Like many might guess from the name Kawai Musical Instruments is a Japanese piano and keyboard company that is based out of Hamamatsu Japan. The company has been around since 1927. It is somewhat younger than many of the piano companies featured on our website. Since its foundation, the company has managed to make quite a name for itself.
Koichi Kawai learned really young how to work with mechanical devices and even how to create them. He even created his own pedal driven cart. After apprenticing with a local watchmaker and organ builder, Kawai became a innovator in Japanese pianos. That organ builder was the founder of Yamaha.
Kawai left the company when he became frustrated and started his own company and piano research laboratory.
Currently Kawai produces 4 types of pianos: grand pianos, upright pianos, digital pianos, and hybrid pianos. Each one appeals to a different market but they are all made with the same innovative quality that Koichi Kawai intended for his company.
There are four different lines of Kawai grand pianos. The Ex Concert Piano, the GX Blak Series Grand Pianos, GL Series Grand Pianos, and CR40A Crystal Piano.s. Out of these grand pianos, the first two are performance pianos, carrying that outstanding Kawai voice. GL Series Grand Pianos are professional grade grand pianos that are sought after by all kinds of musical professionals. The last piano is a grand built out of crystal, metal, and wood. A true work of art.
Under the upright pianos you can find five different types: K Series Professional Uprights, Anytime Pianos, Decorator Series, Institutional, and Continental. Each one has a different purpose in mind, whether it is for learning, recording, or just general practice.
Kawai makes a wide line of digital pianos that incorporate beauty into a digital appearance. The various lines all feature top of the line sound technology to help give pianos a voice. They also feature USB connections to help make the most out of the music making ability of the pianos.
A hybrid piano is a relatively new idea in the piano world. It connects the digital piano world with the acoustic piano world. Kawai offers 3 different hybrid pianos.
Buying a piano can be difficult, there are a lot of different brands out there and then each brand has multiple models. That is why we formed this guide. Should you decide that you want a Kawai piano make sure that you take a look at our various Kawai product descriptions to get an idea for the individual piano.
Kawai Grand Pianos
Kawai SK EX
Kawai is a Japanese piano company that brought piano production to Japan. From a company founded on a dream of building pianos, to building some of the world’s best pianos, you know you are getting quality when you choose Kawai. The Kawai SK EX does not disappoint on that front. You will find the Kawai SK EX to be a concert grand piano that is capable of performing with any other big name grand.
Kawai Upright Pianos
- Mahogany hammer moldings, which are very lightweight
- NEOTEX surface material, which makes the K200’s keys feel like ivory and ebony. It also made to resist cracking and fading.
- Adjustable bench height
Kawai Digital Pianos
Premium musical instruments are a weird segment as often you have to end up paying a lot for something very less. We would assume that a $1000 instrument would be twice as good as a $500 instrument but that is usually never the case. That is why plenty of research has to be done to make sure that you are getting enough of a return on your investment when purchasing a premium instrument to make it feel worthwhile. With that in mind, let us take a look at the Kawai ES8, a digital piano in the $1000 plus segment and see if it has the quality and features to justify its cost. This is a digital piano that has been built like a tank. It can easy withstand pretty much any of the rigours you might encounter on the road.
Kawai KDP 90
Kawai has been a stalwart name when it comes to acoustic pianos but of late they have been making a name for themselves by manufacturing some great digital pianos as well. The purists have always scorned at the idea of a digital piano because until now they have never felt and sounded as good as the real deal unless you are willing to spend a lot of money. Kawai plans to change that with the KDP90 by making a digital piano that looks, feels and sounds like an acoustic piano. That is a very high bar but if anyone could pull it off then it has to be Kawai. In this review you will find out if the Kawai KDP90 is as good as has been claimed by its makers.