Kawai CA99 digital piano wins Music Inc. magazine ‘Product Excellence’ award
Kawai is proud to announce that the CA99 digital piano has received a prestigious ‘Product Excellence’ award from Music Inc. magazine – one of the music industry’s leading trade publications.
Each year the magazine surveys musical instrument retailers across North America, inviting dealers to vote for products that have innovated and expanded the industry over the past twelve months. Winning manufacturers receive a prestigious ‘Product Excellence’ award from Music Inc. magazine, along with the satisfaction of being honoured as one of the musical instrument industry’s finest brands and products.
“We are honored to have been selected from among so many wonderful instruments and would like to thank Music Inc. Magazine and its readers once again for their support,” says Takanori Aoki, president of Kawai America Corporation and Kawai Canada Music. “At Kawai we strive to create instruments that musicians of all abilities are happy to play, and our retailers are happy to recommend to their customers.”
The CA99 digital piano utilises the latest Grand Feel III keyboard action, featuring long, fully wooden keys, graded counterweights and let-off simulation to authentically recreate the touch of the finest grand pianos. This keyboard action is paired with Kawai’s finest SK-EX Rendering sound engine which reproduces the sound of the flagship Shigeru Kawai SK-EX concert grand piano using a combination of multi-channel sampling and resonance modelling, before being delivered using the unique TwinDrive soundboard and premium quality speaker drivers.
The CA99 supports both Bluetooth® MIDI and audio connectivity, and offers a variety of convenient features, easily accessible from the large LCD touchscreen display embedded within the instrument’s left cheekblock, or via the complementary PianoRemote app available for iOS and Android devices. Its compact cabinet occupies a depth of just 45 centimetres – far smaller than that of a conventional upright piano – and is available in a variety of attractive finishes to match both classic and modern interiors.
“In speaking with end users, musicians and our retailers every day, it’s no surprise that the CA99 has won this award,” said Alan Palmer Digital Product Manager at Kawai America Corporation. “I’m very pleased that Music Inc. has recognised the CA99 for the incredible piano that it is.”
In addition to this this year’s ‘Product Excellence’ award for the CA99 digital piano, Kawai America Corporation also received another ‘Supplier Excellence’ award from the magazine, acknowledging the Kawai subsidiary’s commitment to dealer and customer satisfaction despite the various challenges throughout the year. These two awards are the 14th such accolade that Kawai has received from Music Inc. magazine since 2010, following previous awards for the Novus NV5 and NV10 hybrid pianos in 2020 and 2018 respectively, and multiple awards for the popular Concert Artist (CA) and CN series digital pianos.
History of received Music Inc. magazine ‘Excellence’ awards:
2021: Music Inc. Product Excellence Award (Concert Artist CA99 Digital Piano)
2021: Music Inc. Supplier Excellence Award (for Exceptional Products and People)
2020: Music Inc. Product Excellence Award (Novus NV5 Hybrid Digital Piano)
2018: Music Inc. Product Excellence Award (Novus NV10 Hybrid Digital Piano)
2017: Music Inc. Product Excellence Award (GX-2 Grand Piano)
2015: Music Inc. Product Excellence Award (CA97 Hybrid and CA67 Digital Piano)
2015: Music Inc. Supplier Excellence Award (for Exceptional Products and People)
2014: Music Inc. Supplier Excellence Award (for Exceptional Products and People)
2014: Music Inc. Product Excellence Award (CN Series Digital Pianos)
2014: Music Inc. Editor’s Choice: NAMM “Best in Show” (CS10 Hybrid Digital Piano)
2013: Music Inc. Supplier Excellence Award (for Exceptional Products and People)
2012: Music Inc. Supplier Excellence Award (for Exceptional Products and People)
2012: Music Inc. Product Excellence Award (CA95 Hybrid Digital Piano)
2010: Music Inc. Product Excellence Award (CA93 Hybrid Digital Piano)
About Music Inc. Magazine
Music Inc. magazine is North America’s leading business-to-business magazine for musical product retailers. Each issue of Music Inc. includes industry news, product information, and “ideas” columns from influential figures within the musical instrument industry.
For over 90 years, Kawai has earned a reputation for outstanding quality, workmanship and innovation in the crafting of world-class instruments. Kawai acoustic and digital pianos are a top choice of pianists, teachers, students, and professional musicians around the globe. The skillful blending of traditional piano craftsmanship with state-of-the-art technology has made Kawai one of the most award-winning companies in the entire music products industry – having received over 50 major international awards for excellence.
For more information about the Music Inc. magazine ‘Excellence’ Awards and the Concert Artist CA99 digital piano, please refer to the website and product page below: