Created by Karimoku – Japan’s leading wood furniture specialist
Founded in 1940, Karimoku is Japan’s largest wooden furniture-maker. From its headquarters in Aichi, the company creates premium wooden furniture based on traditional Japanese wood-crafting techniques, with innovative designs by the in-house design team, as well as collaboration with designers worldwide. By controlling the entire production and distribution process, from sourcing of the raw materials and manufacturing – all the way to sales and repair – high quality is assured. Led by its ‘Quality First’ philosophy and sense of social responsibility, Karimoku strives to design environmentally sound products that lead to an enriched and fulfilled lifestyle.
Winner of the 2015 Good Design Award
Hosted by the Japan Institute for Design Promotion for over half a century to recognize innovative designs that enrich our lives, the Good Design Award and its prestigious G Mark badge is only granted to products that excel in both aesthetics and functionality. As an elegant marriage of Roland’s latest technology and Karimoku’s all-natural wooden craftsmanship, the KIYOLA KF-10 qualifies on both counts, and in September 2015 – just before the official launch in Japan – it became a proud recipient of this prestigious award.
Responds to your touch with Roland SuperNATURAL Piano modelling and PHA-50 keyboard
The KIYOLA KF-10’s artisan looks don’t come at the expense of its playability. Lift the lid on the Karimoku cabinet and you’ll find a digital piano powered by the same acclaimed SuperNATURAL Piano modelling as featured on Roland’s flagship LX/HP digital pianos. Unlike most digital pianos – which merely trigger a sample of a note when you press a key – SuperNATURAL recreates the full tone and response of an acoustic piano, by recreating all the complex interactions that take place during the creation of audible sound. The result is a rich, living, characterful tone that responds to your playing style and touch, complemented by four speakers that deliver a sound that is all-enveloping and alive. The KIYOLA KF-10 also features Roland’s latest PHA-50 keyboard, with each key combining wooden sides and a durable inner molded material, for a traditional look and familiar feel that won’t be marred by costly reliability issues. To further support expressive players, the KIYOLA KF-10 also includes a pedal unit that supports half-pedal technique.
Wireless Bluetoothconnectivity to useful apps
If you’ve ever felt uninspired while playing the piano, you’ll welcome the KIYOLA KF-10, which (despite its minimalist appearance) can wirelessly connect to a smartphone or tablet for access to the best music apps. Controlling the dedicated app via your Android or iOS device, you’ll be able to personalize your piano by selecting internal sounds, play onboard songs or set the built-in metronome. When you’re ready to go deeper, Roland’s Piano Designer app allows fine-tune editing of your tone, while it’s easy to practice using apps like piaScore and Sheet Music Direct (the foot pedal also lets you turn the pages). Even when you’re not playing, the KIYOLA KF-10’s wireless speakers relay high-quality audio from your iOS or Android device: another reason why this is the ideal piano for the modern living space.