Over the years, Kawai wooden-key actions have seen many innovations and improvements. This 25th anniversary year brings the release of the newest version of this industry-leading keyboard action, the RM3 Grand action… standing for Realistic Mechanism, Motion and Materials. The RM3’s mechanical design closely emulates that of Kawai’s renowned acoustic grand piano actions. For instance, the extra long wooden keys are balanced on a center pin and move up and down on both ends. The graded hammers are then pushed upward to the contact point from the back of the keys, a mechanical principle found only in the Kawai digital action.
The RM3 action also features moisture absorbing Ivory Touch key surfaces, providing better control for the player. Counterbalancing weights are placed in the front of the bass
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keys to smooth out the action’s static weight, while a Let-off mechanism provides the subtle “notch” felt when playing a grand piano very softly.
Kawai also leads the industry in the implementation of wooden-key actions within a variety of digital pianos and related instruments. Two Concert Artist series digital piano models and three Concert Performer ensemble piano models feature a wooden-key action, as does the highly acclaimed MP8II Professional Stage Piano.
“Kawai is proud to be the industry leader in this area”, explains Tom Love, Kawai America’s Senior Manager for Electronics. “Twenty-five years of experience has taught us much about digital piano actions… and having over eighty years experience in building acoustic pianos certainly gives us a tremendous advantage as well.”