Luxurious appearance, stunning sound, impeccable touch:
The new range of Classic Series luxury digital pianos –
crafted by Japan’s premier acoustic piano company.
Luxurious, elegant, classic – nothing says piano quite like the refined beauty of polished ebony. The evocative character of a silky smooth, rich black cabinet elevates the musical instrument to that of a piece of fine furniture, while simultaneously raising the artistic aspirations of the performer.
Kawai has been creating world-class musical instruments for over 85 years – maintaining traditional hand-crafted processes while embracing original ideas, in a passionate quest to perfect the art of the piano.
Kawai has been crafting musical instruments for 85 years, maintaining traditional processes while embracing original ideas. These decades of experience afford our engineers a wealth of knowledge from which to create stunning digital instruments, in a quest to perfect the art of the piano.
A digital piano that will transform enthusiastic players into accomplished pianists, and modest homes into grand concert halls. This is the ambitious philosophy behind the Classic Series digital pianos – a premium instrument that captures the essence of playing a magnificent concert grand piano, and inspires musicians to realise their true artistic potential.
To achieve this ambition, every aspect of the new Classic Series has either been redeveloped or significantly improved, ensuring that this flagship instrument provides the most authentic playing experience of any digital piano.
The instrument’s new Grand Feel keyboard action reinforces Kawai’s reputation as an industry leader, utilising real wooden keys with luxurious Ivory Touch surfaces, and incorporating premium features such as Let-Off simulation and triple-sensor key detection.
This class-leading keyboard action is bolstered by powerful new digital audio technologies that faithfully reproduce the exquisite sound of Kawai’s magnificent EX concert grand piano.
With the latest Harmonic Imaging XL sound sampling, remarkable 256 note polyphony, and brand new reverberation and resonance modelling effects, the new Classic Series delivers unparalleled acoustic realism that is guaranteed to enthral performers and audience members alike.
Yet despite the abundance of powerful technology on the inside, the Classic Series still manages to deliver a remarkably traditional piano playing experience. This is thanks to the instrument’s concealed control panel and handsome cabinet design, with a selection of distinctive grand piano-like characteristics that celebrate Kawai’s rich, classical pedigree.
Unrivalled grand touch, breathtaking acoustic tone, distinctive traditional design, and inspirational modern features. Classic Series from Kawai – the concert grand piano experience in the comfort of your home.
The keyboard action of an acoustic grand piano is composed of black and white keys, graded hammers, and numerous other components working in harmony when each note is pressed. This beautifully designed mechanism allows gifted pianists to express a wealth of feeling and emotion in their music, as they appreciate and respond to the tactile nuances transmitted through the keyboard.
Translating the piano action’s intricate movements to a digital instrument, while retaining these acoustic-like subtleties is a stunning achievement – one which has drawn upon 85 years of experience in building some of the world’s finest pianos.
Embracing many of the long-established principles associated with an acoustic piano, the new Grand Feel keyboard action utilised by the latest Classic Series combines realistic materials, motion, and mechanism to recreate the exceptional touch of the finest concert grand pianos.
All eighty-eight black and white keys are crafted entirely from long pieces of wood, with finely textured ivory-like surfaces applied to absorb moisture and assist control. Each wooden key pivots smoothly on a balance pin – the ends rising and falling to replicate the familiar ‘seesaw’ motion of an acoustic piano action. When pressed, the back of the key lifts, triggering a grade-weighted hammer to strike a pressure switch. The amount of force applied to this switch is then measured, and the corresponding note played with authentic tonal character and volume.
Additional counter-weights placed at the front of the bass keys help to lighten their heavier touch during pianissimo passages, with let-off simulation also reproducing the delicate ‘notch’ sensation felt when playing the keys of a grand piano very softly.
These subtle characteristics allow discerning pianists to practise their expanding repertoire with confidence, and ensure that there are no unpleasant surprises when called upon to perform using the finest acoustic grand pianos.
The exceptional Classic Series features Kawai’s highly regarded Ivory Touch key surfaces as standard. This finely textured material gently absorbs fingertip perspiration and oils to assist playing control, and possesses a natural, matte finish that is smooth but not slippery.
Furthermore, this moisture is absorbed without dirt or grease permeating the surface, allowing the keytops to be wiped clean easily using just a damp cloth.
Complementing the grand piano-class key pivot length, the Grand Feel action also features a new triple-sensor key detection system for enhanced playing realism. The third sensor improves responsiveness when playing the same key repeatedly, and also allows the sound of a single note to be gradually ‘layered’ without the previous tone being lost.
In addition, improvements to the Classic Series sound hardware also permit the speed at which keys are lifted to influence the release character of piano sounds, providing a greater range of expressive detail between staccato and legato playing.
