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Hi,

It's been some time already that I'm looking for a replacement to my Kawai CA97.

None of the options are 100% appealing to me, they either fall short at key action, sound or design..

I must say I'm a Pianoteq lover (soundwise) so I have no issues with "modelling", neither should it be a restriction.

Looking out for alternatives to the "traditional" brands, I've come across these models that I never heard of before (the upright V100 and the grand G1000) and boy are they gorgeous.

https://www.viscountinstruments.com/instrument/physis-piano-v100/
https://www.viscountinstruments.com/instrument/physis-piano-g1000/

I love their design as well as the fact that the control pannel is placed very conveniently and provided with a nice color screen as well as touch controls that dimm out to make the entire pannel look plain black like nothing was there, a true acoustic look.

Also, they provide the cabinet with a soundboard (vertical model) similar to the Kawai CA99 I guess (same sound system layout), the Grand model (G1000) is provided with 3 massive speakers that look awesome.

Very little information on youtube and zero reviews other than in Dutch language, but the recorded sound was pretty good in the recordings, though it's not enough to judge on it, so wondered whether anyone around here had some further information or real feedback from first hand... ?

Also I'd be interested in knowing why these things aren't as popular as some other brands despite being good looking and having nice features at least on paper..?

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David


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The Physis has come up for discussion a number of times before. But discussion was limited.

Perhaps that's because there are so few Viscount pianos to be found. Or perhaps because of Viscount's reputation.?

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All have Fatar actions (not even Fatar's most recent and best actions). Okay but really not in the same ballpark as the better Kawai, Yamaha or Roland actions. Also the sound engine has not received the updates that were promised and it's difficult to really enjoy the sounds. Previous Physis owner here by the way.

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Originally Posted by EssBrace
Previous Physis owner here by the way.

May be a minor point, but what's the boot time? I remember from some older Physis Piano videos that it can be on the order of ~2min before it's ready to play?


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Originally Posted by EssBrace
Previous Physis owner here by the way.

May be a minor point, but what's the boot time? I remember from some older Physis Piano videos that it can be on the order of ~2min before it's ready to play?

Yes it was a couple of minutes. I measured it back in the day but I've forgotten the exact period. I do remember the Dexibell was 42 seconds with the software version I was running at the time.

To the OP - have you seen the Dexibell H10 Mini-Grand? The very best (and most recent) Fatar action - which is okay - and a VERY distinctive look, including a soundboard.

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There's also the Dexibell H10 "upright" but it's not a tall cabinet like the Physis. And no soundboard.


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