The creation of great digital pianos starts with the proven ability to build truly great acoustic pianos. The designer of a digital instrument must first understand what it takes to make the “real thing.” Acoustic grand and upright pianos are objects of amazing technical and artistic complexity. The builder must comprehend how to take over 12,000 individual parts and combine them into a living instrument capable of communicating the most intimate musical expressions of the heart and soul with eloquence, precision and nuance… a formidable task, indeed. But once this rarefied skill is acquired over the course of decades, the builder can turn to the next important challenge of reproducing this reality in digital form. During the past 30 years, Kawai digital piano designers have worked side-by-side with their acoustic piano counterparts to create an extraordinary range of digital instruments that is so impressive in quality and character that it makes an iconic acoustic piano maker proud. It is this hard-earned synergy of complementary skills that has made Kawai digital pianos some of the most award-winning instruments in the music products industry.