If you are looking for an upright grand but dont have high budget, this piano is definitely your first choice. Kawai K48 is the first generation of upright grand which Kawai spent millions into R&D in order to develop its very first series of piano, the ALMIGHTY “K” Series. K series is the first ever series made by KAWAI after outsourcing production to some factories such as Yamaha and TOYO Piano. It is also one of the proudest made series where Kawai reincarnated or reintroduce the new K series again (2020).

1. Kawai’s First ever Upright Grand Made in Japan

Kawai K series is undoubtedly the most popular and highly demanded upright grand  piano ever made which were released in the early 1970s in Japan. Other than K48 series, there were K2, K20, K35, K48, K50 and even the highest model K60. Kawai is the pioneer in making upright grands and you can find every popular series of Kawai has got an upright grand, such as Ku Series KU5, BL series BL71, and many more. The Kawai K48 is 131cm tall with the rounded case design, grand style fallboard and the grandpiano like music rack. Many people have wondered why most of the grand pianos has got the logo “K.KAWAI” and K48 is the ONLY upright grand piano that inherited this special logo. The “K” in K.KAWAI stands for KOICHI, the first name of Kawai Founder for innovative design. Having entered the piano business as young apprentice for Torakasu Yamaha (Yamaha Founder) in early 1900s, Koichi Kawai led the R&D that introduced Japanese pianos to the world. Koichi is the first to design and build a complete piano action in Japan, receiving many patents for his designs and inventions.

There is no difference in product quality between Kawai labeled “K.KAWAI” or KAWAI. The difference is the type of instrument on which these logos are found. The “K.Kawai” brand logo is used only for Kawai grand pianos but K48 is an exception. The K.KAWAI have been honored for over 90 years, following by Shigeru Kawai, the second generation of Kawai’s family who succeeded Koichi Kawai.

2. Specification

Size132 x 153 x 65 cm
ActionFirst Gen composite action
SoundBoard MaterialSolid Spruce
Back Post6
Tuning pinNickel Pin
Key SurfaceReal Ivory
Duplex Scale
Center pedalpractice pedal
Music RackGrand Style
FallboardGrand Style

Kawai K48 is a huge upright piano with the height of 132cm, the string length is much longer compare to other 121cm and 125cm pianos. Kawai k48 comes with 2 pedal originally and we have modified it with an extra middle pedal, the practice pedal. It also comes with real ivory key, However due to the prohibition of importing Ivory related products into Malaysia, the ivory keys were removed before exporting by Japanese and we have replace it with NEOTEX Kawai key top.