Updated REVIEW - January 25, 2012 - This model is now discontinued and replaced by the new CE220. Please go to the following review link to read about this new piano. CE220 Review
Kawai is famous for making great acoustic pianos, especially their Grands. Lots of individuals, musicians, piano teachers, churches, schools, and other venues own them. So I expected their new lower priced CE200 ($1699 discounted internet price) digital home piano would be equally as good in the digital world. After playing this piano and putting it through it's paces, I do know one thing for sure, and that is the Kawai CE200 is a solid, well built instrument and able to reproduce a very nice acoustic piano sound with lots of sustain and resonance in an attractive cabinet. There are many different kinds of acoustic pianos in the world with various kinds of piano sounds. Some are brighter, some are sharper, some are full & resonate, some are more muted and mellow, and some piano tones vary with degrees of downward key pressure. This piano can do all of that and more with many extra useful features.
The CE200 has 20 excellent instrument tones incl acoustic & electric pianos, symphonic strings, church pipe organs, guitars, and lots more. It also has a digital metronome and 30 useful drum rhythms for music education to learn better timing & rhythm (great for in-home practice) and has a user friendly control panel (very nice) with buttons across the top which allow a person to change the sounds from acoustic piano to digital piano, to strings, to guitars, and so on, very easily. There is a LED display that shows the number of the sound you are on in the appropriate sound bank and it also displays other functions as well. I also like the fact that that this piano has many extra features so that you can "grow into it" instead of growing out of it such as a USB connection to computer, 4-handed piano play so two people can play the same thing on the piano at the same time by splitting the piano into a duet mode and creating two separate 44 note piano keyboards. It has recording features, layering and splitting of tones, and other cool educational and creative things that make the piano fun. It's an instrument you can keep for a long time with so many ways to make music. And Kawai is a very prestigious brand so resale value on this instrument will probably be higher than most.
If you go to the following link you will see the specs for the CE200 piano on the Kawai piano web site:
Go here for a my review on the Yamaha YDP161 & YDP181 digital pianos:
Yamaha YDP161 & YDP181 piano review
Kawai obviously makes some great pianos but in a lower price range you should also consider the new Casio AP620 Celviano digital piano (pictured below left). Although tone & touch are subjective, I believe the new Casio AP620 is one of the best new digital pianos for families right now in the lower price ranges, and all for a discount price of less than $1399. The AP620 stereo acoustic type piano tone and touch is surprisingly very nice for it's low price, the functions are easy to use with a nice LCD display, it has 250 voices or tones, 128-note polyphony, 360 educational accompaniment backgrounds, an SD memory card slot with 4 banks of separate memory for storage of songs and lessons using General MIDI song files, satin ivory feel keys (makes for a nicer key feel), front cabinet stabilization legs, and much more. And you can even connect it directly to an Apple iPad with Casio's built-in CoreMIDI software for instant plug and play using the latest intuitive music software for exciting educational and composition tools.
If you don't know about the Casio AP620, then you should check it when you get time. I have written a couple of articles about the Casio AP620 on this blog along with videos and other detailed info.
If you want more info on these and other pianos and LOWER PRICES than internet discounts, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call direct at 602-571-1864.