CS Series Catalogue
Luxurious appearance, stunning sound, impeccable touch:
The new range of Classic Series luxury digital pianos
– crafted by 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.
Kawai has been creating world-class musical instruments for over 80
years – maintaining traditional handcrafted processes while embracing
original ideas, in a passionate quest to perfect the art of the piano.
The new range of premium Kawai digital instruments pursue these
very same principles, marrying together stunning polished cabinet
parts (meticulously prepared in our own 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 a Kawai Classic Series, 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 Classic Series are far more than just handsome additions
to one’s living space, for inside their finely crafted, gleaming black
cabinets lies Kawai’s advanced digital piano sound and keyboard
action technology, ensuring that these exceptional instruments play
as beautifully as they look. Pioneering innovations such as Ultra
Progressive Harmonic Imaging and the Soundboard Speaker System
recreate the exquisite tonal character of Kawai’s peerless EX concert
grand piano with breathtaking realism, while the RH and RM3
Grand keyboard actions with Ivory Touch key surfaces and let-off
simulation guarantee a remarkably authentic piano playing experience.
Complementing their beautiful appearance, stunning sound, and
rewarding keyboard touch, the Classic Series offer a selection of
digital piano features that further enhance one’s musical enjoyment.
USB audio record/playback, Dual and Split keyboard modes, and a
rich assortment of customisable instrument voices add greater variety
to players’ performances. Furthermore, the convenient metronome
function and integrated classical etudes or Alfred course books* ensure
that regular practise is productive and engaging for aspiring pianists.
Luxurious appearance combined with class-leading touch and tone:
Introducing the Classic Series premium digital pianos from Kawai.
The touch of a gr and piano
The sound of a gr and piano
The keyboard action of an acoustic grand piano is composed of black and white keys, graded hammers, and numerous other
The Kawai EX concert grand piano is widely regarded by professional pianists and piano technicians as one of the finest
components working in harmony when each note is pressed. It is a beautifully designed mechanism that allows gifted pianists
instruments within its class. Hand-built by Master Piano Artisans at the Shigeru Kawai Piano Research Laboratory in Ryuyo,
to express a wealth of feeling and emotion in their playing. Translating the action’s intricate movements to a digital instrument,
Japan, each EX instrument undergoes a meticulous regulation and refinement process within a specially designed anechoic
while still retaining the tactile feeling and subtle nuance that one comes to appreciate in an acoustic, is a considerable challenge – a
chamber. Following this lengthy crafting period, the completed EX piano receives a final series of rigorous quality inspections,
challenge that draws upon over eighty years of experience in building the world’s finest pianos.
before eventually taking centre stage in the world’s most prestigious musical institutions and concert halls.
RM3 Gr and action
(CS 6 / C S 9 )
Responsive Ha mmer action
88-ke y Piano Sa mpling
Harmonic Im aging technology
Embracing many of the long-established principles associated with an
The Responsive Hammer action utilised by the CS3 also adopts realistic key
The beautiful sound of the Kawai EX concert grand piano is at the heart
When playing the piano, the amount
acoustic piano, the RM3 Grand keyboard action utilised by the CS6 and CS9
and hammer movements, with its rigid, springless design providing a smooth
of the new Classic Series, with all eighty-eight keys of this world-class
of pressure applied to the keyboard
and natural piano playing experience. Structural reinforcements within the
instrument painstakingly recorded, meticulously analysed, and accurately
affects not only the volume of the sound
reproduced as high-fidelity digital waveforms.
produced, but also the unique tonal
instruments, combines realistic materials, motion, and mechanism to recreate
the exceptional touch of the finest concert grand pianos.
RH action assembly help to minimise horizontal key wobble, ensuring greater
All eighty-eight black and white keys are crafted entirely from long pieces of
wood, with finely textured ivory-like surfaces applied to absorb moisture and
assist control. Each wooden key pivots smoothly on a central balance pin,
character of each note. Therefore, in
precision and stability during fortissimo and staccato passages.
order to construct a realistic acoustic
portrait of the EX concert grand piano,
As with the larger Classic Series instruments, the CS3’s RH action also
not only is each key recorded individually,
replicating the familiar ‘seesaw’ motion of an acoustic piano action. When
features let-off simulation, with the weight of the keyboard appropriately
pressed, the back of each key triggers a grade-weighted hammer to strike a
graded to mirror the heavier bass hammers and lighter treble hammers of an
levels, ranging from gentle pianissimo to
pressure switch, and the note is played. Furthermore, additional counter-
acoustic piano. These important characteristics allow players to practise their
thunderous fortissimo. The new Classic
weights placed at the front of the bass keys help to lighten their heavier touch
repertoire with confidence, and guarantee that there are no surprises when
during pianissimo passages – again, another refinement borrowed from the
called upon to perform using the finest of grand pianos.
venerable acoustic piano action.
sensation felt when playing the keys of a grand piano very softly, satisfying the
expectation of even the most discerning pianists, and underlining the Classic
Series instruments’ unique acoustic piano pedigree.
