Analysis and opinion of the piano keyboard Kawai ES100

The Kawai brand is gaining importance in Europe and has more and more followers. Although Yamaha is still the leader in keyboard sales, Kawai is making its mark.

It is important for you to know that there is a new model of this keyboard. The Kawai ES110, don’t hesitate to see our review about this digital piano from Kawai. Also in the review of the Kawai ES110 we compared it with the Kawai ES100.

Today we bring you a very competitive digital piano with a price well below 700 € (899 $). It is an option that allows you to have a piano keyboard for budgets that do not allow a clavinova or an acoustic digital piano.

A lot of people start learning piano with much worse keyboards. They’ have not even Hammer Actions and they don’t even have a sustain pedal. Which is a mistake, such a keyboard can be used to compose but not to learn piano.

The Kawai ES100 has the minimum necessary to learn to play the piano in a dignified way and can be worth until you reach a medium-high level. If you are studying classical conservatory the last years of the middle grade and then the higher grade you should go to a higher model. Or at least have many hours of extra study with an acoustic piano.

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The Kawai ES 100 Keyboard has 88 sensitive keys with Hammer Action Advanced Hammer Action IV-F. The keys on a piano must be sensitive to touch. So they sound louder depending on how hard you press them. And to give the feeling of weight on the key the keyboard must be Hammer Action. (weighted keys)

Hammer Action on a piano keyboard is vital to feel like you’re playing on an acoustic piano. What is the purpose of these instruments. Although you have to keep in mind that the touch is not exactly the same as that of an acoustic piano. Even if you have a digital piano it is always important that part of the studio you do in some acoustic piano. Ask to be allowed to practice in a shop or cultural centre if you don’t have money.

Polyphony and sounds

Polyphonic memory on a piano keyboard is important. The bigger it is, you will be able to play more and complex songs in your digital piano. This particular model has a pretty good 192-voice polyphony. This is one of the main factors you should keep in mind when comparing piano keyboards.

It has 18 different sounds and some interesting ones similar to a hammond organ. They are resources that can come in handy although for the piano studio what matters is the real piano sound. It’s very acceptable is its price range.

Connectivity and recording

It comes with a MIDI connector, which allows you to do such wonderful things as connecting it to your computer and writing scores while playing with programs like Sibelius.

If you record what you play with music editing programs such as Cubase, Ableton, etc. you can record on MIDI tracks, which as they save the information of the musical notes played then those MIDI tracks can be exported to score.

The Kawai ES100 keyboard allows you to record a track in case you want to play on it later.

Of course it has an input for headphones and a sostenido pedal. The pedal is what makes it possible to keep the note playing over time even if the digital piano key is released. A basic resource for playing the piano. It’s included.

Other important features

Like all pianos in its range the Kawai ES100 brings the following extras that are important:

  • Dual Mode to play with your teacher at the same time.
  • Effects as reverb, etc
  • 2 loudspeakers of 7 W .
  • Power supply.

It’s got a lot more extras than all the keyboards. But listen to us, you have to pay attention to the previous ones and the weight. The Kawai ES100 weighs 12 Kg. It is portable with a piano keyboard backpack with adequate handles but half a kilo heavier than its competing Yamaha keyboards. If you want it for study, it’s not a problem.You don’t have the option to run on batteries.

Video for you to hear how it sounds

Kawai ES100 vs Yamaha P115 vs Yamaha P125

The main competitor of the Kawai ES100 is undoubtedly the Yamaha P115 (although it now has its new version in the Yamaha P125).The Yamaha P115 coincides with the Kawai ES100 is the following aspects.

  • They both have a polyphony of 192 voices.
  • Both have 88 weighted keys, with pedal and feeder.
  • They have a similar weight, the Yamaha P115 a little lighter.
  • Both have various piano and organ sounds, as well as metronome or dual Mode
  • MIDI connection, although that of the Yamaha P115 is USB that for us is more comfortable.

​The Kawai ES100 in our opinion has more nuances in sensitivity than the GHS system of the Yamaha P115. Although many people like the feel of the Yamaha P115 more, the truth is that the Yamaha P115 is more popular in Spain and has more sales.

The quantum of the Yamaha P125 and the Yamaha P115 must be taken into account that it differs in the number of piano sounds. The P125 brings that improvement over the P115 and at the same price so it will always be better option the latest model.

Both have an acceptable grand-piano sound but here it’s a matter of taste. Whichever one you choose is fine as both have been recorded with quality sampling technology.

Don’t hesitate to take a look at our analysis of your rival, our review of the Yamaha P115. And here’s the new review with the Yamaha P125

Where to buy the Kawai ES100?

Right now one of the best possibilities is Amazon and Thomann. Although as the ES100 is already out of print you link the new Kawai ES110

If you live at America or Asia always check Amazon. But If you live at Europe check as well Thomann:

If it’s still too expensive we recommend you take a look at our review of the Yamaha P45.If you just want it to compose you just have 61 keys, MIDI connection and pedal take a look at our guide with cheap keyboards very popular.Of course we recommend our selection of the best portable digital pianos. Where you have everything you need to know about these wonderful instruments.

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Jaime Echagüe

Hi! I'm Jaime Echagüe, a musician and an authentic fan of musical instruments. With this blog I want to give general information about musical instruments in an easy, direct and honest way. I hope you enjoy my website and that you find it very useful.

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