Kurzweil CGP220W 3-Foot Mini-Grand Piano Review

A digital grand piano can be a centerpiece of a room. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing like an analog grand piano, but it also can allow you to learn, practice, record, and compose on a compact, space-friendly instrument. The CGP220W from Kurzweil is a notable example of a digital grand piano.

What To Consider Before Buying A Digital Grand Piano

Digital grand pianos can be expensive and often cost more than $1000. That means you should plan your purchase carefully. Make sure the piano will fit in the space you have allocated for it. You should also see if its feature list and style are what you want, because every digital grand piano has different features and tools.

The Kurzweil CGP220W

The CGP220W is one of the most expensive digital grand pianos available with a price tag of $7200. Of course, it comes with a number of advanced features as well as high-level craftsmanship to justify that cost. Not only is it the most expensive digital piano that Kurzweil sells, but it is also pricier than the vast majority of the competition. For that reason it becomes hard to spend over seven thousand dollars on one instrument when performance-grade digital pianos and keyboards are available for half that price. The attractions of the CGP220W include sample quality, voice quantity, and design. The market for a digital grand piano of this price might be limited, but it does deliver a premium experience for those willing and able to make the investment. It is more than just an advanced digital grand piano- it is a true luxury piece.

Pros

  • Sample quality is top-notch
  • Appearance makes it a talking point
  • Competitive feature set

Cons

  • High price tag
  • Limited recording features
  • Only comes in a black finish

Features and Benefits

Sample Quality

Kurzweil CGP220W 3-Foot Mini-Grand Piano

Each of the many instrument voices has nearly best-in-class quality. Often only the piano samples will be up to par on digital grand pianos, but the CGP220W maintains the quality throughout its range. The polyphony of 128 notes is enough to handle plenty of effects and fast play.

Key Response

There are 88 weighted keys and 10 different levels of touch sensitivity, which is a far higher degree of control than the norm. Typical key response involves piano-like weighting, but limited customization, if any. The multiple levels of resistance allow for shaping the play experience to resemble a variety of real-world pianos and keyboards.

Unique Features

In addition to the standard features like splitting and layering, the CGP220W boasts some more unusual attributes. It can transpose within two octaves in both directions, mix in any of 100 different included drum sequences, or tap into a pair of ambiance and effects processors to modify the tone. It has 128 different programs and the ability to bind 6 custom setups to the Favorites keys for easy access.

Learning Tools

For the aspiring pianist, the CGP220W has some useful support. The splitting feature mentioned above is excellent for a student and teacher sitting side by side. The piano comes with 143 different demos that you can learn or use as exercises to follow.

Size Footprint

The CGP220W measures 35 inches long by 55 inches wide by 35 inches tall. This is the Mini size category of digital grand piano. While not as small as a Baby piano, a Mini can fit into most living rooms and is even apartment-friendly in the right conditions, although at 221 pounds, moving it around is at least a 2-person job.

Ratings

Design

5

Performance

5

Construction

5

Value for the Money

4

User Satisfaction

5

Alternatives

Yamaha CP1 Premium Stage Piano

Yamaha CP1 Premium Stage Piano

The Yamaha CP1 Premium Stage Piano is an interesting variation. It is a stage keyboard, so it has all the sample quality of a digital grand piano but in a more portable form. Consider it if you want to try a piano that you can carry to performances.

Comparison

Yamaha CP1 PREMIUM

Price: $5000

Voices: 100+

Special Features: Key response, great sound

Kurzweil CGP220W

Price: $7200

Voices: 300+

Special Features: Transposition, effects, quality samples

Suzuki MDG-300

Suzuki MDG-300

The MDG-300 from Suzuki is a significantly less expensive digital grand piano of the same size as the CGP220W. It has excellent speakers and many ways to connect to mobile devices and computers for recording and accompaniment tracks. However, the sample quality is lower and the features for playback and key resistance are not as well-developed as they are on the CGP220W.

Comparison

Suzuki MDG-300

Price: $1800

Voices: 128

Special Features: Bluetooth, USB, SD cards, LCD screen

Kurzweil CGP220W

Price: $7200

Voices: 300+

Special Features: Transposition, effects, quality samples

The ONE Smart Piano 88-Key Home Digital Piano Grand Graded Action Upright Piano

The ONE Smart Piano 88-Key Home Digital Piano Grand Graded Action Upright Piano

The ONE is an upstart digital grand piano that focuses on a certain learning tool: using LED lights on the keys themselves to guide your play through songs and exercises. It is an interesting idea for very new players and the sample quality is good enough to satisfy most users. At $1500, it doesn't offer quite enough to stay competitive, so its value hangs on how much you want the LED key feature.

Comparison

The One

Price: $1500

Voices: 20+

Special Features: LED keys

Kurzweil CGP220W

Price: $7200

Voices: 300+

Special Features: Transposition, effects, quality samples

Final Thoughts

Digital grand pianos come in a variety of price points, and in most cases these reflect real differences in quality and feature depth. The Kurzweil CGP220W stands out because it is at the top of the market, but it does have an edge in terms of both the quality and number of samples along with its other playback features. Other competitors in this space take their own approach and might offer better value if you place a premium on learning, recording, or an affordable price point. In additional to this, you can check out our list of varieties of digital grand piano here.

Stephanie Su
 

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