KAWAI 1960 to 2014
All Grand Piano Models

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GRAND PIANO FINISHES

Kawai Recent Sizes and Specifications

Kawai Older Series and Specifications

Before 1990 Kawai made three series of grand pianos: GE, KG and GS. The GE/GM was the least expensive series and was called the Musicians Series. The KG Series was by far the most popular. The KG-1 was called the Baby Grand, the KG-2 was called the Living Grand, and the KG-3 was 6"0" Professional Grand. The GS  (Grand Supreme) is the most expensive and has the best features. It is designed for the best performance, whereas the GE series are designed more for efficiency in manufacturing, with fewer refinements. The KG series pianos system makes for a more rigid structure, which translates into better tone projection. The soundboard of the GS models is tapered for better tonal response, and the rim is thicker and stronger than in the other models.

Models in the same row share string scales and basic dimensions. Some parts may be interchangeable.

GM/GE
KG | RX
GS
Artisan
RXA
Limited
EX
 
Model letter designations run in the following order:
OLDEST = KGC, KGD, KGE, KGA = NEWEST

Models in bold type are current production.

Size Old GM/GE KG GS Artisan RX Limited
4'9"   GM-1          
5'0"   GM-2A          
5'1"   GE-1A          
5'1" 350   KG-1C,D        
5'4"     KG-1E,A     RX-1  
5'7"   GE-2          
5'9"   GE-3          
5'10" 500   KG-2     RX-2  
6'1" 600   KG-3        
6'1"       GS-30
GS-40
     
6'1"         R-O RX-3  
6'5"         R-1 RX-5  
6'5"             RX-A
6'8" 650   KG-5        
6'9"       GS-50
GS-60
     
7'0"         R-2 RX-6  
7'4" 750   KG-6 KG-7        
7'5"       GS-70      
8'2"       GS-80      
9'1" 800   KG-8 GS-100      
9'1"             EX

Kawai Piano Serial Number Production Dates

The serial numbers listed below are the approximate first number for each year. Serial numbers for different models are not always sequential, so actual date could vary. The serial numbers listed below do not apply to KX Series pianos (KX10, KX15, KX21) which are sold exclusively in Canada.

Japan Production

1927 4200
1930 6000
1935 8350
1940 9600
1945 12000
1950 14200
1952 15000
1953 16200
1954 18600
1955 20590
1956 21300
1957 22500
1958 23200
1960 26000
1961 34500
1962 75760
1963 85622
1964 132307
1965 163178
1966 203433
1967 251660
1968 303686
1969 369088
1970 425121
1971 488834
1972 558216
1973 633601
1974 718768
1975 785568
1976 844362
1977 904384
1978 973490
1979 1067130
1980 1126366
1981 1219355
1982 1300000
1983 1380000
1984 1475000
1985 1550000
1986 1630500
1987 1706250
1988 1781250
1989 1856250
1990 1950000
1991 2000000
1992 2050000
1993 2100000
1994 2160743
1995 2197503
1996 2244232
1997 2279943
1998 2314043
1999 2350000
2000 2380000
2001 2410000
2002 2430000
2003 2466000
2004 2495000
2005 2518000
2006 2543000
2007 2566000
2008 2585181 - Grand
2008 2585650 - Upright
2009 2602099 - Grand
2009 2603027 - Upright
2010 2614701 - Grand
2010 2615991 - Upright

U.S. Production

1988 A6904
1989 A7500
1990 A10200
1991 A21300
1992 A30515
1993 A39267
1994 A49071
1995 A56689
1996 A64000
1997 A74000
1998 A81000
1999 A90000
2000 A96000
2001 A100000
2002 A104000
2003 A111000
2004 A115300

Karawan Production

2003 F000200
2004 F002200
2005 F004700
2006 F010600
2007 F018700
2008 F030616 - Grand
2008 F030450 - Upright
2009 F038671 - Grand
2009 F040085 - Upright
2010 F048847 - Grand
2010 F049405 - Upright

GRAND MODEL CLASSIFICATION
Model letter designations run in the following order:  NEWEST  = KGE, KGD, KGA, KGC,= OLDEST

Vertical Pianos

T Type = Fallboard has two-piece structure
X Type = Fallboard has three-piece structure (front piece is folded)
F Type = Furniture and Studio pianos
C Type = Continental Console Type
U Type = US Type (With Grand Style Cabinet)

Grand Pianos

GM Type = With a Lift Up Music Rack

RX Type = Regular Grand Piano Construction
 

Courtesy of The Bluebook of Pianos
http://www.bluebookofpianos.com
 

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Attention is given to important considerations such as price, tone, construction, consumer ratings and brand name recognition. The book goes on to discuss the care and service of a piano, including detailed information about tuning, moving, repairs, and cleaning. The expert advice in this book will help you enjoy your piano more as well as care for it better.

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Bluebook of Pianos

 

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