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Does anyone here own a Kawai CA79 or CA99?

Started by pianotuner steveo, May 24, 2020, 02:41:36 PM

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pianotuner steveo

Does anyone here own either of these digital pianos? If so, do you love it, hate it, are so so about it?

I was playing a CA79 @ the piano store that I do service for and liked it a lot. I can't plug headphones into my acoustic piano obviously, so I'm seriously considering replacing my acoustic with one of these.
I know, a piano tech going digital, but I just can't use my acoustic anymore with everyone working from home. It's very loud.

Thoughts?

1960 Wurlitzer model 700 EP
1968 Gibson G101 Combo organ
1975 Rhodes Piano Bass
1979 Wurlitzer 206A EP
2009 73A Rhodes Mark 7
2009 Korg SV-1 73
2017 Yamaha P255
2020 Kawai CA99
....and a few guitars...

pianotuner steveo

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One Wurli has been sold. I am trading in my acoustic piano and getting the Kawai CA99. My new Avatar is the CA99. Go to YouTube and check out Kawai CA99 videos. This thing is amazing. It has a small soundboard, and even a high end Leslie simulator with at least 1 rotating part... (I believe, I'm working on getting a service manual)

I am still downsizing my keyboards, if anyone is interested in the Korg SV1, let me know. I have no plans on selling my Hammond, but may be willing to sell my Gibson G101  (at the right price!)
I am also considering selling my Rhodes Mark 7 and Mark II suitcase bottom. I'm still debating that one.
1960 Wurlitzer model 700 EP
1968 Gibson G101 Combo organ
1975 Rhodes Piano Bass
1979 Wurlitzer 206A EP
2009 73A Rhodes Mark 7
2009 Korg SV-1 73
2017 Yamaha P255
2020 Kawai CA99
....and a few guitars...

pianotuner steveo

Well, the Leslie simulator is just that, a simulator, but, it is fully adjustable, not just on or off. I was able to see a pdf of the service manual.  I either read or heard somewhere that it had an actual rotating part but that info was wrong. Piano is on order, it will be at least a month more before I see it.
1960 Wurlitzer model 700 EP
1968 Gibson G101 Combo organ
1975 Rhodes Piano Bass
1979 Wurlitzer 206A EP
2009 73A Rhodes Mark 7
2009 Korg SV-1 73
2017 Yamaha P255
2020 Kawai CA99
....and a few guitars...

pianotuner steveo

Tomorrow is the big day... the piano dealer finally got my CA99 in...
1960 Wurlitzer model 700 EP
1968 Gibson G101 Combo organ
1975 Rhodes Piano Bass
1979 Wurlitzer 206A EP
2009 73A Rhodes Mark 7
2009 Korg SV-1 73
2017 Yamaha P255
2020 Kawai CA99
....and a few guitars...

pianotuner steveo

UPDATE: Almost 4 years later and I'm still loving this piano. The samples are about the best I've ever heard, and are very customizable. You can even save sounds to use on specific songs if you want. I only wish that it had more orchestra sounds, and a Hohner Pianet. You can customize the Wurli sound to make it Hohner-like, but you can still hear the difference.
It has uprights, several grands, clav, CP80, several Hammond presets,harpsichords, Wurli and Rhodes, almost anything you would want, and the action feels like an acoustic piano. It even has a touch adjustment with 4 levels.
1960 Wurlitzer model 700 EP
1968 Gibson G101 Combo organ
1975 Rhodes Piano Bass
1979 Wurlitzer 206A EP
2009 73A Rhodes Mark 7
2009 Korg SV-1 73
2017 Yamaha P255
2020 Kawai CA99
....and a few guitars...