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Kawai CS8 38" Classic Series Digital Upright Piano

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Kawai CS8 38" Classic Series Digital Upright Piano

The Kawai CS8 38" Classic Series Digital Upright Piano combined with class-leading touch and tone has an acoustic piano variety of sounds along with the classically voiced SK-EXL and SK-5L grand pianos. The CS8 showcases a selection of Jazz, Modern, and Pop variations suitable for a range of musical periods and styles. Traditional Kawai upright piano sounds are also included, for pieces that suggest a feeling of nostalgia, or call for a slightly more intimate tonal character. The superior speaker system boasts a new 6-speaker configuration that immerses the performer and a high fidelity 3-way speaker system that has been specially designed to deliver deep bass and crisp treble frequencies.

Complementing the Kawai CS8’s beautiful luxurious appearance, stunning sound, and rewarding keyboard touch, the CS8 Classic offer a selection of digital piano features that further enhance one’s musical enjoyment. USB audio record/playback, Dual and Split keyboard modes, and a rich assortment of customizable instrument voices add greater variety to players’ performances. Furthermore, the convenient metronome function and integrated classical etudes or Alfred course books ensure that regular practice is productive and engaging for aspiring pianists.

The exceptional Classic Series instruments feature Kawai’s highly regarded Ivory & Ebony Touch key surfaces. Ivory Touch white 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. To complement these premium white keys, Kawai has developed Ebony Touch, an all-new black key material that reproduces the finely-textured grain and rich luster of real ebony wood. The result is a keyboard surface that looks and feels as luxurious as some of the fi nest grand pianos.

Embracing many of the long-established principles associated with an acoustic piano, the new Grand Feel II keyboard action utilized by the CS8 Classic 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 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 practice their expanding repertoire with confidence, and ensure that there are no unpleasant surprises when called upon to perform using the fi nest acoustic grand pianos.

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. The CS8 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 over 90 years of experience in crafting the world’s finest pianos. Triple-sensor key detection

The Grand Feel II action features Kawai’s latest triple-sensor detection system for enhanced accuracy and responsiveness when playing the same key repeatedly. This third sensor allows the sound of a single note to be gradually ‘layered’ without previous tones being lost, while also supporting advanced techniques such as playing notes from the let-off point.

The Significance of Real Wooden Keys

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 recognize 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. The outstanding resonance properties of wood are widely accepted, making it an ideal choice for stringed instruments such as guitars, violins, and of course pianos. Wooden piano keys are also known to vibrate, subtly channeling 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 CS8 Classic 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 superb New Kawai CS8 38" Classic Series Upright Digital Piano with a grand piano feel of a wooden-key keyboard action and the stunning Shigeru Kawai SK-EXL and SK-5L sound is complete with a high fidelity 3-way speaker system that has been specially designed to deliver deep bass and crisp treble frequencies and boasts a high-specification new 6-speaker configuration that immerses the performer. The New Kawai CS8 is the ultimate instrument for piano purists.
 
The Kawai CS8 Classic Series Upright Digital Piano captures the feel of a fine grand piano and the magnificent tone of the Shigeru Kawai (world-famous concert piano prized for its outstanding tonal clarity and exceptional dynamic range) flagship SK-EXL Concert Grand Piano, allowing musicians to enjoy playing with the finest grand piano sound in the world on a digital piano.

Supplementing the beautiful acoustic piano voices, the Classic Series also features an excellent selection of additional sounds, ranging from electric pianos and drawbar or church organs, to strings, human choirs, and synth pads, inviting musicians to add greater 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 Classic Series’ convenient lesson function allows aspiring pianists to learn piano with classical Czerny, Burgmuller, Beyer, Bach, and Chopin etudes, or a collection of songs from the popular Alfred Basic, Adult, and Premier course books. With a strong emphasis on acoustic piano realism, the CS8 also features traditional finger exercises, scales, and warm-up drills, and includes a companion book of printed scores to further aid one’s practice.

Kawai CS8… Luxury and Performance.

The elegant CS8, a digital piano that performs as great as it looks. Now you can have it all… a beautiful, traditional looking instrument with advanced digital features.

Main Features:

    Harmonic Imaging XL Sound Technology with 88-note Piano Sampling
    Grand Feel II (GFII) Wooden-Key Action
    60 Exceptional Instrument Sounds
    Dual, Split and Four-Hands Modes
    256-Note Polyphony
    USB Audio Capability
    Built-in Alfred Piano Lessons and Finger Exercises
    Grand Feel Pedal System
    Concert Magic and Hymn Player Functions
    Classic Leg and Toe-block Design
    Sliding Key Cover and Matching Bench
    Polished Ebony Finish


Depth: 19" (48cm)
Width: 57" (145cm)
Height: 38" (97cm)
Weight: 188 lbs. (85kg)
Finishes: Ebony Polish

Learn More:
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 CS8 38" Classic Series Digital Upright

Warranty - Five year parts and labor

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Kawai CS8 Digital Upright Piano
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KAWAI
CS Series Digital Pianos

The World's Most Advanced Digital Pianos
Kawai CS11 and CS8 Use 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: CS8 Classic Series
Size: 38",  97 cm
Type: Digital Upright Piano
Style: Classic
Finish: Ebony Polish
Price: Please Inquire
Styles/Finishes available:

