Kawai GL-20 Baby Grand
HIGHEST VALUE JAPANESE BABY GRAND IN CANADA
The Kawai GL-20 Baby Grand Piano offers the same attention to detail and quality found in Kawai’s larger pianos – in a baby grand size to fit any room or venue. The action design and components are comparable to those in our RX and GX Series pianos to provide outstanding touch and playability. With it’s warm, rich tone and classic good looks, the GL-20 will be an impressive addition to any home. There is a good reason this is currently the #1 selling grand piano in Canada.
Finishes Available: Ebony Polish | Ebony Satin | Mahogany Polish
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Kawai GL-20 Grand Piano Exclusively at MERRIAMpianos:
MERRIAM pianos and Kawai have been working together for almost 25 years to bring quality instruments to homes in the greater Toronto area. Since then we have become the largest Kawai dealer in Canada and one of the top 5 rated pianos dealers in North America. The Kawai GL-20 is our top-selling all-Japanese built grand piano. At 5’3″, it’s a highly versatile size that accommodates both smaller spaces, as well as demanding players who need a full sound. The Kawai GL-20 has a Solid Spruce Precision Tapered Soundboard which is Permanently crowned for long-term tonal stability.
The Kawai GL-20 was built with durability and sound quality in mind. Unlike its cohorts in the market such as the Yamaha GC1 or Kawai GM12, the GL20 features a class-leading rim w/ full stretcher bar – not only does it directly impact tuning stability and the life of the soundboard, but it increases resonance and overall tone production. For someone serious about a great instrument for under 20k, the GL20 has got to be a consideration.
The Kawai GL-20 Grand Piano has concert-length key buttons which are double the length for maximum energy transfer and optimum power. Then, the pin block and over-lapping stretcher bar are integrated into a single structure and solidly anchored to the rim. The GL20 also features a Stretcher Over-Lap Integrated Design (SOLID) which is a double-width stretcher bar for optimum strength. Additionally, the GL20 received Kawai’s Exclusive Millennium III Action – Featuring ABS-Carbon Technology with Carbon Fiber. With features normally found in larger grands, it is a potent performer with a petite profile.
Kawai’s piano tone is so often compared with Yamaha’s because of their shared lineage and the fact that they’re product lines directly compete. The GL series is really descended from the RX line, and with the exception of the lack of vertically laminated bridges, is essentially an evolved version. The GL pianos have thicker rims (and more dense) than the previous GM versions, and also feature stretcher bars across the front, which creates a full perimeter of hardwood rim material.
The tone of the GL’s are not as complex as the GX – particularly the GL20 and GL40, and the treble is slightly less clear, however, it does have a beautiful mid-range tone which is almost Steinway like – not dissimilar to a Mason & Hamlin B or Steinway M with that lovely bloom in the middle octaves.
The GL20’s bass clarity and strength are disproportionately better than the GL10, even though there is technically less than 1.5” difference in string length. Perhaps the fact that the GL10 is Indonesian reveals a subtle but very real value in the more experienced factory (Ryoyo) still producing the more exacting product (GL20).
The GL20 uses Kawai’s Millennium III carbon-fibre reinforced action, as to all the GL, GX, and Shigeru Kawai pianos. The design is, at this point, very well-proven, liked the industry, and has proven its initial claims: that of being easier to maintain, prone to less regulation, faster repetition, and greater control in the lower dynamic ranges. All are evident even right out of the box on the GL20.
The GL20 has several features that aren’t necessarily a given for the under $20k range. Specifically:
- Duplex Scale
- Sostenuto Pedal
- Tapered Solid-Spruce Soundboard
- Maple-Capped Bridges
- Full-Perimeter Rim (Stretcher Bar)
- Beach / Mahogany Rim
- Double Felted Hammers
- Adjustable Bench
- Slow-Fall Key Cover
- Scratch-resistant finish on the music desk
- Steel-Reinforced Keyslip & multi-laminated keybed
- V-pro plate – Gray Iron with “Crossbone” Design
- Ultra-Slow “Soft-Fall” Fallboard
Comparisons to the GL10:
The GL20 is so close in size to the GL10 that comparisons and questions are inevitable. And for a small space and less experienced players, the GL20 might seem to have extremely subtle improvements that don’t justify the price difference. However, to an experienced pianist and especially if the piano is in a room with some air around it (10’ ceiling, or something more than a 10×10 space to fill), the musical difference between the GL10 and GL20 aren’t just detectible – they’re outright obvious.
The lower overtones/partials have a far greater presence on the GL20 than GL10, giving a sense of ‘air’ around the sound, or what some people describe as an envelope or “width” of the sound. The sustain is also better, and the evenness of the scale, as well as the ‘break’ from treble to bass strings, is evener.
The GL20 is an extraordinary baby grand for the money, one that handily produces more tone and better sustain than any of its competitors from the factories of Samick, Young Chang, Yamaha, Hailun, or Pearl River, making it a top choice for people seeking an excellent hobbyist grand or a durable student piano for home use for under $20k USD.
5''2" (157 cm)
|Width||59" (150 cm)|
|Height||40" (102 cm)|
|Weight||661 lbs. (300 kg)|
|Touch||White Key Surfaces||Acrylic|
|Black Key Surfaces||Phenol|
|Action||Millennium III Action with Carbon Fiber|
|Sound||Soundboard||Solid Spruce, Tapered|
|Duplex Scaling||Fore & Back|
|Exterior Design||Pedals||Damper, Sostenuto, Soft|
|Fallboard||"Soft Fall" Closing System|
|Music Rack||Position||5 Positions|
|Other Features||Stretcher Over-Lap Integrated Design (SOLID)
Steel-Reinforced Keyslip & Keybed
Millennium III w/ XL Key
5'3" (150 cm)
59" (148 cm)
Solid Sitka Spruce