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[OT] Introducing the Shigeru Kawai EX concert grand piano
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Hello chaps,

My colleagues at Kawai Europe recently produced and uploaded an absolutely wonderful video entitled "Introducing the Shigeru Kawai EX concert grand piano". The content of this video isn't strictly related to digital pianos (it's perhaps more suitable for the acoustic piano forum), but it's a beautiful produced and performed video that's well worth watching.



Here is the second video, again featuring pianist Ivan Ilić performing on a Shigeru Kawai instrument:



Here is the third video:



Here is the fourth video:



Here is the fifth and final video in the series:



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Thank you, what an amazing instrument this is!


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Very nice, of course I’m biased, being the owner of an SK-7.


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Um... I want one. Thanks James.

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The samples seem looped and stretched, but other than that it sounds decent. grin

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Originally Posted by Pete14
The samples seem looped and stretched, but other than that it sounds decent. grin


And it takes ages to boot up. Very poor UI too. It won't catch on.


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Kawai James #2785215 11/27/18 10:38 AM
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It does have a built-in auto-detune function though, that's a plus. Unfortunately, undoing the effects of that function is buried deeply in the UI and requires many, many manual steps. Not really feasible for the normal home user, most will probably need to call an expert.

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Originally Posted by JoBert
It does have a built-in auto-detune function though, that's a plus.


Ha! True. And the way Kawai have modelled that gradual de-tuning according to prevailing environmental and atmospheric conditions is genius. That takes some serious computing power. No, I think after fuller consideration there may be a future for this innovative new product. As long as it's priced under the NV10 they could have a winner on their hands.


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Originally Posted by EssBrace
As long as it's priced under the NV10 they could have a winner on their hands.

Sadly, there's no way it will be priced under the NV10 wink


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No power cord detected, how long is the battery life?



Amazing grand it is.


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Old tech , too big, it'll never catch on. smile Actually mine is even older tech.

Beautiful tone and a good piece to hear the lyrical qualities. I've played the SK7 a few times in the past, just last year at NAMM. And what I thought was a 9' Shigeru. Maybe I was mistaken. That particular one was some years back though.

Is this a new revision of the SK-EX ? confused

Looking forward to playing this. Thanks.


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Old tech , too big, it'll never catch on. smile

yes, who are they kidding!?
no one is going to buy a piano that heavy!
won’t even fit in my car...


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Thanks for posting this James!

I would really love to see more of these, from Kawai as well as other concert grand manufacturers. I feel that we in the DP world are much more connected to 9' concert grands (in certain ways) than most acoustic pianists, who play on their own 5-7' grands and uprights and don't stress so much about how "realistic" the tone of their instrument is.


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Originally Posted by Gombessa
Thanks for posting this James!

I would really love to see more of these, from Kawai as well as other concert grand manufacturers. I feel that we in the DP world are much more connected to 9' concert grands (in certain ways) than most acoustic pianists, who play on their own 5-7' grands and uprights and don't stress so much about how "realistic" the tone of their instrument is.


If you toddle over to the Adult Beginners' Forum, you'll discover Recital 52 on the go. There are a variety of digital and acoustic pianos mentioned within, and many surprises as to the quality of the varied instruments many of which are old. You need to hear them to believe it.

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Sounds great through the built-in speaker, but no headphone socket? C'mon!


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Originally Posted by peterws

If you toddle over to the Adult Beginners' Forum, you'll discover Recital 52 on the go. There are a variety of digital and acoustic pianos mentioned within, and many surprises as to the quality of the varied instruments many of which are old. You need to hear them to believe it.


Thanks Peter, that sounds amazing, I will definitely check it out!


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Thanks, James! I loved it. It would be great if you would post this in the Piano forum, as I am sure others there would enjoy watching this.


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Impressive key length to the fulcrum. When does that come to the portable models? wink

Originally Posted by Gombessa
I would really love to see more of these, from Kawai as well as other concert grand manufacturers. I feel that we in the DP world are much more connected to 9' concert grands (in certain ways) than most acoustic pianists, who play on their own 5-7' grands and uprights and don't stress so much about how "realistic" the tone of their instrument is.

Interesting observation. I concur, that for many the benchmark for digital pianos is the recording, not the compromised acoustic upright at home. What gets recorded most? Of course the superior 9" concert grand piano. That's why I'm looking forward to all kind of hybrid pianos going mainstream.


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Thank you for the positive feedback folks.

Originally Posted by Grandman
It would be great if you would post this in the Piano forum, as I am sure others there would enjoy watching this.


I seldom visit the acoustic piano side of the forum, but will dip my toe into the water and see how it feels. wink

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Originally Posted by Dave Ferris
Is this a new revision of the SK-EX ?


Judging from the "birds-eye" maple wood used for the inner rim of the instrument, this is an SK-EX "L" edition, introduced in 2012 and the current flagship model.

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