Unparalleled in their beauty and musical range, Yamaha's Acoustic Pianos are the ultimate expression of the piano maker's art.
The culmination of over 100 years of craftsmanship and design, every stage of the Yamaha piano manufacturing process is predicated on time tested techniques honed over the years by Yamaha craftsmen. Following the best practice and traditions of fine musical instrument building, the eyes, ears and hands of each craftsman, along with their passion for the piano, make it possible for new instruments and sounds to be born each day at our factories.
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What Hand-Craftsmanship Does Yamaha Use In Its Acoustic Pianos?
Assembling the action mechanisms of a piano requires highly skilled technicians and specialized techniques. A mere one-millimeter deviation in strike-point position can adversely affect the sound. Unlike other manufacturers, Yamaha produces each and every one of the 5,500 components in-house using its proprietary precision machinery, resulting in actions that are extremely precise and faithful to design specifications. Also, to withstand many years of use, action mechanisms must be made highly resistant to continuous impact as well as to the effects of changes in temperature and humidity. Yamaha takes advantage of its proprietary technology for drying and gluing maple wood, the main material of an action mechanism, to produce piano actions that are marked by precision and durability. By thoroughly studying extensive feedback from pianists and music experts around the world, Yamaha makes constant efforts to produce action mechanisms that achieve the response pianists seek.
Yamaha has developed proprietary methods for soundboard production, ranging from the selection and drying of the raw spruce to the gluing of the panels. Knowing that soundboards play a vital role in determining sound quality, Yamaha handles every aspect of their production in-house–from the procurement of the finest grade spruce through the final finishing. With Yamaha proprietary drying technology, moisture content can be evenly reduced from every part of the wood. This method for uniform drying not only enables Yamaha soundboards to produce high-quality sound, but also makes them highly resistant to warping and twisting for superb durability. As a result, Yamaha pianos can retain their characteristic tone for many years to come. The cumulative knowledge of Yamaha enables us to create soundboards that are not only superb in resonance, but also aesthetically appealing with each panel neatly aligned by color and grain.
Yamaha is one of the very few piano manufacturers in the world that produces all of its own frames in-house using one of two methods: vacuum process casting and traditional sand casting. The frames for many of the Yamaha upright pianos and some of its grand pianos are produced using an advanced casting technology called V-Pro—Vacuum Shield Mold Process—an advanced casting method that creates a mold from dry sand held in place by plastic film and a vacuum. Yamaha was the first in the world to incorporate this process into piano frame production. Yamaha uses traditional sand casting to make the frames for its high-end uprights and grand pianos, such as the CFX concert grand. Frames produced via traditional sand casting contribute to a deep, rich piano sound. The Yamaha frames are also designed to be durable, resistant to the effects of changes in temperature and humidity, and are capable of supporting tremendous string tension in concert with the back posts.
Who Plays Yamaha Acoustic Pianos?
For over 25 years pianist Anne-Marie McDermott has played concertos, recitals and chamber music in hundreds of cities throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. The breadth of Ms. McDermott's repertoire matches that of her instrument, spanning from Bach, Haydn and Beethoven to Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev and Scriabin to works by today’s most influential composers, such as Clarice Assad, Aaron Jay Kernis, Lowell Liebermann, Steven Hartke, Joan Tower and Charles Wuorinen. As a soloist, Ms. McDermott has recorded the complete Prokofiev Piano Sonatas, Bach English Suites and Partitas, and most recently, Gershwin Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra with the Dallas Symphony and Justin Brown. Anne-Marie McDermott is a Yamaha Artist and plays the Yamaha CFX Concert Grand Piano.
Byron Janis is internationally renowned as one of the world's greatest pianists. He made his orchestral debut at age 15 with Toscanini's NBC Symphony Orchestra and at 18, he became the youngest artist ever signed to a contract by RCA Victor Records. Two years later, in 1948, he made his Carnegie Hall debut which was hailed as an unparalleled success. Among his honors are: Commander of the French Legion d'Honneur for Arts and Letters, the Grand Prix du Disque, the Stanford Fellowship (the highest honor of Yale University) and the Distinguished Pennsylvania Artist Award. In November of 2011, Mr. Janis became a Yamaha Artist. He has also been appointed as the first Presidential Advisor to the Yamaha Music and Wellness Institute.
Since the release of Another Mind, Hiromi Uehara's 2003 debut on Telarc, a division of Concord Music Group, the Japanese composer/pianist has electrified audiences and critics on both hemispheres with a creative energy that defies the conventional parameters of jazz and pushes musicianship and composition to unprecedented levels of complexity and sophistication. Born in Shizuoka, Japan, in 1979, Hiromi took her first piano lessons at age six. She learned from her earliest piano teacher to tap into the intuitive as well as the technical aspects of music. Hiromi then came to the United States in 1999 to study at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, an environment that pushed the limits of her artistic sensibilities even further. Following a live recording of a duet with pianist and mentor Chick Corea, Hiromi scaled back to the solo piano setting releasing multiple successful albums, but sacrificed none of her innate energy or passion in the process. Hiromi plays the Yamaha CFX Concert Grand Piano.
One of the most creatively restless and indefatigably imaginative artists in jazz, Chick Corea defies categorization. He is equally at home in acoustic settings as in electric formats. He performs sublime solo concerts and welcomes richly arranged collaborations with orchestras. In recent years, he has explored new collaborations, revisited old bands and celebrated the 35th anniversary of his chamber jazz duo partnership with Gary Burton that resulted in 2007’s remarkable two-CD set, The New Crystal Silence. Chick Corea is a Yamaha Artist and plays the Yamaha CFX Concert Grand Piano.
Affordable Acoustic Pianos - Keyboard Magazine
Yamaha acoustic pianos are known for their high build quality and sonic consistency: Given baseline maintenance and tuning, any specimen of a given model anywhere in the world is going to sound and play like any other. You know what you’re getting—and in the case of time-tested products like the C series grands and U series uprights, what you’re getting is world class.
Playing Yamaha's CFX Concert Grand and NU1 Hybrid Pianos - Keyboard Magazine
We recently paid a visit to Yamaha, and while we can't tell you (yet) about everything they showed us, we did get some hands-on quality time with their newest flagship concert grand piano, the CFX. Now, it wasn't as if the CFIIIS was any slouch, but the CFX represents a new direction for Yamaha in terms of design principles and manufacturing techniques. It inarguably belongs on any very short list of the very finest concert grands in the world, and will surely provoke passionate debate among piano aficionados as to whether it's in fact the best.