Kawai CA97 37” Concert Artist ‘Hybrid’ Digital Upright Piano

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Kawai CA97 37” Concert Artist ‘Hybrid’ Digital Upright Piano

The Kawai CA97 37” Concert Artist ‘Hybrid’ Digital Upright Piano will transform enthusiastic players into accomplished pianists, and modest rooms into grand concert halls. This is the ambitious philosophy behind the CA97 Concert Artist digital piano – a premium instrument that captures the essence of playing a magnificent concert grand piano, and inspires musicians to realize their true artistic potential.

Kawai has been crafting musical instruments for over 90 years, maintaining traditional processes while embracing unique, original ideas. These decades of experience afford our engineers a wealth of knowledge from which to create stunning digital instruments, in a quest to perfect the art of the piano.

To achieve this ambition, every aspect of the latest CA97 Concert Artist Upright has been developed to ensure that this flagship instrument provides the most authentic playing experience of any digital piano.

Sitting down at the new CA97 Concert Artist Upright, the first thing that strikes the player is the instrument’s flat fascia and tall upper board, giving the impression of a grand piano and immediately elevating the musical aspirations of the performer.

The CA97’s new Grand Feel II keyboard action reinforces Kawai’s reputation as an industry leader, utilizing real wooden keys with luxurious Ivory & Ebony Touch surfaces, and incorporating premium features such as let-off simulation and triple-sensor key detection. This class-leading keyboard action is bolstered by powerful digital audio technologies that faithfully reproduce the exquisite sound of Kawai’s magnificent Shigeru Kawai SK-EXL concert grand piano.

With the latest Harmonic Imaging XL sound sampling, remarkable 256 note polyphony, and stunning reverberation and resonance modelling effects, the new Concert Artist delivers unparalleled acoustic realism that is guaranteed to enthrall performers and audience members alike.

Yet despite the abundance of powerful technology on the inside, the CA97 Concert Artist Upright still delivers a remarkably traditional piano playing experience. This is thanks to the instrument’s understated cheekblock control panel and handsome cabinet design, with a selection of distinctive grand piano-like characteristics that celebrate Kawai’s rich, classical pedigree.

And there is no finer way to demonstrate this harmonious marriage of ground-breaking modern technology and long-established traditional approaches than Kawai’s unique Soundboard Speaker System. This triumph of audio design channels the Concert Artist’s high fidelity digital sound onto a genuine spruce soundboard, producing a warm, unmistakably acoustic tone that is more naturally balanced than any other digital piano.

Unrivaled grand touch, breathtaking acoustic tone, distinctive traditional design, and inspirational modern features. The CA97 Concert Artist from Kawai – the concert grand piano experience in digital form.

The Variety of a Digital Piano

Complementing the instrument’s class-leading Grand Feel II keyboard action and stunning Harmonic Imaging XL grand piano sound, the CA97 also offers a strong selection of digital features that further enhance one’s musical enjoyment.

USB audio recording and playback, Dual, Split, and Four Hands keyboard modes, and a rich assortment of customizable instrument voices add greater variety to players’ performances, while the convenient metronome function and integrated classical etudes and Alfred course books ensure that regular practice is both productive and engaging for aspiring pianists.

Appreciating Acoustic Piano Design
Standing proudly among other items of fine furniture, a piano is often considered the centerpiece of any room it occupies.

With elegant cabinetry, striking accents, and a natural wooden finish, the exterior appearance of a piano contributes more to the overall aesthetic of playing and listening to music than arguably any other instrument.

This shared belief inspires Kawai’s digital and acoustic piano designers to work together, developing original ideas that improve functionality, without detracting from an instrument’s traditional character.

Kawai CA97 Hybrid Piano…  the ultimate piano experience.
Featuring stunning new samples of Shigeru Kawai Concert and Chamber Grand Pianos, the latest in sound technology and action design, plus its innovative Soundboard Speaker System, the CA97 Hybrid Piano captures the essence of playing an exquisite acoustic piano.

