GL50 Polished Ebony
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Musical Merchandise Review (MMR) magazine has announced the results of its 2016 “Dealers’ Choice Awards” naming the GL Series grand pianos as Global Music Industry “Product of the Year.”

Each year the magazine surveys musical instrument retailers across North America, inviting dealers to vote for their favorite products in a range of categories.  Winners in each category receive the celebrated “Dealers’ Choice Award” from MMR, along with the satisfaction of being honored as one of the musical instrument industry’s finest brands and products.

Commenting on the awards, Brian Chung, senior vice president of Kawai America Corporation remarked: “We’re overwhelmed.  When we think about the thousands and thousands of instruments and musical products offered across our industry, and then realize that Kawai GL Series Grand Pianos were chosen Number One amid this sea of products, it’s beyond amazing. We’re honored, and very grateful.”

The GL Series was introduced in the autumn of 2015 with the goal of providing outstanding musicality and value to piano customers.  All five instruments in the series feature Kawai’s patented Millennium III carbon fiber action with extended keys, a tapered solid spruce soundboard, and the unique SOLID body construction.  “Our vision for the GL Series was to offer a better musical instrument at every price level,” said Chung. “When you examine carefully the feature set of our 5-foot GL-10 grand, you’ll see there isn’t another instrument in its class that can compare.”

The MMR Dealers’ Choice Awards were established in 1992, and have gained a reputation as one of the musical instrument industry’s foremost accolades.  During this time, Kawai’s RX Series grand and K-3 upright pianos have proved a dominant force, winning their respective categories for several consecutive years, while the CA Series digital line has also received multiple awards.  This year’s success increases Kawai’s tally of MMR trophies to a total of 18, and reflects the company’s long-standing popularity among retailers and customers.