We at Piano Organ Depot Sell Kawai Pianos & Kawai is a family owned piano manufacturer since 1927. Call us at 1800- 216-8742 for more info. We are located in Northeastern PA at 225 Lackawanna Avem Olyphant PA 18447.
During the 1920s, the Japanese piano industry began to falter. The company that employed Koichi was struggling and new management had taken control from the original owner. It was then that Koichi Kawai, confident that the pursuit of excellence would always bring opportunity, decided to build a dream of his own. And so, his quest began in 1927 as he and seven kindred colleagues formed the Kawai Musical Instrument Research Laboratory in Hamamatsu, Japan. Together, it was their dream to one day build the world's finest piano.
The early years provided many diverse challenges – the shortage of qualified craftsmen, the continual scarcity of quality materials, and an underdeveloped network of dealers for reaching potential customers. Yet, the determined company prospered. By the early fifties. Kawai had grown to over 500 people producing over 1500 pianos per year – and Koichi Kawai had received the prestigious "Blue Ribbon Medal" from the Emperor of Japan, becoming the first person in the musical instrument industry to receive such an honor.
By the end of its first quarter century, the company had put in place the foundations of excellence and dedication that would motivate and inspire its people for decades to come.
Koichi Kawai died suddenly in October of 1955 at the age of 70. Succeeding him at the helm was 33-year-old Shigeru Kawai who would lead his family's company into the realm of modern manufacturing
With Japan's economy improving, Shigeru foresaw rapid growth in the musical instrument industry. He correctly reasoned that the company could not continue to rely solely upon traditional "hand work" production methods and still meet growing demand. The future, he believed, would combine hand-craftsmanship with the finest technology.
Therefore, Shigeru began construction of two new factories, one a wood processing plant and the other a piano assembly plant using the company's first modern production line.
Kawai's production capability and manufacturing expertise grew exponentially in the years that followed.
Next, Shigeru began to focus on ways to stimulate market demand for pianos. Believing that music education was the key to any instrument purchase, he built a network of Kawai Music Schools. Since these schools would require teachers, he created the Kawai Academy of Music to train qualified music teachers to staff the newly established schools. At the same time, Shigeru originated the Kawai Piano Technical Center to train Service Technicians in the art of caring for pianos.
Finally, to take the Kawai message to the people, he initiated a unique door-to-door sales program to encourage music education through piano study
Working synergistically, these programs flourished. During the 1960's, Kawai had nearly 2,000 door-to-door salesmen in the field and over 300,000 people participating in Kawai music schools across Japan.
With domestic business now firmly established, Shigeru turned his attention toward making Kawai "the sound heard around the world." Ready and able to meet worldwide demand, Shigeru launched Kawai America in 1963... followed by Kawai Europe, Kawai Canada, Kawai Australia and Kawai Asia. Today, Kawai Musical instruments enjoy recognition in every major market in the world.
Though Kawai's size and production grew steadily, Shigeru Kawai never wavered from his father's overriding concern for quality and ever-improving piano performance. It was this unceasing desire to perfect the art of the piano that inspired Shigeru's crowning achievement... the Ryuyo Grand Piano Facility. Opening in 1980, the 300,000 square-foot plant was built at a cost of $50 million.
Ryuyo embodies the perfect "marriage" of hand-craftsmanship and advanced technology. It is equipped with the most sophisticated piano-building tools available and is staffed by the most knowledgeable and experienced piano personnel in the world. The world-renowned EX Concert Grand Pianos are hand-built here in the famed Shigeru Kawai Research and Development Laboratory by Kawai's finest Master Piano Artisans. Today, the Ryuyo facility is universally regarded as the most advanced and efficient piano factory in the world.
In 1989, the presidency of the company was passed to Shigeru's son, Hirotaka Kawai. Hirotaka began with a pledge to carry on the "commitment to excellence" established by his father and grandfather. Early in his tenure as president, Hirotaka invested tens of millions of dollars to incorporate advanced robotics in the production process. Then he took production outside Japan for the first time with the launch of Kawai America Manufacturing and the acquisition of the Lowrey Organ Company... followed by the founding of Kawai Asia Manufacturing in Malaysia in 1991 and the establishment of Kawai Finishing in the United States in 1995.
Later, he oversaw the development and introduction of Kawai's internationally-acclaimed RX Series Artist Grand Pianos. And, most recently, he continued to strengthen Kawai's worldwide manufacturing presence with the establishment of Karawan – "Kawai's Japanese manufacturing facility" in Indonesia, built with meticulous care to uphold and perpetuate the company's exacting standards of quality.
From generation to generation, the Kawai vision continues. From its humble beginnings in 1927, the company has evolved into a multi-national corporation with nearly $1 billion annually in worldwide sales... employing over 4000 people across four continents.
THE WINNERS CHOICE
Kawai pianos have reached the pinnacle of international acclaim. Found on concert stages throughout the world, they continue to be selected by gold medal winners and finalists at prestigious international piano competitions across the globe.
PERFECTING THE ART OF THE PIANO
At the renowned Shigeru Kawai Research and Development Laboratory, the world's finest master craftsmen strive to extend the boundaries of the piano art form. Day after day, using only traditional hand-crafted methods, these Master Piano Artisans explore new concepts, designs and materials that enable Kawai to continually transcend history's loftiest piano standards.
Since the knowledge gained in this one-of-a-kind facility becomes a part of every Kawai instrument, the Shigeru Kawai Laboratory is an essential part of the Kawai family's quest to perfect the art of the piano.
In 1997, Kawai became the first in the piano industry to receive ISO 14001, the world's foremost certification for excellence in environmental management. Awarded first to Kawai's Ryuyo Grand Piano Facility, then to the company's Maisaka Upright Piano Factory and most recently to Kawai's Märchen Digital Piano Facility, ISO 14001 recognized exceptional achievement in reforestation, energy conservation, waste reduction and natural resource preservation. This unceasing pursuit of environmental excellence is an integral part of Kawai's commitment to the future – and to our world.
Kawai has earned a reputation as the technological leader in digital pianos with the highly acclaimed Concert Artist Series and Concert Performer Ensemble Series pianos. In addition, the celebrated ES Series and MP Series Stage Pianos continue to be top choices for performing musicians. Having received over ten prestigious international awards for technological excellence, Kawai has become the most decorated manufacturer of digital pianos in the industry.
It is this continuing vision for the future, and a diversity of fine products distributed to more than 80 countries around the globe, that has earned Kawai its place among the world's preeminent musical instrument companies.
We are the areas exclusive Kawai dealer. We sell acoustic and digital kawa pianos and also stage pianos. Visit us at PianoOrgandepot.com
We hope you will choose one of our Kawai pianos for your playing
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