The CA48 is the first KAWAI digital piano to use the Grand Feel Compact wood key mechanism. As its name suggests, this mechanism has been designed to reproduce the authentic characteristics of the grand piano pulsation, in a smaller format.
The new mechanism maintains the long wooden keys of the 88 black and white keys and the mechanism of the swinging movement of all grand pianos for centuries. However, despite its smaller size, the Grand Feel Compact has a longer pivot point length of the key, and offers a more consistent pulse weight when touching the entire keyboard as it maintains the length of the lever movement. This crucial detail ensures that the CA48 offers a more realistic interpretation experience, optimizing even the renowned RM3 Grand mechanisms of its predecessors.
As in all KAWAI wooden keyboard mechanisms, the Grand Feel Compact incorporates counterbalanced hammers, which strike a pressure contact the amount of force at each point is measured, and the corresponding note sounds with total authenticity in the tonality and in the the volume.
In addition, some graduated counterweights located on the front of each key, help to lighten the pulsation during the pianissimo passages. And the simulation of let off (double escape) recreates the identical sensation of the keys of a grand piano. Finally, the precise triple-sensor key detection system allows notes such as trills or repeated ones to be played smoothly, recorded and heard without loss of tone.
Kawai CA48 Features
1. Grand Feel Compact mechanism with pressure point simulation and wooden keyboard with Ivory Touch surface
The model CA48 is equipped with the new Grand Feel Compact Mechanik mechanism with wooden keys that – thanks to the 90-year experience of Kawai in piano building – gives an extraordinarily realistic playing experience. All 88 keys are made of long wooden parts, with the white keys – improving the game control – with an Ivory Touch surface. Each of the 88 keys moves gently on a balance bar, as is known from an acoustic grand piano. Thanks to the long keys (in particular the length in the front part of the key up to the balance pin) the game in the rear part of the keys is simplified. The Grand Feel Compact keyboard mechanism features hammers with a graduated weight, counterweights in the bass section and a pressure point simulation. In addition, the 3-fold sensor system ensures optimal rehearsal and game control.
2. The beautiful sounds of the Shigeru Kawai SK-EX and EX concert wings with 88 keys Sampling
The CA48 reproduces the special sound of the Shigeru Kawai SK-EX concert grand. The worldwide highly regarded Shigeru Kawai models are valued for their clear sound and can always be found on the stages of concert halls and conservatories. Moreover, the CA48 also contains the special sound of the Kawai EX concert grand piano, which – in addition to other wings – is often chosen internationally by professional pianists for events such as the Chopin, Tchaikovsky or the Rubinstein Competition. All 88 keys of these two extraordinarily beautiful wing models were recorded and analyzed in a long procedure. The unique characteristic of each individual note and the large dynamic range of both sounds give the pianist the opportunity to express his emotions … from the soft pianissimo to the powerful fortissimo.
The Vocal Assist function simplifies the operation through the spoken text for easy identification of the many functions. In addition, Sound Preview provides a good overview of the different sounds.
The strong Lesson function in the CA48 supports the pianist in playing with learning to play the piano through an integrated choice of for the piano lessons etudes.
An intuitive recording function can be found in all CA series models The Recorder in the CA48 has a maximum recording capacity of 10,000 notes. Up to 3 songs can be recorded.
The CA48 is equipped with the Grand Feel pedal system. In this system developed by Kawai, the resistance to the use of the three pedals (sustain, soft and sostenuto) corresponds to the playing feel of the pedals of a Shigeru Kawai SK-EX concert grand.
SHS headphone system
Spatial Headphone Sound (SHS) is a special feature of the facilities of the new CA48, which gives the sound reproduction of the acoustic piano sound more depth through earphones and also improves the experience of listening over a longer period of time.
In addition to the USB-to-host connection and the MIDI connections, the CA48 is also equipped with Bluetooth MIDI technology, enabling wireless communication with Smart Devices (eg smartphone or tablet). This gives you the opportunity to use a large number of music-related apps in connection with your CA48 digital piano.
Adjustable music rest
The angle of the music rest can be changed – just as with a concert grand piano – to suit the position of the player. If desired, the lectern of the CA series can also be placed completely horizontally.
Grand Feel pedal system
The CA48 is equipped with the Grand Feel pedal system. In this system developed by Kawai, the resistance when using the three pedals (sustain, soft and sostenuto) corresponds to the playing feel of the pedals of a Shigeru Kawai SK-EX concert grand. The correct positioning of the pedals was also taken into account.
