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Why have wooden keys in Kawai digital pianos?

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The way a digital piano’s keys feel (the touch) is one of the most important factors in transitioning to an acoustic instrument later on. Kawai’s digital piano actions are famous for their extremely high quality and realism. Because we build acoustic pianos, we have the facilities and the expertise to ensure that our digital technologies are as authentic as possible, from the depth of the keystroke to the different pressures required to produce accurate pianissimo, fortissimo, and everything in between.

As expressive and responsive as composite keys can be, there is no known substitute for real wood. Wood absorbs a small amount of kinetic energy when it strikes the keybed, it flexes slightly when compressed, and because Kawai wooden keys are each crafted from single, solid pieces of timber, they offer a consistent touch from the front of the key to the back.

Acoustic pianos have wooden keys: if you’re serious about reproducing the touch of an acoustic piano, there is no better choice.