An outstanding introduction to Concert Artist quality
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.
RM3 Grand II keyboard action
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.
Ivory Touch key surfaces
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.
Triple-sensor key detection
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.
88-key piano sampling
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.
Harmonic Imaging XL 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 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.
Breathtaking reverb, Additional voices
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.
Realistic pedal weighting
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.
High-fidelity speaker system
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.
Broad, adjustable music rest
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.
MIDI and USB connectivity
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.