This Kawai Artisan Series 6'6'' grand piano, Model R-1, was crafted in Japan in 1989. It's a great opportunity to own a a highly desirable and musically satisfying Kawai grand for a fraction of the cost of the comparable new Kawai GX-5 BLAK or Yamaha C5/C5X.
Produced from the late 1980s to the early 1990s, Kawai's Artisan series grand pianos introduced many of the design and production concepts that would be later employed in the creation of the Shigeru Kawai brand: An increased emphasis on individual craftsmanship and high musical expectations as opposed to high production volume. Kawai's Artisan series (which also included the RX-A, R-0, and EX concert grand) remain sought after as very high quality instruments which compete very favorably against handmade American and European grands of comparable size.
The R-1 holds its own very well compared with its rivals at this size area (most notably the Steinway A or B and Yamaha C5/C5X) and will be an extremely worthy piano for anyone considering these models. Its 6'6'' cabinet affords a tonal output that is exceptionally flexible, capable of singing sweetly and melodically or projecting with breathtaking boldness.
Founded in 1927 by Japan's first piano-maker Koichi Kawai, Kawai Musical Instruments is widely regarded within the piano community as one of the world's finest production piano builders. They are equal (if not superior) to Yamaha's Japan-made pianos in terms of build quality, durability, longevity, and musicality.
Attention to detail separates Kawai pianos from the other makers. It is truly one of the world's finest pianos.
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