Video Overview & Demo
The Kawai GX2 is a 5’11” (6’ class) professional grand piano that is a part of the GX line of Grand Pianos and it’s made entirely in Japan by the Kawai Musical Instrument Corporation. It evolved primarily from the Shigeru Kawai Concert Series, sharing several design features and components, although material quality and selection & construction techniques remain quite different between the two. The new standard of grand piano design is beyond imagination. Combining state-of-the-art technology with traditional craftsmanship.
Stu Harrison from Merriam Pianos guides us through his commentary on the piano, discussing the action, the tone, and overall musical impressions. Be sure to also check out our ‘playing-only’ videos, and if you are new to our channel, please subscribe! You’ll be kept up-to-date with all things piano, and it helps us to continue to make great piano content!
The Kawai GX2 grand piano uses the Millennium III action like ‘Ninja’, which is a 3rd generation Millennium III grand piano action, featuring ABS-carbon fiber-reinforced composite repetition parts, carbon-strengthened hammer shanks, and concert-grand length key-sticks. The action is the same as what can be found in the GL grand series, the rest of the GX series, as well as the Shigeru pianos. The primary difference between the three instances are the hammers (quality, felt type, and voicing level), and the amount of regulation time.
The GX2 has a beautifully balanced and highly controlled action which gives the tactile impression of playing a much larger piano. It doesn’t feel heavy, simply substantial, with lots of room for creating multiple dynamic levels from PPP and up.
The repetition speed is great, and it’s virtually impossible to even try and simulate a missed strike. One of the world’s great piano actions, without a doubt.
The Kawai GX2 grand piano is a very well-balanced scale, with a Steinway-Esque mid-tone through the tenor and lower treble, an extremely complex and prominent treble with excellent sustain, and a supportive bass. The piano was designed for versatility, and it shows. There are enough clarity and projection for contemporary material, but enough color and depth to serve highly discerning classical players.
By comparison, the GX3 adds about 10% more overall volume, with a similar sustain, with the biggest difference in the bass clarity and projection. However, for most small-to-medium sized rooms, the GX2 should be more than sufficiently full in tone.
Quality and Fit & Finish
The GX Grand Line from the Kawai line is one of the most well-prepared and consistent grand piano lines we’ve ever encountered here at Merriam. It’s one thing to tout a manufacturer’s claims of quality and sell an instrument to a high-demand user based on those claims…it’s entirely another to have to see how those expectations are met over an extended period of time under heavy use and in multiple situations. The GX has been extraordinary in these special features:
- Exceptional tuning stability
- Durable hammer voicing
- Excellent scratch resistance on the polyester
- Low oxidation on strings
- No known soundboard cracking on any GX sold by Merriam to date
- Excellent performance in institutional and commercial settings
- Multi-angle piano lid props and Kawai’s original ‘Soft Fall’ Fallboard closing system
- Premium Neotex coating for white and black keys
- Solid Brass Agraffes – For even string spacing and easier tuning
Released in 2013, The Kawai GX series is the most recent line of grand pianos from Kawai. These pianos designs are based on the RX series but use a slightly longer action design, have a different fitting technique for the pin block, and have a thicker hardwood frame. There are 6 sizes of GX grand pianos and all feature the same build quality, just different sizes.
The Kawai GX2 grand piano is the second model from the GX line and is expected to be the most popular seller. At 5’11” in size, this Kawai piano is an ideal size for most large homes or even a performance venue. If you look at all of the top manufacturers in the world such as Steinway, Mason and Hamlin, or Bosendorfer, the 5’8 – 5’11” sizes are considered “perfect” for home or professional use. Some features of the Kawai GX2 that make it unique include the carbon fiber action, extra-long bass strings, oversized grand piano action, and double castors
Please be sure to check out our other GX reviews as well as all of the other grand pianos on our channel.
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5'11" (180 cm)
|Width||5'1" (152 cm)|
|Height||3'4" (102 cm)|
|Weight||714 lbs. (324 kg)|
|Touch||White Key Surfaces||NEOTEX™|
|Black Key Surfaces||NEOTEX™|
|Action||Millennium III Action with Carbon Fiber|
|Sound||Soundboard||Solid Spruce, Tapered|
|Agraffes||1st - 54th Key|
|Duplex Scaling||Fore & Back|
|Exterior Design||Pedals||Damper, Sostenuto, Soft|
|Fallboard||"Soft Fall" Closing System|
|Music Rack||Position||5 Position|
|Other Features||Stretcher Over-Lap Integrated Design (SOLID)
Steel-Reinforced Keyslip & Keybed
Vertically Laminated Treble Bridge
Konsei Katagi Rim with Blended Dense Hardwoods