Kawai K-500 51" Professional Upright Piano

Kawai World's International Supplier of Pianos in Over 80 Countries

The Kawai Piano Exclusively Blends the Time-Tested Principles of Old-World Craftsmanship
with the Latest 'Space-Age' Advanced Technology Resulting in the World’s #1 Best Selling Piano
With the Most Superb Ultimate Richest Tone and Ultra-Responsive Touch.

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Kawai K-500 51" Professional Upright Piano

Bass Resonance and Enhanced Tonal Presence

The K-500 51" Professional Upright Piano offers quality tone and expression, boasting Kawai's traditional upright-style exterior design. The unsurpassed value will meet the demand of those who wish for a grand piano but not the space.

Kawai’s Custom Tapered Solid Spruce Soundboard is the heart of the K-500 piano. Kawai uses only straight-grained, quartersawn solid spruce for the K-500 Series soundboards. Each soundboard is strategically tapered to maximize its tone producing capability. Only those that meet or exceed Kawai's demanding quality standards are selected for use in the K-500 professional upright piano. The Kawai custom tapered solid spruce soundboard transforms the vibrations of the high-quality steel and copper wound piano’s strings into Kawai's rich, resounding grand tone.

In addition, Kawai’s K-500 Mahogany wood core hammer moldings and T-stapled, double felted hammers are lightweight and extremely responsive. Found on only the world's 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.

The Kawai K-500 51” Professional Upright Piano is known for delivering a “powerful” sound in a medium-scale instrument. The K-500 offers tonal-richness and warmth, with a design that allows the solid spruce soundboard to spontaneously and powerfully resonate. Designed in the most popular “salon, parlor, living room” upright size, the K-500 Professional Upright Piano has more length than many pianos in its class to provide greater bass resonance and enhanced tonal presence. With its taller 51” height and well-designed Duplex Scale to enhances harmonics in the treble range, adding brilliance and richness
to the piano's tone, the K-500 offers a rare combination of power, dynamic range and tonal richness to meet the musical demands of any studio or home environment.

The K-500 Professional Upright, unmatched by other pianos in its class, offers the dependability and character needed to please any performing pianist from the novice to the seasoned professional. Every element of the K Series Upright is crafted with meticulous skill and care. The finest materials are used to create each instrument with a harmonious blend of advanced technology and traditional craftsmanship. The result embodies the passionate quest for excellence that has characterized three generations of the Kawai family.

The Kawai Exclusive Millennium III Upright Action was developed to enhance the three performance elements that professional pianists most desire - speed, control and power. KAWAI revolutionized piano technology by introducing Kawai ABS mechanical action parts replacing obsolete wood glued problematic parts within the fine workings of the non-musical mechanical piano action. ABS-Carbon produces more dynamic power, greater durability, improved control and unparalleled speed to enhance the playing experience.

The introduction of stronger ABS Carbon materials has allowed KAWAI scientists to develop lighter action parts without sacrificing durability, further optimizing key repetition and response speed for a truly unparalleled playing experience. Carbon fiber has been called the lightest, strongest material on earth.

ABS-Carbon in the Millennium III Action contributes to improved performance in many ways that will delight the player:

•    DURABILITY: ABS-Carbon parts are more durable than conventional wooden parts and over 50% stronger, which means less maintenance and parts replacement.
•    SPEED: ABS-Carbon makes the Millennium III Grand Action 25% faster. Keys depress and return more swiftly, providing increased repetition and playing speed.
•    POWER: The added rigidity of ABS-Carbon provides more power with less effort. The piano responds to a lighter touch, making it easier to play.
•    CONTROL: The meticulous design of the Millennium III Action offers superb control for the player.  It is now easier than ever to maintain control for pianissimo playing.

This rigid, atmospherically stable compound material, addressed many of the problems associated with wooden components, such as breakages under continual high stress, and shrinking and swelling of old technology wood and wood glued parts due to changes in climate. The introduction of cutting edge space-age technology ABS action parts proved a significant development in modern piano design, and rapidly earned high praise from International Acclaimed Concert Pianists and piano technicians worldwide.

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.

While our nine decades of experience and tradition have enabled the creation of remarkable touch and tone for today, it is our celebrated technology that powerfully preserves and sustains that outstanding touch and tone for tomorrow. This innovative spirit is the essence of Kawai—and the principal reason why we remain a generation ahead in providing exceptional performance that endures.

Height: 51" (130 cm)
Width: 59" (149 cm)
Depth: 25" (62 cm)
Weight: 525 lbs. (238kg)
Finishes: Polished Ebony, Satin Ebony, Polished Sapeli Mahogany

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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 K-500 51" Professional Upright Piano
Warranty - Ten year fully transferable warranty


Kawai’s tradition of piano tone empowers it with life, breadth, and depth that lasts from generation to generation.


Kawai K-500 51" Professional Upright Piano

The World's Most Advanced Piano

Kawai K Series Upright Pianos

Availability: Please Inquire
Status: New
Make: Kawai
Model: K-500
Height: 51" (130 cm)
Type: Professional Upright Piano
Style: Professional Upright
Finish: Ebony Polish
Price: Please Inquire
Kawai K-500 Series Finishes:

  • Ebony Polish
  • Ebony Satin
  • Sapeli Mahogany Polish
Kawai K Series Finishes:

        • Ebony Polish
        • Ebony Polish / Nickel Silver Hardware
        • Ebony Satin
        • Ebony Satin / Nickel Silver Hardware
        • Sapeli Mahogany Polish
        • Mahogany Polish
        • Mahogany Satin
        • French Mahogany Polish
        • Snow White Polish   
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 the K-500 technology speaks loudest when it whispers.