        • Ebony Polish
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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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SHIGERU KAWAI
SK Series Grand Pianos

The World's Most Advanced Pianos
SPECIFICATIONS
CS8 Primary Specifications

Keyboard - 88 Wooden Keys with Ivory and Ebony Touch Key Surfaces
Action - Grand Feel II (GFII) Action with Let-Off, Triple Sensor and Counterweights
Sound Source - Harmonic Imaging™ XL (HI-XL), 88-Key Sampling
Internal Sounds - 60 Voices
Polyphony - 256 Notes
Keyboard Modes - Dual, Split, Four Hands (Volume Balance Adjustable)
Internal Recorder - 10 Song / 2-Track Recorder, Approximately 90,000 notes memory
USB - Digital Audio, USB to DEVICE, USB to HOST
Display - 128 x 64 pixel LCD with backlight
Speaker System - 13 cm x 2 + 5 cm x 2, 50 W x 2
Dimensions - 57" (W) x 18 3/4" (D) x 37 3/4" (H)
Weight - 187 lbs.

ADDITIONAL SPECIFICATIONS

Reverb - Room, Lounge, Small Hall, Concert Hall, Live Hall, Cathedral

Effects:- Mono Delay, Ping Delay, Triple Delay, Chorus, Classic chorus, Ensemble, Tremolo, Classic Tremolo, Vibrato Tremolo, Tremolo + Amp, Auto Pan, Classic Auto Pan, Auto Pan + Amp, Phaser + Auto Pan, Phaser, Classic Phaser, Phaser + Amp, Phaser + chorus, Rotary (1-6)
Parameters — Dry / Wet, Time, Speed, Mono / Stereo, Accel. / Rotary Speed

Virtual Technician:
Touch Curve — Light +, Light, Normal, Heavy, Heavy +, Off (constant), User Touch Curve
Voicing — Normal, Mellow 1, Mellow 2, Dynamic, Bright 1, Bright 2, User Voicing
Resonance, Noise & Effects — Damper Resonance, Damper Noise, String Resonance, Undamped String Resonance, Cabinet Resonance, Key-Off Effect, Fall-back Noise, Topboard Simulation, Decay Time
Temperament & Tuning — Equal, Pure Major, Pure Minor, Pythagorean, Meantone, Werckmeister, Kimberger, User Temperament, Temperament Key, Stretch Tuning, User Tuning
Other — Hammer Delay, Minimum Touch, User Key Volume, Half-Pedal Adjust, Soft Pedal Depth

USB Functions:
Playback—MP3, WAV, SMF
Record —MP3, WAV, SMF
Other — Load Song, Load Registration All, Load Registration Single, Load Startup Setting, Save Internal Song, Save SMF Song, Save Registration All, Save Registration Single, Save Startup Setting, Re-name File, Delete File, Format USB, Convert Song to Audio, Overdub Audio

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
Tempo — 10 - 400 bpm, (20 - 80 bpm for eighth note rhythms)

Music Menu:
Demo Songs — 37 Songs
Piano Music — 2 Hours
Lesson Function — Pieces from Alfred, Burgmüller, Czerny, Beyer, Bach and Chopin. Lesson Books1, Finger Exercises
Concert Magic — 176 Songs (88 x 2)

Other - Key Transpose, Song Transpose, Tone Control (incl. User EQ), Speaker Volume, Line In Level, Wall EQ, Tuning, Damper Hold, LCD Contrast, Startup Setting, Factory Reset, SHS Mode, Phones Type, Phones Volume, Lower Octave Shift, Lower Pedal On / Off, Split Balance, Layer Octave Shift, Layer Dynamics, Dual Balance, MIDI Channel, Send PGM#, Local Control, Transmit PGM#, Multi-timbral Mode, Channel Mute, Auto Power Off, Audio
Recorder Gain

Pedals - Damper (with half-pedal support), Soft, Sostenuto. Grand Feel Pedal System

Jacks - LINE IN (1/8" STEREO), LINE IN Level, LINE OUT (1/4" L/MONO, R), LINE OUT Level, Headphones x 2 (1/4", 1/8"), MIDI (IN / OUT), USB to Host,
USB to Device

1 Lesson books sold separately.
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.

Kawai CS Upright Pianos


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


The celebrated tradition and technology that supports the sounds and remarkable distinctive tonal character produced by the CS 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 CS 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 CS. The rigorous degree of work and technology keeps these instruments rare in both character and quantity. Each CS piano is a limited edition treasure numbered by year of creation.
SPECIAL FEATURES:
   
  • Kawai's Exclusive Grand Feel II (GFII) Action – Employ a let-off mechanism that enhances authentic feel
  • Longer Length Keysticks  –  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
  • 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
  • Redeveloped Effects & Reverb - Studio quality chorus, tremolo, delay and auto-pan effects can be used to tailor a sound’s character and feeling
  • Superior Speaker Systems - Feature high-fidelity speaker systems that have been specially designed to deliver deep bass and crisp treble
  • Kawai Warranty -  Five Year Parts and Labor Manufacturer's Warranty