The Kawai Piano company of Japan (Ka-WHY- phonetic pronunciation) has been producing fine acoustic & digital pianos (including world class concert grands) 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 such an impressive digital piano model as this CE220 ($1899 internet price, below left pic). Kawai also makes many other digital pianos in lower and higher price ranges that are impressive instruments, but the CE220 is in that "under $2000" price range" where many shoppers want to be. So in that price range, the CE220 is hard to beat for what it offers and it fills a niche in offering a nice looking, full featured piano at an affordable price for many people.
There are a total of 22 higher quality instrument sounds on this piano (better than other furniture cabinet pianos I have played under $2000) including realistic string symphonies, church & Jazz B3 organs, choirs, guitar, etc, along with 100 realistic sounding drum patterns such as jazz, rock, waltz, big band, Latin, country, boogie, etc) which are not only a lot of fun to play along with, but help piano students to better understand rhythm and timing which are the most difficult things in music to learn. This is a very useful feature and I use it often in my teaching studio. The CE220 also allows you to layer any two sounds together or split the keyboard with any two sounds, a different one on the left and a different one on the right. One of the more unusual features on this model is a "real-time" volume balance slider on the front control panel that will allow you to balance the volume between two sounds when layered or split. This is very handy when you need to raise or lower the volume of one sound over the other while you are playing so that you can come up with a relative volume balance which suits your musical needs in any given song or performance. No other piano in this price range (including higher prices) have this intuitive feature. Beyond that, the 88-note piano keyboard can be electronically divided into two identical 44-key pianos for 4-hand duet play utilizing the two outer pedals for individual sustain for both keyboards. This is great for student/teacher, parent/child, or for any two people who want to play the piano at the same time playing the exact same notes. Copyright AZPianoNews.com 2014
|CE220 intuitive control panel|
|CE220 full size wood-key graded hammer action|
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" audio outputs & inputs to add an external speaker system if desired or to input other devices 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.
The Kawai CE220 comes in a premium satin black (as Kawai calls it) which is attractive and includes a built-in sliding key cover and matching padded bench. Once again, this piano is a limited production model available only in the US and Canada. In my opinion, the CE220 outperforms just about all other digital cabinet pianos in its price range ($1899) for what it delivers as compared to pianos that are even higher priced such as the Yamaha Clavinova CLP535 and Yamaha CLP525. In my opinion the CE220 easily outperforms the popular Yamaha Arius YDP181 ($1699 internet price) as well as some Casio models. The bottom line on this model is...I believe Kawai has outdone themselves in the under $2000 price range and I would recommend the Kawai CE220 at $1899 internet price for anyone (even more advanced players) wanting a solid, reliable piano with excellent piano touch movement, authentic acoustic piano wood keys, excellent detailed key touch response and tonal/volume dynamics, along with convincing acoustic stereo grand piano tone.
One more thing to consider: Casio now has their latest Celviano digital piano under $2000 available for sale at $1899US, and of all the digital pianos out there under $2000, I believe this model offers the biggest bang for the buck when it comes to a combination of good looks, big organic piano sound with 256-note polyphony, large internal speaker system with unique sound dispersion technology, and a huge array of useful digital features that no other digital piano offers in this price range. Beyond all that, the Casio company offers the longest factory warranty on any piano under $2000 which is 5 years parts & labor in-home service in the US. For some people it may be hard to believe that a company like Casio who is not known a s a piano company because they don't produce acoustic pianos, to be taken seriously up against a famous piano company like Yamaha. But nothing could be further from the truth...you can taken this one very seriously. Read my review at the following link to learn more about this impressive model: Casio Celviano AP650 Review
*Take a look at a Kawai video demonstration for the CE220 here: Kawai CE220 video
Digital Piano rating System: There is no scientific or perfect digital piano rating system (like stars, check marks, numbers, etc) as some people on the internet would have you believe...and that's why I don't do it. There are just too many variables in piano tone, action, pedaling, and what's actually best for you. In fact there are some so-called "reviewers" out there who have no idea of what they are talking about, they say things that are just not true at all, they rate cheap keyboards along side of digital pianos which is ridiculous (keyboards are not digital pianos), and what they report is only so they can link you to an Amazon site to make THEM money if you buy something. These "reviewers" are as impartial as bees are to honey...in other words, they are not impartial and they only will say things that gets you to buy a piano on their Amazon links. If you see something like that, then run away from those people as they are not there to help you, regardless of they say. fact, I have noticed that many of these "fake review sites" steal my content and then post a version of it on their web sites. I know this because they would NEVER have been able to test out the pianos that I have and come up with the conclusions that they state in their reviews. This is because they have never played those digital pianos and in fact may not even know how to play a piano at all. It is true that imitation or downright coping is the sincerest form of flattery so people stealing (coping and reusing) my blog content does not bother me (too much). Unfortunately, on those sites, it is done solely to make money off of you, and that does bother me a lot! So be careful out there.
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