1/24/2013 [Pianos & Keyboards]
ANAHEIM, Calif. — In conjunction with its 125th Anniversary, Yamaha Corporation has launched the remarkable new CX Series acoustic grand pianos, which will be on display at the 2013 NAMM Show. Replacing its professional quality “C Series” pianos worldwide, the CX Series includes six models, ranging from the diminutive C1X to the C7X semi-concert grand. Characterized as “pianos that truly sing,” these exquisite instruments embody many features of the CFX Concert Grand Piano.
In October 2012, Yamaha marked the beginning of the 125th anniversary year of the Company’s operations, founded under the leadership of Torakusu Yamaha in 1887. This also marks the 110th year since Yamaha began to manufacture world-class grand pianos. Yamaha manufactures a broad selection of piano models ranging from the CFX full-sized concert grand piano intended for large concert halls and other venues to smaller-sized models more suited for the home.
At the Kakegawa piano factory, Yamaha combines traditional crafting skills with the latest technologies to manufacture the models in this new series. Yamaha also conducts continual research and development towards the goal of creating pianos that are not only mechanically perfect, but also superb, top-quality musical instruments.
The new CX Series improves on the very successful C Series, launched in 1967. Yamaha has drawn on the technology developed for creating the CFX, introduced in 2010, and these models incorporate Yamaha’s expertise in piano craftsmanship. The C3X and higher models in the series are equipped with soundboards based on the soundboard technology of the CFX, and to project a richer resonance, the dimensions and the design of the back posts have also* been changed. To create further expressiveness, the music wires and hammers have also* been improved. The sleek, sophisticated external design of the CX Series was also influenced by the appearance of the CFX.
The CX Series builds on the legacy of “pianos that truly sing,” the concept Yamaha pursued when developing the CFX. Just as the sounds made by a great singer reverberate throughout his or her body, so do the rich resonances that are projected when the vibration of the strings is transmitted to the soundboard. Added to this is an unparalleled ability for changing musical nuances, which gives the CX Series pianos their outstanding expressiveness. The dimensions of the back frame of the piano, where the entire tensile force of the piano comes together, have been made more than 20 percent thicker than in previous models.
Music wires made in Europe, which have distinctive sustained overtones, have been* used in the CX Series, thus giving these instruments a wide, natural resonance with rich overtones. The CX Series also features a superior grade of hammer felts, similar to those used in the CFX.
Yamaha developed and launched its first C Series grand piano model in 1967 with the goal of offering a professional-quality grand piano for both the home and studio. The C Series embodied the highest quality and also incorporated all of Yamaha’s piano building expertise acquired during the development of high-level concert grand pianos. They were created by combining the best of manufacturing technology together with the skills of experienced artisans. Though there have been model changes and offshoots of new models in the C Series, these pianos have been* some of the most popular instruments ever made for much of their 45-year history.
In 2010, Yamaha unveiled their new flagship model full-sized concert grand piano, the CFX, which was created using new design methods. The deep resonance of its tone has been acclaimed around the world. That same year, the gold prize winner of the International Chopin Piano Competition and in 2011 the winner of the silver medal at the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition both performed on the CFX.
For more information on the Yamaha CX Series of Grand Pianos, visit Yamaha Corporation of America, Keyboard Division, at the 2013 NAMM Show in the Anaheim Marriott Hotel, Marquis Ballroom; write Yamaha Corporation of America, P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, CA 90622-6600; call (714) 522-9011; or email firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit http://4wrd.it/YAMAHAUSA.