The Kawai K500 reaches the pinnacle of upright piano performance possible today. The surface area of the soundboard and string length, the two things which make up dB production, are comparable to that of a 6’6”-7’ semi concert grand piano!
If you are searching for a piano which will never have to be upgraded, a one and done upright piano, than this is a perfect option.
For nearly 100 years Kawai has been producing some of the world’s finest pianos in Japan. Kawai is laser focused on pianos. Kawai does not allow themselves to be distracted by expanding into motorcycles, outboard motors, band instruments, etc. They specialize in the construction of heirloom quality, multi generational, performance grade pianos.
The K500 has been singled out for praise as a “musical standout”, in The Piano Book, along side the 51.5” Bechstein which sells for $67,000! In other words, Kawai is able to produce a piano which is on par with the highest rated German piano in the world, at only 1/5 the price!
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In the piano industry, Kawai is considered the most advanced acoustic piano. This is due to the fact that Kawai makes use of advanced materials, such as ABS carbon and carbon fiber in the fabrication of its action parts. This action is called the Millennium III.
Moisture and temperature change reeks havoc on a traditional action, especially here in Tampa Bay. Kawai’s action is not only several orders of magnitude stronger than a standard Yamaha or Steinway action; Kawai’s exclusive Millennium III action is impervious to fluctuations due to constant moisture level and temperature changes.
Kawai’s tone is geared toward the classical musician; it is dark and warm. Yamaha pianos are on the complete opposite end of the tonal spectrum and are bright and sharp. One is not better than the other. It is simply a matter of preference. However, classical musicians overwhelmingly choose Kawai’s tone over Yamaha; where jazz pianists tend to lean towards the bright sound of the Yamaha.
Kawai’s action is firm and ultra responsive. Advanced pianist will appreciate Kawai’s slightly firmer action, as this yields ultimate control at ppp levels. With a slightly heavier action as compared to the Yamaha, pianist are able to build up their hand strength and dexterity more quickly allowing them to develop a greater level of stamina. This is absolutely critical when transitioning to a grand’s action, as the level of resistance is increased dramatically in a grand piano action design.
If you are considering a Yamaha U1, Yamaha U3, Steinway K-52 or any other pro series studio piano, you will want to visit Dave’s Piano Showroom of Tampa Bay to experience what piano critics and aficionados, deem as musically dominant and superior!