In addition to having the longest keys of any digital piano, the new Grand Feel keyboard action also boasts the longest key pivot length – matching that of a Kawai grand piano.
This improvement ensures a more evenly balanced key touch weight from front to rear, and is particularly beneficial when playing complicated chords with fingers positioned towards the back of the keyboard.
Wood has been the preferred material for acoustic piano keys for centuries, and was first introduced in Kawai digital pianos over 25 years ago. Yet despite the countless improvements to acoustic and digital piano action technologies in recent years, engineers still recognise that wood remains the best material for the keyboard.
Unlike plastics and most other man-made substances, wood possesses unique characteristics that allow it to absorb a degree of movement energy and flex slightly when compressed. This means that when a pressing a wooden key it reaches the cushioned felt keybed with a natural, reassuring stop, rather than a jarring, noisy halt.
Wood’s outstanding resonance properties are widely accepted, making it an ideal choice for string instruments such as guitars, violins, and of course pianos. Wooden piano keys are also known to vibrate, subtly channelling the sound energy of the instrument back through the fingertips, and enhancing the musician’s playing experience.
Finally, wooden keys are inherently special. The look, feel, and even the smell of wooden keys furnish the Classic Series with an organic quality that helps the player to feel a closer connection with their piano. And it is this important personal connection that ultimately allows pianists to relax, and lose themselves in the joy of making music.
The Kawai EX concert grand piano is widely regarded by professional pianists and piano technicians as one of the finest instruments within its class. Hand-built by Master Piano Artisans at the Shigeru Kawai Piano Research Laboratory in Ryuyo, Japan, each EX instrument undergoes a meticulous regulation and refinement process within a specially designed anechoic chamber.
Following this lengthy crafting period, the completed EX concert grand piano receives a final series of rigorous quality inspections, before eventually taking centre stage in the world’s most prestigious musical institutions and concert halls.
The beautiful sound of the Kawai EX concert grand piano is at the heart of the new CS7, with all eighty-eight keys of this world-class instrument painstakingly recorded, meticulously analysed, and accurately reproduced as high-fidelity digital waveforms.
Recording each key individually in this way – as opposed to stretching the same tone over several different notes – preserves the rich harmonic character of the EX concert grand piano, and guarantees that the sound heard when playing any one of the CS7’s wooden keys is a faithful representation of the original acoustic source.
When playing a fine piano, the amount of pressure applied to the keyboard affects not only the volume of the sound produced, but also the unique tonal character of each note. Therefore, in order to construct a realistic acoustic portrait of the EX concert grand piano, not only is each key recorded individually, but also at various different volume levels, ranging from gentle pianissimo to thunderous fortissimo.
The new CS7 offers a highly detailed acoustic portrait, with Harmonic Imaging XL technology ensuring smooth tonal transitions across the keyboard and throughout the entire dynamic range.
With expanded piano sound memory, the new CS7 boasts the largest sample size of any Kawai digital piano. This ‘eXtra Long’ standard of Harmonic Imaging technology extends the important attack portion of the piano sound by up to 120%, articulating the natural detail and resonance characteristics of each note more clearly, and improving the instrument’s organic tonal quality overall.
The Classic Series showcases a variety of Concert, Studio, Jazz, Modern, and Pop grand piano sounds that are suitable for a wide range of musical periods and styles. In addition, a traditional Kawai upright piano sound is also included for pieces that suggest a feeling of nostalgia, or call for a slightly more intimate tonal character.
The CS10’s improved Virtual Technician functions invite discerning musicians to shape aspects of the selected piano’s character to suit their preferences.
Players can perform touch and voicing adjustments, regulate hammer and key release noises, and fine-tune string, lid, and damper resonances. It is even possible to adjust the precise tuning and volume of individual notes – all in real-time. Then, with the desired refinements complete, save the fully prepared instrument to an onboard registration memory or USB device, or exchange favourite settings with other Classic Series or Concert Artist owners online.
The CS7’s powerful new digital effects engine further enhances the instrument’s superior core sounds, applying additional layers of detail and realism that bring performances to life.
Studio quality chorus, tremolo, delay, and auto-pan effects can be used to tailor a sound’s character and feeling, with modelled amplifier/speaker simulations applying vintage warmth to electric pianos and trademark growl to drawbar organs. The depth of a performance can then be transformed using the CS7’s updated reverb features, allowing pianists to position themselves within one of six acoustic environments, ranging from a small practise room to an inspirational grand cathedral.
The model CS7 features high fidelity speaker system that has been specially designed to deliver deep bass and crisp treble frequencies.
