Kawai MP Series wins MMR magazine 'Dealers' Choice' Award
Musical Merchandise Review (MMR) magazine has announced the results of its 2018 ‘Dealer’s Choice Awards’, naming Kawai’s MP Series stage pianos as ‘Pro Digital Keyboard Line of the Year’.
Each year the magazine surveys musical instrument retailers across North America, inviting dealers to vote for their favourite products in a range of categories. Winners in each category receive the celebrated ‘Dealer’s Choice Award’ from MMR, along with the satisfaction of being honoured as one of the musical instrument industry’s finest brands and products.
The latest MP11SE and MP7SE professional stage pianos were introduced in late 2017, and combine Kawai’s leading wooden-key and plastic-key keyboard actions with expressive Harmonic Imaging XL sound technology, bringing grand piano authenticity to the studio and stage. In addition to stunning Shigeru Kawai SK-EX, SK-5, and Kawai EX acoustic piano sounds, the MP models also incorporate a selection of realistic electric piano voices, complete with realistic effects and vintage amp/speaker simulations. Designed for the live performer, MP instruments provide superb real-time control over splits, layers, and complex sound adjustments, with comprehensive MIDI controller functionality to manage external devices. Housed within sturdy wood and metal chassis, with grand piano-like ebony polish side arms, the MP11SE and MP7SE are ideally suited to professional musicians who do not accept compromise.
The ‘Dealer Choice Awards’ were established in 1992, and have gained a reputation as one of the musical instrument industries foremost accolades. During this time, Kawai’s RX Series grand and K-3 upright pianos have proved a dominant force, winning their respective categories for several consecutive years, while the CA, CN, and MP Series digital lines have also received multiple awards. This year’s success increases Kawai’s tally of MMR trophies to a total of 20, and reflects the company’s long-standing popularity among retailers and customers.
History of received MMR Magazine ‘Dealer’s Choice’ awards
2018: MMR Pro Digital Keyboard Line of the Year (MP Series Pro Digital Pianos)
2017: MMR Home Digital Keyboard Line of the Year (CN Series Digital Pianos)
2016: MMR Product of the Year (GL Series Grand Pianos)
2016: MMR Home Digital Keyboard Line of the Year (CA/CS Series Digital Pianos)
2015: MMR Legacy Award (CA95 Digital Piano)
2014: MMR Home Digital Keyboard Line of the Year (CN Series Digital Pianos)
2014: MMR Pro Digital Piano Line of the Year (MP Series Pro Digital Pianos)
2013: MMR Home Digital Keyboard of the Year (CA95 Digital Piano)
2012: MMR Home Digital Keyboard of the Year (CA95 Digital Piano)
2011: MMR Acoustic Piano of the Year (K-3 Professional Upright Piano)
2010: MMR Acoustic Piano of the Year (K-3 Professional Upright Piano)
2009: MMR Acoustic Piano of the Year (K-3 Professional Upright Piano)
2008: MMR Acoustic Piano of the Year (K-3 Professional Upright Piano)
2007: MMR Digital Home Keyboard of the Year (CA91 Digital Piano)
2005: MMR Acoustic Piano Line of the Year (RX Series Grand Pianos)
2004: MMR Acoustic Piano Line of the Year (RX Series Grand Pianos)
2003: MMR Acoustic Piano Line of the Year (RX Series Grand Pianos)
2002: MMR Digital Home Keyboard of the Year (CN270 Digital Piano)
2001: MMR Digital Home Keyboard of the Year (ES1 Portable Digital Piano)
2000: MMR Digital Home Keyboard of the Year (CP200 Ensemble Grand Piano)
About MMR Magazine
Musical Merchandise Review is the leading trade publication in the field of musical instruments and sound reinforcement, and has been in continuous operation since 1879 with an international readership.
Kawai is a global corporation with distribution in virtually every major market in the world. From its beginnings in 1927 in Hamamatsu, Japan, the company has been committed to an ongoing quest to perfect the art of the piano. Since 1998, Kawai has received 45 major international awards for product and service excellence. One of the world’s largest music instrument manufacturers, Kawai celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2017 and is one of the few piano companies in the world still led by members of its founding family.
For more information about the MMR Magazine ‘Dealer’ Choice Awards’ and MP professional stage pianos, please refer to the websites and product pages below: