Whether you’re an interior designer, decorating your own home, or running a project that calls for something ultra-exclusive or unique, the CR-40 Crystal Grand might be the key. Built entirely in Japan, this extremely limited production instrument is not something those who see one in person are soon to forget.
More than just a stunning showpiece, the CR-40 is a perfectly capable musical instrument, boasting many of the same design features found in the Kawai SK and GX series instruments, including Millennium III carbon fiber action and a tapered, solid sitka spruce soundboard. For those seeking something truly aesthetically special without sacrificing musical potential, look no further.
A musical selling feature of the CR-40 is the action. The CR-40 is outfitted with Kawai’s award-winning Millennium III action, which is a synthetic non-wood action featuring ABS carbon-fiber-reinforced action components, extended length keysticks for greater touch control, mahogany hammers, and concert length key buttons. Another highlight of this action is the inclusion of Kawai’s exclusive NEOTEX key surfaces. NEOTEX is a composite material with moisture absorbing qualities for greater control regardless of playing situation.
The Millennium III action is the exact same action that originated in Kawai’s handmade Shigeru Kawai series of pianos and has now found its way to every Kawai grand piano and some upright pianos. To put it simply, this is a professional level piano action that consistently satisfies and impresses even the most discerning pianists, and the abs-carbon technology ensures long-term stability.
A musical selling feature of the CR-40 is the Millennium III Carbon Fiber action. This action was originally introduced in the handmade Shigeru Kawai series of grand pianos, before making its way throughout the rest of Kawai’s lineup due to popular demand.
One of the most highly regarded actions on the market from a performance standpoint, this action is also well known in the industry for its durability and long-term consistency, due to the presence of ABS-Carbon. With the Millennium III, you’ve got an action just as remarkable as the CR40 looks.
Measuring in at 6’1”, the CR 40 actually performs like a larger instrument, with room-filling sustain and power. The CR 40 sounds as good as it looks, and provides a very good musical experience.
A Maple and Mahogany treble bridge with a solid maple cap flows into a bass bridge of hard Maple and Beech, making for optimized energy transference from the strings to the soundboard.
The CR40 is outfitted with Mahogany hammers, facilitating a warm, deep tonal palette. Mahogany is prominently featured throughout high-end European pianos as a premium material for high-end actions.
Just like in the GX series, the CR40 uses a tapered, solid spruce soundboard of AAA Sitka. With one of the highest spruce rejection rates among manufacturers, you can rest assured that the spruce that makes its way into a CR40 was extensively vetted, and will help create fantastic sound on your CR40 for decades to come.
This one is pretty self-explanatory; the cabinet is made of transparent, industrial-grade acrylic. Only a small handful of piano manufacturers build an instrument with the same material.
Kawai has been building pianos since 1927 and is currently one of the top-rated pianos manufacturers in the world. With over 200 piano products available, Kawai is highly focused on building a product to meet every customer need, whether that’s a portable digital piano for the touring musician, or a 9ft Concert Grand for the world’s finest concert pianists. Over the past 10 years, Kawai has won more industry awards than any other piano manufacturer in the world.