Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Kawai XR 9000

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I am an itinerant piano player (I sight read only--essentially no ear) and recently purchased said organ that is in like new condition for the princely sum of $550.  S/N 556116 supposedly made in the US in the 90s.  I have the owners manual, supplementary manual, and the service manual.  However, the first two manuals leave a little to be desired for the beginning player who has no access to someone who has played this or similar Kawai organs.  The problem is not how to manage playing the key boards or pedals, but rather I would like a more detailed tutorial.  I have spoken to Kawai America in California and several organ dealers, but they can't help me.  To your knowledge are there any other "do it yourself" manuals that might be available or could you put me in touch with a Kawai player?

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Hello Jim!  Cool find you have there. I know of no clubs around...and I know of no owners of Kawai's who would fall into the catagory of "enthusiasts".  Not that they aren't out there...I just don't know of any.  Since you don't have specific technical questions for me, I can only offer the following manuals which you probably already have:

http://www.kawaius-tsd.com/OM/ORGANS/XR9000.PDF
http://www.kawaius-tsd.com/pages/organ_om.html

I noticed a few entries on YouTube you might be able to contact such as https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_lLwYyTuFg

I wish you well!  

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