Founded in 1927 by Koichi Kawai in Hamamatsu, Japan, Kawai has held its own and flourished in the same city as its larger and more famous competitor, Yamaha. This piano is the predecessor to the Kawai RX-2 model of the 1990s and 2000s, and the GX-2 of the present day, which is currently priced at $41,795 for the least expensive ebony finish (FYI, an oak finish on a new GX-2 would result in a $5,000 increase to $46,195). This still youthful piano is entirely original, as one would expect for a piano its age. Normally, we would price a Kawai piano of this size, age, and quality higher than $12,898, but this piano has developed a flaw in original lacquer finish which results in cloudy blotches with spots, some of which you can see in the picture slideshow here. This cannot be corrected without completely stripping the cabinet and case parts to the bare wood and refinishing the entire piano, which we are not going to do. Therefore, we are offering this piano at a price that would be irresistible to someone who cares more about performance and value than cosmetic perfection. If you are that person, then don’t delay. A piano this nice, at a price this low, won’t stay in our inventory for very long.