Monday, 20 April 2015

Whats New With The Kawai K300 – Review and Video

Lets take a look at the Kawai K 300, and most importantly what they've done to update the Kawai K 300 from the Kawai K-3. A good amount of people who are looking at Kawai Upright pianos these days are very familiar with the K-3 (Kawai's previous 48 inch piano) and the number one question I've been getting these days is how is the Kawai K3 different from the Kawai K 300?       One of the most innovative things that the K 300 has is done this year is the extended length of the keys. I've obviously not just talking about the white section of the key that you can actually see, this would be the part of the key that sits inside of the piano and actually connects with the rest of the action. This is been extended by Kawai to experiment with the principle of giving a greater level of control, and a greater level of speed and power to the key. One of the differences that often marks the playing experience on a grand piano is that extended key length. On a grand, you're used to having this very very long key that can give you lots of great depth, and lots of good control especially at the lower dynamic ranges. Upright keys of always been shorter and it's always been one of the things that really high level players have complained about. Kawai is experimenting with this across their entire K-series and of course that's one of the biggest things that differentiates the K 300 from the K-3. Their actions really do not feel the same. It's not too dissimilar but if you have them side by side, you unquestionably have more control in your lower dynamic ranges, and the speed has definitely been increased. When I play the Kawai K300 I notice how easy and effortless it is for me to get a controlled response of the lower dynamic range. To me that's always a telltale sign of the great instrument . One of the other elements that's really improved because the key length is the speed. The K-3 certainly did have a great fast response, however I definitely notice a difference in how solid and how crisp the K300 feels when I'm really playing at top speed.     The second thing they've done to update the K300 from the K-3 is they've decided to use a mahogany double felted hammer. What this is going to give the player has to do with the complexities in sound when you're playing in the upper dynamic range. When you're really pushing the piano, that double felted hammer is going to prevent distortion and is going to increase the tonal complexity even when you're hammering the piano playing something like Rachmaninoff or even when you're digging into some really heavy blues.   The third thing that they've done is they've tapered the soundboard a little bit differently on the K300. What you'll notice is an increased responsiveness of the [...]

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