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Kawai KND21: The World’s Best 48″ Alternative To Used Japanese Yamaha’s and Kawai’s
The Kawai ND21 is a 48” upright piano that perfectly fills the gap between a top-of-the-line Japanese 48” pianos like the Kawai K300 or the Yamaha YUS1, and the used alternatives like 1980’s U1’s and BL / US series from Japan. In other words, a brand new Kawai with exactly the same specs as the used ones from the 1990’s, for about the same price or slightly more. A total no-brainer that our customers have been gobbling up like crazy. The ND-21 upright piano offers incomparable value with outstanding sound, touch and durability. In addition to the solid spruce soundboard, the ND-21 utilises Kawai’s exclusive Ultra-Responsive Action, combining experienced craftsmanship with our world-renowned piano technology, to provide exceptional touch and tone that will endure.
For people new to the piano market, Kawai is a Japanese manufacturer that builds both acoustic and digital pianos globally, with over a billion dollars of annual sales. They make several leading piano models that are dominant within their respective price ranges and categories, such as the Kawai K300 Upright, the Kawai GX2 and GX3 Grand pianos, the GL10 Baby grand, and of course their elite hand-made Shigeru Kawai line.
They’re also the largest family-run piano company, now entering their 4th generation. They are headquartered in Hamamatsu Japan, and do the majority of their acoustic piano building in Japan itself, with much of the digital pianos manufactured in Indonesia – all directly by Kawai – they are the OEM for all of the products they sell, and with few exceptions also the OEM for all components as well.
The ND21 Sound
The Kawai ND21 Upright Piano is fashioned after the Kawai K25 / K30 pianos of the 1990’s, and with the exception of their black plate and soundboard, and nickel hardware, is built using the same cabinetry and scale design as its precedessor. The outstanding sound could be described as up-front, mid-rangy, even, and capable of a wider dynamic range and technical control than a similarly priced used Japanese piano, which is exactly why it’s being built.
The bass is clearer and with better sustain, the tenor section more resonant, and the treble strong without any metallic attack. Overall, an entirely satisfying piano to learn on and good enough for casual performance or even light-to-medium institutional use.
The Kawai ND21 Upright Piano uses their ABS Composite Action, the predecessor to the Millennium III action. It’s now been in the field for close to 40 years with near universal praise for its improved speed and reduced maintenance.
The key has a medium depth and a weight which is slightly heavier than a typical Yamaha, but most certainly lighter than the larger Kawai K Series uprights – making it perfect for beginners or students, or hobbyist players as well.
The $5000 upright piano is the most commonly sought-after price category, and yet it is the least well served by the new piano industry. The ND21 focuses in on this important segment, and hits it out of the park with some creative ways of bringing an older model back to life with lower development costs, and passes those savings to customers.
For families or teachers who previously thought that a used Yamaha U1 was going to be their only ticket to a decent acoustic upright in their budget, this piano is a near-perfect alternative, and serves as an ideal gateway for future upgrades, while also serving as an attractive piece of furniture.
Here are some Features on the Brand New Kawai ND21 Upright Piano:
- Premium Nickel Plating on all hardware
- 100% Built and Assembled by Kawai – no outsourcing
- Extra Long #1 Bass String
- Mahogany Hammer Moldings
- Longer Key Length
- Full 10-year Parts and Labour Warranty
- Padded, Height Adjustable Bench
- Kawai Ultra-Responsive Action
- Stunning monochrome design
|Touch||Key Surfaces||Acrylic / Phenol|
|Millennium III action||no|
|Exterior Design||Colors||Ebony Polish|