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Kawai RX-1A vs Kawai GL20
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Hi Guys,

I’m new to this forum so I hope this hasn’t been asked to many time prior.
I’m looking at purchasing a 2003 Kawai RX-1A Grand piano in great condition from a dealer with Warranty but confused if the Brand New Kawai GL20 for only $3-4K more would be a better option. I’m getting conflicting information from the Shops. I’m buying it for my Wife and daughter intermediate at best players, still getting lessons.. but enjoying it and getting there as it’s only been 7-8 months.

Looking for advice independent people hopefully with experience and know both grand pianos 👍 or can recommend any other smaller grant

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Re: Kawai RX-1A vs Kawai GL20
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That's a tough choice. I played both the RX and GL series when I was shopping. I found the actions very similar. I can't comment on the sound because I played them in different locations, and the acoustics were not very good in either place. I found the K300 and K500 had better sound than my GL-10, but sound wasn't a priority for me. I doubt the GL-20 is much different because it's only 2" larger but the RX is 5" bigger so you might notice a good bit of difference. I'd try to get the dealer to put them both in a practice room so you can get a good comparison on the sound.


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Which one does your wife and your daughter prefer? Get that figured out first and you’ll have the best answer.


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Thanks, but different shops and sellers..

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If the RX-1 is in very good shape, it was a better made piano and, IMHO, better design as well. Make sure you have it examined by an independent piano technician.

My 2 cents,


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Rstles,

For only a few thousands of dollars more, it should be a really easy choice towards the GL 20.
Being from 2003, the RX1 did not have Kawai's advanced Carbon Fiber action. This action was a game changer in the mass produced market and a huge step for kawai.
The GL 20 is also an excellent and new design. It was developed only a few years ago and (for pianos sold in the US) currently made in Japan. It is a considerable step up from the GL 10. In fact, I feel it is the best design of any piano under 5'5 coming from Japan nowadays.
For a family home use, I would have taken a new GL 20 with the carbon fiber action over a (would be) new Kawai RX1 pre carbon fiber any day of the week in spite of the three inch length advantage for the RX1.

Another angle to consider is the piano's age and the time frame you are likely to keep it for, as this directly relate to value. When pianos get to be 30 - 35 years old they usually need significant work. Mass produced pianos coming from Japan do not usually justify this work and so become close to obsolete when they near that age.
The RX 1 is now 16 years old.If you kept it for 10 - 15 years and then tried to sell it, you're likely to get very little for it as it nears the time for considerable work. The new GL 20 is likely to keep a good percentage of its purchase price as it will be only 10 - 15 years old and you'll have plenty of life remaining on it.

If you are planning to keep the piano only 2 - 3 years the age may be less important but the longer you are likely to keep it the better off you're likely to be with the GL20...and this is without even considering the advantages of Kawai's 10 year new piano warranty.

Again, for just a few thousand dollars more it is an easy recommendation. The GL 20 all the way.


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Originally Posted by Rich Galassini
If the RX-1 is in very good shape, it was a better made piano and, IMHO, better design as well. Make sure you have it examined by an independent piano technician.

My 2 cents,

thumb +1, again assuming your wife and daughter like it.


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Kind of interesting that Kawai introduced pianos in the GL series that were only incrementally different in size. 5 foot, 5 foot 2, 5 foot 5 then, 5'11. I think the RX series went from 5'4 to 5'10 between the RX-1 and RX2. Why so many sizes close to each other?


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