We live in times of rapid technological progress. It’s shaped the way we do everything – from communicating and sharing information on a personal or professional level to transportation and even the way in which we check out at the grocery store. Over the past few decades, technology has changed music more than ever before. Almost every type of instrument has an electronic counterpart. Although not everyone agrees that electronic options will ever fully replace genuine acoustic instruments, it’s hard to say that they aren’t at least leaving an indelible mark in the music industry. From club basements to high class symphonies, electronics are everywhere.
One of the brands leading the movement in electronic, digital pianos is Kawai Pian – a manufacturer headquartered in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan that is also well known for their top quality acoustic instruments. For nearly 85 years, this company has been producing high end upright pianos, and, eventually entered the market of electronic keyboards and synthesizers. Their instruments are used by professional and amateur musicians all over the world, and this manufacturer is often cited as the best choice in digital pianos.
One of the best contributions by the Kawai piano manufacturer is the electric grand piano. This is different than typical digital pianos because, like traditional piano models, the electric grand uses strings and hammers. However, unlike traditional style pianos, the eclectic grand has a unique method of amplification based on pickups underneath the piano’s strings. In this way, it functions much like an electric guitar and avoids the need for a microphone in settings where the sound must carry further – such as in a concert.
It can be hard to tell the difference between a Kawai piano and pianos made by older, more traditional piano manufacturers such as Steinway by looking at the outside. A Kawai piano has the same rich finish and beautiful detailing. However, what is unique about Kawai is that their pianos are not made out of wood. Instead, the action of the piano is made out of a synthetic polymer. Originally, Kawai used a special styran plastic, but eventually began to use carbon fiber due to its sleeker look. However, whether you invest in an older Kawai made of styran plastic or a new model made with carbon fiber, both options are resistant to humidity – which reduces swelling and lengthens the piano’s lifetime.
All of Kawai’s pianos are specially designed for maximum richness of tone and auditory excellence. Over the last several decades, this manufacturer has put additional time and effort into blending the best benefits of electronic and digital applications with the genuine sound of traditional, acoustic pianos. If you choose to invest in one of these instruments, you will undoubtedly enjoy both the sound and expert workmanship for many years to come.
Whether you are looking for an upright, digital or stage Kawai piano, however, Cooper Piano is the best place to start. Come review our inventory of Kawai products and learn more about the craftsmanship and sustainability of each of these special pianos. You won’t be disappointed.
Now, share with us! Given the wonderful quality of products such as Kawai pianos, do you think electronic and digital pianos will eventually replace acoustic pianos?