The revolutionary Millennium III upright action is the secret behind the ultra-responsive touch of the K Series upright pianos. Introduced in 2006, the Millennium III upright action features components made of ABS Carbon, a composite material created by the infusion of carbon fibre into our renowned ABS Styran. ABS Carbon is incredibly sturdy and rigid, which allows the creation of action parts that are lighter without sacrificing strength.
ABS Carbon is many times stronger than wood and is virtually impervious to shrinking and swelling due to humidity. This extraordinary combination of strength and stability allows ABS Carbon action parts to transfer energy to the hammers with unparalleled efficiency, power, precision and nuance for a superb playing experience.
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. Longer keys make playing easier and provide a more even response from the front to the back of the playing surface, benefitting the player with greater control and more power with less effort.
Our exclusive NEOTEX key surface material made with cellulose fibre offers the smooth, understated texture of natural ivory and ebony – and a semi-porous, silica-filled surface to absorb the hand’s natural oils and perspiration that can cause slipping. NEOTEX resists cracking and fading over years of use, and is used for both the sharps and the naturals for a consistent feel across the entire keyboard.
The soundboard is the heart of a piano. 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 K Series soundboards. Each soundboard is strategically tapered to maximize its tone producing capability. Only those that meet or exceed our demanding quality standards are selected for use in our professional upright pianos.
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. K series professional upright pianos are designed with tremendous strength to ensure stability of tone and touch over time. On all K Series models, the soundboard is supported by exceptionally strong multi-layered back posts and our proprietary “matched strength” iron plate. Using state-of-the-art CAD technology, we calibrate the strength and mass of the plate to match the scale design of each individual model, while plate bolts strengthen the connection between the plate and back posts for greater stability.
The K Series pianos feature sleek lines and delicate accents that convey a striking, stately presence. Combining elegant form with rich, vibrant textures of tone, they will surely enhance the cultural ambience of any room.
As functional as they are beautiful, K Series upright pianos include a long list of inspired features designed to ensure effortless practicality. The ultra-slow “Soft Fall” closing system protects hands and the piano’s finish from the harm that a jarring close might cause. Conveniently built into the fallboard, selected K Series music racks extend 100cm to accommodate multiple music books or sheet music that extends laterally.
Our proprietary casting process binds molten brass to a sturdy steel core resulting in strong, beautiful pedals that will not wear through over time. Similarly, K Series front casters made of solid brass are as sturdy as they are attractive, with double casters used for the larger K Series models (from K-300).
The height adjustable bench on all K Series models is especially valuable for teaching studios with many students and for families with more than one player.
Action Millennium III
Key surfaces Neotex
Hammers Mahogany, Double felted Royal George
#1 string length 1,280mm
Soundboard Solid Spruce, 1.52m²
Soundboard ribs 12
Back posts 6
Contour bars 2
Tuning pins Nickel plated
Fallboard Traditional style with soft fall mechanism
Music rack Fallboard rack, 105cm
Front casters Double brass
Fallboard Lock Yes
Bench type Matching height adjustable, padded