Kawai CA48 Concert Artist Digital Piano - Premium Rosewood
Kawai has been crafting musical instruments for over 90 years, maintaining traditional process while embracing unique, original ideas. These decades of experience afford their engineers a wealth of knowledge from which to create stunning digital instruments, in a quest to perfect the art of the piano.
At Kraft Music, we share Kawai's passion in providing digital pianos that will transform enthusiastic players into accomplished pianists, and modest rooms into grand concert halls. That is why we are proud to offer the Concert Artist series CA48 digital pianos. In order to ensure your purchasing experience is as enjoyable as you will find your piano, you can expect the following from Kraft Music:
- FREE Room of Choice Delivery - Your CA48 will be delivered to any room in your home, up to two flights of stairs, by our shipper who specializes in delivering large, oversize items.
- FREE Product Support - Have a question about how to use your CA48? You'll have access to your very own Kraft Music Advisor who is a trained expert, and ready to field your questions.
- Piano Bench - A matching piano bench is standard, and is included in the box from Kawai.
- 5-Year Warranty - Your CA48 is built to last, and Kawai backs that up with a 5 Years Parts and Labor Warranty.
- Talk To An Expert - At Kraft Music, we have a team of musicians who are passionate about music. And we know our stuff... we can help you choose headphones, lamps, and other accessories to make the most of your CA48 experience. Call us at 800-783-3368 or send us an email at email@example.com.
Kawai's CA48 offers premier quality and innovation at a surprisingly low price. Grand Feel Compact wooden-key keyboard action, stunning SK-EX and EX concert grand piano sounds, and convenient connectivity features merely scratch the surface of all this model has to offer. Playing a CA48 truly brings the experience of a concert grand to your home.
GRAND FEEL COMPACT WOODEN-KEY ACTION
The CA48 is the first Kawai digital piano to utilize the brand new Grand Feel Compact wooden-key keyboard action. As its name suggests, the GF Compact action has been designed to reproduce the authentic touch weight characteristics of the industry-leading Grand Feel keyboard actions, within a smaller form factor.
The new action retains the long wooden keysticks used for all 88 black and white keys, and the familiar ‘seesaw’ mechanism employed by acoustic grand piano actions for centuries. However, despite its smaller unit size, GF Compact features an extended key pivot length, providing a more consistent touch weight when playing towards the rear of the keyboard. This crucial detail ensures the CA48 delivers the most realistic playing experience in its class, surpassing even the venerable RM3 Grand actions utilized by its predecessors.
Bass key counterweights
In addition to grade-weighted hammers, the Grand Feel Compact keyboard action also features counterweights attached towards the front of the bass 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.
Triple sensor key detection
The Grand Feel Compact keyboard action utilizes 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.
Ivory Touch key surfaces
The impressive CA48 features Kawai's highly regarded 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.
Furthermore, this moisture is absorbed without dirt or grease permeating the surface, allowing the keytops to be wiped clean easily using just a damp cloth.
As the most authentic digital piano keyboard action in its class, Grand Feel Compact 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.
THE SOUNDS OF WORLD-CLASS GRAND PIANOS
Earning a reputation 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 outstanding tonal clarity and exceptional dynamic range. The CA48 captures the magnificent tone of the flagship Shigeru Kawai SK-EX concert grand piano. This peerless instrument is hand-built by Master Piano Artisans at the Shigeru Kawai Piano Research Laboratory in Ryuyo, Japan, and widely regarded as one of the finest instruments in its class.
In addition, the CA48 also features the distinctive sound of Kawai's highly acclaimed EX concert grand piano, which has been selected by professional pianists in such prestigious events as the Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and Rubinstein international piano competitions, among others. Both the SK-EX and EX are faithfully reproduced with full 88-key sampling using advanced Harmonic Imaging sound technology, to establish a new standard in digital piano tonal quality, and allow musicians to appreciate the contrasting properties of each.
Full 88-key stereo piano sampling
The rich, expressive sound of the SK-EX and EX concert grand pianos is at the heart of the CA48, with all eighty-eight keys of these world-class instruments painstakingly recorded, meticulously analyzed, and accurately reproduced as high-fidelity digital waveforms.
Recording each key individually in this way – as opposed to stretching the same tone over several different notes – preserves the grand pianos' unique harmonic character, and guarantees that the sound heard when playing any one of the CA48's wooden keys is a faithful representation of the original acoustic source.
Harmonic Imaging technology
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 each grand piano, not only is each key recorded individually, but also at a wide variety of different volumes, ranging from gentle pianissimo to thunderous fortissimo.
The CA48 offers a highly detailed acoustic portrait, employing Kawai's proprietary Harmonic Imaging XL sampling technology to ensure smooth tonal transitions across the keyboard and throughout the entire dynamic range.
