Is the Yamaha CP1 for beginners

KAWAI forum

You're currently viewing a stripped down version of our content. View the full version with proper formatting.
Hello first and have a nice Sunday!

I'm new here and I want to bombard you with a few questions.

My partner and I want to start playing the piano and are looking for a suitable instrument. For reasons of space, due to the possibility of playing via headphones (which you will certainly not be able to call that at first ) and due to the many possibilities in connection with a computer, it should be a digital piano at least for the beginning. We did a little research in various forums and read over and over again that Kawai would build very good keyboards. Since we are both absolute beginners, neither know nor can we judge the difference to acoustic pianos, we take it that way and primarily look around at Kawai.

We would have chosen two variants. On the one hand an MP10 (stage piano) that could play over the existing hi-fi system, or a CS9, which does not even need the latter. The question that arises is whether the additional investment in the CS9 is a sensible one, since at least one should and must play a lot with headphones at the beginning. The costs for the - probably good - speaker system and the nicer packaging of the CS9 are questionable under these conditions, especially since the HIFI system to amplify the MP10 is available, as I said.

In addition, at least for the CS9, there should be a successor in the starting blocks with the CS10, which should have an improved keyboard. Will this instrument be delivered in the foreseeable future or will there be a successor for the MP10 with this feature?

Another possibility would be a VPC1 that already has the keyboard. A corresponding computer would already be in the room and could be used. On the other hand, a software piano could also be used with the MP10 / CS9 if required.

The local (Graz / AUT) music store absolutely recommended the NU1 from Yamaha because this device should have the most authentic keyboard that you can currently get in a Digi. There is only Yamaha in stock, so a direct comparison is not possible. Maybe one of you knows the instrument and can say something about it.

Otherwise, I would be very happy to hear your opinion or, of course, I would also like a comment from the Kawai officials regarding new products.

Meanwhile, thanks and sorry for the length of the post, Rene.
Hi Rene,

I am the owner of an MP10 and very satisfied with the instrument. I also use a classic acoustic piano.

I think your approach of immediately using a high-quality instrument for learning makes sense, but a loan instrument might be good to try out for a few months whether your new hobby is what you expect from it.

If you decide to play the piano in the long term, the optimal solution is always an acoustic piano, in your case also with mute function for practicing with headphones. At Kawai you can find the pianos under the "Anytime" series, this is where the budget and personal taste decide - both the acoustic piano and the electronic piano part have to sound good. ) oland and Yamaha also offer such pianos)


I own the two 'instruments' CA91 and MP10 in connection with near-field monitors PMC DB1AS.

I bought the CA91 spontaneously about 5 years ago because I had promised myself a sonic bonus from the "soundboard" - resonating spruce wood - installed there. Due to the living situation, however, I then played rather quietly, so that the soundboard could not develop its effect effectively and I would classify it as superfluous for my application today.

In the next step, a small home studio was created, which made me a critical listener, so that the CA91 sound was no longer good enough for me after 2 years.

A year ago I compared the top products from Roland, Yamaha and Kawai and decided on the Kawai MP10 because of its sound, feel and price-performance ratio. Perhaps my ears are now conditioned to the typical Kawai sound, in any case I like it even better than that of Roland's V-Piano or Yamaha's CP1. Demo sounds are available on the manufacturer's website or at Soundcloud or or.

Due to the rapid technical development (at least during the past 3 years) it seemed to me to be cheaper to separate the keyboard and speaker system. Kawai is taking this trend into account with VPC1, even going one step further and also delegating the sound generation to the superior competition ...

and logically the best for the feel and the ears would be an "analog" instrument, a nice space and skill . a digital piano is always a more or less successful attempt to recreate an analog instrument.

I still enjoy my MP10!