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Kawai ESX 88 Key, Weighted Hammer Action Digital Piano

Kawai ESX 88 weighted key. digital stage piano

Kawai ESX Digital Piano

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Kawai has come a long way over the years, and today Kawai offers some very fine digital and acoustic pianos in it's lineup. The ESX is not to be underestimated in it's ability to stand up against more expensive pianos, with deep, rich piano sounds and surprisingly rich and realistic piano action.

Where to buy the Kawai ESX Digital Piano
One of the very best places to look of course, is eBay.com Musical Instruments Listings. For all you Canadians (CleverJoe knows you're out there) visit eBay.ca Canadian Listings for used digital pianos in Canada.

Also, check out Musician's Friend (USA only) or Music123 Keyboards (Canada, USA, Worldwide) for info on the newest Kawai and other digital pianos.

This is a very playable digital piano indeed, and the piano samples have remarkable depth, expression and realism. If you're familiar withe the Kawai MP9000 Professional Stage piano, you can expect the same level of expressiveness and sound quality. Kawai's great piano sounds in both the ESX and the MP9000 are based on what Kawai calls the "Harmonic Imaging Soudn Technology". There is a certain depth of sound not found in all other digital pianos. Besides the pianos, the ESX also has some nice instrument sounds sounds including Strings, Electric Pianos and Organs. There are 16 sounds in all and any two sounds can be layered together. The Piano/Strings combination is especially nice.
Kawai ESX 88 key digital piano with weighted hammer action
Kawai ESX Digital Piano Action
Keeping up with the verbiage of the day, Kawai calls it's piano action technology the "Advanced Hammer Action II", but all you really need to know is that it offers very nice action, and indeed the Grand Piano sounds are quite grand. The weighted hammer action design offers great touch response and a smooth feel that will satisfy the needs of most professionals and educators alike.

Sound System
Kawai uses an innovative speaker design in which the stereo speakers face out from the rear panel toward the audience or classroom. A port system also releases sound from the top panel toward the player. This creates a natural piano sound for the player and any listeners. Just remember not to place the piano flush against the wall, instead leave some space for the sound to disperse. The EQ feature also allows you to adjust the sound quality to match the room that you are playing in.

Kawai ESX Side Panel
Ah, CleverJoe loves it when piano and keyboard manufacturers use a side panel for connecting cables rather than back panels. It's infinitely easier to use and access side panels so Kudos to Kawai for this one!

    Side Panel connections:
  • Two headphone jacks
  • Left and Right Outs
  • Stereo Line In
  • PC interface jack for direct connection to your computer
  • MIDI In/Out for connection to other musical devices.
The pedal jack is compatible with an optional F-2r foot pedal (2 pedals- Damper and Solo).  Additionally, the internal speakers can be switched off when playing the ESX with an external speaker system.

Specifications: Kawai ESX Digital Piano Features:

  • Keyboard: 88 Weighted Keys, Advanced Hammer Action II
  • Touch Type: 4 Types (Normal, Light, Heavy, Off)
  • Max Polyphony: 32 Notes
  • Sounds: Classic Grand, Modern Piano, Electric Piano, Organ, Harpsichord, Vibraphone, Strings, Choir/Pad - with variations (16 Total Sounds)
  • Effects: Chorus, Reverb (Room, State, Hall), EQ (3 Types)
  • Recorder: 3-Song, 2-Part, 1800 Note
  • Metronome: Tempo: 3-300, Beat: 1, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 6/8
  • Other Functions: Transpose, Tuning, MIDI Functions, 8 Demo Songs
  • Jacks: Headphone x 2, Pedal, MIDI IN/OUT, LINE IN (Stereo), LINE OUT (L/MONO, R), PC Interface, DC IN
  • Speakers: 12 x 8cm Speaker x 2, Speaker on/off switch
  • Power: 14 Watts (7W x 2)
  • Dimensions: 135.4 x 31.9 x 12.7 (cm), 53" x 13" x 5"
  • Weight: 18.3kg (40.3 lbs)
  • Accessories: Music Rack, AC Adaptor, F-1 Foot Pedal (F-2r Optional)


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