Kawai CA58 Review
The Kawai concert artist series CA 58 is an outstanding digital piano to buy. it loaded with a handsome variety of pre-recorded piano music for your listening enjoyment.
KAWAI presents another new model from the Concert Artist series with the CA58 digital piano. Equipped with the new Grand Feel Compact wood keyboard 3-sensor technology, ivory touch surface and pressure point simulation, this piano ensures perfect control and maximum repetition. The piano sounds with Harmonic Imaging ™ XL technology and 88-key sampling are perfectly reproduced through the highly balanced speaker system. The large display allows for easy operation and access to a variety of options.
The CA58 Bring the sounds of world-class grand piano “Shigeru Kawai EX” and the legendary Kawai “EX” home. Play this grand piano on the beautiful large Feel Compact wooden keyboard and experience the natural sound through the newly developed speaker system or headphones via the new SHS technology.
With its traditional design and attractive colors Premium rosewood, Premium Satin Black Premium Satin white and the CA58 in terms of performance, quality and value is a perfect purchase for any pianist.
Grand Feel Compact mechanism with pressure point and wooden keyboard with Ivory Touch surface
The CA58 model is equipped with the new Grand Feel Compact mechanism with wooden keys, which, thanks to Kawai’s 90 years of experience in piano building, gives an exceptionally realistic feel. All 88 buttons are completely off made of long pieces of wood, with the white keys – to optimize the game control – are provided with Ivory Touch coverings.
The CA58 as its counterpart the CA48 from KAWAI incorporates 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 CA 58 offers a more realistic interpretation experience, optimizing even the renowned RM3 Grand mechanisms of its predecessors.
Each of the 88 keys moves smoothly on a balance bar that is known from an acoustic grand piano. Thanks to the long buttons (especially the length from the front of the key to the pin of the balance bar), the game on the back of the keys is made easier. The Grand Feel Compact keyboard fitter has graduated, weighted hammers, counterweights in the bass range and a pressure point simulation. In addition, the triple sensor system ensures optimal repetition and control over the game.
Finally, the Grand Feel Compact keyboard mechanism uses the precise triple-sensor key sensing system allowing notes such as trills or repeated ones to be played smoothly, recorded and heard without loss of tone.
In addition, Kawai’s cutting-edge technology monitors the speed at which the key is raised, influencing the resulting character of piano sounds, and widens the expression of interpretations between staccatos and legatos.
Finally, it is worth noting that Kawai’s CA58 digital piano keys offer absolute control over the performances thanks to this fine texture, which is already highly regarded, which gently absorbs humidity and transpiration of the fingers, and has a smooth but never slippery matt finish. . Ivory Touch replicates the look of the ivory keys, it is simply cleaned with a damp cloth.
Impressive recordings of the concert grand piano Shigeru Kawai SK-EX and the Kawai EX with Harmonic Imaging XL and 88-key sampling
The fantastic sounds of the Shigeru Kawai SK-EX and Kawai EX wings are reproduced in the CA58. World-famous for its tonal clarity, the world-famous Shigeru Kawai models can be found at concert halls and music venues. In addition, the CA58 also includes the special sound of the Kawai EX grand piano, which is often internationally selected by professional pianists for events such as the Chopin, Tchaikovsky or Rubinstein piano competition. All 88 keys of these three extraordinary wing models were comprehensively recorded and analyzed.
BLUETOOTH MIDI, built-in lessons, DUAL system, USB, Four hands and SHS sound optimized in the headphones.
In addition to standard MIDI connectors for connection to other instruments, the integration of Bluetooth MIDI allows wireless communication of the piano with other intelligent devices (phone, tablet or laptop). This function allows settings, registers, recordings of songs stored in the internal memory and stored in a USB; or download the SMF internet, MIDI files and play them and enjoy the result without any additional equipment or cable. The Sound Museum function of KAWAI and the virtual technician applications to select and adjust the sounds without any cables, being essential tools for the pianists.
An assortment of additional instrument voices, combined with the DUAL mode (incorporating two different sounds, such as piano and strings at the same time) adds even more variety to the artists’ performances. The Four Hands special mode divides the keyboard into two independent sections, allowing the teacher and the student to practice and interpret at the same time, using only one instrument. The CA58 also includes SHS technology, optimizes the depth and realism of sounds through headphones and headphones, (allows the selection of various types of headphones: open, semi-open etc …), and reduces hearing fatigue when you listen to the music for a long period of time. To emphasize the realism of interpretation on an acoustic piano, the CA58 offers a lesson function with all kinds of exercises to rehearse and improve the technique.
Grand Feel design: Character and purpose
When sitting in front of the Concert Artist, the first impression of the interpreter is the minimalist and novel design of the furniture. The collapsible lectern has three positions, and the full-function LCD is discreetly located on the left side of the keyboard. Reinforcing the reputation of the Concert Artists as the most successful digital pianos in terms of their exact replica of the acoustic pianos, they have Kawai’s Pedal Grand Feel system with three pedals, (soft, sostenuto and sustained). The finishes of this Model can be chosen between Premium Palisandro, Satin Black or Satin White, perfectly adaptable to traditional or modern interiors
Kawai CA58 Specifications:
- Number of keys 88
- Keyboard Weighted Graded Hammer and velocity sensitive
- Pedals 3
- Lockable yes
- Type of display LCD monochrome
- Built-in speakers yes
- Power 2 x 50W
- Sequencer: 10 songs, 2 tracks
- Tone generator Harmonic Imaging XL (HI-XL), 88 keys sampling, Wings: Shigeru Kawai EX, Kawai EX
- Polyphony 256
- USB / Midi: USB to Host, USB to Device, Midi (in / out)
- Number of sounds 42
- Effects Reverb (6 types), Brilliance and other effects (24 types)
- Weight ± 73 kg
- Dimensions 145.5 x 45.5 x 92.5 (cm)
- Versions: rosewood, satin black, satin white
The original purchase price of this piano is around $3,000.00, plus save tax’s etc, and could be purchased online.
Kawai CA58 Piano Review
For many people buying a digital piano is for the convenience of being able to practice without other people hearing you, and the CA 58 uses a speacial headphone technology which when you plug your headphones in it.
The keys in the CA 58 now it’s called the grand feel compact action, the keys are a little bit shorter than those found in the higher range models such as the CA 78 and CA 98 but this is still a really nice wood keyboard action.
The touch is a very natural and it’s very expressive, this is far better than buying one of the digital pianos with a shorter key or with the plastic key action that which tend to pivot at the far end of the key, so I would really suggest you to give this piano good consideration if you’re looking at buying new piano from another manufacturer that perhaps has plastic keys because this really does make a difference to the amount of of expression and feeling that you can get into your playing.
The CA 58 offers a really good choice of different piano tones for different styles of music, so you’re sure to find one that suits your own taste. but if you can’t find a piano tone that that you like or you perhaps find one you do like but you want to modify it a bit you can do that using the Kawai virtual technician and then save your favorite piano sounds into the CA-58.
In addition to acoustic piano sounds there’s a wide variety of electronic piano sounds to choose, there is harpsichord, pipe organ, jazz organs, string sounds, etc and you can even split the keyboard into two so you can have one sound on your left and one sound on your right as well or you can layer two voices together and a really popular combination is piano layered with strings.
Overall, I think the Kawai CA58 represents really excellent value for money. I love the feel of the keyboard, it really is very very nice to play and it’s certainly a cut above the plastic keyboard actions that you find on on slightly cheaper pianos.