Discontinued September 2012, replaced by Kawai CN34
The Kawai CN33 is the latest cabinet digital piano introduced. Kawai has a considerable market share as far as their range of acoustic pianos is concerned.
The digital piano range of Kawai has recently started getting popularity. Kawai CN33 is in many ways better than other traditional digital pianos available in the market.
Kawai CN33 comes in five different finishes that may easily suit your room décor and add value to it. Kawai CN33 features the latest and unique technologies in digital pianos
and definitely establishes a new standard for the performance and sound quality of digital pianos.
Few outstanding features are given as follows to help you understand the true worth of this master piece of digital pianos:
Responsive Hammer (RH)
• The keyboard of Kawai CN33 is equipped with the Responsive Hammer technology.
• The Responsive Hammer touch gives a distinguishing touch of a grand piano.
• The grand piano touch is obtained by using a spring less design that gives a smooth piano playing experience by its constant upward and downward motion.
• The surface of the keys is made of synthetic (imitation) ivory.
• This makes the keys soft and smooth.
• The ivory surface is porous and improves the grip of hand in the keys.
• The fine surface absorbs moisture and helps in the control over keys.
Song Storage Memory
• The Kawai CN33 memory can store three songs at a time.
• These songs can be used for learning by lowering the tone of the song and playing piano simultaneously.
• Music created by the pianist can also be stored for further improvements or additions.
• Either tract of a song can be play while playing the other hand.
• A Pianist can use this sig storage feature in a variety of ways to polish his piano playing skills.
• 36 exceptional inbuilt voices that can be changed according to the choice of the pianist.
• These thirty six instrumental voices include eight piano variations.
• Other voices include electric pianos, choirs, strings, organs etc.
• The pianist can experiment and improve his learning with the help of this variety of instrumental voices.
Built in Piano lessons
• The CN33 has also embedded piano lessons from Alfred publishing.
• The beginners can easily learn playing piano with the help of these lessons.
• The lessons have a limited number of Alfred publishing company books but are very useful.
• The pianist can play along with these songs and enhance his skills and performance.
• Recorded songs can be transferred to a computer or any other device through data cable or flash drive.
• This feature helps to store the music creations for future use.
• Songs can also be transferred to piano memory from PC to learn or improve piano playing.
Key Cover and Bench
• Comes with a stylish sliding key cover.
• The key cover helps to protect the keys from dust etc.
• A matching bench is also available with Kawai CN 33.
• Both these features make the presence of Kawai CN 33 a source of enhancing room décor.
• The colors and style of Kawai CN 33 add style to your room.
Width 138 cm
Height 88 cm
Depth 47 cm
Weight: 54 Kg
RH action with let off
Ivory Touch Key surfaces
Number of keys: 88
Colours: Premium Rosewood, Premium Mahogany, Premium Cherry, Satin Black or Premium Satin White
Kawai CN33 R (Rosewood)
Kawai CN33 C (Cherry)
Kawai CN33 M (Mahogany)
“It seems to have everything you’d need and the layout is very neat”
“After trying several digital pianos I plumped for the Kawai CN33. I tried several models including
a Casio one which wasn’t bad for the price, a couple Classenti models which were better than the
Casio but didn’t quite have the sound I was looking for. Then I tried a Roland model (can’t remember
the the model) but found the feel a little light. I also tried the Yamaha CL320 which I thought was
very good and it was quite close between this and the Kawai CN33. The Kawai CN23 I found was also a
very good piano and I would probably have gone for this if I didn’t listen to the CN33. The CN33
has a very warm sound and was most like a real piano out of all the models I auditioned.
It also feels very good as well. I haven’t tried all the functions yet as I ‘m just concentrating
in learning how to play it, but it seems to have everything you’d need and the layout is very neat.
The piano looks very nice in Satin Black in my room. I bought it from Thomann and was very pleased
with the communication and the delivery. It was also the cheapest I found. One point, if you live
in a flat not on the ground floor you will need to get someone to help you lift it up as the
delivery man will not and it is a very heavy piano for one person to lift. I also found putting
the piano together wasn’t that easy as some of the holes didn’t match up, but I might of just
been unlucky. Overall I’m very pleased with the piano.”
Review by Jason Russell, London, England 13/07/2010
“The CN-33 easily sounds better than any piano I’ve ever played on”
I’m a somewhat obsessive and impulsive, so to avoid veering away in every direction I usually
let my impulses mature until they are irresistible. In this case I let the impulse to buy a piano
mature for almost six months before starting to looking for a piano.
