Kawai K-200 ATX2 Hybrid Upright Piano

The sound of hammers striking strings, resonating through solid spruce. Warm vibrations that illuminate a room, leaving its audience enchanted. The natural voice of an acoustic piano is truly unmistakable. A fine piano entices musicians to perform with spontaneity and passion, yet such unbridled expressiveness may not always be appropriate. Indeed, in certain environments, an acoustic piano can prove disruptive; the diligent tones of children practicing scales are unlikely to be welcomed by other family members wishing to watch television, while even the most gentle, soothing chopin preludes have the potential to irritate neighbors if performed after an acceptable time. Fortunately, AnyTimeX2 (ATX2) instruments incorporate an acoustic muting feature with powerful digital audio components, allowing pianists to continue enjoying the distinctive feeling of a traditional piano, while listening discreetly using private headphones.

Highlights
  • Exclusive Millennium III™ action with ABS-Carbon composites
  • Double felted, mahogany core hammers
  • Available with brass or nickel hardware
  • Height adjustable bench
  • Digital sound that can be heard through the award-winning Soundboard Speaker System or privately through headphones
  • Harmonic Imaging XL Sound Technology / 88-Key Piano Sampling (sound design used in Kawai’s award-winning CA95 digital piano)
  • 27 digital sounds: 9 pianos, 3 electric pianos, 2 organs, and more
  • Digital features: 256 note polyphony, Virtual Technician, metronome, dual sound layering, drum rhythms, 23 customizable effects, two track USB recorder (MP3 and WAV)
Touch

In 1971 Kawai revolutionized piano technology by introducing ABS action parts within the fine workings of the piano action. This rigid, atmospherically stable compound material, addressed many of the problems associated with wooden components, such as breakages under continual high stress, and shrinking and swelling due to changes in climate. The introduction of ABS action parts proved a significant development in modern piano design, and rapidly earned high praise from pianists and technicians worldwide. The Millennium III™ action, unveiled in 2006, has been developed to enhance the three performance elements that professional pianists most desire - speed, control and power. The introduction of stronger ABS Carbon materials has allowed Kawai scientists to develop lighter action parts without sacrificing durability, further optimizing key repetition and response speed for a truly unparalleled playing experience.

Tone

Kawai K Series Soundboard

Tapered soundboard made of solid spruce - The soundboard is the heart of a piano. Its purpose is to transform the vibrations of the piano’s strings into a rich, resounding tone. Kawai uses only straight grained, quarter sawn solid spruce for K Series soundboards. Each soundboard is strategically tapered to maximize its tone producing capability. Only those that meet or exceed our demanding quality standards are selected for use in our professional upright pianos.

Energy reflecting contour bars reshape the speaking area of the soundboard to resemble the contour of a grand piano soundboard while reflecting sound energy back into the center for increased tonal power and sustain

Mahogany wood core & T-stapled, double felted hammers - Mahogany hammer moldings are lightweight and extremely responsive. Found on only the finest pianos, mahogany is used for the hammer moldings on the entire line of K Series Professional Upright Pianos. All K Series hammers are T-Stapled to preserve hammer shape and fitted with an added interior layer of underfelt to support the creation of exceptional tone.

Kawai ATX2 - With the acoustic components muted, Kawai ATX2 pianos employ a unique digital technology, developed and refined at the Shigeru Kawai Research & Development Laboratory in Ryuyo, Japan, calling upon the finest hand-crafted Kawai EX Concert Grand piano to deliver an unmistakably warm, authentic tone. Placed inside a purpose-built anechoic chamber, free of audio reflections, the rich sound of this world class instrument is meticulously analyzed and recorded by our Master Piano Artisan pioneers. The acoustic portrait of each note is later transformed into a highly precise three dimensional digital representation, employing Kawai's proprietary Harmonic Imaging™ technology. This unique process faithfully reproduces the broad dynamic range of the original grand piano, while also providing the source for a rich selection of additional high-quality instrument sounds. The K-300 ATX2 even features a special version of Kawai's innovative Soundboard Speaker System that lets you hear the digital sound through the instrument’s acoustic soundboard.

