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KAWAI DIGITAL CS8 TOUCH

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The Grand Feel II (GFII) Action

KAWAI CS8 Series Digital Piano Action
Kawai CS8 Uses the Grand Feel II (GFII) Wooden-Key Action

Embracing many of the long-established principles associated with an acoustic piano, the new Grand Feel II keyboard action utilized by the latest CA Concert Artist Series and CS 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 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.
KAWAI The Touch of a Grand Piano: Grand Feel II wooden key action
Embracing many of the long-established principles associated with an acoustic piano, the Grand Feel II keyboard action utilized by the CS8 combines realistic materials, motion, and mechanism to recreate the exceptional touch of the finest concert grand pianos.
KAWAI Grand Feel II
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.
KAWAI The longest keys, the longest pivot length
In addition to having the longest keys of any digital piano, Grand Feel keyboard actions also boast 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.
KAWAI Bass key Counterweights
In addition to grade-weighted hammers, the Grand Feel II keyboard action also 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, while adding a feel of greater substance when playing with force.
KAWAI Triple sensor key detection
The Grand Feel II 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, and unlike conventional two sensor keyboard actions found in many digital pianos, allows the sound of a single note to be gradually ‘layered’ without the previous tone being lost.

In addition, Kawai’s action technology also monitors the speed at which each key is lifted, influencing the release character of piano sounds, and providing a greater range of expression between staccato and legato playing.

KAWAI Ivory & Ebony Touch key surfaces
The attractive CS8 features Kawai’s highly regarded 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 also developed Ebony Touch, an all-new black key material that reproduces the finely-textured grain and rich lustre of real ebony wood.  The result is a keyboard surface that looks and feels as luxurious as some of the world’s finest grand pianos, inspiring musicians of all levels to become better pianists.
KAWAI Let-off Simulation
As the most authentic digital piano keyboard action, Grand Feel II even reproduces the ‘let-off’ characteristic of acoustic piano actions.  This subtle ‘notch’ sensation can be felt when playing the keys of a grand piano very gently, and may be used by experienced pianists to aid control when playing pianissimo passages.

In addition, the Grand Feel II action supports playing notes from the let-off point (sometimes referred to as playing ‘off the jack’), allowing the most advanced piano techniques to be performed.

KAWAI
The Grand Feel II (GFII) Action

KAWAI CA97, CA67, CS11 and CS8 Series Digital Piano Action
Kawai CS11 and CS8 Use the Grand Feel II (GFII) Wooden-Key Action

Embracing many of the long-established principles associated with an acoustic piano, the new Grand Feel II keyboard action utilized by the latest CA Concert Artist Series and CS 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 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.
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KAWAI
CS11 and CS8 Series Digital Pianos

The World's Most Advanced Digital Pianos
Kawai Digital CS8 and CS11 Use
The Grand Feel (GF) Wooden-Key Action
Kawai’s Grand Feel (GF) Action is the latest in Kawai’s long line of wooden key actions. The action offers graded hammers, key counterweights, Ivory-touch key surfaces (white keys), Let-off and triple sensor key detection. The CS8 offers the longest key length of Kawai digital pianos.

As one of the world’s premier builders of acoustic pianos, Kawai has long understood the importance of an instrument’s touch, or “feel”, to the player. Without a keyboard action that responds perfectly to an artist’s commands, a piano would not accurately create the sound that the artist is seeking.

Kawai Digital Piano Actions

TOUCH - THE POWER OF PIANISSIMO
One of the most coveted attributes of a fine piano is dynamic range – the ability to play not only thundering fortissimos, but also the most delicate and sensitive pianissimos. The technological superiority of the Kawai Digital Piano Action is most evident in its extraordinary ability to produce the perfect pianissimo. It seems ironic that Kawai technology speaks loudest when it whispers.

Kawai Digital CS8 Touch. Black, White Keys Crafted Entirely From Long Pieces Of Wood,
Finely Textured Surfaces Applied To Absorb Moisture And Assist Control.  

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