Some updates since I've been quiet over the past couple weeks.
First, the Kawai piano I had purchased to replace the Nord was an absolute abomination. The keys were far too light and "springy" for a piano, especially one that costs around $1200. It was also damaged in shipping and the entire cabinet was cracked with a cylindrical puncture in the upper right hand portion of it. The sound quality was very poor and because the only speakers are underneath the instrument, it makes them sound muddy since they're not being projected to anything but your feet. In addition to this, the audio outputs, MIDI inputs and outputs and all other controls were underneath, meaning that if I wanted to record a piano part in Ivory (my preference for piano music), I'd have to crawl underneath the instrument, get behind the pedalboard, and insert a MIDI to USB cable in a very hard to reach area. Pass. If you changed sounds from the default grand piano, the instrument selection light constantly flashes too, which is incredibly distracting when working. It looks like a glitch, but the manual says it's intentional. Ugh. That thing went right back to the store.
I ended up biting the bullet and bought the Nord Piano 2 the next day and have been happy ever since. I also found a new repairman who can fix the keyboard assembly in the Nord 1 and get that back up and running so I have a solid piano to use on gigs instead of the older Yamaha P60 I still have stored in my cellar.
And lastly, artwork for Earwig Rising is coming out of final pre-production stages so I can at last get to that EP. There have been a lot of financial setbacks in April alone due to the piano incident, the cost of the replacement and the repairs on the original, so it may be delayed by a month as a result of this. I was aiming for a June release, but mid to late July is probably the earliest you'll see it now.
The Nord Piano 2 was returned to Kraft Music after all the white keys started to clunk and then got stuck in the downward position due to a defect. Kraft outright refused to refund the order at first even though it was within a proper time frame. Will update on that one later.