Main Features:

    2015 Music Inc. Product Excellence Award
    Exclusive Soundboard Speaker System
    New Samples of Shigeru Kawai Concert and Chamber Grand Pianos
    Harmonic Imaging XL Sound Technology with 88-key Piano Sampling
    80 Premium Instrument & Vocal Sounds
    Grand Feel II (GFII) Wooden-Key Action with Let-Off and Triple Sensor Detection
    Ivory and Ebony –Touch Key Surfaces
    USB Audio – Play/Rec MP3 and WAV Files
    USB to Device & USB to Host
    256 Polyphony (max.)
    Built-in Alfred, Czerny, Beyer and Burgmüller Lesson Songs
    Grand Feel Pedal System
    Concert Magic and Hymn Player Functions
    Built-in Classical Piano Music – 2 hrs.

Depth: 19" (48cm)

Width: 58" (147cm)
Height: 37" (94cm)
Weight: 188 lbs. (85kg)
Finishes: Premium Satin Black

Learn More:
Touch - The power of pianissimo
Tone - Tradition lays the foundation
Strength - Designed with tremendous strength
Character - Captivates when seen and heard.
Finish - Excellence and beauty
Specifications - Kawai CA97 37" Concert Artist 'Hybrid' Digital Upright

Warranty - Five year parts and labor



Kawai CA97 Digital Upright Piano
Audio Demos

CA Series Digital Pianos

The World's Most Advanced Digital Pianos
Kawai CA97 Uses the Grand Feel II (GFII) Wooden-Key Action with Let-Off and Triple Sensor Detection
Embracing many of the long-established principles associated with an acoustic piano, the new Grand Feel II keyboard action utilized by the latest Concert Artist combines realistic materials, motion, and mechanism to recreate the exceptional touch of the finest concert grand pianos.

All eighty-eight black and white keys are crafted entirely from long pieces of wood, with finely textured ivory and ebony-like surfaces applied to absorb moisture and assist control.Each wooden key pivots smoothly on a balance pin – the ends rising and falling to replicate the familiar ‘seesaw’ motion of an acoustic piano action. When pressed, the back of the key lifts, triggering a grade-weighted hammer to strike a pressure switch.  The amount of force applied to this switch is then measured, and the corresponding note played with authentic tonal character and volume.

In addition, graded counterweights attached towards the front of each key help to lighten their touch during pianissimo passages, with letoff simulation also reproducing the delicate ‘notch’ sensation felt when playing the keys of a grand piano very softly.  These subtle characteristics allow discerning pianists to practice their expanding repertoire with confidence, and ensure that there are no unpleasant surprises when called upon to perform using the finest acoustic grand pianos.

Availability: Please Inquire
Status: New
Make: Kawai
Model: CA97 Concert Artist
Size: 37",  94 cm
Type: 'Hybrid' Digital Upright Piano
Style: Classic
Finish: Premium Satin Black
Price: Please Inquire
Styles/Finishes available:

        • Premium Satin Black

Kawai’s tradition of piano tone empowers it with life, breadth, and depth that lasts from generation to generation.

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SK Series Grand Pianos

The World's Most Advanced Pianos

Keyboard - 88 Wooden Keys with Ivory and Ebony Touch Key Surfaces
Action - Grand Feel (GFII) Action with Let-Off, Triple Sensor and Counterweights
Sound Source - 80 Voices
Polyphony - 256 Notes
Keyboard Modes - Dual, Split, Four Hands (Volume Balance Adjustable)
Internal Recorder - 10 Song / 2-Track Recorder, Approximately 90,000 notes memory
USB - Digital Audio, USB to DEVICE, USB to HOST
Registrations - 16 Memories (8 x 2)
Display - 128 x 64 Pixel LCD with Backlight
Speaker System - 7cm x 4, 1.4cm x 2, Soundboard Speaker, 45W x 2 + 45W Transducer
Dimensions - 57 1/3" (W) x 18 13" (D) x 36 1/2" (H)
Weight - 187 1/2 lbs.


