When it comes to music, collaborations often lead to something truly special. We’ve all heard two musicians from different genres strike up a bond resulting in something that’s way more than the sum of its parts. And if it works for musicians, it can also work for the companies who make the instruments they play.
So in the tradition of exciting-yet-unexpected musical collaborations, the new KIYOLA KF-10 digital piano is the result of a partnership between two Japanese heavyweights, fusing Roland’s SuperNATURAL Piano technology with the artisan craftsmanship of Japanese furniture specialists Karimoku.
The antithesis of conventional piano design, the KIYOLA KF-10 is a supremely refined handcrafted instrument that turns heads and brings a shot of sophistication to any living space. If you have a discerning eye (and ear) for the finer things in life, here are five reasons why choosing the KIYOLA KF-10 could be the start of a rather beautiful relationship.
Handmade solid-wood cabinet demands attention
KIYOLA translates as ‘elegance and beauty’, and once you sit in front of the KF-10 you’ll see why. As the country’s largest wood furniture-maker since 1940, Karimoku designs and handcrafts each KIYOLA KF-10 cabinet in Japan using all-natural, ethically sourced solid wood. The result is slim, stylish, and individual, revealing unique grain patterns through finishes of Walnut or Pure Oak. This bespoke approach to construction means that each model is truly an original, with its own distinctive character and personality.
Discreet technology maintains the natural look
While some digital instruments overload on buttons, the KIYOLA KF-10 keeps its technology low-key to preserve the traditional feel. Slim legs meet sleek, contoured side panels inspired by Karimoku’s elegant high-end sofas, and once you lift the cabinet lid, you’ll discover a stripped-back layout, with volume knob and buttons all hidden to the side, with deeper features controlled via Bluetooth.
Ergonomic piano bench protects your spine
If you play the piano for long periods hunched on a badly designed bench, you’re probably rubbing your back while reading this. The KIYOLA KF-10 addresses the issue of soreness caused by poor seating with a Karimoku-created piano bench. Studied, tested, researched and ergonomically designed, its soft, high-density foam cushion has an arched shape for improved posture and a wider sitting area for even weight distribution.
Play at your best with SuperNATURAL modelling and PHA-50 keyboard
The KIYOLA KF-10 is a work of art that begs to be touched. In fact, because it’s powered by Roland’s SuperNATURAL Piano modelling (recreating the tone and response of an acoustic piano) and our latest PHA-50 keyboard (combining wooden sides and durable inner moulded material), you’ll be happy to oblige. Four speakers project a sound that’s full of warmth and character, while the included pedal unit gives the extra expression that seasoned players expect.
Wireless connection to music-making apps via Bluetooth
Don’t be fooled by the KIYOLA KF-10’s minimalist approach. The features of this digital piano are unlocked by connecting wirelessly to a smartphone or tablet and accessing the best music apps. You’ll start by trying the KF-10’s dedicated app, which uses your Android or iOS device to select internal sounds, play onboard songs or set the built-in metronome. From there, you might try Roland’s Piano Designer app (for deep tone editing right down to every one of the piano’s 88 notes) or piaScore and Sheet Music Direct, to start learning your favourite tunes. Plus, the KIYOLA KF-10 doubles as a high-quality sound system, with the four wireless speakers relaying pristine audio streamed from an iOS or Android device.