Kawai K-15 ATX3 AnyTime Hybrid Piano
Kawai K-15 Polished Black £4675
The sound of hammers striking strings, resonating through solid spruce. Warm vibrations that illuminate a room, leaving its audience enchanted. The natural voice of an acoustic piano is truly unmistakable.
A fine piano entices musicians to perform with spontaneity and passion, yet such unbridled expressiveness may not always be appropriate. Indeed, in certain environments, an acoustic piano can prove disruptive; the diligent tones of children practising scales are unlikely to be welcomed by other family members wishing to watch television, while even the most gentle, soothing Chopin preludes have the potential to irritate neighbours if performed after an acceptable time.
Fortunately, AnyTimeX3 instruments incorporate an acoustic muting feature with powerful digital audio components, allowing pianists to continue enjoying the distinctive feeling of a traditional piano, while listening discreetly using private headphones. The AnyTimeX3 models come with newly developed Kawai SH-9 headphones. These are specially matched to the internal sound source of the instruments.
With the acoustic components muted, KAWAI AnyTimeX3 pianos employ a unique digital technology, developed and refined at the Shigeru Kawai Research & Development Laboratory in Ryuyo, Japan, calling upon the finest hand-crafted KAWAI SK-EX and EX Concert Grand pianos to deliver an unmistakably warm, authentic tone. Placed inside a purpose-built anechoic chamber, free of audio reflections, the rich sounds of this world class instruments are meticulously analysed and recorded by our Master Piano Artisan pioneers. The acoustic portrait of each note is later transformed into a highly precise three dimensional digital representation, employing KAWAI’s proprietary Harmonic Imaging™ technology. This unique process faithfully reproduces the broad dynamic range of the original grand pianos, while also providing the source for a rich selection of additional high-quality instrument sounds.
THE VARIETY OF A DIGITAL PIANO
Supplementing the beautiful acoustic piano voices, the AnytimeX3 models also feature an excellent selection of additional sounds, ranging from electric piano and drawbar or church organ, to strings, and other instruments, inviting musicians to add variety to their performances. The depth of a performance can then be transformed using the reverb features, allowing pianists to position themselves within one of six acoustic environments, ranging from a small practise room to an inspirational grand cathedral.
The AnytimeX3 models are equipped with a power saving feature which turns off the piano automatically after a specified period of inactivity.
Kawai K Series
The Kawai wood technology uses all the senses … see, smell and keys, when choosing the best woods. The resonance panels are made of solid spruce with very even grain, carefully selected, asymmetrical and scientifically tested to meet Kawai’s high demands on resonance behavior and the best sound.
Through the combination of material strength, stability, precision and reliability, Kawai’s “Ultra-Responsive Action” is a leader. The hammer heads are pressed from 100% “premium” wool. To make the mechanics resistant to climatic influences, due to the different seasons, changes in temperature and humidity, Kawai has pioneered work and constructed the mechanical bar and the aluminum hammer-back bar. Many other precision parts of the mechanics are cast from extremely resistant ABS Styran equipped with a very low friction resistance.
In the K series, the catches consist of a strong glued timber construction which ensures optimum strength and excellent stability of the entire construction.
CONTEMPORARY DESIGN, ATTRACTIVE PRICE
In addition to the exceptionally large solid spruce soundboard, the K-15E also utilises four fully laminated back posts, delivering optimum rigidity and enhanced tuning stability. With attractive ‘continental’ styling and compact design, the K-15E is a contemporary instrument suitable for today’s modern living environments. Offering impressive specifications at an affordable price, this instrument represents an exceptional introduction to KAWAI quality for families and first-time piano buyers.