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The CA17 digital piano is the latest addition to Kawai’s highly respected range of Concert Artist instruments, offering many of the strengths of the premium models, within a more compact and aff ordable package.
Embracing many of the long-established principles associated with an acoustic piano, the CA17’s highly regarded RM3 Grand II keyboard action combines realistic materials, motion, and mechanism to recreate the exceptional touch of the finest concert grand pianos.
All 88 black and white keys are crafted from long pieces of wood, and pivot smoothly on a central balance pin with the same ‘seesaw’ motion as an acoustic piano key. The weight of the keyboard is graded from bass to treble, with additional characteristics such as let-off simulation and counterweights further enhancing touch realism.
The exceptional CA17 features Kawai’s luxurious 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.
The RM3 Grand II keyboard action also boasts Kawai’s latest triple-sensor key detection system for enhanced playing realism and accuracy. The third sensor improves responsiveness when playing the same key repeatedly, and allows the sound of a single note to be gradually ‘layered’ without previous tones being cut-off or lost.
The rich, expressive sound of the SK-EX and EX concert grand pianos is at the heart of the new CA17, with all eighty-eight keys of these world-class instruments painstakingly recorded, meticulously analysed, and accurately reproduced as high-fidelity digital waveforms. Capturing each key individually in this way preserves the grand pianos’ unique harmonic character, and guarantees that the sound heard when playing any one of the Concert Artist’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 SK-EX and EX concert grand pianos, not only is each key recorded individually, but also at a wide variety of different volume levels, ranging from pianissimo to fortissimo. The new CA17 offers a highly detailed acoustic portrait, with Harmonic Imaging XL technology ensuring smooth tonal transitions across the keyboard and throughout the entire dynamic range.
The CA17’s powerful digital effects engine enhances the instrument’s core sounds with advanced damper and string resonance, and high quality reverb simulation. This latter feature allows pianists to position themselves within one of six acoustic environments, ranging from a small practise room to an inspirational grand cathedral.
The CA17 also includes a useful selection of non-acoustic piano sounds, ranging from electric pianos and drawbar or church organs, to strings, human choirs, and synth pads, adding greater variety to musical performances.
The CA17’s convenient lesson function allows aspiring pianists to learn piano with built-in classical Czerny, Beyer, and Burgmüller etudes, or a collection of songs from the popular Alfred series course books.
As a Concert Artist instrument, the CA17 utilises Kawai’s unique Grand Feel Pedal System, accurately replicating the individual weighting of the damper, soft, and sostenuto pedals of the SK-EX and EX concert grand pianos.
To ensure a faithful reproduction of the SK-EX and EX concert grand pianos, the CA17 employs a high-fidelity speaker system that has been specially designed to provide both deep, rich bass and crisp, clear treble frequencies.
The CA17’s broad music rest is designed to accommodate the most ambitious musical works. As with a grand piano, the viewing angle of the music rest can also be adjusted to suit the performer’s playing position.
The CA17 features traditional MIDI terminals and a USB port, allowing the instrument to connect with computers, tablets, and other MIDI devices. A dedicated iPad app for adjusting Virtual Technician settings is also available.
|Keyboard||88 wooden keys with Ivory Touch key surfaces|
|Action||RM3 Grand II action with Let-Off and Triple Sensor|
|Sound Source||Harmonic Imaging XL ™ (HI-XL), 88-key piano sampling|
|Internal Sounds||8 acoustic piano sounds, 11 other sounds|
|Polyphony||max. 192 notes|
|Reverb||Room, Lounge, Small Hall, Concert Hall, Live Hall, Cathedral|
|Internal Recorder||3 song recorder – approximately 10,000 note memory capacity|
|Metronome||Beat: 1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 3/8, 6/8; Tempo: 10-300 bpm|
|Demo Songs||19 songs|
|Piano Music||29 songs|
|Concert Magic||88 songs|
|Lesson Function||Alfred, Burgmüller, Czerny and Beyer lesson songs|
|Keyboard Modes||Dual Mode (with adjustable volume balance), Four Hands Mode|
|Virtual Technician||Touch, Voicing, Damper Resonance, Damper Noise, String Resonance, Key-off Effect (incl. Key-off Release), Fall-back Noise, Stretch Tuning|
|Other Functions||Tuning, Transpose, Brilliance, SHS Mode, Phones Type, Sound Preview, Vocal Assist, Startup Settings, Auto Power Off , Transmit Program Change Number, MIDI Channel, Local Control, Multi-timbral mode|
|Pedals||Damper (with half-pedal support), Soft, Sostenuto – Grand Feel Pedal System|
|Jacks||MIDI (IN/OUT), USB to Host, Headphones x 2|
|Speakers||13 cm x 2 (full range speakers), 5 cm x 2 (tweeters)|
|Output Power||20W x 2|
|Keyboard Cover||Sliding type|
|Finishes||Premium Black satin, Premium Rosewood, Premium White satin|
|Dimensions||1373 (W) x 463 (D) x 897 (H) mm|
More information about this model can be found here: http://www.kawai.co.uk/ca17.htm