Strength

4 back post - The K-200's soundboard is supported by 4 exceptionally strong multi-layered back posts and Kawai's proprietary “matched strength” iron plate. Using state-of-the-art CAD technology, Kawai calibrate's the strength and mass of the plate to match the scale design of each individual model. This philosophy ensures a sturdy, well-balanced back assembly that supports string tension and provides a solid foundation for outstanding tone

Plate bolts - Bolts strengthen the connection between the plate and back posts for greater stability.

Steel reinforced keyslip - The piano’s keyslip is the long, horizontal piece of wood that covers the front faces of the keys. Because it is long, thin and made of wood, a keyslip can warp or bend with changes in humidity, causing keys to stick. To eliminate this problem, a heavy gauge steel angle iron is added to prevent warping and bending in any direction. Keys move more freely with virtually no possibility of rubbing or sticking against the keyslip.

Keybed and braces - The piano’s keybed must be strong and stable to support the action assembly and maintain action regulation over years of heavy use. K Series keybeds are made with sturdy laminated hardwoods and reinforced by rear braces on the iron frame that help to ensure stable placement and add rigidity to prevent energy loss.

Multi-grip pinblock - All K Series pianos include a multi-laminated pinblock with a minimum of eleven cross-banded layers of North American hard maple for maximum strength and consistent torque.

Tuning pins - K Series tuning pins are made from the finest steel, machine-threaded for maximum bi-directional torque and nickel plated to enhance beauty and provide long-term protection.

Square tube pedal levers - The square tube design of K Series pedal levers makes them stronger than the lower cost round-tube levers with flattened ends found on many other pianos. In addition, the square shape provides a flat surface for the wing nuts which helps to prevent unwanted noise and enables a more stable pedal adjustment.

Digital Features

Sensor system - A fine acoustic piano entices musicians to perform with enthusiasm, spontaneity and passion. Yet, the satisfaction that one enjoys when hammers strike the strings is often diluted by traditional piano silencing techniques. Sensors located below the keyboard struggle to accurately interpret the subtleties of musical expression, which is why ATX2 pianos integrate sensors within the fine workings of the piano action, reading the precise movements of each hammer. Whether performing rapid passages that demand the same key be played repeatedly before returning to its natural starting position, or pianissimo pieces desiring the very softest of key strokes, the Integrated Hammer Sensing System (IHSS) represents the elaborate nuances of every note. Pianists can finally enjoy the convenience of absolute privacy, without sacrificing the responsive touch and authentic expression of a traditional acoustic piano.

Digital convenience - The control box is placed below the keyed. With a gentle push the slide-out control panel reveals an LCD display and array of function buttons. Digital operation greatly extends the capabilities of the piano beyond that of a traditional acoustic instrument, with convenient transpose and tuning facilities, a metronome and song recorder (except K-15 ATX2), and a selection of high fidelity sounds suitable for various musical occasions. Dual headphone sockets provide greater flexibility for academic institutions, while other connectors allow a range of creative music-making opportunities. Harmonic Imaging XL (HI-XL) With expanded piano sound memory, the new ATX2 models boasts the largest sample size of any Kawai digital piano. This ‘eXtra Long’ standard of Harmonic Imaging technology extends the important attack portion of the piano sound by up to 120%, articulating the natural detail and resonance characteristics of each note more clearly, and improving the instrument’s organic tonal quality overall. When playing a fine piano, the amount of pressure applied to the keyboard affects not only the volume of the sound produced, but also the unique tonal character of each note. Therefore, in order to construct a realistic acoustic portrait of the EX concert grand piano, not only is each key recorded individually, but also at various different volume levels, ranging from gentle pianissimo to thunderous fortissimo. ATX2 models offer a highly detailed acoustic portrait, with Harmonic Imaging XL technology ensuring smooth tonal transitions across the keyboard and throughout the entire dynamic range.

