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I'm getting a Kawai GL30 soon and looking for another digital piano that the wife or I could play while the other is using the GL30.

It would be nice to play duets with both instruments at the same time. So having a digital piano that could keep up with the volume of the grand piano would be good.

I could potentially swing the $$$ for a ca99 but just wondering if that's overkill because at the end of the day I have a grand to play anyway.

Considering maybe a kdp120 instead?

Or maybe an es920

What would you recommend?

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What’s your approximate budget?
Something like the NU1X might be close in price to the CA99, I’m not 100% sure.


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Nu1x is $8000, ca99 $5000, es920 $1800 or $2300 with cabinet and pedals, kdp120 $1700

I definitely wouldn't want to spend above $5000

Prices in Australia

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Actually looks like you can get the NU1x for $7000.

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If it were my decision, I'd go for the ES920. But that just tells you where _my_ trade-offs lead me, not where _your_ trade-offs lead you.

To make a DP as loud as an acoustic piano, get a pair of powered monitors with total power of 150 watts or more. That's about what Yamaha puts in the N-series hybrids, and the Kawai NV10 has 135 watts.

Note (of course) that making something as _loud_ as an acoustic piano, doesn't mean that it will sound as good.


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Es920 sounds like a good recommendation. That's what the piano shop owner told me to go for with the gl30 too. Seemed like he was a pretty honest guy, told me he prefers the gl30 over the gl40 and the ca99 over the nv5. So obviously not trying to get me to spend more money.

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Why would he like the cheaper model over it's more expensive bigger brother? Makes no sense

Maybe he knows that's where Ur budget lies

Not many people will say a ca99 is better than an nv5



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recommendation. That's what the piano shop owner told me to go for with the gl30 too. Seemed like he was a pretty honest guy, told me he prefers the gl30 over the gl40 and the ca99 over the nv5. So obviously not trying to get me to spend more money.

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Originally Posted by Tim_Noob
Nu1x is $8000, ca99 $5000

Ridiculous. Here in Germany both models cost almost the same.


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The prices paid thread shows these sales of the NU1X:
oneilt130 . . . . .Dec 2018. . .$5700
Jjfish930 . . . . .Dec 2019. . .$5005
GCK . . . . . . . .Nov 2020. . .$5295
EarElephant . . . .Mar 2021. . .$5348


... and these sales of the CA99:
Repson. . . . . . .Jun 2020. . .$4000
orpheansodality . .Feb 2021. . .$5449


The prices are not that far apart.

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Prices as of today on a large Europe online retailer:

NU1X: 4399€
CA-99 EP: 4333€
CA-99 B: 3777€

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I'm guessing these are USD not AUD prices also these are all taxes inclusive.

So a nu1x is $7000 AUD/ $5137 USD

A ca 99 ebony polish is $5800 AUD/ $4256 USD

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Originally Posted by Pianowill
Why would he like the cheaper model over it's more expensive bigger brother? Makes no sense

Maybe he knows that's where Ur budget lies

Not many people will say a ca99 is better than an nv5



Originally Posted by Tim_Noob
Es920 sounds like a good
recommendation. That's what the piano shop owner told me to go for with the gl30 too. Seemed like he was a pretty honest guy, told me he prefers the gl30 over the gl40 and the ca99 over the nv5. So obviously not trying to get me to spend more money.


He said he prefers a grand action so a simulated grand action over an actual upright action is his preference.

He also said he felt the GL30 had a lot of effort put into it because it fit a specific place in the Kawai line up, but that the gl40 was a bit out of place and didn't receive as much effort as a result and to his ears didn't sound as good.

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My apologies for posting something so off topic, but every time I look at the title of this thread, I want to reply with:

"a nice Pinot Noir"! smirk


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Originally Posted by KSCardinal
My apologies for posting something so off topic, but every time I look at the title of this thread, I want to reply with:

"a nice Pinot Noir"! smirk
Lol!

I like the way your mind works!


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