Kawai Japan announced on August 1st to launch the CS11W, the latest addition to the Classic Series range of luxury digital pianos. The CS11W will be the first Kawai digital instrument presented in an elegant white polish finish.
CS11W has a realistic touch
The CS11W features Kawai’s finest Grand Feel II (GFII) keyboard action. This means, it combines realistic materials, motion, and mechanism to recreate the exceptional touch of the concert grand pianos. The GFII offers graded hammers, key counterweights, fully wooden keys and Ivory and Ebony Touch key surfaces along with improvements in the hammer weights.
The Ivory Touch white key surfaces are made of finely textured material. The special material absorbs gently fingertip perspiration and oils. This enables to assist playing control and possesses a natural, matte finish that is smooth but not slippery.
The GFII offers the longest key length of any Kawai digital piano. The last mentioned improvement ensures a more evenly balanced key touch weight from front to rear. This is useful when playing complicated chords with fingers positioned towards the back of the keyboard.
The Grand Feel II keyboard action features graded counterweights attached towards the front of all 88 keys. As with an acoustic piano, these finely balanced weights help to lighten the touch of the keyboard during pianissimo passages. They are also adding a feel of greater substance when playing with force.
Feels like a real piano
The GFII keyboard action also features an accurate triple-sensor key detection system for enhanced playing realism. The added third sensor improves responsiveness when playing the same key repeatedly. That allows the sound of a single note to be gradually ‘layered’ without the previous tone being lost.
The Grand Feel II has a Let-off Simulation, characteristic of acoustic piano actions. You can feel this playing the keys of a grand piano very gently. The Let-off enables to aid control when playing pianissimo passages. The Kawai’s action technology also monitors the speed at which each key lifts, influencing the release character of piano sounds, and providing a greater range of expression between staccato and legato playing.
The CS11W has a rich sound
The new CS11W capture the tone of three Shigeru Kawai instruments. These are the flagship SK-EX Concert and medium-sized SK-5 Studio grand pianos and of Kawai’s EX concert grand piano.
The high fidelity 6-way speaker system of CS11W delivers deep bass and crisp treble frequencies. The unique audio technology embraces the rich, harmonic qualities of wood, channelling sound energy onto a traditional soundboard in order to produce a natural, organic tone.
The CS11W also has an excellent selection of additional sounds, ranging from electric pianos and drawbar or church organs, to strings, human choirs, and synth pads. The Dual playing mode makes it possible to layer together two different sounds, such as grand piano and strings. The Split and Four Hands modes divide the keyboard into two independent sections. It is easy to adjust the volume balances and other settings for each playing mode using the instrument’s intuitive panel controls.
In addition to its realistic keyboard action and sound technologies, the CS11W also offers a variety of convenient digital features accessible from the instrument’s cheekblock control panel. However, this panel can be easily concealed when not in use, thus preserving the CS11W’s acoustic piano-like appearance, and allowing performers to enjoy the simple pleasure of playing music without the visual distraction of flashing lights and rows of buttons.
The CS11W will launch in Europe in September, with other regions following shortly after.
Source and image: Kawai