The Kawai K6 is one of Kawai’s Professional series of upright pianos, recognised worldwide as instruments of impeccable quality, played by studio musicians, practicing performers and keen amateurs alike. The K6, at a full 52″ tall, is a studio-size professional upright, with longer bass strings (and therefore a fuller, richer tone) than most other uprights and many small grand pianos.The K6 has duplex scale* and is fitted with agraffes*, which help to produce a tone which is rich and sonorous throughout the register, but not brash and overpowering. The action is Kawai’s acclaimed ‘Millenium III’, which features carbon-fibre components in addition to handcrafted wooden parts, which makes the mechanism stiffer and lighter, resulting in a relatively light action which is still capable of a great range of expression (volume), and of repeating very rapidly indeed. On this model, the action is fitted with mahogany hammer mouldings and underfelted hammers, to produce an even more refined and controllable touch.
This piano is built with the same painstaking care and attention to detail as Kawai’s very finest concert grand pianos in their Japanese factory, and has an elegant and imposing yet sturdily built case, in a classic polished black finish. The ‘AS’ model, which we usually have in stock, is also fitted with a full grand-style sostenuto pedal, essential for the advanced pianist practicing very demanding modern repertoire. The Kawai K6 is also fitted with double castors for easy moving, the all-important full-length music rack (useful when playing from photocopies or folded editions) and the soft-fall keyboard lid, which protects the piano, and one’s fingers, from a slamming lid. This piano is built to be played and to last; a high quality piano like this will give excellent service for sixty years or more.
We recommend the Kawai K6 to any pianist, from the dedicated beginner to the touring concert artist and to studios, concert venues and education establishments looking for an instrument with a stunning touch and tone which will continue to be reliable for years to come. We usually have a K6 in stock in our showroom, why not visit us and try it for yourself?
*Duplex scale is the placing of ‘bridges’ which leave a length of string to resonate in sympathy with the length hit by the hammer, it improves the piano’s tone but takes up quite a bit of room, hence why the design is more usually found on high quality grand pianos. Agraffes are brass bridges fitted at the upper end of the string, by the tuning pins. The strings pass through holes drilled in the agraffes, rather than over bridges cast into the iron frame. Agraffes and the duplex scale work together to give the piano a vastly improved tone.