The Kawai MP10 ($2499 internet price) is an outstanding top of the line portable model from the Kawai piano company which can be played on stage, at home, church, school, studio, or wherever. Kawai is certainly one of the most respected piano companies in the world and their full size acoustic concert grand pianos, baby grands, uprights, and digital pianos are played by well known professionals as well as in universities, recording studios, and many other places where great music can be found. I have personally played Kawai acoustic grand pianos as have many of my musician friends and I know how good these instruments can be. So it came as no surprise to me that Kawai was able to develop and build this beautiful portable instrument that can be used to replace a fine acoustic grand piano for many people. I will say that if you have played grand pianos before and are experienced with them, then you know there is still a noticeable difference between digital and acoustic pianos since one goes through speakers (or headphones) and the other is completely organic with sound coming out of a large wooden piano & soundboard. But its low price, the MP10 does the best job in coming closest to the acoustic grand piano playing experience and one can be quite satisfied with the outcome.
The MP10 is a "portable" digital piano because it can be transported pretty easily (if necessary) although it does weigh 70lbs so it's heavy as potable digital pianos go. However that is considerably less weight than the Kawai CA93/CA95 furniture cabinet model version (with the same grand piano key action) which weighs in at 192lbs. So the portable MP10 is obviously far lighter than a furniture cabinet piano and therefore has a definite advantage in that way. The MP10 has no built-in speakers or stand like a traditional cabinet model, but all you need is great sounding small stereo powered speakers (which are low priced) along with a good stand and bench and then you will sound and play beautifully. I can also give you advice as to which specific accessories (incl speakers & stand) would be best for the MP10 and at the lowest prices. The MP10 also looks very attractive as compared to other portable pianos because of its mahogany wood sides and taller height and design which gives it a classy appearance.
The keytops are made of a proprietary synthetic material that reproduces the ivory key feel and look of the older acoustic grand pianos (before buying & selling elephant ivory was outlawed), which is very nice and it feels great. Other digital pianos also have their own synthetic material on the keys but I have seen and felt these other key tops and they are not at the same realism level to what Kawai has done on their piano keys. When it comes to replicating the grand piano tone, Kawai has also done an outstanding job with their sound technology source called Ultra Progressive Harmonic Imaging which includes a large 192-notes of polyphony and more realistic sound subtitles than any of their other pianos. You can feel and sense a more organic sound of a grand piano for resonance, overtones, sympathetic vibrations, and other subtle tone changes with key velocity increases and decreases.
You can even do a MP3 or wav file audio recording of your live playing and save it on a USB flash drive as well as overdub that recording with another track. You can also sing or play another instrument directly into the piano and record it along with your piano playing with separate volume control for the input setting (very nice). The MP10 can also be used as a piano "controller" so it which can be great for recording studios, stage work with off board gear, and just general playing flexibility. Although the MP10 only has 27 total sounds along with 100 very nice drum patterns (incl rock, jazz, Latin, country, and many others), the sounds themselves are the best possible instrument tones you can get anywhere in this price range. It kind of reminds me of a top racing car which doesn't have all the bells & whistles, but instead has an ultra responsive touch and movement like no other along with the most powerful engine in its class. That's what the Kawai MP10 is; a high performance digital piano which has the ability to take the musical "curves and corners" of your piano playing to new heights.
Kawai also produces another model called the MP6 ($1499 internet price left pic) which is a lower priced version of the MP10. Although the MP6 is not quite as refined as the MP10 in grand piano touch (no wooden key action) & acoustic piano tone, it's more than enough piano in my opinion for many people, and it has features the MP10 does not have. It still has the ivory touch keys, a smooth piano touch (although slightly different) with escapement/let-off like a grand piano, 256 high quality instrument tones and 256 individual memory setups, and lots more including a 1 track USB MP3/wav file audio recorder and 16-track MIDI recorder. And it only weighs about 46lbs. If you want more info on the MP6, just do a search on that model number in this blog.
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1. Here's a little chord improv below I recorded live on the MP10 showing a combination "string bell synth pad" with a grand piano...just for fun. Although most people do want the MP10 for its great grand piano sounds and excellent wooden grand key action, a few of the other things you can do with this piano can make it even more enjoyable.
Into the Galaxy - written and performed by Tim Praskins
2. This song is a soft ballad about what's most important in one's life. It's a grand piano with a touch of string symphony combined with an overdub of a female and male voices.
Every Time I think of You - written and performed by Tim Praskins