Submitted January 4, 2018 by David J in Mount Vernon, IL
"My dream MIDI piano controller, might as well have a concert grand in my home studio thanks to Kawai!"
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I still am having trouble wrapping my head around the feeling of the key action on the VPC1. I took a chance and just ordered it without trying it out (as there is no where within reasonable driving distance around here that I would find one sat up to try out at a music store). I have played pianos ranging in price from 2000 dollars up to 200,000 dollars (the crazy expensive piano was a special edition Steinway at a piano store in Virginia beach, if they knew a person could actually play, had heard them before, they allowed them to go and try that piano, I didn't like the key action which was crazy considering the price tag). When I was 14 (am 38) and living near Minneapolis Minnesota, I was taking Suzuki Piano at MacPhale in Minneapolis. After Horowitz died, his Steinway with ivory keys was taken to various music conservatories. Each teacher got about 14 minutes to do a recital with their best students. I actually got to play his Steinway! About 2 years ago there was a Yamaha store near St. Louis that isn't open anymore. On display there was a 9 ft Yamaha concert grand that had a 60,000 dollar price tag, the key action was smooth as butter. The VPC1 synthetic ivory feels very close to the keys on Horowitz's Steinway, and the key action, I can't tell a difference between the VPC1 and that 9 ft concert grand at the Yamaha store I tried. So basically in my studio at home, I might as well have a full concert grand when the VPC1 is paired with the piano software that has become nearly a dime a dozen at this point (EastWest, Native Instruments, Air, etc). If you are a pianist who has been playing most of their life like I have, just get the VPC1 if you want an 88 key midi controller for playing piano parts, especially if you are going to be playing classical music. I honestly feel as though I can practice classical music on the VPC1. I have had many digital pianos and 88 key controllers. Korg Triton Prox, Korg SP200, some Yamaha digital piano (can't remember the model name) I bought dirt cheap when I was stationed in Japan (and that digital piano felt amazing also but sold it before I got out of the Navy as I didn't want to deal with moving it), Roland HP1900G. I also tried a digital grand piano that felt amazing as well but had a 20,000 dollar price tag. Have played Kawai pianos for most of my life (many teachers have had them as well as Steinway). After trying that digital grand I fell in love with Kawai. The VPC1 feels the same as that digital grand, much lower price point. Thank you Kawai.
Played piano 35 years, Suzuki piano 15 years, Bass guitar 22 years, Bassoon 22 years, Violin 7 years (when I was a child)
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