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Dear Friend, welcome to the magic world of NV5.
I had one. And I had the SAME problem. I got in touch with 3 persons who owned NV5 and they ALL had the same problem.
The tech came and he resolve the issue but I was non really satisfied.

After 6 months I sold NV5 and I bought NV10S.


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You can also find some threads in this forum regarding this problem.

I never understood why KAWAI is not fixing this issue.


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This is weird. Can you feel the weight of the hammer when that happens? I’m wondering if it’s caused by regulation issue such as jack not resetting under the butt even when the key is released. If that’s the case the key will feel lighter because it won’t be throwing the hammer. However if you can feel the full hammer weight under the key, then it’s something else, maybe a sensor misalignment or a problem with the electronics.

It’s a bit worrying that it’s not an isolated case though.


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As CG suggests, the piano might need regulation. If not then the piano is broken. And if lots of folks have this problem then shame on Kawai.

Reading time and again about failures in the Novus line of pianos is dismaying.

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Regulation and/or sensor adjustment is probably needed. Not really a big deal, except to say that Kawai and Yamaha need to ensure these hybrids are properly set up, in a store/shop before being sent onto customers. Just like an acoustic is (hopefully). This is the real problem.

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Hi, I confirm is a sensor adjustment needed. Maybe something not so difficult but when you pay almost 6k for a piano you don't expect this kind of problem...


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I'm wondering if, assuming it's a regulation issue, the reason is rough handling by transportation with the assumption it's a digital piano, hence more durable to stresses. Taking in mind how precise the regulation needs to be in acoustic pianos where most parts are held/fixed by screws and felts, a higher shock may cause these to compress and change slightly.


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Originally Posted by Murmur2k
I received my NV5S recently, just wanted to join to post my findings. I’m a novice returning to piano after many years (guitar mostly in between). Really love the feel and sound of the NV5S but noticed an issue from the get go with some specific keys intermittently failing to sound. Wanted to post a clip and see if any ideas, find out if its a common issue or whether this would even be considered an issue at all. Kawai apparently need to send an engineer to take a look.

The squeaky sound is also not normal. Might be a regulation issue. When I received my K300 ATX3 (has same action I think), I also got silent notes on two keys after a while, both in acoustic and in digital modes. That was due to the reason that Cybergene mentioned, the jack not completely resetting, in my case because of too tight center pins and humidity increasing. This was fixed by having a technician look at the regulation (who changed pins). However, that was on black keys with damper pedal down, which apparently is typical, and there was no squeaking. So this might be something else.

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