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Kawai CA98 37” Concert Artist ‘Hybrid’ Digital Upright Piano

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Kawai CA98 37” Concert Artist ‘Hybrid’ Digital Upright Piano

The Concert Grand Experience in the Comfort of Your Home

Concert Artist flagship, with real wooden keys, multi-channel sampling, Onkyo technology, and a genuine soundboard.

Combining Kawai's industry-leading Grand Feel II wooden-key keyboard action, stunning SK-EX Rendering piano sound engine with multi-channel sampling and resonance modeling, premium amplification and speaker technologies powered by Onkyo, and a real wooden soundboard, the CA98 delivers the most realistic grand piano playing experience available in a digital instrument.

High Quality Sound Reproduction Realized by Onkyo Technology

Through technical collaboration with Onkyo Corporation, which is supported globally as an audio maker, Kawai realized high quality sound reproduction equivalent to high class audio equipment. With four technologies, you can enjoy playing with faithful and pure sound to the original sound.

Shigeru Kawai SK-EX Concert Grand Piano Reproduced With Latest SK-EX Rendering Sound Technology

The magnificent tone of Kawai’s flagship Shigeru Kawai SK-EX full concert grand piano is at the heart of the CA98 and CA78 digital pianos. Widely regarded as the ‘premier pianos of Japan’, Shigeru Kawai instruments grace the stages of concert halls and musical institutions throughout the world, and are prized for their tonal clarity and exceptional dynamic range.

In order to faithfully reproduce the stunning sound of a Shigeru digitally, Kawai has developed SK-EX Rendering – a brand new piano sound engine that blends multi-channel, 88-key sampling with the latest resonance modelling technology. Multi-channel sampling captures the sound from different points of the Shigeru Kawai concert grand piano, allowing a broader range of tonal characteristics to be reproduced, and providing a more lively, authentic response to changes in dynamics. This naturally expressive sound is further enriched by newly developed resonance algorithms, which physically model the complex tonal interactions produced by the strings, pedals, and various other parts of an acoustic piano, giving players the impression that they’re sitting at a living, breathing instrument.

HIGHLIGHTS

■  Industry-leading Grand Feel II wooden-key keyboard action
■  Ebony & Ivory Touch key surfaces, 3-sensor, let-off, counterweights
■  SK-EX Rendering piano sound engine with multi-channel sampling
■  Premium audio processing and amplification powered by Onkyo
■  Premium Onkyo speaker system featuring TwinDrive soundboard
■  Integrated Bluetooth® MIDI and Audio wireless technology
■  Modern 5″ LCD touchscreen display embedded within cheekblock
■  MP3/WAV/SMF playback, record, and overdub to USB
■  Onkyo’s SpectraModule™ headphone amplifier and Spatial Headphone Sound for enhanced depth and realism
■  Attractive, modern cabinet with 6-position adjustable music rest


Depth: 18" (46.5cm)

Width: 57" (145.5cm)
Height: 37" (94cm) (not including music rest)
Weight: 188 lbs. (85kg)
Finishes: Premium Satin Black

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Touch - The power of pianissimo
Tone - Tradition lays the foundation
Strength - Designed with tremendous strength
Character - Captivates when seen and heard.
Finish - Excellence and beauty
Specifications - Kawai CA98 37" Concert Artist 'Hybrid' Digital Upright

Warranty - See Warranty Card - 5 year parts and labor

THE KAWAI PIANO IS THE #1 WORLD’S FINEST PIANO WITH
SUPERB ULTIMATE RICHEST TONE AND ULTRA-RESPONSIVE TOUCH

Premium Audio Hardware, Powered by Onkyo
Developed in collaboration with Onkyo, one of Japan’s leading premium audio equipment manufacturers, the CA98/CA78 digital pianos are the first musical instruments to utilize specialist components designed for high-end audio reproduction.

With  cutting-edge state-of-the-art technologies such as 1-bit  processing, dual DAC signal conversion, and Onkyo’s exclusive DIRDC filtering, the CA98/CA78’s optimized power amplifiers reproduce the Shigeru Kawai grand piano sound with stunning clarity, richness, and power, while the high-performance Discrete Spectra Module headphone amplifier ensures the finest quality listening experience, even when playing in privacy
Premium Onkyo Speaker System Featuring TwinDrive Soundboard
The powerful sound of the acoustic piano is born by sounding the vibration of the string on the sound board. To be more naturally enveloped, the CA98 is equipped with a sound board speaker to reproduce this sound. With the newly developed TWIN DRIVE system which makes two vibrators causing vibration, it realizes the sound which is wrapped from bass to treble.

