When I first started researching Pianos for my home I naturally was drawn to both the Yamaha and Kawai brands. Mostly because they are well know brands. As I learned more about what makes a piano different and where they are built I decided to purchase an upright 48″ Kawai in late 1990 over the Yahama. I felt the Kawai was a better built piano and I liked the sound better than the much brighter sound of the Yahama. Enjoy the music!