The Kawai Piano company of Japan (Ka-WHY- phonetic pronunciation) has been producing fine acoustic & digital pianos for many years and they seem to build better and more competitive pianos every year. They are recognized as a leader in building exceptional musical instruments for recreational players, students, and professionals throughout the world so it comes as no surprise to me that Kawai has come out with this new and very impressive digital piano model called the CE220 ($1899 internet price, below left pic). Please note that the CE220 is custom made piano model only available in the US & Canada and nowhere else in the world and will remain this way as far as I know. So to all my friends outside of North America, I am sorry to say you will not have this model in your country.
The Kawai CE220 furniture cabinet piano was officially introduced on January 19, 2012, but didn't start shipping in any quantities until late February/March and have been selling out all year as soon as they come in and they are still backordered at Kawai even today. I have spent a great deal of time playing this piano and was most impressed with what I experienced in this lower price range (under $2000). The first thing that I noticed right away was the realistic piano sound itself which is a huge step up in my opinion from anything Roland or Yamaha has in this same price range when it comes to reproducing the actual acoustic piano sound.
The CE220 has a built-in USB output to computer or iPad for connectivity to useful programs and apps for music education, notation, composing, and more ( which I encourage my students to use). I am also impressed with the fact that this model has 1/4" stereo audio outputs & inputs to add an external speaker system if desired or to input other devices audio output such as a computer or iPad to go directly into the Kawai audio system. In that way you can plug in headphones and hear not only the Kawai piano in privacy, but also hear the computer or iPad sound coming through the headphones...a very cool & useful feature.
*Take a look at the Kawai video for the CE220 here: Kawai CE220 video
Listen to audio sample demos of the CE220 here: CE220 audio demos (make sure you connect a good pair of headphones to your computer as this is a great way to listen to these songs as well as to the video...and this is true for any digital piano you listen to.
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