Complementing the instrument’s class-leading Grand Feel keyboard action and stunning Harmonic Imaging XL grand piano sound, the CS7 also offers a strong selection of digital features that further enhance one’s musical enjoyment.
USB audio recording and playback, Dual, Split, and Four Hands keyboard modes, and a rich assortment of customisable instrument voices add greater variety to players’ performances, while the convenient metronome function and integrated classical etudes or Alfred course books1 ensure that regular practise is both productive and engaging for aspiring pianists.
Supplementing the beautiful acoustic piano voices, the CS7 also features an excellent selection of additional sounds, ranging from electric pianos and drawbar or church organs, to strings, and other instruments, inviting musicians to add variety to their performances.
Furthermore, the Dual playing mode also allows two different sounds, such as grand piano and strings, to be layered together, while the Split and Four Hands modes divide the keyboard into two independent sections. The volume balances and other settings for each playing mode can also be adjusted quickly and easily using the real-time panel controls.
The CS7’s convenient lesson function allows aspiring pianists to learn piano with classical Czerny, Burgmüller, Beyer and Bach etudes, or a collection of songs from the popular Alfred Basic, Adult, and Premier course books (depending on market location). With a strong emphasis on acoustic piano realism, both models also feature traditional finger exercises, scales, and warm-up drills, and include a companion book of printed scores to further aid one’s practise.
Reinforcing the Classic Series reputation as the most realistic digital piano is Kawai’s Grand Feel Pedal System. This new development accurately replicates the individual weighting of the sustain, soft, and sostenuto pedals of a Kawai EX Concert grand piano to further enhance the CS7’s acoustic piano authenticity.
Moreover, it is also possible to adjust the half-pedal sensitivity of the damper pedal, and effectiveness of the soft pedal using specially engineered Virtual Technician parameters, allowing musicians to personalise the instrument’s response to match their preferred pedalling technique.
The new Classic Series utilises modern, energy efficient components that reduce electricity consumption by 50% (compared to previous models), while the instrument’s optional power saving feature can also turn off the piano automatically after a specified period of inactivity.
The CS7 is equipped with modern USB connectors that not only allow the instrument to be connected to a computer for MIDI use, but also to load and save data to USB memory devices directly.
This latter USB to Device functionality allows favourite instrument settings, registrations, and memorable recorder songs stored in internal memory to be safely preserved on USB, or standard MIDI files (SMF) downloaded from the internet to be listened to using the instrument’s exquisite Harmonic Imaging XL sounds without additional hardware.
USB memory devices can also be used to play back MP3 or WAV audio files, allowing musicians to learn the chords or melody for a new piece, or to simply play along with their favourite songs. It is even possible to record entire performances (including external line-in audio*) directly as MP3 or WAV audio files for emailing to family and friends, or casual listening away from the piano.
In addition to USB to Host and USB to Device connectors, the CS7 also features standard LINE-level audio and MIDI jacks. These useful connectivity options allow the instrument to be enjoyed in larger settings such as churches or school halls, and provide greater flexibility when using computers and other audio devices.
Standing proudly amongst other items of fine furniture, a piano is often considered the centrepiece of any room it occupies. With elegant cabinetry, striking accents, and a natural wooden finish, the exterior appearance of a piano contributes more to the overall aesthetic of playing and listening to music than arguably any other instrument. This shared belief inspires Kawai’s digital and acoustic piano designers to work together, developing original ideas that improve functionality, without detracting from an instrument’s traditional character.
Sitting down at the new CS7, the first thing that strikes the player is the instrument’s flat fascia and tall upper board, giving the impression of a grand piano and immediately elevating the musical aspirations of the performer. The distinctive KAWAI logo – representing 85 years of piano excellence – adorns the CS7’s fallboard, its warm, metallic finish glimmers in the light, capturing the movements of the keyboard below. The elegant curves furnishing either side of the cabinet are balanced by the instrument’s handsome tapered leg design. These front legs are supported by real wooden toe blocks, conveying stability, distinction, and a classical presence.
The instrument’s broad music rest is designed to accommodate the most ambitious musical works, with smoothly bevelled edges and simulated leather lining the base. As with a grand piano, the viewing angle of the CS7’s music rest can be adjusted to suit the performer’s playing position, or laid flat for convenience when notating scores or sketching musical ideas.
Subtly concealing its impressive digital features, the CS7’s main control panel is discreetly embedded within the piano’s left cheek block. This helps to preserve the instruments’ grand piano-like appearance, and allows performers to enjoy the simple pleasure of playing music without the distraction of flashing lights and rows of buttons. And for added convenience, the CS7’s USB and dual headphone jacks are separated from the instrument’s main connections panel, mounted beneath the keyboard in an accessible position, yet hidden from the player’s eye-line.
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