Ivory Touch ke y surfaces
All Classic Series instruments feature Kawai’s Ivory Touch key surfaces as
standard. This finely textured material intelligently absorbs finger moisture
Weighted hammer
Wooden key
same tone over several different notes – ensures that the rich harmonic
character of the original EX concert grand piano is preserved, and guarantees
that the sound heard when playing any one of the Classic Series instruments’
Ivory Touch key surface
Counter weight
Key pivot point
Weighted hammer
Hammer pivot point
Let-off mechanism
Ivory Touch key surface
Series instruments offer a highly detailed
acoustic portrait, employing Progressive
and Ultra Progressive Harmonic Imaging
sound technology to ensure smooth
tonal transitions across the keyboard and
throughout the entire dynamic range.
keys is a faithful representation of the original acoustic source.
to aid control, without dirt or grease permeating the keytop, and allows the
piano’s keyboard to be efficiently cleaned using just a damp cloth.
Balance pins
Recording each key individually in this way – as opposed to stretching the
Finally, let-off simulation even manages to reproduce the subtle ‘notch’
Let-off mechanism
but also at various different volume
Superior Speaker Systems
Virtual Technician par a meters
Each Classic Series instrument features
An experienced piano technician is essential
a high fidelity speaker system that has
to fully realise the potential of a fine acoustic
been specially designed to deliver deep
piano. In addition to meticulously tuning
bass and crisp treble frequencies, with
each individual note, the technician also
the flagship CS9 also incorporating
performs numerous regulation and voicing
Kawai’s Soundboard Speaker System.
adjustments that allow an instrument to truly
This unique audio technology embraces
sing. The Classic Series’ Virtual Technician
the rich, harmonic qualities of wood,
functions simulate these refinements digitally,
channelling sound energy onto a spruce
allowing performers to shape various aspects
soundboard to faithfully reproduce the
of the piano’s character to suit their unique
unmistakable warmth and ambience of
personal preferences.
an acoustic piano.
The Design of an Acoustic Piano
The Variet y of a Digital Piano
Standing proudly amongst other items of fine furniture, a piano is often considered the centrepiece of any room it occupies.
Complementing the instruments’ authentic keyboard actions, realistic piano sound, and stunning polished ebony appearance,
With elegant cabinetry, striking brass accents, and a luxurious high-polish finish, the exterior appearance of a piano contributes
the Classic Series also offer a strong selection of digital piano features that further enhance one’s musical enjoyment. USB audio
more to the overall aesthetic of playing and listening to music than arguably any other instrument. This shared belief inspires
record/playback, Dual and Split keyboard modes, and a rich assortment of customisable instrumental voices add greater variety
Kawai’s digital and acoustic piano designers to work together, combining modern ideas with traditional philosophies to conceive a
to players’ performances, while the convenient metronome function and integrated classical etudes or Alfred course books* ensure
collection of truly stunning musical instruments.
that regular practise is both productive and engaging for aspiring pianists.
Be yond Ebony Polish
Cl a ssic Design is Timeless
Rich Sound Selection
MP3 Audio Pl ayback & Record
Rather than simply replicate Kawai’s existing digital pianos in a polished
The world of interior fashion and furniture design is constantly evolving
Each Classic Series instrument features a variety of realistic acoustic piano
The CS3’s useful recorder allows up to three songs to be stored in internal
ebony finish, the Classic Series design team decided to take a rather different
– adapting to the diverse, global influences that enrich our lives. And yet,
sounds that are ideally suited to playing a wide range of Classical, Jazz,
memory and played back at the touch of a button, while modern USB
approach. They began by studying acoustic pianos – evaluating the
the characteristic design of an acoustic piano cabinet has remained largely
Pop, and Modern musical styles. Reverberation, resonance effects are also
features integrated within the CS6 and CS9 enable the instrument to be
characteristics that define an instrument’s personality, before modelling the
unchanged for decades: dignified, timeless, classic.
applied, helping to further improve the sounds’ tonal authenticity, while the
connected to a computer for MIDI use, or to load and save data to USB
Virtual Technician function allows players to perform voicing and regulation
memory devices directly. This USB to Device functionality allows songs
adjustments at the touch of a button – personalising the tonal character of the
recorded and stored in internal memory to be saved to USB for posterity, or
piano beneath their fingertips.
standard MIDI files (SMF) downloaded from the internet to be conveniently
new Classic Series cabinets around these core qualities.
