One of the reasons Ray Kurzweil created his new digital piano technology was at the request of Stevie Wonder many years ago. Stevie wanted a digital instrument that had the highest quality piano sound possible based on technology in those days, along with a a more realistic piano touch and a few other high quality instrument tones. Stevie already had an association with Ray Kurzweil because Ray invented and produced the acclaimed "reading machine" for the blind, which Stevie Wonder was using. Ray Kurzweil is known in music and scientific circles around the world and in fact, Ray even predicted the rise of the Internet back in 1988 before it was here.
$1499 in a satin rosewood (pictured left) and $1799 in a high polished black ebony (below left). Yamaha, Roland, Casio, Kawai, and Korg also make some lower priced digital pianos at around $2000 or less and I have reviewed some of those pianos on my blog and overall they are very nice too, especially the Kawai CE220. Kurzweil uses proprietary digital sound technology derived from their PC3 professional portable piano keyboard played by musicians around the world. Some of this same digital piano and instrument sound technology has been put into the Kurzweil MP10, and based on my experience with the Kurzweil pro keyboards, which I have played for many years, the instrument sounds are more authentic than many other digital pianos in this price range. Creating a realistic piano tone in a digital piano is very difficult to do because the acoustic piano sound is so complex and requires a great deal of computer memory in the piano as well as the latest sampling technology. The MP10 has a pretty good piano sound but it is lacking in some aspects, and there are better digital pianos out there for piano sounds in my opinion for around the same money, including Yamaha & Kawai.
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I have found that some people enjoy a lighter touch, some a medium touch, and some a firmer touch, and in fact many acoustic grand pianos differ in this way and even some pro players disagree with each other as to what is a "proper" piano key action. But one of the definite weak points in this piano by far is the key action, especially for beginners or students, but also for players like me too. Kurzweil is not the only brand with some key action issues, so this situation is not exclusive to this brand but on this particular model Kurzweil is using what I call a "cheap Chinese designed and produced key action. Kurzweil does not make this key action themselves but has another company do it in Asia. The MP10 is the only home cabinet piano in the Kurzweil piano line that has this key action and the other Kurzweil models have different and generally better key action movements, but those models cost more money.
|Kurzweil MP10 brown rosewood|
|Kurzweil MP20 polished ebony|
|Kurzweil MP10 Polished Ebony|
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