Kawai CS11 41" Classic Series 'Hybrid' Digital Upright Piano

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Kawai CS11 41" Classic Series 'Hybrid' Digital Upright Piano

The new superb Kawai CS11 41" Classic Series 'Hybrid' Digital Upright Piano, with a grand piano feel of a wooden-key keyboard action, captures the magnificent distinctive tone of two Shigeru Kawai instruments, the flagship Shigeru Kawai SK-EXL Full Concert Grand Piano and the medium-sized Shigeru Kawai SK-5L Chamber Grand Piano, allowing musicians to enjoy the contrasting properties of each. Earning a reputation as the ‘premier pianos of Japan’, Shigeru Kawai instruments grace the stages of concert halls and musical institutions throughout the world, and are prized for their outstanding tonal clarity and exceptional dynamic range.

The Shigeru Kawai SK-EXL has frequently been selected by professional pianists in such prestigious events as the Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and Rubinstein international piano competitions, among others. Both instruments are faithfully reproduced with full 88-key sampling using the latest Harmonic Imaging™ Sound Technology, to establish a new standard in digital piano tonal quality.

Impeccable Touch. Stunning Sound. Luxurious Appearance.

The new CS11 of the Digital Piano Classic Series is a luxury digital piano, complete with a real wooden soundboard speaker, is the ultimate hybrid instrument for piano purists, crafted by Kawai, Japan’s premier acoustic piano company. Luxurious, elegant, classic – nothing says piano quite like the refined beauty of polished ebony. The evocative character of a silky smooth, rich black cabinet elevates the musical instrument to that of a piece of fine furniture, while simultaneously raising the artistic aspirations of the performer.

Alongside the classically voiced SK-EXL and SK-5L grand piano sounds, the Kawai CS11 Classic Series Digital Upright also showcases a selection of Jazz, Modern, and Pop variations suitable for a range of musical periods and styles. Traditional Kawai upright piano sounds are also included, for pieces that suggest a feeling of nostalgia, or call for a slightly more intimate tonal character.

Supplementing the beautiful acoustic piano voices, the Classic Series also features an excellent selection of additional sounds, ranging from electric pianos and drawbar or church organs, to strings, human choirs, and synth pads, inviting musicians to add greater variety to their performances.

Furthermore, the Dual playing mode also allows two different sounds, such as grand piano and strings, to be layered together, while the Split and Four Hands modes divide the keyboard into two independent sections. The volume balances and other settings for each playing mode can also be adjusted quickly and easily using the real-time panel controls.

The Classic Series’ convenient lesson function allows aspiring pianists to learn piano with classical Czerny, Burgmuller, Beyer, Bach, and Chopin etudes, or a collection of songs from the popular Alfred Basic, Adult, and Premier course books. With a strong emphasis on acoustic piano realism, the CS11 also features traditional finger exercises, scales, and warm-up drills, and includes a companion book of printed scores to further aid one’s practice.

The Kawai CS11 41" Classic Series ‘Hybrid’ Digital Upright Piano features a high fidelity 6-way speaker system which delivers deep bass and crisp treble frequencies through Kawai’s highly-regarded Soundboard Speaker System. This unique audio technology embraces the rich, harmonic qualities of wood, channeling sound energy onto a traditional soundboard in order to produce a natural, organic tone. Long wooden ribs securely attached to the soundboard further broaden the frequency range and volume of the resonating sound, resulting in a remarkably authentic playing experience that faithfully reproduces the tonal ambience of an acoustic piano.

Kawai has been creating world-class musical instruments for over 90 years – maintaining traditional hand-crafted processes while embracing original ideas, in a passionate quest to perfect the art of the piano.

The Kawai CS11 digital instrument pursues these very same principles, marrying together stunning polished cabinet parts (meticulously prepared in Kawai’s acoustic piano finishing facility) with modern sound and keyboard technologies. The result is the Classic Series – a collection of luxurious, elegant pianos that deliver a truly exceptional musical experience.

