The K-15E is a 110cm upright piano in a compact modern case that will fit most homes. It is a perfect upgrade from a digital piano, and great for inspiring young players without daunting them with its size.
Many lapsed players return to the piano as life begins to settle in their 30s, and at retirement, and the K-15E makes good sense as a step back into owning an acoustic piano. It is also an option for smaller practice-rooms in schools, where the combination of affordability and durability makes good sense. The price is low enough that it competes with higher-end digital pianos and, where conditions allow, the benefits of playing an acoustic piano are likely to be enough to win you over.
The K-15E benefits from Kawai’s Ultra-Responsive action, which combines traditional wood with strong aluminium rails and light, ABS-Styran action parts to provide a responsive and involving playing experience. The soundboard is unusually large for a piano of this size, offering a surprising depth of tone and dynamic range not usually associated with such an instrument. An ATX2 hybrid version is also available for £4,888 (RRP) in ebony polished. This combines the full acoustic K-15E with digital connectivity and the option to practice privately with headphones.