KAWAI K-500 Upright Piano

Expansive dynamic range and tonal richness

With its taller 130 cm height and well-designed scale, the K-500 offers a rare combination of power, dynamic range and tonal richness to meet the musical demands of any studio environment.

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Description

The combination of power, dynamic range, and tonal richness makes the K-500 upright piano one of the most sought-after upright pianos in the world. Featuring the revolutionary Kawai Millennium III Upright Action, the K-500 upright piano delivers an ultra-responsive touch offering pianists extraordinary dynamic range and control. Complementing this exceptional touch is a rich, resounding tone that resonates from its high-quality solid spruce soundboard allowing for profound musical expression. Crafted to deliver the finest performance in an upright piano, the K Series K-500 is well-equipped to meet the demands of any professional teaching studio.

Millennium III Upright Action

Millennium III Upright Action features components made of ABS-Carbon, a composite material created by the infusion of carbon fiber into our renowned ABS Styran. ABS-Carbon is incredibly sturdy and rigid, which allows the creation of action parts that are lighter without sacrificing strength. The result is a stronger, faster action that offers more power, better control and greater stability than conventional all-wood actions.


NEOTEX key surface

Our exclusive NEOTEX key surface material made with cellulose fiber offers the smooth, understated texture of natural ivory and ebony—and a semiporous, silica-filled surface to absorb the hand’s natural oils and perspiration that can cause slipping. NEOTEX resists cracking and fading over years of use and is used for both the sharps and the naturals for a consistent feel across the entire keyboard.


Die-Cast Aluminum Action Brackets

Made from a custom mold, die-cast parts are formed exactly the same every time. The K Series pianos feature three aluminum action brackets that are die-cast to provide an added measure of strength, uniformity and stability for accurate touch over time.


Extended Key Length

Longer keys make playing easier and provide more even response from the front to the back of the playing surface. The benefits to the player are greater control and more power with less effort.


 

Tapered Soundboard made of Solid Spruce

The soundboard is the heart of a piano. Its purpose is to transform the vibrations of the piano’s strings into a rich, resounding tone. Kawai uses only straightgrained, quartersawn solid spruce for K Series soundboards. Each soundboard is strategically tapered to maximize its tone producing capability. Only those that meet or exceed our demanding quality standards are selected for use in our professional upright pianos.


Mahogany wood core & T-stapled, double felted hammers

Mahogany hammer mouldings are lightweight and extremely responsive. Found on only the finest pianos, mahogany is used for the hammer mouldings on the entire line of K Series Professional Upright Pianos. All K Series hammers are T-Stapled to preserve hammer shape and fitted with an added interior layer of underfelt to support the creation of exceptional tone.


 

Steel-Reinforced Keyslip

The piano’s keyslip is the long, horizontal piece of wood that covers the front faces of the keys. Because it is long, thin and made of wood, a keyslip can warp or bend with changes in humidity, causing keys to stick. To eliminate this problem, a heavy-guage steel angle iron is added to prevent warping and bending in any direction. Keys move more freely with virtually no possibility of rubbing or sticking against the keyslip.


Keybed and Braces

The piano’s keybed must be strong and stable to support the action assembly and maintain action regulation over years of heavy use. K Series keybeds are made with sturdy laminated hardwoods and reinforced by rear braces on the iron frame that help to ensure stable placement and add rigidity to prevent energy loss.

Size

Height

130 cm

Width

150 cm

Depth

62 cm

Weight

238 kg

Touch

White key surfaces

NEOTEX

Black key surfaces

NEOTEX

Action

Millennium III

Hammer felts

All underfelted

Sound

Soundboard

Solid Spruce, Tapered

Speaking length of no.1 string

1,230 mm

Cutoff bar

2

Agraffes

Duplex scaling

Fore

Back posts

5

Exterior design

Pedals

Soft, Muffler, Damper

Casters

Double, Brass

Softfall

Lock

Other features

Steel reinforced keyslip & keybed