Reverb - Room, Lounge, Small Hall, Concert Hall, Live Hall, Cathedral
Parameters—Reverb Depth, Reverb Time
Effects - Mono Delay, Ping Delay, Triple Delay, Chorus, Classic Chorus, Ensemble, Tremolo, Classic Tremolo, Vibrato Tremolo, Tremolo + Amp, Auto Pan, Classic Auto Pan, Auto Pan + Amp, Phaser + Auto Pan, Phaser, Classic Phaser, Phaser + Amp, Phaser + Chorus, Rotary (1-6)
Parameters — Dry / Wet, Time, Speed, Mono / Stereo, Accel. / Rotary Speed

Virtual Technician:
Touch Curve — Light +, Light, Normal, Heavy, Heavy +, Off (constant), User Touch Curve
Voicing — Normal, Mellow 1, Mellow 2, Dynamic, Bright 1, Bright 2, User Voicing
Resonance, Noise & Effects — Damper Resonance, Damper Noise, String Resonance, Undamped String Resonance, Cabinet Resonance, Key-Off Effect, Fall-back Noise, Topboard Simulation, Decay Time
Temperament & Tuning — Equal, Pure Major, Pure Minor, Pythagorean, Meantone, Werckmeister, Kimberger, User Temperament, Temperament Key, Stretch Tuning, User Tuning
Other — Hammer Delay, Minimum Touch, User Key Volume, Half-Pedal Adjust, Soft Pedal Depth

USB Functions:
Playback—MP3, WAV, SMF
Record —MP3, WAV, SMF
Other — Load Song, Load Registration All, Load Registration Single, Load Startup Setting, Save Internal Song, Save SMF Song, Save Registration All, Save Registration Single, Save Startup Setting, Re-name File, Delete File, Format USB, Convert Song to Audio, Overdub Audio

Beat — 1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 3/8, 6/8, 7/8, 9/8, 12/8 + 100 Drum Rhythms
Tempo — 10 - 400 bpm, (20 - 80 bpm for eighth note rhythms)

Music Menu:
Demo Songs — 39 Songs
Piano Music — 2 Hours
Lesson Function — Pieces from Alfred, Burgmüller, Czerny, Beyer, Bach and Chopin. Lesson Books1, Finger Exercises
Concert Magic — 176 Songs (88 x 2)
Other - Key Transpose, Song Transpose, Tone Control (incl. User EQ), Speaker Volume, Line In Level, Wall EQ, Tuning, Damper Hold, LCD Contrast, Startup Setting, Factory Reset, SHS Mode, Phones Type, Phones Volume, Lower Octave Shift, Lower Pedal On / Off, Split Balance, Layer Octave Shift, Layer Dynamics, Dual Balance, MIDI Channel, Send PGM#, Local Control,Transmit PGM#, Multi-timbral Mode, Channel Mute, Auto Power Off, Audio
Recorder Gain

Pedals - Sustain (with half-pedal support), Soft, Sostenuto, Grand Feel Pedal System
Jacks - LINE IN (1/8" STEREO), LINE IN Level, LINE OUT (1/4" L/MONO, R), LINE OUT Level, Headphones x 2 (1/4", 1/8"), MIDI (IN / OUT), USB to Host,
USB to Device

*Books sold separately

Specifications subject to change without notice
To ensure your peace of mind and protect the value of your investment, every Kawai CP, CA, CS and CN digital piano is covered by a Five Year Parts and Labor Warranty. This warranty is the seal of Kawai craftsmanship—and the assurance of your satisfaction for many years to come.