3rd generation TwinDrive Soundboard Speaker system featuring Onkyo transducers (CA98 only)

As the flagship model, the CA98 features a considerably improved speaker system that pairs premium Onkyo driver units with Kawai’s newly developed TwinDrive soundboard.  This unique acoustic projection technology harnesses the latest Onkyo transducer components to channel sound energy onto a real wooden soundboard, resulting in a richer, more natural piano tone that immerses the performer.

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THE SECRETS OF KAWAI'S SUPERB
TOUCH & TONE

Kawai CA98/CA78 Digital Upright Piano
Audio Demos

KAWAI
CA Series Digital Pianos

The World's Most Advanced Digital Pianos
Kawai CA98 Uses the Grand Feel II (GFII) Wooden-Key Action with Let-Off and Triple Sensor Detection
Embracing many of the long-established principles associated with an acoustic piano, the new Grand Feel II keyboard action utilized by the latest Concert Artist 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 and ebony-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.

In addition, graded counterweights attached towards the front of each key help to lighten their touch during pianissimo passages, with letoff 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 practice their expanding repertoire with confidence, and ensure that there are no unpleasant surprises when called upon to perform using the finest acoustic grand pianos.

INVENTORY
Availability: Please Inquire
Status: New
Make: Kawai
Model: CA98 Concert Artist
Size: 37",  94 cm
Type: 'Hybrid' Digital Upright Piano
Style: Classic
Finish: Premium Satin Black
Price: Please Inquire
Styles/Finishes available:

        • Premium Satin Black
        • Premium Satin White
        • Premium Rosewood
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Kawai’s tradition of piano tone empowers it with life, breadth, and depth that lasts from generation to generation.


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JOINT DEVELOPMENT
SPECIFICATIONS
CA98 PRIMARY SPECIFICATIONS

Keyboard - 88 Wooden Keys with Ivory and Ebony Touch Key Surfaces
Action - Grand Feel (GFII) Action with Let-Off, Triple Sensor and Counterweights
Sound Source - 88 Voices, Pianist mode: 10 rendering characters
Polyphony - 256 Notes
Keyboard Modes - Dual, Split, Four Hands (Volume Balance Adjustable)
Internal Recorder - Pianist mode: 3 songs, Sound mode: 10 songs, Approximately 90,000 notes memory
USB - Digital Audio, USB to DEVICE, USB to HOST
Display - 5" LCD touchscreen (480 x 800 pixels)
Speaker System - TwinDrive Soundboard Speaker System, 7 cm x 4, 1.4 cm x 2
Dimensions - 57 1/3” (W) x 18 1/3” (D) x 37” (H)
Weight - 188 lbs.

ADDITIONAL SPECIFICATIONS

Reverb - Reverb (6 types)
Effects - Pianist mode - Resonance Depth (10 types), Ambience (10 types)
Sound mode - Reverb (6 types), Effects (24 types) (Chorus x 3, Delay x 3, Tremolo x 3, Auto pan x 2, Phaser x 2, Rotary x 6, Combination x 5)
Virtual Technician:          
Pianist mode
Touch Curve (incl. User), Voicing (incl. User), Damper Noise, Fall-back Noise, Hammer Delay,
Minimum Touch, Key Volume (incl. User), Half-Pedal Adjust, Soft Pedal Depth
Sound mode
Touch Curve (incl. User), Voicing (incl. User), Damper Resonance, Damper Noise,
String Resonance, Undamped String Resonance, Cabinet Resonance, Key-off Effect,
Fall-back Noise, Hammer Delay, Topboard Simulation, Decay Time, Minimum Touch,
Stretch Tuning (incl. User), Temperament (incl. User), Temperament Key,
Key Volume (incl. User), Half-Pedal Adjust, Soft Pedal Dept
USB Functions:          
Playback—MP3, WAV, SMF
Record —MP3, WAV, SMF
Other — Overdubbing, Line In recording
Metronome:        
Beat — 1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 3/8, 6/8, 7/8, 9/8, 12/8 + 100 Drum Rhythms
Music Menu:        
Demo Songs — 39 Songs
Piano Music — 29/42 songs *
Lesson Function — Pieces from Alfred, Burgmüller, Czerny, Beyer, Bach and Chopin. Lesson Books1,
Concert Magic — 179 Songs
Pedals - Grand Feel Pedal System - Damper (with half-pedal support), - Soft, - Sostenuto
Jacks - Headphone 1 x 1/4", 1 x 1/8" Stereo jacks, MIDI - MIDI IN, MIDI OUT, Line Out - 1/4" L/MONO, R [unbalanced], Line In - 1/8" Stereo (with volume adjust knob) [unbalanced], USB to Host ✔, USB to Device ✔

*Books sold separately

Specifications subject to change without notice
WARRANTY - FIVE YEAR WARRANTY
To ensure your peace of mind and protect the value of your investment, every Kawai CP, CA, CS and CN digital piano is covered by a Five Year Parts and Labor Warranty. This warranty is the seal of Kawai craftsmanship—and the assurance of your satisfaction for many years to come.

