The CE220 boasts the AWA PROII wooden-key action, one that has been found on many award-winning Kawai instruments. This was the feature most often cited by owners of the CE200 as the reason for their ... Read More
The CE220 boasts the AWA PROII wooden-key action, one that has been found on many award-winning Kawai instruments. This was the feature most often cited by owners of the CE200 as the reason for their purchase. With the CE220 Kawai has added to this popular feature several other upgrades and new features as well, including Kawai's Progressive Harmonic Imaging sound technology with 88-key piano sampling, which produces a more detailed, clear and realistic piano sound. It also comes with a convenient USB to Device capability. This allows you to record a song or practice session to a USB memory stick. The song can then be played on another instrument or loaded into a computer for printing a score or emailing to a friend or teacher.
Another significant upgrade is 192-note polyphony, nearly 100 more than it's predecessor.
Another sweet feature the CE220 has is both a Dual Mode, in which two sounds are played at the same time, and a Split mode, in which one sound plays on the left side of the keyboard and another sound plays on the right side. A special 4-Hands Mode creates two identical 44-note pianos on the keyboard - great for piano lessons or for duets.
The CE220 has a convenient Balance Slider on the panel that controls the balance in a Dual or Splt Keyboard mode, two headphone jacks, a built-in metronome with a variety of time signatures, 100 built-in rhythms, 29 classic piano songs stored insides with an accompanying music book for learning, as well as a MIDI, Line In, Line Out jacks, and an extra USB jack.
Finally, Kawai's designers gave the CE220 a beautiful premium satin black finish with matching bench, a sliding key cover, and three pedals which offer the same functionality as Kawai's world-class acoustic grand pianos.
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Comments about Kawai CE220 Digital Piano:
I am not an accomplished piano player, but I know my way around the keyboard. In the 80's, I had a 'Kawai' PV30 and enjoyed it very much. After 14 years, I sold it. I had missed it and wanted another piano, and I really liked the 'Kawai' brand. So I went on-line and came across the CE220. Watched all the videos and demos, and thought that it would be a good choice. I ordered it on-line through guitar center (I love that place). It arrived in about 4 days, and assembly wasn't bad at all. I have now had it for about a month. What I DO like is the looks, the feel, and the sound quality of the piano, electric piano, church organ and draw bar organ. The sound quality is really good. The strings and choir are good in the mid range, but loses the tone on the lower and higher end of the keyboard. The drum selection is very good, but you have to set it every time you play (there are 100 tracks). It should be able to store your favorite drum tracks at the touch of a button instead of going through the selection every time (I hope I don't wear the button out). I thought it had an auto accompaniment feature, but it doesn't. That was a bit disappointing. On my PV30, it was pretty nice. That being said, I am not sorry with the purchase, but I have to learn to get my fingers a lot busier, and my learning curve will keep me very busy.
Comments about Kawai CE220 Digital Piano:
I have been very impressed with the quality of the sounds. There are three piano types to select from plus a bunch of other instruments. The piano sounds are impressively realistic. And it looks like a real piano too. I've had it now for roughly 2 weeks and am very happy with it. I was able to put the piano together by myself and found it relatively simple. However, a word of caution. The top is VERY, VERY heavy. So I highly suggest getting two strong people to move it and to lift it into place. And using an electric screwdriver will dramatically shorten the build time. READ THE BUILD INSTRUCTIONS AT THE END OF THE MANUAL. Until all the pieces are screwed in it feels a bit flimsy. But once it's all in place, it feels quite sturdy. I do wish they had used a solid piece of wood, instead of particle board for the bottom piece with the pedals. It is critical that you adjust the support screw below the pedals to make sure the wood doesn't break. But again, in terms of sound quality and the feel of they keys, it is a truly amazing sound. It does not sound "electronic". And, in my opinion, only an extremely seasoned professional piano player may be able to tell that it is not a "real" piano. But from the lowest to the highest note, the sound fidelity is truly impressive. The ability to SPLIT or LAYER the sounds is fantastic. It allows so much more flexibility, versatility and fun. Our 2-year-old loves to mess with the different sounds. It is so nice to be able to play at any hour of the day either by lowering the volume or by using headphones. I have not bought the adapter to hook it up to my iPad with Garage Band yet. But once I do, I will post another review describing my experience with it.
Comments about Kawai CE220 Digital Piano:
I had a hard time deciding between this Kawai CE220 and a Yamaha YDP-181, especially since Guitar Center doesn't carry the Kawai in the store to see then side by side. I ended up going with the Kawai based mostly upon this review: http://azpianonews.blogspot.com/2012/01/review-kawai-ce220-digital-piano.html I also suggest watching the video on Kawai's web site. For us, who's main need was to get a piano with properly weighted keys for my daughter to take lessons on, this was probably considerable overkill (something like a Casio PX-780 mentioned in that review, or an even lower cost portable Yamaha might have sufficed), but I looked it also a a piece of furniture in our living room and therefore justified the extra cost. And it looks beautiful. I'm not a piano player, but I've messed around on them enough to know that the feel on this is quite realistic, and the various sensitivity levels are a bonus, allowing them to be set for little fingers just learning to play and then adjusted over time as strength and skill improves. The sound is very nice and life-like. A bit more bass wouldn't hurt, but I don't think it's any worse (if not even better) than its competitional peers. Since sound is somewhat subjective, I won't waste time saying any more. Important note: Guitar Center has a couple things wrong on its web page (and maybe they'll fix it after seeing this review): (a) The warranty is 3 years, NOT 1 as indicated. (b) The power supply is built in w/ an AC cord to go to the wall, NOT a wall-wart as indicated. (c) A matching, padded bench is included (It doesn't open for music storage, and isn't wide enough to accommodate two people side-by-side, but it suffices and met my expectations. My only "complaint" isn't a big one. Because there is no LCD display, only a 2-digit LED and various LEDs on the function buttons, some of the features are not intuitive to set and require referencing the manual -- at least at first. None are difficult to set, just unintuitive until you memorize them. In case you're curious about assembly...Let me start out by saying it comes in a huge, almost refrigerator-sized box. It's not tremendously heavy, but due to the size, you'll definitely need two people to move it. Assembly itself is a breeze. The instructions are very clear, but it's almost (not quite - but almost) doable without any instructions. It took me less than an hour to assemble the piano and the bench, taking my time. A second one I'm sure I could do in under 30 minutes. You WILL need a second person to assist placing the keyboard on the legs, as it needs to be set on just right, then slid to lock into place. Other than that, it's easily a one person job. Since we've had the piano for less than two weeks, I can't say anything about durability, but we love the sound, and it makes a very pretty addition to our living room -- the matte black finish goes perfectly with our existing decor.
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