a few years back Kawai announced a keyboard, called Z1000 (it is still listed on the web site). It had 64 note polyphony, style converter, styles with 6 variations, and a decent speaker system. The display was small, but comparable to others at the time (about the same as my G1000), and it had no harmonizer or audio inputs.
I had contacted Kawai USA to find a dealer near me, where I could see/hear/play one. They gave me a name of a major piano store here in Phoenix, who is their dealer. The store manager told me he could special-order one for me, but the price he quoted me was - get this - $5000. I could not believe it. A European magazine did a piece (pretty favorable review) on this kb, and indicated the MSRP (not a gray market price) there was about $2000 (I found a gray market price of $1200). I did not get to see this instrument until my trip to NAMM some 2 years later. I tried it, and the sounds seemed average to me, and it was difficult to navigate (I had no practice with it), so it seemed that it was not on par with top instruments at the time.
I wonder if it is the same accompaniment system they are using in this piano.
Has anyone tried or played the Z1000? What are your impressions?
[This message has been edited by Alex K (edited 02-13-2002).]