First to offer samples of Shigeru Kawai Grand Pianos
Rancho Dominguez, CA • May, 2015 – Kawai recently launched new models of its award-winning Concert Artist (CA) Series digital pianos. As the flagship of the Kawai digital lineup, the CA Series offers both Kawai’s finest keyboard action and top-shelf sound technology. The new CA97 and CP67 models also offer, for the first time in any instrument, samples of two grand pianos from Shigeru Kawai, Kawai’s line of premium acoustic instruments. Engineers sampled both a nine-foot Shigeru Kawai EX Concert Grand and a 6’5” SK5 Chamber Grand. These two new piano sounds join the acclaimed Kawai EX Concert Grand sound that has been featured in Kawai digital pianos for several years.
“Having these two new pianos greatly expands the tonal palette available to pianists,” explains Tom Love, Kawai’s Sr. Director of Electronics. “The Shigeru Kawai Concert Grand has a beautifully warm and lyrical tone. The Kawai EX Concert Grand has a bold, powerful tone while the SK5 Chamber Grand has a more intimate tonal nature. These distinct pianos join two different Pop Grand Piano sounds plus an Upright Piano sound to give players an incredibly broad range of sound choices that is found on no other digital piano.”
The new Concert Artist models feature the latest version of Kawai’s famous wooden-key action. The Grand Feel (GF) II actions uses 88 extra-long wooden keys and a mechanical design closely pattern after that of Kawai grand piano actions. Attributes include Ivory and Ebony Touch key surfaces, Let-off and Triple Sensor key detection. The CA97/67 offer several options for recording and playing music, including MP3 and WAV digital audio capability. They also offer lesson songs from a variety of popular method books and etude courses, plus built in finger and Hanon exercises. The CA97 boasts Kawai’s exclusive Soundboard Speaker System which employs a real spruce wood soundboard for a warm, organic tone. “The musicality, power and features of the new CA Series are overwhelming,” continues Mr. Love. “But when you play these instruments, they give you the sense that you’re playing a living, breathing acoustic instrument. The technology is there, but it doesn’t get in the way of the music.”