One important design features of the CS3 is its tall upper board. Combined
with a broad music rest, this large, polished area elevates the piano, and gives
the relatively compact instrument a grander, more distinguished presence.
Single-piece side panels further contribute to the Classic Series’ acoustic piano
character, with the refined toe block overlap ensuring a clean, elegant finish.
The flagship CS9 plays tribute to this
enduring design, with its premium quality
cabinet replicating Kawai’s popular K-2
played back without additional hardware.
compact upright. Finished from top to
Supplementing their realistic acoustic piano voices, the Classic Series range
bottom in a luxurious ebony polish and
crowned with one of the most respected
names in the piano industry, the CS9 is
undoubtedly the perfect instrument for
also feature a strong selection of additional sounds, ranging from electric
USB memory devices can also be
pianos and drawbar and church organs, to strings, brass, and woodwind
used to play back MP3 or WAV audio
instruments, inviting musicians to add greater variety to their performances.
files, allowing musicians to learn the
chords or melody for a new piece,
modern traditionalists: musicians who
or to simply play along with their
appreciate all the benefits of a digital piano
with the very latest technological advances,
yet still admire the understated character of
a truly classic design.
Concealed Contr ol Panel
The control panel for each Classic
Series instrument is discreetly
embedded within the piano’s left
cheek block, with the flagship CS9
model also featuring a folding
The larger CS6 also adopts a number of subtle acoustic piano design cues
cover. This helps to preserve the
that heighten one’s emotional attachment to the instrument. The upper
instruments’ acoustic piano-like
panel details that adorn either side of the keyboard, for example, suggest
appearance, and allows performers
traditionalism, yet also serve to balance the cabinet’s sleek, modern appearance.
to enjoy the simple pleasure of
The gentle curve towards the crown of the legs offers a gracious, humanistic
playing music – without the
touch, while the disciplined combination of straight and rounded edges charm
distraction of flashing lights and
surrounding light, enhancing the instrument’s gorgeous polished ebony veneer.
rows of buttons.
Lesson & Finger E xer cises
favourite songs. It is even possible to
The Classic Series’ convenient lesson function allows aspiring pianists to learn
or WAV files for emailing to family
piano with classical Czerny, Burgmüller, Beyer and Bach etudes, or a collection
and friends, or casual listening away
of songs from the popular Alfred Basic, Adult, and Premier course books*.
from the piano.
record performances directly as MP3
The CS6 and CS9 also feature traditional finger exercises, scales, and warm-up
drills, with a companion book of printed scores included to aid one’s practise.
Connectivit y Options
In addition to USB to Host and USB to Device connectors, the CS6 and
CS9 also feature standard jacks for MIDI and LINE-level audio. These varied
connectivity options allow the instruments to be enjoyed in larger settings,
and provide greater flexibility when using computers and other audio devices.
Realistic touch and tone within a sleek polished ebony cabinet
– the handsome CS3 represents an excellent introduction to the Classic Series range.
Wooden-key action technology, superior UPHI sound, and advanced digital features
– the commanding CS6 is a professional instrument for ambitious pianists.
Responsive Hammer action with let-off simulation
3 song recorder
RM3 Grand action with let-off simulation
10 song, 2 track recorder
Ivory Touch key surfaces
Integrated lesson function
Ivory Touch key surfaces
Integrated lesson functions
PHI sound technology
Luxurious polished ebony finish
UPHI sound technology
USB audio playback/record
88-key piano sampling
88-key piano sampling
Virtual Technician parameters
96 note polyphony
192 note polyphony
Luxurious polished ebony finish
4 speakers (20 W x 2)
4 speakers (50 W x 2)
Kawai’s premium digital piano technologies embedded within a stunning upright piano cabinet
– the flagship CS9 is the perfect marriage of modern engineering and traditional elegance.