Personalised piano adjustments
The knowledge and skill of an experienced piano technician is essential to bring out the best of a fine acoustic piano. In addition to tuning each note, the technician also performs numerous regulation and voicing adjustments that allow the instrument to truly sing.
The CA48's powerful Virtual Technician function simulates these refinements digitally, allowing discerning musicians to shape aspects of the selected piano's character to suit their personal preferences.
Perform touch weight and voicing adjustments, regulate hammer and key release noises, and fine-tune string, damper, and cabinet resonances. It is even possible to adjust the precise tuning, volume, and character of individual notes – all in real-time.
Powerful 4-speaker output system
The latest Concert Artist instruments feature high fidelity speaker systems that have been specially designed to deliver deep bass and crisp treble frequencies.
The high specification CA48 boasts an impressive 4-speaker output system, with lower range frequencies delivered through the underside of the instrument, and mid and high frequencies projected outward via front-facing speakers. The result is a broad, resonating tone that closely mirrors the immersive sound field of a grand piano.
The Variety of a Digital Piano
Complementing the instrument’s class-leading Grand Feel Compact wooden-key keyboard action and Progressive Harmonic Imaging piano sounds, the CA48 also offers a variety of convenient digital features that further enhance one’s musical enjoyment.
A selection of different instrument voices, built-in lesson songs, and the ability to record and playback performances are just some of the features accessible from the cheek-block control panel, with built-in Bluetooth® functionality for connecting to smart devices wirelessly.
Integrated Bluetooth connectivity
In addition to standard USB and MIDI ports, the CA48 also boasts integrated Bluetooth MIDI technology, allowing the digital piano to communicate with supported smart devices wirelessly.
Once paired with a phone, tablet, or laptop, CA48 owners can easily expand the instrument’s functionality with a wide range of education, performance, and scoring apps. A dedicated Kawai Virtual Technician control app is also freely available, providing an enjoyable way to learn about and adjust various acoustic piano characteristics from an attractive touch interface, without the need for additional adapters or cables.
Rich sound selection
Supplementing the beautiful acoustic piano voices, the CA48 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.
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 latter feature is particularly useful in learning environments, allowing teacher and student (or student and student) to play together at the same time using a single instrument.
Vocal Assist & Sound Preview
Despite its modestly-sized control panel, the CA48 offers a broad range of digital features, with the optional Vocal Assist and Sound Preview modes also available to aid operation.
Once enabled, Vocal Assist provides a spoken explanation when selecting sounds and functions, while Sound Preview plays a short musical passage to demonstrate the selected sound or sound setting, alleviating the need to check the owner’s manual.
Built-in lesson function
The CA48’s convenient lesson function allows aspiring pianists to learn piano with classical Czerny, Burgmüller, Beyer, Bach, and Beethoven etudes, or a collection of songs from the popular Alfred’s Basic, Adult, and Premier course books.
The left and right hand parts of each etude/song can be practiced separately, using the adjustable metronome feature to perfect timing in difficult passages, before recording the completed piece for self-evaluation.
Superior headphone experience
The CA48’s Spatial Headphone Sound (SHS) technology enhances the depth and realism of the instrument’s sound when listening through headphones or earphones. The player can select one of three different acoustic presets that adjust the spatial positioning of the sound, while also helping to reduce auditory fatigue when using earphones or headphones for extended periods of time.
In addition, the CA48 also allows players to select a variety of headphone types (Open, Semi-open, Closed, In-Ear, Canal, etc.) for an optimized listening experience.
A GRAND FEEL AND DESIGN
The CA48’s modern cabinet incorporates a curved leg design, with minimalist toe blocks for additional stability. Its flat fascia and tall upper board give the instrument a traditional, upright piano-like quality, while at just over 45 centimeters deep, the CA48’s compact body is suitable for apartments and other narrow spaces.
Broad, adjustable music rest
The CA48’s broad music rest is engineered to accommodate the most ambitious musical works, with a high-quality surface and attractive round design.
As with a grand piano, the viewing angle of the instrument’s music rest can be adjusted to suit the performer’s playing position, or laid flat for convenience when notating scores or sketching musical ideas.