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Kawai upright pianos are renowned for their expressive tone and expansive dynamic range that allow pianists to communicate with ease and passion. Tradition and technology are indispensable elements of piano tone. Tradition lays the foundation for our distinctive tonal character. Technology empowers it with life, breadth and depth that last from generation to generation.

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The K-500 is absolutely robust and reliable. Strength allows a piano to perform with integrity and authority over time. Kawai Professional Upright Pianos are built with remarkable strength to thrive amid the rigors of long-term use. The strength of a well-crafted instrument makes the piano one of the most impressive examples of technology, engineering and craftsmanship in the world today. Kawai Professional Upright Pianos are designed with tremendous strength to ensure stability of tone and touch over time.

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Excellence extends into the details of the Kawai Upright Piano. Every element is carefully conceived to optimize long-term performance and satisfaction. With its unmatched combination of durable construction and exceptional playability, the K-500 outperforms every instrument in its class. Our master craftsmen designed it to exceed the most demanding institutional requirements. But the K-500 goes far beyond every standard by offering the world’s most advanced upright piano action and design enhancements that set it apart from any other institutional piano. What establishes the K-500 apart from other professional pianos is the use of what is certainly the world’s most innovative piano action. Using Kawai’s industry leading Millennium III Upright Piano action with ABS-Carbon components, the K-500 is unbelievably responsive and permits for extreme playing speed, repetition and control. Experience the K-500 and see why it is the choice of “those who know.”

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A Kawai K-500 51" Professional Upright Piano in Ebony Polish animates the senses and expresses symmetry, elegance, splendor, and refinement. For centuries, the upright piano has been a preeminent symbol of grace and beauty.The beauty of a Kawai K-500 Upright is the reward of craftsmanship...not just a word at Kawai, but a way of life.

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K-800 K-500 K-400 K-300 K-200
SIZE Height
626 lbs.
525 lbs.
507 lbs.
500 lbs.
459 lbs.
Millennium III Millennium III Millennium III Millennium III Millennium III
2356 sq. in
Solid Spruce, Tapered
2248 sq. in
Solid Spruce, Tapered
2155 sq. in
Solid Spruce, Tapered
2155 sq. in
Solid Spruce, Tapered
2077 sq. in
Solid Spruce, Tapered
6 5 5 5 4
2 2 2 2 1
50.4" 48.4" 47.2" 47.2" 45.6"
Nickel Plated Nickel Plated Nickel Plated Nickel Plated Nickel Plated
NEOTEX™ NEOTEX™ Acrylic/Phenol Acrylic/Phenol Acrylic/Phenol
HAMMERS Moulding
Double Felted, RoyalGeorge
Double Felted
Double Felted
Double Felted
Double Felted
Upper and Lower Upper      
Sostenuto Practice Practice Practice Practice
Double, Brass Double, Brass Double, Brass Double, Brass Single, Brass
Grand Style
Fallboard Rack
Grand Style
Fallboard Rack
Fallboard Rack
Closing Type
Grand Style
Soft Fall
Soft Fall
New England Style
Soft Fall
Soft Fall
Soft Fall
Yes Yes      
Height Adjustable Height Adjustable Height Adjustable Height Adjustable Height Adjustable
To ensure your peace of mind and protect the value of your investment, every Kawai upright 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 K-500 Upright Piano

Touch. Tone. Strength. Character. Precision. Experience.
Tradition and Innovative Spirit. The Essence of K-500 Kawai

The celebrated tradition and technology that supports the sounds and remarkable distinctive tonal character produced by the Kawai K-500 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 K-500 Professional Upright Piano. Combining time-tested methods of origin with today's most sophisticated piano design tools each K-500 Professional Upright 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 K-500 Professional Upright Piano make these instruments rare indeed. A limited number are crafted each year for all the world. But to truly understand the K-500 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 K-500 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 K-500 Professional Upright 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 K-500 Piano. 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 permanently crowned soundboards made of only straight-grained, quarter-sawn solid spruce, with bridges made of solid maple, are carefully set and matched to the iron plate for correct string pressure and optimal enhanced energy transfer, which empowers the K-500 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 K-500 piano action to transfer energy to the underfelted 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.

A Rare Treasure… A limited number of all Kawai instruments will ever bear the name K-500. The rigorous degree of handwork and use of specially chosen materials keeps these instruments rare in both character and quantity. Each K-500 piano is a limited edition treasure numbered by year of creation.
  • Kawai's Exclusive Millennium III Action – Featuring ABS-Carbon Technology with Carbon Fiber
  • Sturdy Back Assembly for Stability Five powerful back posts for Maximum Rigidity
  • 39.4" Fallboard Music Rack    Extends to accommodate multiple music books or sheet music that extends laterally.
  • Height Adjustable Bench   Is versatile for the player and especially valuable for teaching studios and families with more than one player.
  • Solid Spruce Tapered Soundboard – Exceptionally large soundboard area 2,248 sq. in. for greater tonal power and resonance
  • Match Strength Plate Design – Plate, Backpost and String Tension Design matched for added tonal richness and tuning stability
  • Nickel-plated Carbon Steel Tuning Pins – For tremendous reverse grip holding power
  • North American Hard Rock Maple Multi-Grip Laminated Pin Block Cross-banded for maximum strength and consistent torque.
  • Hard Maple Notched Bridges  Individually notched for a clear, powerful tone quality.
  • KAWAI Ten Year FULL Transferable Manufacturer's Warranty