I asked friends, looked at reviews, read Graham’s booklet and went to the local music shops.
Before christmas I had narrowed my search down to two pianos, the Kawai CN-33 and the
Yamaha CLP-430. I can’t claim that the final decision was wholly rational.
Both of these pianos are as far as I can tell really good pianos so I guess it came down to
the shop offering a much better deal on the CN-33. I ended up getting some 30% off
relative to the sticker price and that was pretty much that.
But anyhow, this is a review, so I guess I should get down to business:
Transport: The piano weights 53 Kg, the box it came in weighs in at 20Kg, so the
whole thing weighs 73 Kgs. It’s 150cm x 65 cm x something, and fits nicely in a
station wagon, but you do need to be two fairly strong individuals to transport it safely.
Unpacking: No instructions for assembling the piano was included. At least none that I
could find. There was a small sheet of paper on the top of the stack of pieces saying that
assembly instructions could be found in the owner’s manual. Well, first of all the owner’s manual
was at the bottom, and I didn’t find that until after the entire piano was assembled,
and secondly the owner’s manual didn’t say much of interest except the pretty much
obvious things about not pooring liquids into an electrical piano etc. In particular, no
assembly instructions could be found.
Assembly: Luckily assembly wasn’t that hard: There are sixteen screws in a small bag.
The four shiny ones are used to fasten the pedalboard to the sideboards. The four
long black ones are used to fasten the back-panel to the side-panels. The four shorter
black ones are used to fasten the back-panel to the pedalboard, and the four machine-
screws are used to fasten the piano to the stand. Plug in the wire coming out of the
pedals into the hole labeled “pedals”, and the power cable into the hole saying “power”, and
you’re done. The whole thing took about an hour and some thinking. It wasn’t hard, it
was just that in a situation like this you really -really- don’t want to do something wrong,
so I had to stop and think a lot to make sure I didn’t make any mistakes, and I think I didn’t.
Using it: It is wonderful. The CN-33 easily sounds better than any piano I’ve ever
played on myself and most pianos I’ve heard other people play. Also It’s just so much
fun to play. Playing on the simulated ebony keyboard is just a sensous experience.
I won’t compare it to touching human skin, since someone might take it the wrong way
and be offended, but that’s almost what it feels like.
My kids have clicked on all the all the buttons and played with the piano for several days.
They find it great fun. Myself, I’ve just used the piano sounds (no organs, no bass, no midi,
no usb, no weirdness) and the recording feature. The recording feature and the metronome
is actually extremely useful. The metronome for keeping pulse (as a percussionist I’ve played
more duets with metronomes than anyone else :-), and the recorder for playing something,
sometimes a full tune, sometimes just a few bars, and then immediately reviewing the
performance. I haven’t done that with any instrument before, but I’ve found it extremely useful.
So that’s that. So far I’m a happy CN-33 owner. Let’s just hope I also one day can become a
somewhat proficient pianist, but today I’m a happy one, and that that’s also something 😉
Review by Bjorn Remseth, Sweden (04/01/2012)
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Comments and Questions
The difficulty I’m having is not which piano to choose – I think the Kawai CN33 is unbeatable at £1100ish having tried Yamaha & Roland at same price point, and casio at lesser. The problem is obtaining purchase requisition authorisation from the wife. Perhaps you need a new chapter to your guide or even a separate guide on how to convince the wife/husband/partner/significant other. If I can then work out how to re-arrange the house to fit it in and devise a strategy to prevent the cats scratching it to pieces I think I’d be ready to buy…
On a serious note, I am tempted by the white finish available on the CN33 but have greater concerns over its longevity than black. Sometimes white plastic things start to go a yellow colour, and I have particular memories of a Viscount organ at home many years back with distinctly yellow keys.
Do you have any thoughts on this? Would black be better for resale later anyway?
Reply/ Hi Mark
Convincing my other half to get something I want is
incredibly difficult, especially when she can imagine
how a new dress or pair of shoes would look for a
similar amount of money!
Good luck with that!
Back to pianos… Yes, the Kawai CN33 is a lovely piano.
Good value for money. Hard to beat at that price.
Only the Roland RP301 is worth looking at, if you
haven’t done so already.
Black always has the best resale value. It’s the most
popular colour, and fits in with most home décor.
White shouldn’t fade, but it can if left in direct