Earlier this year Kawai launched their brand new grand piano series, the GX series, the first new series of grand pianos in 18 years, that has replaced the acclaimed RX series. “Combining state-of-the-art technology with traditional craftsmanship” and incredible attention to detail is the focus of this new series.
The new GX series grand pianos aim to reproduce the delicate control of a full concert grand piano, delivering a level of refinement that few pianists have the opportunity to experience, and Kawai have achieved this by lengthening the keyboard. As a result all GX grand pianos are 2cm longer than before and allowing for even greater expressive control.
With improvements to the rigidity of the pianos, outer-rim and tuning pins the new GX grand pianos retain tuning stability and focus of sound even more than before. A piano’s sound is created by its entire body, which is why the rigidity and stability is so important in producing sound so that no energy expended by the player is wasted and every nuance is optimised.
The GX series is of course manufactured with all the standard Kawai extras:
- The acclaimed Millennium III action with ABS carbon – more durable and less prone to performance degradation over time, delivering improved responsiveness and control
- Neotex key surfaces – ensures the ultimate touch of the keyboard surface. That magical point where the pianist and the piano become one
- ‘Soft-fall’ fallboard
Some interesting facts about Kawai:
- Company found in 1927
- Piano No.800 was their first full size concert grand
- History of Kawai grand piano models:
- 1970 – KG series
- 1979 – GS series
- 1995 – RX series
- 2013 – GX series
- In 1997, Kawai became the first piano manufacturer to receive ISO 14001, the world’s foremost certification for excellence in environmental management. Kawai then went on to receive this award in 1998 and then a third time in 1999.
- Kawai is one of the only piano manufacturers left that is family owned, placing great responsibility on the consistency of quality
- The rare and prestigious handcrafted series of grand pianos, the Shigeru Kawai series, was launched in 1999. These pianos rank in the top few handcrafted pianos in the world today.