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Our research indicates that the Kawai ES8 88-Key Portable Digital Piano is $450 less (~27.28% savings) than the next best available price from a reputable merchant with prices starting from $1649 at the time of this posting.

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Kawai stuff is the best available today, and always better than Yamaha/Roland stuff in the same price range. This piano is a bit of a tweener though - it's a little low-end for a stage piano, but a lot high-end for a beginner piano.

For this price it's definitely the best piano available by a wide margin, being considered high-intermediate level. The action is fairly acoustic-like, but similar to Yamaha/Roland in the same price range, uses way too much stiffness to try to oversell the feel. It's probably too hard for brand-new pianists under 8 or 9 years old to play comfortably for more than a few minutes at a time.

It's most at home with a long-time pianist who has need for something that can be played with headphones in the studio or used for light stage performance, but who doesn't need to jump into the MP series. For adult beginners it's an okay pop instrument, if not fairly overkillish. A beginner will need at least half a decade, perhaps much longer, to appreciate this action over anything in cheaper pianos.

At the next notch down is the Kawai ES110 for $800ish, but it doesn't go on sale much. I think it's a better option than this for brand-new players on account of being lighter and containing a simpler action that's easier on young fingers.

And the next notch down from there is the Korg for $300ish that comes up here all the time, which IMO is the single best starter keyboard ever put on the market.

Ever since General Music (GEM) stopped building digital pianos, Kawai is as good as it gets.
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Crazy timing... was just looking at this piano earlier today... convinced myself this could wait... gonna have to reassess now...
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Is this just the piano. No accessories?
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Is this just the piano. No accessories?
What's in the box:
Kawai ES8 88-Key Portable Digital Piano
Music Rack
F-10H Damper Pedal
Power Cable
Owner's Manual
Kawai 3 Year Parts and Labor Warranty
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This is a great deal on a great digital piano. The sound samples used on this piano are awesome and the feel is very realistic. Highly recommended.
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Are the keys weighted like a real piano? I'm a bit of a newbie with this stuff and looking to get my kids into piano
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Are the keys weighted like a real piano? I'm a bit of a newbie with this stuff and looking to get my kids into piano
Yes, feels like a real piano.
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Are the keys weighted like a real piano? I'm a bit of a newbie with this stuff and looking to get my kids into piano
Did you even see the price of this digital piano? If I was a noob and going to plunk down 1K on a digital piano for my kid (which I don't even know if they will continue on learning or just lose interest and abandon the thing) I'd better make sure I'd read up on the specs and also look at a few reviews either online or on youtube to make sure I'm getting what I think would be the best piano for the purpose.
Here's the quick specs posted in the item description:
Kawai ES8W Features
Harmonic Imaging XL Sound Technology with 88-Note Piano Sampling
RHIII Graded-Hammer Action (what you were curious about)
34 Exceptional Instrument Sounds
USB Digital Audio - Play / Rec WAV and MP3 Files
Rhythm Section with 100 Accompaniment Styles
256-note Max. Polyphony
Powerful Built-in Speaker System
Elegant Gloss Black and Ivory White Finishes

And, also near the top of the item description, they stated this:
More realistic, responsive & reliable
The ES8W's class-leading Responsive Hammer III keyboard action recreates the supreme touch of an acoustic grand piano, with its realistic movement and rigid, springless design providing a smooth and natural piano playing experience. The instrument's advanced triple-sensor key detection system enhances responsiveness and accuracy, while structural reinforcements throughout the action assembly help to minimize noise and key wobble during staccato and fortissimo passages.

The weight of the keyboard is appropriately graded to mirror the heavier bass hammers and lighter treble hammers of an acoustic piano, while let-off simulation recreates the subtle "notch" sensation felt when softly playing the keys of a grand piano. These important characteristics allow discerning pianists to practice their expanding repertoire with confidence and ensure that there are no unpleasant surprises when called upon to perform using the finest grand pianos.


The ES8 is one of the best digital pianos in it's class, so any lucky kid whose parent(s) got this for them to try out piano, just to see if they like it, is a dang very lucky kid. If I was a kid who is interested in learning piano, I'd be super happy to even just get the cheaper Kawai ES110...
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Does it come with a piano stand?
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This is a great piano for its price range, but if you're on a budget I'd recommend the Roland FP30 or FP10 which are one of the best for their price(500-700) and sound great as well!
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Leaning towards the white, curious what you all think about that, particularly in terms of discoloration and eventual resale value. TIA
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Crazy timing... was just looking at this piano earlier today... convinced myself this could wait... gonna have to reassess now...
What color you gonna go with and why?
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Pulled the trigger (went with black). IMO price too good to pass up on one of the most well regarded sub-$2k digital pianos on the market. Kept hearing about this model while researching digital pianos for a couple years, past SD thread for the ES8 led me to believe that all retailers dropped their prices to $1650 around Feb of 2019.

Indeed no other retailers coming to this price (YET!), used prices on eBay are by and large above this price, as are local Craigslist offerings. So all in all, despite over a grand, this seems to be a pretty safe investment (BUT, Kawai has historically refreshed the line every 3 years, and this year is the 3rd year i think, so that)
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What color you gonna go with and why?
I ordered the black... just like the more traditional and elegant look I guess... white is a little too flashy for me... plus, with the stand I'm sure the scuffs from the vacuum cleaner will be a lot more noticeable on the white...
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