A little background:
I studied Piano when I was 7 years old. Due to the stress from my school, I dropped just in the middle of practicing for grade 7 when I was 14. Now I am 26, and finally got some time to pick it up. I used to practice on a Pearl River upright piano back in China, but as now I am living in a apartment in US, I decided to go with digital.
First start from the cheap Casio PX-130, and Yamaha P95, both are nice, but as my research goes deeper, Roland, Kawai came into my mind. I tried Roland in a local Piano dealer, their PHAIII key action is just fantastic.
I then tried a Kawai CE200 in a sam ash store, the key action seems sluggish to me. So I almost buying the Roland HP305. But I was wondering if the in store demo is well abused by people all day long, so want to give Kawai another try. I then went to a local Kawai dealer, the CA63 just feel so real to me, far better then the CE200. It maybe that the new RM key action is significantly better than the AWA Pro II found in CE200, or it may be just the demo unit in sam ash I tried is a bad one. (Edit: I think both PHAIII and RM are as great, to be honest, I have no preference, I will be happy with either one. But as the pivot point of black key and white key in RM is in different locations, just like acoustic Key action, In theory, this particular arrangement should be closer to the real. So I finally decided to go with Kawai, actually the CA63 is cheaper than HP305)
To my ear, the onboard sound is probably not as good as the SuperNatural sound in Roland's HP305, the harpsichord in CA63 is just trash comparing to Roland's. (Edit: I am playing a lot of Bach, I think I may end up using harpsichord in Pianoteq)
I notice a plastic clicking noise of one black key, So disassembled and fixed it. Perhaps this is a disadvantage of wooden keyboard, you may have more imperfection/variation comparing to plastic, which is more flexible and easy to control quality.
But I am VERY happy with the CA63 so far. Wood smells good, feels good (although I know the material does not necessary relate to the touch feeling), you can always improve the sound using Ivory or Pianoteq.
KUDO, KAWAI ~