88 weighted keys with Ivory Touch key surfaces
88 wooden keys with Ivory Touch key surfaces
Responsive Hammer action with Let-off
RM3 Grand with Let-off
Sound Source
Progressive Harmonic Imaging™ (PHI)
Ultra Progressive Harmonic Imaging™ (UPHI)
88-key piano sampling
88-key piano sampling
15 voices
Internal Sounds
60 voices
80 voices
max. 96 notes
max. 192 notes
2 x 16 characters LCD
Room, Stage, Hall
Room 1, Room 2, Stage, Hall 1, Hall 2,
Chorus, Delay (1-3), Tremolo, Rotary (1, 2)
Yes, with adjustable balance
Dual Mode
Four Hands Mode, free split point
Split Mode
Yes, with adjustable balance, free split point, and Four Hands Mode
3 song recorder – max. 15,000 notes
10 song, 2 track recorder – max. 90,000 notes
1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 3/8, 6/8
1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 3/8, 6/8, 7/8, 9/8, 12/8 + 100 drum rhythms
Adjustable tempo & volume
Adjustable tempo & volume
Play MP3/WAV/MID, Record MP3/WAV, Convert Song to Audio,
Light, Normal, Heavy, Off (Constant)
Light 1, Light 2, Normal, Heavy 1, Heavy 2, Off (Constant), User x 2
Damper Resonance
Voicing, Damper Resonance, String Resonance, Key Off Effect, Stretch Tuning
USB Functions
Load/Save Recorder Song, Rename, Delete, Makedir, Format
Touch Curve
Virtual Technician
Damper Noise, Hammer Delay, Fall-back Noise
Equal (Piano Only), Mersenne pure (Major), Mersenne pure (Minor),
Pythagorean, Meantone, Werckmeister III, Kirnberger III, Equal (Flat), Equal
Tone Control
Lesson Function
US, Canada, UK & Australia
Alfred’s Basic Piano Library Lesson Book Level 1A,
Alfred’s Basic Piano Library Lesson Book Level 1B
Tone Control (incl. User EQ)
Tone Control (incl. User EQ), Wall EQ
Alfred’s Basic Piano Library Lesson Book Level 1A, Alfred’s Basic Piano Library Lesson Book Level 1B,
Alfred’s Premier Piano Course Lesson 1A, Alfred’s Premier Piano Course Lesson 1B,
Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course Lesson Book Level 1, Traditional Finger Exercises
Rest of the World
Burgmüller 25 (25 Etudes Faciles, Opus 100),
Burgmüller 25 (25 Etudes Faciles, Opus 100), Czerny 30 (Etudes de Mécanisme, Opus 849),
Czerny 30 (Etudes de Mécanisme, Opus 849)
Czerny 100 (Hundert Übungsstücke, Opus 139), Beyer (Vorschule im Klavierspiel, Opus 101),
Bach (Inventionen), Heller (Sonatinen, album 1), Traditional Finger Exercises
Demo Songs
15 songs + 42/29 Piano Music pieces *
Concert Magic
Other Features
Transpose, Tuning, MIDI functions
34 songs + 42/29 Piano Music pieces *
36 songs + 42/29 Piano Music pieces *
176 songs
RM3 Grand action with let-off simulation
10 song, 2 track recorder
Ivory Touch key surfaces
Integrated lesson functions
User Memory, Factory Reset, Lower Octave Shift, Lower Pedal ON/OFF, Layer Octave Shift,
UPHI sound technology
USB audio playback/record
Layer Dynamics, MIDI functions, Auto Power Off
88-key piano sampling
Extended Virtual Technician parameters
192 note polyphony
Luxurious polished ebony finish
6 speakers (50 W x 2) + Soundboard Speaker System (35 W)
Stunning upright piano cabinet
Damper (with Half-Pedal support), Sostenuto, Soft
Key/Song Transpose, Tuning, Registrations, Speaker/Headphone Volume, Damper Hold,
MIDI (IN/OUT/THRU), USB (to Host, to Device),
Headphones x 2
LINE OUT (L/MONO, R), Headphones x 2
12 cm x 2 + 5 cm x 2
13 cm x 2 + 5 cm x 2
7 cm x 4 + 1.9 cm x 2
132 cm x 53 cm Soundboard Speaker System
Output Power
* depending on market area
20 W x 2
50 W x 2
50 W x 2 + 35 W transducer
142 (W) x 43 (D) x 91 (H) cm
145 (W) x 47 (D) x 95 (H) cm
151 (W) x 54 (D) x 105 (H) cm
55.0 kg
80.0 kg
102.0 kg
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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