Kawai America Corporation
2055 East University Drive
Rancho Dominguez, California 90220
For company background, see the Kawai listing in the "Brand and Company Profiles" for acoustic pianos.
After 50 years as a piano builder, Kawai entered the market with its first digital piano in 1985. Today, Kawai’s digital lineup for North America features 19 models. The lineup comprises four main groups: the Concert Performer (CP) ensemble pianos; standard digital pianos, consisting of the Concert Artist (CA), Classic (CS), and CN series models, plus the models CL26 and KDP80; the ES and EP portable instruments; and a Professional Products group that includes the MP series professional stage pianos, CE220 digital piano, and the VPC1 virtual piano controller.
Kawai recently created the first digital piano to use a transducer-driven soundboard for a more natural piano sound, a feature that is available on the flagship CA95 and the CS10. Many Kawai models offer USB digital audio recording and playback. And, if you're after a huge number of voices, the models at the upper end of the CP series come with over 1,000.
Kawai uses a variety of actions in its digital pianos. Four of them — the Grand Feel (GF), RM3, RM3II, and the AWA PROII — feature wooden keys with a unique fulcrum design, and can be found in upper-end instruments. The Responsive Hammer (RH), RHII, and AHA-IV actions use an industry-standard graded hammer design with plastic keys, and can be found in the lower-cost and portable models.
Kawai digital and ensemble pianos are sold by a network of authorized dealers, with certain models also being available through Kawai’s online store. Instruments purchased from Kawai online are delivered by the closest stocking dealer. Kawai Professional Products are sold through a combination of authorized local dealers and online retailers.
Korg USA, Inc.
316 South Service Road
Melville, New York 11747
Korg was founded in 1962 to produce its first product, an automatic rhythm machine, and in 1972 entered the electronic-organ market. The LP-10 stage piano appeared in 1980, and its first digitally sampled piano, the SG1, was introduced in 1986. Korg now offers four models of 88-key digital piano, including the entry-level model SP-170 at only $500, plus several models with shorter keyboards. Following Kawai's lead, Korg recently announced plans to sell its home digital pianos online (see Kawai, above).