88 key piano sampling - The beautiful sound of the Kawai EX concert grand piano is at the heart of the new ATX2 series, with all eighty-eight keys of this world-class instrument painstakingly recorded, meticulously analyzed, and accurately reproduced as high-fidelity digital waveforms. Recording each key individually in this way – as opposed to stretching the same tone over several different notes – preserves the rich harmonic character of the EX concert grand piano, and guarantees that the sound heard when playing any key is a faithful representation of the original acoustic source.

Virtual Technician - The Kawai K-200 ATX2 showcases a variety of grand piano sounds that are suitable for a wide range of musical periods and styles. In addition, a traditional Kawai upright piano sound is also included for pieces that suggest a feeling of nostalgia, or call for a slightly more intimate tonal character. An experienced piano technician is essential to fully realize the potential of an acoustic piano. As well as meticulously tuning each note, the technician performs regulation and voicing adjustments that allow a fine instrument to truly sing. The Virtual Technician function simulate such refinements digitally. Players can perform touch and voicing adjustments, regulate hammer and key release noises, and fine-tune string, lid, and damper resonances. It is even possible to adjust the precise tuning and volume of individual notes – all in real-time.

The variety of a digital piano - Supplementing the beautiful acoustic piano voices, the ATX2 also feature an excellent selection of additional sounds, ranging from electric piano and drawbar or church organ, to strings, and other instruments, inviting musicians to add variety to their performances. The ATX2 models feature several keyboard modes. The Dual playing mode allows two different sounds, such as grand piano and strings, to be layered together, while the Split and Four Hands modes divide the keyboard into two independent sections. The volume balances and can be adjusted quickly and easily.

Redeveloped effects & reverb - Powerful new digital effects engine further enhances the instrument’s superior core sounds, applying additional layers of detail and realism that bring performances to life. Studio quality chorus, tremolo, delay, and auto-pan effects can be used to tailor a sound’s character and feeling, with modeled amplifier/speaker simulations applying vintage warmth to electric pianos and trademark growl to drawbar organs. The depth of a performance can then be transformed using the updated reverb features, allowing pianists to position themselves within one of six acoustic environments, ranging from a small practice room to an inspirational grand cathedral.

Flexible USB/MIDI connectivity - The ATX2 is equipped with MIDI connectors that allow the instrument to be connected to a computer or MIDI-instruments for MIDI use. The USB to Device functionality (except K-15 ATX2) allows favorite instrument settings, and memorable recorder songs stored in internal memory to be safely preserved on USB, or standard MIDI files (SMF) downloaded from the internet to be listened to using the instrument’s exquisite Harmonic Imaging XL sounds without additional hardware.

MP3 audio playback & record - USB memory devices can also be used to play back MP3 or WAV audio files (except K-15 ATX), allowing musicians to learn the chords or melody for a new piece, or to simply play along with their favorite songs. It is even possible to record entire performances (including external line-in audio*) directly as MP3 or WAV audio files for emailing to family and friends, or casual listening away from the piano.

Useful connectivity options - In addition to the USB to Device connector, the ATX2 also feature standard LINE-level audio and MIDI jacks. These useful connectivity options allow the instrument to be enjoyed in larger settings such as churches or school halls, and provide greater flexibility when using computers and other audio devices.

Integrated lesson function - The convenient lesson function (except K-15 ATX2) allows aspiring pianists to learn piano with classical Czerny, Burgmüller, Beyer and Bach etudes. With a strong emphasis on acoustic piano realism, both models also feature traditional finger exercises, scales, and warm-up drills, and include a companion book of printed scores to further aid one’s practice.

Energy conservation - The Kawai K-200 ATX2 is equipped with a power saving feature which turns off the piano automatically after a specified period of inactivity.

In The Box
  • New Kawai K-200 ATX2
  • Height Adjustable Bench
  • Headphones
  • AC Adaptor
  • Owner’s Manual
  • Factory Warranty
  • Two (2) Tunings (1 during prep in shop and 1 in home)
  • Bayfront's Exclusive Trade Up Program
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