Kawai CA48 Specs
|Keyboard||・ Grand Feel Compact action
– 88 wooden keys
– Grade-weighted hammers
– Ivory Touch white key surfaces
– Let-off simulation
– Triple sensor key detection
– Bass region counterweights
|Pedal||・ Grand Feel Pedal System
– Damper (with half-pedal support)
|Piano Sound||・ Progressive Harmonic Imaging (PHI)
– 88-key stereo sampling
– SK-EX, EX recording
– 192 note maximum polyphony
|Piano Resonance||– Damper Resonance
– String Resonance
|Piano Adjustment||・Virtual Technician (17 parameters, via Virtual Technician app)
– Touch Curve
– Damper Resonance
– Damper Noise
– String Resonance
– Key-off Effect
– Fall-back Noise
– Hammer Delay
– Decay Time
– Minimum Touch
– Stretch Tuning
– Temperament Key
– User Key Volume
– Half-Pedal Adjust
– Soft Pedal Depth・Virtual Technician Smart Mode (10 presets)
|No. of Sounds||19 voices|
|Speakers||13 cm x 2
5 cm x 2
|Output Power||40 W (20 W x 2)|
|Headphone Enhancements||Spatial Headphone Sound
|Display||3 digit LED|
|Key Cover||Sliding type|
|Music Rest||Collapsible type (3 angle adjustability)|
|Height||88.5 cm (not including music rest)|
|Available Finishes||Premium Satin Black (CA48B)
Premium Satin White (CA48W)
Premium Rosewood (CA48R)
|Internal Songs||Sound Demo||19 songs|
|Concert Magic||40 songs|
|Lesson Songs||Burgmüller 25 (25 Etudes Faciles, Opus 100)
Czerny 30 (Etudes de Mécanisme, Opus 849)
Beyer 106 (Vorschule im Klavierspiel, Opus 101)
Alfred’s Basic Piano Library Lesson Book Level 1A
Alfred’s Basic Piano Library Lesson Book Level 1B
|Internal Recorder||Total Memory||approximately 10,000 notes|
|No. of Songs||3 songs|
|Metronome||Time Signatures||1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 3/8, 6/8|
|Bluetooth *||Bluetooth (Ver. 4.1; GATT compatible)
Bluetooth Low Energy MIDI Specification compliant
|USB Audio Recorder||Record/Playback||–|
|App Functions||Virtual Technician app (iPad), Sound Museum app (iPhone/iPad)|
|Connector Jacks||Headphone||1 x 1/4″, 1 x 1/8″ Stereo jacks|
|MIDI||MIDI IN, MIDI OUT, Bluetooth MIDI *|
|USB to Host||✔|
|USB to Device||–|
|Power Consumption||11 W|
|Bench||Height-adjustable bench *|
|Others||Warranty Card *
The CA48 Digital Piano Demo
Kawai CA48 Price
Kawai is one of the trusted names when it comes to digital pianos. It’s not on the level of Yamaha, but still, it’s known to manufacture some of the best digital pianos. This is why a lot of people are taking a look at the Kawai CA48 Digital Piano. If you’re one of these people, you’d like to know if this is a good buy around $2000, this is an affordable option that doesn’t compromise on quality.
Kawai CA48 Review
This piano also has a bluetooth wireless connectivity, so you can connect your iPad or Mac without any cables and shake hands with GarageBand or your favorite musical app.
The Kawai CA48 is equipped with the new Grand Feel Compact keyboard. The keyboard consisting of wooden keys has been developed to reproduce an authentic touch with a true grand piano touch. Each hammer has an individual weight, rising from heavier at the low notes to lighter at the high notes. The roll top cover is also nice, strong and sturdy and help keep the piano keys dust free.
In addition, the bass keys are also equipped with a counterweight, which increases the balance. For accurate registration of the stop, three sensors have been processed under each key. The third sensor belongs to the latest development and improves the perception of repeatedly playing the same test. The same note can be gradually stacked without losing the previous tone. The registration of the speed of the keys is also more accurate, so there is more to play with.
The keyboard consisting of wooden keys has been developed to reproduce an authentic touch with a true grand piano touch. Each hammer has an individual weight, rising from heavier at the low notes to lighter at the high notes. In addition, the bass keys are also equipped with a counterweight, which increases the balance. For accurate registration of the stop, three sensors have been processed under each key. The third sensor belongs to the latest development and improves the perception of repeatedly playing the same test. The same note can be gradually stacked without losing the previous tone. The registration of the speed of the keys is also more accurate, so there is more to play with.
The CA48 has the sounds of two world-class wings. First you get access to the magnificent sound of the Kawai SK-EX concert grand. This peerless hand-built instrument is widely regarded as one of the best in its class. Of all 88 keys of the actual instrument, short recordings were made which were then accurately analyzed and reproduced using the advanced “Harmonic Imaging sound technology”. This preserves the rich expressive sound of the original sound. The digital sound of the Kawai EX Concert Wing has also been created using the same technology. In short, two fantastic authentic wing sounds!
Overall, the Kawai CA48 is the introduction of the high-quality series of concert digital pianos. A fantastic touch because of the wooden keyboard and a beautiful sound because of the high quality Kawai samples characterize this model. Also performed with the latest technological possibilities such as built-in bluetooth function, the piano is very complete. In short, for a reasonable price you get a top tool with the CA48!