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Touch. Tone. Strength. Character. Precision. Experience.
Tradition and Innovative Spirit. The essence of CA Kawai


The celebrated tradition and technology that supports the sounds and remarkable distinctive tonal character produced by the CA Kawai are created by the craftsmen who dedicate their lives to building the world’s finest and most advanced pianos empowered with life, breadth and depth that lasts for generations.

Every single step, each intricately detailed design, is performed by our craftsmen drawing upon their years of experience to achieve their relentless pursuit of perfection. It’s this good, old-fashioned care and great individual pride that enables Kawai pianos to attract the greatest musicians from around the world.
 
For over 90 years, Kawai has been the architect of the modern piano boldly pioneering the use of state-of-the-art materials and ideas to advance the piano art form. Building upon decades of experience and tradition, our celebrated technology delivers extraordinary touch and tone that produces lasting enjoyment and peak performance.

Purity of Tone that Fills the Room... The Shigeru Kawai SK-EXL Concert Grand Piano is widely regarded by professional pianists and piano technicians as one of the finest instruments in the world. Hand-built over many months by Master Piano Artisans at the Shigeru Kawai Piano Research Laboratory in Ryuyo, Japan, each SK-EXL Concert Grand undergoes a through regulation and refinement process in a specially-designed anechoic chamber. Following this lengthy crafting process, the completed SK-EXL Piano receives a final series of rigorous quality inspections before eventually taking center stage in the world’s most prestigious musical institutions and concert halls.

88-Key Piano Sampling - The beautiful sound of the Shigeru Kawai SK-EXL Concert Grand Piano is at the heart of the CP Concert Performer Digital Series Sound, with all 88 keys of this world-class instrument painstakingly recorded, carefully analyzed and accurately reproduced as high-fidelity digital audio. Recording each key individually in this way (rather than stretching the same tone over several different notes) preserves the rich harmonic character of the SK-EXL Concert Grand Piano and guarantees that the sound heard when playing any of the Concert Performer’s keys is a faithful representation of the original acoustic source.

Touch Texture. Responsive Fast Action.
Beautiful Quality of ‘Singing Strings’. Brilliant Rich Harmonics and Depth.

 

Playing the piano is as much an experience of "touch" as it is of tone. Day after day, the musician's hands come in contact with the piano keys. The piano's responsiveness can make a critical difference that can affect the player's performance, confidence and overall playing enjoyment. Consistent, ultra-responsive touch is a Kawai tradition.

 

The extraordinary combination of strength and stability allows the CA piano action to transfer energy with unparalleled efficiency, power, precision and nuance for a superb playing experience, for increased tone production that will last over time better than any other piano.


A Rare Treasure… A limited number of all Kawai instruments will ever bear the name CA. The rigorous degree of work and technology keeps these instruments rare in both character and quantity. Each CA piano is a limited edition treasure numbered by year of creation.
SPECIAL FEATURES:
   
  • Kawai's Exclusive Grand Feel II (GF) Action – Employ a let-off mechanism that enhances authentic feel
  • Longest Keys, Longest Pivot Length  –  For more even response from the front to the back of each key
  • Triple-Sensor Key Detection - For enhanced playing realism
  • Ivory and Ebony Touch Key Surfaces – Avoids slipping and provides greater playing control
  • Harmonic Imaging™ Technology - Ensures smooth tonal transitions across the keyboard and throughout the entire dynamic range
  • Piano Sound - Pianist mode: SK-EX Rendering - 88-key multi-channel sampling, - SK-EX recording
  • Extra-Long Sampling (HI-XL) - Extends the “attack” segment of the piano sound by up to 120% allowing the natural detail, resonance and organic tonal quality of each note to be more clearly articulated
  • Effects & Reverb - Pianist mode - Resonance Depth (10 types), Ambience (10 types)
    Sound mode - Reverb (6 types), Effects (24 types) - (Chorus x 3, Delay x 3, Tremolo x 3, Auto pan x 2, Phaser x 2, Rotary x 6, Combination x 5)
  • Superior Speaker Systems - Speakers - 7 cm x 4 (top speakers), 1.4 cm x 2 (dome tweeters), Soundboard Speaker System
  • Kawai Warranty -  Five Year Parts and Labor Manufacturer's Warranty