Grand Feel Pedal System
Reinforcing the Concert Artists’ reputation as the most realistic digital pianos in their price range is Kawai’s Grand Feel Pedal System. This unique feature accurately replicates the position and individual weighting of the damper, soft, and sostenuto pedals of a Shigeru Kawai SK-EX concert grand piano to further enhance the CA48’s acoustic piano-like authenticity.
|Included from Manufacturer||Piano Bench|
|Piano Cabinet Style||Console|
|Number of Keys||88|
|Key Action||Grand Feel Compact wooden-key keyboard action|
|Weighted Keys||Hammer Weighted|
|Speaker Power||40 W (20 W x 2)|
|Speaker Size||5.12" x 2
1.97" x 2
|Pedals||Damper (with half-pedal support)
|Number of Sounds||19|
|Voices of Polyphony||192|
|Audio Outputs||1 x 1/4", 1 x 1/8" stereo headphone jacks|
|Connectivity||USB, MIDI, Bluetooth|
|Height||34.84" (not including music rest)|
|Product Weight||125.66 lbs|
THIS WARRANTY COVERS DIGITAL PIANO MODELS CN, CA, CS AND CP AGAINST DEFECTS IN MATERIALS OR WORKMANSHIP FOR FIVE (5) YEARS FROM THE DATE OF PURCHASE.
KAWAI will, at its option, repair or replace the instrument covered by this warranty if it becomes defective, malfunctions or otherwise fails to conform with this warranty under normal use and service during the term of this warranty, without charge for labor or materials. Repairs may be performed using new or refurbished parts that meet or exceed KAWAI specifications for new parts. If KAWAI elects to replace the instrument, the replacement may be a reconditioned unit or another model reasonably equivalent to the original instrument. KAWAI will attempt to perform service at the location of the instrument. However, if this is not reasonably feasible, then You will be responsible for any installation or removal charges and for any initial shipping charges if the instrument(s) must be shipped for warranty service. However, KAWAI will pay the return shipping charges to your location within the USA or Canada if the repairs are covered by the warranty.
failure to follow instructions according to the Owner’s Manual for this instrument; any shipping damage to the instrument (claims must be presented to the carrier); repair or attempted repair by anyone other than KAWAI or an authorized KAWAI Service Provider; (b) any unit which has been altered or on which the serial number has been defaced, modified or removed; (c) normal wear and tear or any periodic maintenance; (d) deterioration due to perspiration, corrosive atmosphere or other external causes such as extremes in temperature or humidity; (e) action noise caused by normal wear and tear; (f) damages attributable to power line surge or related electrical abnormalities, lightning damage or acts of God; or (g) RFI/EMI (Interference/noise) caused by improper grounding or the improper use of either certified or uncertified equipment, if applicable. Any evidence of alteration, erasing or forgery of proof-of-purchase documents will cause this warranty to be void. This warranty covers only the original owner and is not transferable.
TO OBTAIN WARRANTY SERVICE
Warranty service will only be provided for defective instruments within the Warranted Area. Contact your authorized KAWAI dealer who will advise you of the procedures to be followed. If your authorized dealer cannot provide assistance, then contact KAWAI at the address or telephone number shown below. KAWAI may request that you send the defective instrument to a local authorized KAWAI Service Provider or authorize return of the defective instrument to KAWAI for repair. If you are uncertain as to whether a dealer has been authorized by KAWAI, please contact KAWAI’s Technical Services Division at the number shown below.
Instruments shipped for service must (a) be packed securely; (b) be accompanied by a detailed explanation of the problem(s) requiring service; (c) be accompanied by an unaltered copy of the original bill of sale, or other dated proof-of-purchase document describing the instrument, as evidence of warranty coverage; (d) exhibit a Return Authorization number issued by KAWAI on the outside of the shipping carton or packaging. KAWAI will not be responsible for damage sustained by an instrument that is improperly packed or shipped. Should any instrument submitted for warranty service be found ineligible therefore, an estimate of repair cost will be furnished and the repair will be performed only if requested by you and upon receipt of payment or acceptable arrangement for payment.
ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE SHALL BE LIMITED IN DURATION TO THE APPLICABLE PERIOD OF TIME AS REQUIRED BY STATE LAW. KAWAI SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR FOR DAMAGES BASED UPON INCONVENIENCE, LOSS OF USE, DAMAGE TO ANY OTHER EQUIPMENT OR OTHER ITEMS AT THE SITE OF USE, OR INTERRUPTION OF PERFORMANCES OR ANY CONSEQUENCES THEREOF. KAWAI’S LIABILITY FOR ANY DEFECTIVE INSTRUMENT IS LIMITED TO REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT OF THE INSTRUMENT, AT KAWAI’S OPTION. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON HOW LONG AN IMPLIED WARRANTY LASTS OR THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
This Warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state. This is the only express warranty applicable to the Instrument specified herein; KAWAI neither assumes nor authorizes anyone to assume for it any other express warranty. If you have any questions about service received or if you need assistance in locating an authorized KAWAI Service Provider, please contact:
KAWAI AMERICA CORPORATION
Technical Services Division
2055 E. University Dr.
Rancho Dominguez, California 90220, USA
Do not return any instrument to the above address without a written Return Authorization issued in advance by KAWAI.