The CA401 digital piano employs Kawai’s Grand Feel Compact keyboard action, which draws upon 90 years of acoustic piano craftsmanship to provide an incredibly realistic playing experience. All 88 black and white keys are crafted entirely from long pieces of wood, (as opposed to other digital pianos with wood glued to the exterior of a plastic key). Finely textured Ivory Touch key surfaces on the keys provide an authentic touch rarely found on digital pianos in its range.
As with an acoustic grand piano action, the long wooden keys rest on a metal balance pin and move with a smooth seesaw-like motion, while the extended pivot length ensures a consistent, evenly-balanced touch weight – even when playing towards the back of the key. The Grand Feel Compact action also incorporates grade-weighted hammers, bass region counterweights, and let-off simulation for added authenticity. The accurate triple-sensor key detection system allows rapidly repeated notes such as trills to be performed smoothly, without unnatural breaks in sound.