Kawai GL Series Grand Pianos
The GL Series was voted “the best in an entire industry” and was selected “#1” over every other music product line on the planet. And that should say a lot to every piano buyer. It reinforces the fact that the GL Series Grand Pianos are truly exceptional, with a rare combination of excellent tone, touch and stability that rises far above all other instruments in its price range. See and hear the GL Series pianos for yourself. An entire music industry of voters can’t be wrong.
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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.
THE MILLENNIUM III ACTION
The centerpiece of Kawai technology is our ground-breaking Millennium III Action featuring components made of ABS-Carbon—a composite material infused with carbon fiber. Because ABS-Carbon is incredibly strong and rigid, GL Series action parts can be made 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.
THE ELEMENTS OF TOUCH
Long-term consistency of touch can only be achieved through an intelligent design approach that embraces the most advanced methods and materials.
DIE-CAST ALUMINUM ACTION BRACKETS
Made from a custom mold, die-cast parts are formed exactly the same every time. The GL Series Grand Pianos feature a minimum of five aluminum action brackets that are die-cast to provide an added measure of strength and uniform stability for accurate touch over time
PERMANENTLY LOCKED RAILS
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.
DUAL-BEAM ALUMINUM HAMMER RAIL
GL Series hammer rails are made of durable extruded aluminum with our exclusive Dual-Beam design for strength and stability.
SERRATED RAIL SURFACE
The entire surface of the hammer rail is finely serrated to hold hammer flanges securely in place for optimum hammer alignment and a more precise hammer strike.
The Insuliner stretches across the full length of the hammer rail. It absorbs excess vibrations to reduce action noise and seats the hammer flanges in place to preserve optimum hammer alignment.
MACHINE THREAD ACTION SCREWS
Finely-threaded machine screws fasten more securely to the rail than the conventional self-tapping sheet metal screws used by other piano makers. Lock washers and pre-threaded rails further ensure that screws stay tightly fastened and hammers remain properly aligned for long-term precision.
GL Series hammer shanks are reinforced on both sides with strong, rigid phenolic material. Positioned at the “fork” where the hammer shank experiences the greatest torque, these stabilizers reduce flex and side-to-side movement that can diminish the accuracy of the hammer strike.
LONGER KEYS AND KEY BUTTONS
Longer keys make playing easier and provide more even response from the front to the back of the playing surface. A taller profile and concert length maple key buttons add rigidity for increased energy transfer and greater power.
ABS-CARBON ACTION PARTS
ABS-Carbon action parts infused with carbon fiber are many times stronger than wood and virtually impervious to shrinking and swelling due to changes in humidity. This extraordinary combination of strength and stability allows ABS-Carbon parts to transfer energy to the hammers with unparalleled efficiency, power, precision and nuance for a superb playing experience that will last over time better than any other piano.
THE EXCLUSIVE CARBON JACK
This pivotal link between the key and the hammer is made of carbon and polyacetal rather than wood. Its superior one-piece construction and patented “Tapered Core” design make the Carbon Jack stronger and more reliable than any conventional wooden jack. The microscopic surface texture at the point where it meets the hammer dramatically increases control during pianissimo passages. Because it is virtually indestructible, does not warp due to humidity, and requires no lubrication, the Carbon Jack is an essential element of stable, consistent touch.