And another Kawai!
So my story is, I was looking for a piano for an apartment, so the volume generated was a concern. I grew up learning on acoustic pianos, and though I considered digital pianos, digital hybrids and acoustics with practice pedals, for me *and speaking strictly for me, the touch I was looking for, and my budget* only the NV5s/NV10s or the Yamaha silent system offered real competition to the Kawai K200-ATX4...and at that price, I had no doubt I wanted acoustic to be part of the picture.
Delivery was incredibly easy and fast--I had a list of things to check/review upon delivery, but it all happened so fast I barely had time to look for them. I live in a building with an accessible entrance and an elevator that is apparently big enough to fit a piano without even flipping or turning it.
So, it was over in a flash.
There was an inspection crew.
As for a review of the piano, my thoughts will surely continue to develop over the next few months...but here's what I can offer for now:
1. I love the smell of wood in this new piano, and all its moving parts are fascinating. This is the second time I get a new piano--the first time, I was 5 years old and didn't get to take a look at mechanism. Not sure why; now I think every kid who plays the piano should be shown it. It's just so cool how this "machine" works.
2. I wasn't sure how loud it was going to be in my space (as yet untreated acoustically, except for the floor under the piano, on which I put several layers of flooring/rubber/rug pad/rug). Yes, the full acoustic is too loud, but not hopelessly so; there are good possibilities for occasional use with further soundproofing. And, best of all, the practice pedal is really good! It quietens the sound to the point that couldn't really hear it when I was talking with my family at the same time (and no, we were not shouting). That was a very pleasant surprise, and I would definitely be comfortable playing with the practice pedal during daytime/activity hours. And it's not the same, but still musically satisfying. (the Yamaha B2 with silent system, by the way, did not come with a practice pedal. The dealer offered to add it, though. In the K200 though, it is native.)
3. Still, I'm glad I have the ATX-4 silencing option so that I can play stress-free. The sound options in it are really good, the default SK-EX grand option sounds beautiful to my ears. The only thing at first was that the tone in the C3-C4 range in the default setting seemed too bright/piercing, but I've been able to adjust it with the app and thus it shall remain (I do like warmer/mellower tones). I do love how easy it is to use the tone features, the metronome and recording in it. But I haven't fully explored all the exporting options.
4. My biggest disapointment is that alas, my Bose speaker does not work with it. Somehow they are not discovering each other with bluetooth (which certainly work separately, as they can pair with my other mobile devices), and there is an audio cable out that I can use to connect my speaker but it results in a very inferior, thin sound that I would rather not hear. It almost made me think that they did this on purpose to sell the AURES system, but I'm sure that's not the case--it just must be more involved to make a good sound come out. If there are prospective buyers, for whom this is an option, I would recommend seriously considering whether they would prefer an AURES (that has internal speakers, using the soundboard itself to amplify, from what I gather) over an ATX4 for this reason. It depends on your needs, but for many it won't be a trivial question.
5. The touch is deeper and harder than in the hapless unweighted keyboard it replaces, of course. It will take me a good while to get used to it, I already saw that I will need to work a lot on my touch and control to make it sound the way I want to, that I have relearn how to use the sustain pedal, and that I need a different attack on the trills. But, I'm trying very hard to limit myself to a not excessive time each day, to avoid injuries. But still, overall, I did better than I expected after 28 years away from a piano! (My expectations were very low.)
6. I have no idea, though, how I would record out of this thing. It has a record function in the app, and also I can use its output options to record with my mac, but what if I wanted video? Do I have to record video on a camera/phone and replace the audio with what I record directly? It sounds like a fun project, but I don't have a ton of time right now to investigate due to work so I would very much appreciate it if someone who already has experience has some tips.
7. Anyway, a piano is the best toy a person could have. So many entertaining possibilities