GL Series Grand Pianos possess all the essential qualities that have made Kawai pianos a preferred choice of pianists and educators for generations. They were conceived with one goal in mind – to provide exceptional touch and tone that endures.
The Millennium III Action features components made of ABS-Carbon, a composite material created by the infusion of carbon fibre into our renowned ABS Styran. ABS-Carbon is incredibly sturdy and rigid, which allows the creation of action parts that are lighter without sacrificing strength. The result is a stronger, faster action that offers more power, better control and greater stability than conventional all wood actions.
Extended keys for a better playing platform
Longer keys make playing easier and provide a more even response from the front to the back of the playing surface. A taller profile and concert length key buttons make them more rigid to provide exceptional energy transfer and optimum power.
The use of ABS-Carbon makes the action parts tremendously strong and consistent. ABS-Carbon is many times stronger than wood and is virtually impervious to shrinking and swelling due to humidity. This extraordinary combination of strength and stability allows ABS-Carbon action parts to transfer energy to the hammers with unparalleled efficiency, power, precision and nuance for a superb playing experience.
The hammer rail is the 'spine' of the piano’s action. GL series hammer rails are made of durable extruded aluminum with our exclusive Dual-Beam design for strength and stability. Both the hammer rail and the wippen rail are permanently locked in place to preserve the exacting tolerances of the action design and ensure consistent touch over the life of the piano. The entire surface of the hammer rail is finely serrated to hold each hammer flange securely in place for optimum hammer alignment. The hammer flanges secured to the surface are made from ABS-Carbon, enabling the action screws to remain tight without shrinking and swelling. All these meticulous design features comprise the GL Series' rigid foundation, ensuring a precise key stroke over time.
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 superiority of Kawai's 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.
The soundboard is the heart of a piano. Its purpose is to transform the vibrations of the piano’s strings into a rich, resounding tone. Kawai uses only straightgrained, quarter sawn solid spruce for GL Series soundboards. Each is strategically tapered to provide the proper 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.
Strength allows a piano to perform with integrity and authority over time. Kawai GL Series grand pianos are built with remarkable strength to thrive amid the rigours of long term use.