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The Kawai ES8 is a modern, slim, sophisticated, and powerful digital piano. This piano will satisfy players for years and years. It can be used for both home and church use. With Harmonic Imaging XL sampling (HI-XL) that contains handcrafted Kawai EX Concert Grand Piano, RHIII action with escapement (let off) and counter-weight for real grand piano feeling, 256 polyphony for unlimited piano play, and 30W speaker (15W x 2) which can fill up a small room with natural resonance without external speaker system.





Kawai ES8 demo video made by Kawai

Kawai ES8 white

Kawai ES8 white with matching cabinet stand + 3 pedals

Kawai ES8 Sound Demo

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Kawai ES8 RHIII action


RHIII is Kawai ES8’s special action that has ‘let off’ feature, also known as ‘escapement’ that enables players to feel real grand piano touch, plus it has counter weight underneath every button which balances the weight of middle and back of the keys. This feature that Kawai ES8 has cannot be found in this price-range easily.

*Escapement –  the mechanism that allows the hammer to clear the string after striking, so that the string can vibrate (TheFreeDictionary). Player can feel tactile feeling of notch when presses a key.

Hammers of grand piano positioned horizontally therefore get affected by gravity directly, which enables faster key recovery. Hammers of upright piano are positioned vertically with springs (jack).

Roland FP 90 Escapement

(Picture from Piano-tuners)

Kawai ES8 used

Kawai Virtual Technician

Kawai Virtual Technician

Kawai’s IOS app “Virtual Technician” allows players to connect their apple device to their piano and control parameters and settings more conveniently.

Lessson Function| Import a song to Kawai ES8, choose a specific measures, and make it loop, play the song until you master it.

Onboard MIDI recorder| Kawai ES8 supports upto 10 songs and 2 tracks. Players can record their song to their flashdrive either in mp3 or waveform format.

Rhythm section| Kawai ES8 supports about 100 different styles of music. Play along the accompaniment (drum, bass, or full band). It also has preset chord patterns for improvisation.

Registration| Players conveniently can save their current setting (split, layer, voice, accompaniment).

Touch| RHIII action with Let-Off (escapement)

Voice| Kawai ES8 has 34 voices: 10 acoustic pianos, 4 E-pianos, 4 organs,                       4 harpsichord/mallets, 8 strings/choir, and 4 basses

Sound Source| HI-XL sampling

Polyphony| 256

Parameters| Kawai ES8 has Reverb depth and time control, Drive, and EQ for low and high. + many effect controls.

Color| Kawai ES8 is available in Gloss Black and Snow White

Warranty| Kawai offers 3 years parts and labor for ES8



Specification (Kawai Official Website)

ES8 Primary Specifications
Keyboard 88 Weighted Keys with Ivory Touch Key Surfaces
Action Responsive Hammer III (RHIII) Action with Let-Off
Sound Source Harmonic Imaging XL™ (HI-XL), 88-key piano sampling
Internal Sounds 34 Voices
Polyphony 256 Notes
Keyboard Modes Dual, Split, Four Hands (Volume / Balance Adjustable)
Internal Recorder 10 Song / 2-Track Recorder, Approximately 90,000 notes memory
USB Digital Audio, USB to DEVICE, USB to HOST
Display 16 x 2 characters LCD
Speaker System (8 x 12 cm) x 2, 15 Watts x 2
Dimensions 54″ (W) x 14 ½” (D) x 6″ (H)
Weight 49 lbs.

Reverb Room, Lounge, Small Hall, Concert Hall, Live Hall, Cathedral
Parameters — Reverb Depth, Reverb Time
Effects Stereo Delay, Ping Delay, Triple Delay, Chorus, Classic Chorus, Tremolo, Classic Tremolo, Auto Pan, Classic Auto Pan, Phaser, Rotary
Combination effects x 4
—Dry / Wet, Time, Speed, Feedback, HighDamp, Depth. Parameters dependent on effect type.
Amp Simulator
(MAIN Zone Only)
S.Case I, S.Case II, L.Cabinet
Parameters — Drive, Level, EQ Low, EQ High
Virtual Technician Touch Curve — Light+, Light, Normal, Heavy, Heavy+, Off (Constant), User 1, User 2
Voicing — Normal, Mellow 1, Mellow 2 , Dynamic, Bright 1, Bright 2, User 1 – 4
Resonance,Noise & Effects:String Resonance, Damper Resonance, Damper Noise, Fall-back Noise, Key-off Effect, Hammer Delay, Topboard,
Decay Time, Soft Pedal Depth
Temperament & Tuning — Equal (Piano), Pure Major, Pure Minor, Pythagorean, Meantone, Werckmeister, Kirnberger,
User Temerament, Key of Temperament
Other — Stretch Tuning, Stretch Curve / User Tuning, User Key Volume, Half-Pedal Adjust, Minimum Touch
USB Functions Playback— MP3, WAV, SMF
Record —MP3, WAV
Other — Over Dubbing, Convert Song to Audio, Load Internal Song, Save Internal Song, Save SMF Song, Load Registration, Save Registration,
Rename File, Delete File, Format USB
Metronome Beat — 1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 3/8, 6/8, 7/8, 9/8, 12/8 (Volume/Tempo adjustable)
Rhythm Section Styles—100 rhythms (x 2 variations), 4-part accompaniment, 100 preset chord sequences
Settings — 100 rhythms (x 2 variations), 4-part accompaniment, 100 preset chord sequences
Demo Songs Main demo song, Rhythm Section demo song, 25 sound demo songs
Other Functions Key/Song Transpose, Tone Control (incl. Brilliance, UserEQ), Wall EQ, Speaker Volume, Phones Volume, Line Out Volume, Audio Recorder Gain, Tuning, Damper Hold, F-20 Mode, Four Hands, Startup Setting, Factory Reset, Lower Octave Shift, Lower Pedal On/Off, Split Balance, Layer Octave Shift, Layer Dynamics, Dual Balance, MIDI Channel, Send PGM#, Local Control, Transmit PGM#, Multi-timbral Mode, Channel Mute, Auto Power Off, Speakers On/Off
Jacks MIDI (IN/OUT), USB to Host, USB to Device, LINE IN STEREO, LINE OUT (L/MONO, R), DAMPER (for F-10H), DAMPER/SOFT (for F-20),
PEDAL (for F-301), Headphones x 2
Included Acc. Music Rack, F-10H Damper Pedal, Power Cable, Owner’s Manual
Options ES Bag (soft case w/casters), F-20 Damper / Soft Pedal, HM-4 Designer Stand with F301 Triple Pedal (sold separately)

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