The Castle piano is a Japanese made piano that is more affordable than the well known Kawai and Yamaha brands. These pianos made by quality, established piano manufacturers are always great for us to find. They almost always have the same tonal characteristics and feel as their parent companies pianos, but sell for a lot less because you do not pay for the brand name. Castle pianos in general (this one being no exception) have surprised us consistently for the quality that you can get for a lower price if you know what to look for. This piano has a new set of strings, giving it a crisp tone.