Kawai CA 78/E/P
Concert Grand authenticity for ambitious pianists
Combining Kawai’s industry-leading Grand Feel II wooden-key keyboard action,
stunning SK-EX Rendering piano sound engine with multi-channel sampling and
resonance modelling, premium audio processing and amplification technologies
powered by Onkyo, and a powerful 6-speaker output system, the CA78 delivers
grand piano playing authenticity at a competitive price.
Industry-leading Grand Feel II wooden-key keyboard action
Ebony & Ivory Touch key surfaces, 3-sensor, let-off, counterweights
SK-EX Rendering piano sound engine with multi-channel sampling
Premium audio processing and amplification powered by Onkyo
Powerful, high-fidelity 6-speaker output system
Integrated Bluetooth® MIDI and Audio wireless technology
Modern 5? LCD touchscreen display embedded within cheekblock
MP3/WAV/SMF playback, record, and overdub to USB
Spatial Headphone Sound for enhanced depth and realism
Attractive, modern cabinet with 6-position adjustable music rest
The Concert Grand piano experience in the comfort of your home
A digital piano that will transform enthusiastic players into accomplished pianists,
and modest rooms into grand concert halls. This is the ambitious philosophy behind
Concert Artist digital pianos – premium instruments that capture the essence of
playing a magnificent concert grand piano, and inspire musicians to realise their
true artistic potential.
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 utilised by the CA78 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.
Extra-long key length, Extra-long pivot length
In addition to featuring extended, fully wooden keys, Grand Feel keyboard actions also
boast some of the longest key pivot lengths – matching that of a Kawai grand piano.
This extended key pivot length provides a more evenly balanced touch weight from the front to
the rear of each key, allowing greater fluency and expressive control, while also minimising the
need to readjust one’s technique when playing an acoustic grand piano.
88-key Graded Counterweights
In addition to grade-weighted hammers, the Grand Feel II keyboard action also features graded
counterweights attached towards the front of all 88 black and white 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.
Ivory & Ebony Touch key surfaces
The exceptional CA78 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
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.
The Sound of a Grand Piano: Shigeru Kawai SK-EX concert grand
The magnificent tone of Kawai’s flagship Shigeru Kawai SK-EX full concert grand piano is at the heart
of the Concert Artist CA78. Widely regarded 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
tonal clarity and exceptional dynamic range.