Kawai GL-30 5'5" Classic Grand Piano

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Kawai GL-30 5'5" Classic Grand Piano

The Kawai GL-30 5’5” Classic Grand Piano elicits a wonderfully rich, resonant tone from its compact 5'5" frame — a size that adapts easily to most any home or studio setting. The perfect cultural addition to your living room, it combines beauty, style and high performance to offer a fulfilling musical environment for your home and family.

Drawing upon years of intelligent engineering and technical artistry, Kawai has created this exceptional instrument that offers the rich, full-bodied tone of a classic grand in an accommodating size. With its resonant tone, classic good looks and advanced Millennium III Action, the GL-30 will be an impressive addition to your home or studio.

The Kawai 5'5" GL-30 produces the same rich, full-bodied tonal character of a larger classic grand in a flexible size that will grace any home or studio environment. Play the GL-30 and discover why it ranks among the world's finest classic grand pianos.

Acoustic Piano: Acoustic Tranquility — the sound of hammers striking strings, resonating through solid spruce. The natural voice of an acoustic piano is truly unmistakable.

Elegance and Tonal Richness: The GL-30 Classic Series longer length and a newly-designed scale offers a rare combination of power and dynamic range. The Kawai GL-30 Classic Grand Piano and the GL-30 ATX Classic Grand Piano are the essence of grand piano craftsmanship with elegant form and tonal richness. The GL-30 will fulfill the musical demands of any home, school, professional teaching studio, recording studio or intimate performance setting.

Kawai's Millennium III Exceptionally Fast Piano Action:

The GL Series Grand Pianos possess all the essential qualities of exceptional touch and tone that endures. Drawing upon years of Kawai’s intelligent engineering and technical artistry, with classic good looks and the advanced Millennium III Piano Action; the GL-30 Classic Grand in a flexible size is an exceptional instrument that offers rich, full-bodied resonant tone and a stronger, faster piano action, offering more power, better control and greater stability than conventional all-wood actions.

Each Kawai Tapered Soundboard of Solid Spruce: The soundboard is the heart of Kawai's piano tone. Its purpose is to transform the vibrations of the piano’s strings into a rich, resounding tone. Kawai uses only straight-grained, quarter-sawn solid spruce for GL Series soundboards. Each soundboard is strategically tapered to provide the proper degree of resonant movement in each region. For over 90 years, building upon nine decades of experience and tradition, only straight-grained solid spruce soundboards that meet or exceed Kawai’s demanding resonance standards are selected for use in the Kawai grand piano.

Length: 5'5" (166cm)
Width: 59" (150cm)
Height: 40" (102cm)
Weight: 688 lbs. (312kg)
Finishes: Polished Ebony, Satin Ebony, Polished Snow White, Polished Brown Sapeli Mahogany, Satin Dark Walnut

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Touch - The power of pianissimo
Tone - Tradition lays the foundation
Strength - Designed with tremendous strength
Character - Captivates when seen and heard.
Finish - Excellence and beauty
Specifications - Kawai GL-30 5'5" Classic Grand Piano
Warranty - Ten year fully transferable warranty
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Kawai’s tradition of piano tone empowers it with life, breadth, and depth that lasts from generation to generation.

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GL Series Grand Pianos

The World's Most Advanced Piano


Availability: Please Inquire
Status: New
Make: Kawai
Model: GL-30
Size: 5'5",  166 cm
Type: Classic Grand Piano
Style: Classic
Finish: Polished Ebony
Price: Please Inquire
One of the most coveted attributes of a fine piano is dynamic range – the ability to play not only thundering fortissimos, but also the most delicate and sensitive pianissimos. The technological superiority of the Millennium III Action is most evident in its extraordinary ability to produce the perfect pianissimo. It seems ironic that GL Series technology speaks loudest when it whispers.

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Kawai grand pianos are renowned for their expressive tone and expansive dynamic range that allow pianists to communicate with ease and passion.

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Strength allows a piano to perform with integrity and authority over time. GL series pianos are built with remarkable strength to thrive amid the rigors of long-term use.

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Excellence extends into the details of the GL series. Every element is carefully conceived to optimize long-term performance and satisfaction.

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A Kawai grand piano animates the senses and expresses symmetry, elegance, splendor, and refinement. For centuries, the grand piano has been a preeminent symbol of grace and beauty.The beauty of a Kawai grand is the reward of craftsmanship...not just a word at Kawai, but a way of life.

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To ensure your peace of mind and protect the value of your investment, every Kawai grand piano is covered by our Ten Year Fully Transferable Warranty. This warranty is the seal of Kawai craftsmanship—and the assurance of your satisfaction for many years to come.

Kawai GL Grand Pianos

Touch. Tone. Strength. Character. Precision. Experience.
Tradition and Innovative Spirit. The essence of GL Kawai

The celebrated tradition and technology that supports the sounds and remarkable distinctive tonal character produced by the GL Kawai are created by the craftsmen who dedicate their lives to building the world’s finest and most advanced pianos empowered with life, breadth and depth that lasts for generations.

