portable but yet durable and heavy weight 3-pedal foot unit for playing traditional acoustic piano style using damper with half-pedal, sostenuto, and soft pedal control. The VPC1 weighs only 65 lbs so it not too heavy but certainly heavy enough for one person. However with it being in a nice looking more formal cabinet top, most people will probably not be moving this piano very much and they'll use it primarily in their home, home studio, church, pro studio, school, or other more permanent locations. The VPC1 does not have a matching stand (or bench) and Kawai does not make one...yet. Whether they will produce a matching stand or not, I really don't know so you would need to purchase a portable metal stand that you would use for other portable digital pianos and I can tell you which one I would recommend.
As far as the Ivory II pianos go, you would need to have a laptop that would be a stand alone device sitting on or near the VPC1 with enough hard drive space, a powerful CPU, and enough RAM to support the size and strength of the virtual piano program. In other words, this is no small thing. It's like physically forcing three full size 9' concert grands inside of your computer, so just imagine that when considering what your laptop computer would have to do! The you would need a separate speaker system or stereo monitors for the piano sound to go through so you could hear it. Those monitors could cost anywhere from $400-$1000 or more depending on the space you have in the room and the fullness of the sound you might want. To really reproduce an actual acoustic 9' concert grand you would need at least 2 main speaker monitors and a good sub-woofer. I mean really, what's the point of getting the VPC1 and then spend the money for a separate laptop computer (which you may need to do) for use with the VPC1, and not have a great sound system? It's like having a great stereo recording and listening through cheaper speakers or headphones...it just won't sound great.
and if you already owned an appropriate external speaker system then that would cut down cost, even if that system was not as good as it could be. If you didn't need a pair of stereo headphones (I only recommend good ones that give you a great in-ear listening experience and those headphones are not necessarily inexpensive), that would also reduce price but what you already have may not give great piano listening results. In addition to that, if you decided you didn't want or need to have those virtual pianos and already had a MIDI keyboard or sound module, you could connect to those devices/instruments and use their sounds depending if you like them or not. That would save you the cost of the virtual piano program and for having to use a computer to support and run it. So there are ways to reduce overall price. So in reality, all you might really need to get the job done is the VPC1 piano and basic virtual piano software if you already had everything else. Then the investment would be somewhat minimal.
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