Wherever the venue, whatever the occasion
Regardless of whether you’re playing a gig on stage, practicing for a recital at home, accompanying the local church choir, or studying Chopin in the classroom, the new Kawai ES8 is portable piano perfection.
Translating an acoustic piano's elaborate movements to a digital instrument, while still retaining the tactile feeling and subtle nuance that one comes to appreciate in an acoustic, is a considerable challenge – a challenge that draws upon over 85 years of experience in building the world’s finest pianos. Kawai's improved Responsive Hammer III keyboard action recreates all the subtleties of playing a grand piano, with premium features such as Ivory Touch key surfaces, let-off simulation, counterweights, and a precise triple-sensor detection system.
The new ES8 captures the magnificent tone of two Shigeru Kawai instruments, the flagship SK- EX Concert and medium-sized SK-5 Chamber grand pianos, allowing musicians to enjoy the contrasting properties of each. In addition, the ES8 also features the distinctive sound of Kawai’s highly acclaimed EX concert grand piano, which has frequently been selected by professional pianists in such prestigious events as the Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and Rubinstein international piano competitions, among countless others.
The rich, expressive sound of the SK-EX, SK-5, and EX grand pianos is at the heart of the new ES8, with all eighty-eight keys of these worldclass instruments painstakingly recorded, meticulously analyzed, and accurately reproduced as high-fidelity digital waveforms.
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 volume levels, ranging from gentle pianissimo to thunderous fortissimo.
Room-filling resonance & tonal clarity
The ES8’s impressive speaker system utilizes speaker box enclosures that deliver a rich, expansive sound to rival much larger console digital pianos. This unique design allows for a compact, portable instrument, capable of enthralling medium-sized audiences, without the need for additional amplification. For those who want additional amplification, stereo line outs are provided on the rear panel.
Studio quality effects
The ES8’s powerful digital effects engine further enhances the instrument’s superior core sounds, applying additional layers of detail and realism that bring performances to life. Tailor an instrument’s character and feeling with a range of studio quality chorus, tremolo, delay, and auto-pan effects. Add vintage warmth to electric pianos and trademark growl to drawbar organs using the dedicated Amp Sim speaker models. Then adjust the instrument’s reverb controls to position yourself within one of six acoustic environments, ranging from a small practice room to an inspirational grand cathedral.
Flexible USB Connectivity
The ES8’s USB ports enable the instrument to be connected to a computer for MIDI use, or to load and save data directly to USB memory. This latter USB to Device functionality allows favorite registration settings and memorable recorded songs stored in internal memory to be safely preserved on USB, or standard MIDI files (SMF) downloaded from the internet to be conveniently played back through the instrument without additional hardware.
Digital audio recording
USB memory devices can also be used to play back MP3 or WAV audio files, allowing musicians to learn the chords or melody for a new piece, or to simply play along with their favorite songs. It is even possible to record entire performances directly as MP3 or WAV files for emailing to family and friends, casual listening away from the piano, or for further editing using an audio workstation.
Compact, stylish design
Strong, rigid, and surprisingly lightweight, the ES8’s modern chassis is engineered from aluminum, with a reinforced keyboard base to provide additional stability. Its curved wooden side panels reflect Kawai’s acoustic piano heritage, and double as convenient hand grips when lifting, while the included metal music rest is durable enough to with-stand the bustle of an enthusiastic classroom and the rigors of the live stage.
The ES8’s clean design is appropriate for both traditional and contemporary spaces. And with matching designer stand and triple pedal accessories (sold separately), the instrument can be easily transformed into an ultra- compact piano replacement for the lounge, studio, or bedroom.
|Included from Manufacturer||F-10H Damper Pedal (with half-pedal support)
AC Power Supply
|Piano Cabinet Style||Portable|
|Number of Keys||88|
|Key Action||Responsive Hammer III|
|Weighted Keys||Hammer Weighted|
|Speaker Power||2 x 15 Watts|
|Speaker Size||(2) 4.72" x 3.15" (oval)|
|Pedals||F-10H damper pedal included|
|Number of Sounds||34|
|Voices of Polyphony||256 max|
|Song Recorder||Audio & MIDI|
|Storage Type||USB Flash Drive, Internal|
|Rhythm Patterns||100 rhythms (x 2 variations), 4-part accompaniment, 100 preset chord sequences|
|Quarter-Tone Scale Function||No|
|Audio Outputs||1/4" Line Out (L/MONO, R)
Headphones x 2
|Audio Inputs||1/8" Line in Stereo|
|Product Weight||49 lbs|
|Unique Features||USB flash drive - play/rec WAV and MP3 files
Powerful stereo speaker system housed in two built-in enclosures
Limited 3-Year Warranty on Kawai CE, CL, EP, ES and KDP Model Digital Pianos
Kawai sells its instruments through a network of authorized dealers and is pleased to offer you, the Original Owner, the following Limited Warranty which applies only to instruments that have been (1) directly purchased from Kawai's authorized dealers in the United States and Canada (the 'Warranted Area') and (2) used exclusively in the Warranted Area. Kawai will not warrant any instrument purchased outside of the United States or Canada. Kawai suggests that you read this Limited Warranty document thoroughly and contact your authorized Kawai dealer or Kawai Technical Services if you have any questions.
This warranty covers digital piano models CE, CL, EP, ES and KDP against defects in materials or workmanship for three (3) 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.
This warranty does not cover (a) damage, deterioration or malfunction resulting from accident, negligence, misuse, abuse, improper installation or operation or 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, modi ed 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.
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.
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.
When you place an order with Kraft Music, a confirmation will be sent to you via email, with details of your order, including method of shipping. Once your order leaves our facility, you will receive a shipping confirmation via email, with carrier name and tracking number. Many of the products we sell are shipped in the manufacturer box. These boxes will often have images, model numbers, and other text that indicate the contents inside. If your purchase is a gift, please make proper shipping arrangements or contact us about possible packaging options.
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