THE ELEMENTS OF TONE

Kawai grand pianos are renowned for their expressive tone and expansive dynamic range that allow pianists to communicate with ease and passion.

SOLID Construction

THE CORE SYSTEM (GL-40/50 ONLY)

CORE is an acronym that represents “Convergence for Optimum Reflected Energy.” Convergence refers to the way the piano’s strength centers—the rim, plate and underside beams—all focus on one central point at the heart of the instrument. This focus creates an incredibly strong “core” foundation that maximizes the reflective capabilities of the inner rim for outstanding tonal power and sustain.

TAPERED SOUNDBOARDS MADE OF SOLID SPRUCE

The purpose of the soundboard is to transform the vibrations of the piano’s strings into a rich, resounding tone. Kawai uses only straight-grained, quarter-sawn solid spruce for GL Series soundboards. Each one is strategically tapered to provide the optimum degree of resonant movement in each region. Only soundboards that meet or exceed our demanding resonance standards are selected for use in the GL Series grand pianos.

Solid Spruce Stapered Soundboard
Vertically Laminated Bridge

BRIDGES

Bridges transfer the vibrations of the strings to the soundboard. GL Series bridges are made of solid maple or beech and are carefully set and matched to the iron plate for correct string pressure and optimal energy transfer.

PREMIUM HAMMERS

GL Series hammers are constructed with maple mouldings, premium wool felt, and a layer of dense underfelt all working in harmony to produce the rich, expressive tone that is a hallmark of Kawai grand pianos.

Premium Hammers
Power of Pianissimo

THE POWER OF PIANISSIMO

One of the most coveted attributes of a fine piano is dynamic range—the ability to play not only thundering fortissimos, but also the most delicate and sensitive pianissimos. The technological superiority of the Millennium III Action is most evident in its extraordinary ability to produce the perfect pianissimo. It is ironic that GL Series technology speaks loudest when it whispers.