Sitting down at the Kawai CS11, one quickly begins to appreciate the instruments’ acoustic piano design cues: the gorgeous rich black polished finish, the warm glimmer from the family crest’s brushed metal lettering, and the wide music rest complete with simulated leather inlay. However, the Kawai CS11 is far more than just a handsome addition to one’s living space, for inside this finely crafted, gleaming black cabinet lies Kawai’s advanced digital piano sound and keyboard action technology, ensuring that this exceptional instrument plays as beautifully as it looks. Pioneering innovations, such as Harmonic Imaging XL and the Soundboard Speaker System, recreate the exquisite tonal character of Kawai’s peerless Shigeru Kawai SK-EXL concert grand piano with breathtaking realism, while the Grand Feel II keyboard action with Ivory & Ebony Touch key surfaces, triple-sensor key detection, graded counterweights, and let-off simulation guarantees a remarkably authentic piano playing experience.

Kawai CS11 Hybrid Piano… the Ultimate Hybrid Piano.

The CS11 Hybrid Piano blurs the line that separates acoustic pianos from their digital counterparts. Great digital features merge with acoustic piano characteristics to create a beautiful, and incredibly capable, hybrid instrument.

Main Features:

    Exclusive Soundboard Speaker System
    Authentic Upright Piano Cabinet
    Harmonic Imaging XL Sound Technology with 88-Note Piano Sampling
    Grand Feel II (GFII) Wooden-Key Action
    80 Exceptional Instrument Sounds
    Dual, Split and Four-Hands Modes
    256-Note Polyphony
    USB Audio Capability
    Built-in Alfred Piano Lessons and Finger Exercises
    Grand Feel Pedal System
    Concert Magic and Hymn Player Functions
    Fallboard and Matching Bench
    Polished Ebony Finish

Depth: 21" (53cm)
Width: 60" (152cm)
Height: 41" (104cm)
Weight: 218 lbs. (99kg)
Finishes: Ebony Polish

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 CS11 41" Classic Series 'Hybrid' Digital Upright

Warranty - Five year parts and labor


Kawai CS11 Digital Upright Piano
Audio Digital Demo Sounds

CS Series Digital Pianos

The World's Most Advanced Digital Pianos
Kawai CS11 and CS8 Use 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.

Rhythm and Harmony
Availability: Please Inquire
Status: New
Make: Kawai
Model: CS11 Classic Series
Size: 41", 104 cm
Type: 'Hybrid' Digital Upright Piano
Style: Classic
Finish: Ebony Polish
Price: Please Inquire
Styles/Finishes available:

        • Ebony Polish
SK Series Grand Pianos

The World's Most Advanced Pianos

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

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CS11 Primary Specifications

Keyboard - 88 Wooden Keys with Ivory and Ebony Touch Key Surfaces
Action - Grand Feel II (GFII) Action with Let-Off, Triple Sensor and Counterweights
Sound Source - Harmonic Imaging™ XL (HI-XL), 88-Key Sampling
Internal Sounds - 80 Voices
Polyphony - 256 Notes
Keyboard Modes - Dual, Split, Four Hands Modes (Volume Balance Adjustable)
Internal Recorder - 10 Song / 2-Track Recorder, Approximately 90,000 notes memory
USB - Digital Audio, USB to DEVICE, USB to HOST
Display - 128 x 64 pixel LCD with backlight
Speaker System - 7 cm x 4 + 1.4 cm x 2, Soundboard Speaker System
45 W x 2 + 45 W Transducer
Dimensions - 60" (W) x 21 1⁄3"(D) x 41 1/3"(H)
Weight - 218 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 Mono Delay, Ping Delay, Triple Delay, choirs, Classic choirs, 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 + choirs, 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 - Damper (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

1Lesson 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 CS Upright Pianos

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

The celebrated tradition and technology that supports the sounds and remarkable distinctive tonal character produced by the CS 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 CS 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 CS. The rigorous degree of work and technology keeps these instruments rare in both character and quantity. Each CS piano is a limited edition treasure numbered by year of creation.
  • Grand Feel II (GFII) Wooden-Key Action – Employs a let-off mechanism that enhances authentic feel
  • Longer Length Keysticks  –  For more even response from the front to the back of each key
  • Triple-Sensor Key Detection - For enhanced playing realism
  • Ivory 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
  • Redeveloped 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 - The Flagship CS11 piano incorporates the latest version of Kawai’s highly-regarded Soundboard Speaker System
  • Kawai Warranty -  Five Year Parts and Labor Manufacturer's Warranty