Every single step, each intricately detailed design, is performed by our craftsmen drawing upon their years of experience to achieve their relentless pursuit of perfection. It’s this good, old-fashioned care and great individual pride that enables Kawai pianos to attract the greatest musicians from around the world.
For over 90 years, Kawai has been the architect of the modern piano boldly pioneering the use of state-of-the-art materials and ideas to advance the piano art form. Building upon decades of experience and tradition, our celebrated technology delivers extraordinary touch and tone that produces lasting enjoyment and peak performance.

In the Shigeru Kawai Research and Development Laboratory in Japan, the Shigeru Kawai renowned Master Piano Artisans patiently craft one of the world’s finest musical instruments scale design—the GL-30 Classic Grand Piano. Combining time-tested methods of origin with today's most sophisticated piano design tools each GL-30 Classic Piano is conceived as a “next step” in the evolving art of the piano. The scarcity of materials used and the painstaking attention devoted to each GL-30 Classic Piano make these instruments rare indeed. A limited number are crafted each year for all the world. But to truly understand the GL-30 is to play it. Only then, in its transcendent tone and incomparable touch, will you fully sense the passion, the devotion... the tradition and innovative spirit of Kawai.
The Kawai Master Piano Artisans... The Kawai GL-30 piano is perfected by an elite brand of artisan craftsman. Each Kawai Master Piano artisans is at the pinnacle of his profession. The love of music-making runs deep in those who pursue the esteemed rank of Kawai Master Piano Artisan. With remarkable skills each artisan brings a seasoned wealth of experience and passion to his craft. Applying his own unique musical personality, the artisan transforms each Kawai GL-30 5'5" Classic Grand Piano into a distinctive work of art, ready to discover its true and lasting voice at hands of the artist.
Purity of Tone that Fills the Room... In order to produce Kawai’s special tone, a broad range of woods are meticulously analyzed for quality and character, before being selected as the finest materials for each specific purpose. The soundboard has arguably the most significant influence over a piano’s individual tonal elements. Therefore, woods that conform to the most rigorous gravity and propagation velocity standards are carefully selected by experienced Kawai Artisan Craftsmen in order to achieve rich, deep bass tones, and bright, colorful, sustaining treble tones.

The synergy of the selection of the finest structurally divergent hardwoods produces a powerful, well-rounded richness of extraordinary tone that is the hallmark of the GL Series. This focus creates an incredibly strong “core” foundation that maximizes the reflective capabilities of the inner rim for outstanding tonal power and sustain. Select precision tapered permanently crowned soundboards made of only straight-grained, quarter-sawn solid spruce, with bridges made of solid maple or beech, are carefully set and matched to the iron plate for correct string pressure and optimal enhanced energy transfer, which empowers the GL-30 with exceptional energy transmission and tonal projection for life, breadth, and depth of extraordinary tone that lasts from generation to generation.

Touch Texture. Responsive Fast Action.
Beautiful Quality of ‘Singing Strings’. Brilliant Rich Harmonics and Depth.


Playing the piano is as much an experience of "touch" as it is of tone. Day after day, the musician's hands come in contact with the piano keys. The piano's responsiveness can make a critical difference that can affect the player's performance, confidence and overall playing enjoyment. Consistent, ultra-responsive touch is a Kawai tradition.


The extraordinary combination of strength and stability allows the GL-30 piano action to transfer energy to the underfelted maple hammers with unparalleled efficiency, power, precision and nuance for a superb playing experience, leaving more energy in the strings for increased tone production that will last over time better than any other piano.


Dual Duplex Scaling is an important design element that helps to make possible the beautiful singing quality of the Kawai GL Series Grand Pianos. Dual Duplex Scaling allows the extreme ends of the piano’s strings to vibrate and produce harmonics that enhance tone. Dual Duplex design combines a front duplex region (between the tuning pins and Agraffes) with a similar rear duplex region (between the Aliquots and the Bridge) to add a double measure of harmonic richness, brilliance, complexity and sustain to the piano’s tone. (GL-20 to GL-50)

A Rare Treasure… A limited number of all Kawai instruments will ever bear the name GL. The rigorous degree of handwork and use of specially chosen materials keeps these instruments rare in both character and quantity. Each GL piano is a limited edition treasure numbered by year of creation.
  • Kawai's Exclusive Millennium III Action – Featuring ABS-Carbon Technology with Carbon Fiber
  • Stretcher Over-Lap Integrated Design (SOLID) – Double-width Stretcher Bar for optimum strength
  • Extended Length Keysticks  –  For more even response from the front to the back of each key
  • Concert-Length Key Buttons  –  Doubled length for maximum energy transfer and optimum power
  • Solid Spruce Precision Tapered Soundboard – Permanently crowned for long-term tonal stability
  • Dual-Duplex Scaling – For added tonal richness
  • Solid Brass Agraffes – For even string spacing and easier tuning
  • Multi-Grip 11- Ply Laminated Pin Block
  • V-Pro Plate – Gray Iron with "Crossbone" Design
  • Steel-Reinforced Keyslip for strength and stability to avoid sticking keys
  • Steel-Reinforced, Multi-Laminated Keybed for strength and optimum energy transfer
  • Ultra-Slow "Soft-Fall" Fallboard
  • KAWAI Ten Year FULL Transferable Manufacturer's Warranty