Kawai CA Upright Pianos

Touch. Tone. Strength. Character. Precision. Experience.
Tradition and Innovative Spirit. The essence of CA Kawai

The celebrated tradition and technology that supports the sounds and remarkable distinctive tonal character produced by the CA Kawai are created by the craftsmen who dedicate their lives to building the world’s finest and most advanced pianos empowered with life, breadth and depth that lasts for generations.

Every single step, each intricately detailed design, is performed by our craftsmen drawing upon their years of experience to achieve their relentless pursuit of perfection. It’s this good, old-fashioned care and great individual pride that enables Kawai pianos to attract the greatest musicians from around the world.
For over 90 years, Kawai has been the architect of the modern piano boldly pioneering the use of state-of-the-art materials and ideas to advance the piano art form. Building upon decades of experience and tradition, our celebrated technology delivers extraordinary touch and tone that produces lasting enjoyment and peak performance.

Purity of Tone that Fills the Room... The Shigeru Kawai SK-EXL Concert Grand Piano is widely regarded by professional pianists and piano technicians as one of the finest instruments in the world. Hand-built over many months by Master Piano Artisans at the Shigeru Kawai Piano Research Laboratory in Ryuyo, Japan, each SK-EXL Concert Grand undergoes a through regulation and refinement process in a specially-designed anechoic chamber. Following this lengthy crafting process, the completed SK-EXL Piano receives a final series of rigorous quality inspections before eventually taking center stage in the world’s most prestigious musical institutions and concert halls.

88-Key Piano Sampling - The beautiful sound of the Shigeru Kawai SK-EXL Concert Grand Piano is at the heart of the CP Concert Performer Digital Series Sound, with all 88 keys of this world-class instrument painstakingly recorded, carefully analyzed and accurately reproduced as high-fidelity digital audio. Recording each key individually in this way (rather than stretching the same tone over several different notes) preserves the rich harmonic character of the SK-EXL Concert Grand Piano and guarantees that the sound heard when playing any of the Concert Performer’s keys is a faithful representation of the original acoustic source.

Touch Texture. Responsive Fast Action.
Beautiful Quality of ‘Singing Strings’. Brilliant Rich Harmonics and Depth.


Playing the piano is as much an experience of "touch" as it is of tone. Day after day, the musician's hands come in contact with the piano keys. The piano's responsiveness can make a critical difference that can affect the player's performance, confidence and overall playing enjoyment. Consistent, ultra-responsive touch is a Kawai tradition.


The extraordinary combination of strength and stability allows the CA piano action to transfer energy with unparalleled efficiency, power, precision and nuance for a superb playing experience, for increased tone production that will last over time better than any other piano.

A Rare Treasure… A limited number of all Kawai instruments will ever bear the name CA. The rigorous degree of work and technology keeps these instruments rare in both character and quantity. Each CA piano is a limited edition treasure numbered by year of creation.
  • Kawai's Exclusive Grand Feel II (GF) Action – Employ a let-off mechanism that enhances authentic feel
  • Longest Keys, Longest Pivot Length  –  For more even response from the front to the back of each key
  • Triple-Sensor Key Detection - For enhanced playing realism
  • Ivory and Ebony Touch Key Surfaces – Avoids slipping and provides greater playing control
  • Harmonic Imaging™ Technology - Ensures smooth tonal transitions across the keyboard and throughout the entire dynamic range
  • Extra-Long Sampling (HI-XL) - Extends the “attack” segment of the piano sound by up to 120% allowing the natural detail, resonance and organic tonal quality of each note to be more clearly articulated
  • Effects & Reverb - Studio quality chorus, tremolo, delay and auto-pan effects can be used to tailor a sound’s character and feeling
  • Superior Speaker Systems - CA97 piano also incorporates the latest version of Kawai’s highly-regarded Soundboard Speaker System. Features high-fidelity 3 way speaker systems that have been specially designed to deliver deep bass and crisp treble
  • Kawai Warranty -  Five Year Parts and Labor Manufacturer's Warranty