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Kawai CA13
Kawai CA13 Reviews

Graham Howard, Piano Advisor
"The following reviews are from owners of the Kawai CA13. The most
recent review is at the bottom of this page", Graham Howard, Piano Advisor

1) "It looks very elegant and I'm proud of it"

It's an amazing instrument. Almost every day on my way to work, I go with the bike past the guy who sold me the piano (he goes by foot).
Two days ago when I saw him, I stopped and told him how glad I am that he took double the money I wanted to pay. He thought I was unhappy, but then I said that I love it and that there is no day that I regret that decision. He was in something like a shock 😀 thanked me an walked on … later he wrote me an email, that later he realized what I had actually said there, and that it made his day!

Well, so much to how much I love it 🙂 It was indeed almost double as much as I wanted to pay, but it's so totally worth it! I have the feeling I sit at a real piano. Well, I come from the keyboard, but now when I was in Finland for a year, there I have been playing a real Yamaha piano. So I do know what they feel like. The Kawai CA-13 has a real nice touch, the keys are as heavy as they're supposed to be and it allows for real smooth playing. My hands are always very dry and there's no problem, but one day I came home from work and they were so bloody dry, that my fingers slipped on the keys like never before. I could hardly play, because my fingers slipped off the desired keys all the time. I'm not sure if it's due to this "Ivory Touch" cover of the keys, or if it would have happened with any other keys as well. I didn't have other keys to compare 😉

The sound is good, although I have to say that I usually just start it and play, I don't use all those different settings (8 sounds, different loudness of keys, 4-hands playing, …), I use it as if it was a real piano. The air around it vibrates, which sometimes causes close objects (like a glass lamp or a toaster) to vibrate with it, which is annoying but easy to fix (just put those objects somewhere else 😉 ). I find the sound really satisfying, although it could be louder. For the feel of a real piano I would like to make it as loud, but then I'm scared to break the speakers.

It feels really nice. There is this key cover that slides into the frame and disappears, while playing. The music stand is larger than on other digital pianos, which is quite nice (anyway, they're never big enough).
If for nothing else, it's a really nice piece of furniture that gives a lot of value to my place. It looks very elegant and I'm proud of it any time I pass it 🙂

Well, I don't know what else to say about it. I'm really happy about that investment, it was expensive but totally worth it!

 

Video of Yuko Koch playing her new Kawai CA13

Review by Yuko Koch (21/11/2011)

2) "I found it just a little TOO basic in terms of functionality"

I tried the Kawai CA13, which had a much nicer feel than the CN43
(liked the wooden keys, although I note the concern about warping)
and sound, and I liked the attack much more than the CN43.

BUT….having said that bells/whistles aren't important, I found
it just a little TOO basic in terms of functionality.
No LED screen at all, and only MIDI output. I've never really
got on with MIDI, and I'd like to be able to just plug it into
my Macbook Pro via USB for recording.

Review by Hugo Allen (26/10/2012)

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