When it comes to crafting the perfect piano, Yamaha technicians and craftsmen are among the best in the world. These experienced and well-trained craftsmen combine the most recent analytical techniques from various fields, which include dynamics, acoustics and electrical engineering to produce each Yamaha piano model to perfection. Before any basic design reaches the crucial production stage, the various researches from Chemists, Metallurgic Engineers and Wood Technologists are needed to determine the individual characteristics of each material type used to produce a Yamaha piano.
Hundreds of “test pianos” are produced by Yamaha’s craftsmen every year, which is used to check the performances of the pianos and to revise each part of the piano until thousands of different conditions are satisfied. Because of the variations in natural materials and substances, craftsmanship cannot always be guaranteed, even though a lot of effort and analysis go into setting up specifications that will be used to direct operations in the plant.
The key role of Yamaha craftsmen
The role that each Yamaha craftsman has to play in all the different production processes is extremely significant. These highly skilled craftsmen have to make the essential quality judgments that go far beyond the above mentioned specifications. They know very well how important their actions and observations are and how it will ultimately manipulate each finished Yamaha piano.
The end result from this very keen awareness from each craftsman assures that they practice superior craftsmanship during every step of producing a Yamaha piano. The final determinant of any piano quality is “touch” and the people at Yamaha have the ability to judge it to precision. Each craftsman at Yamaha combines his or her unique talents and sensitivity with their all-round knowledge of the production process and pianos.
What makes Yamaha different?
Unlike many other brands, Yamaha is a manufacturer, which means that they manufacture all their own parts. Many other brands only assemble pianos after they purchased the various parts. Assemblers often have little to no control over the final quality of their pianos and because different assemblers use similar parts to assemble pianos, their pianos are often the same.
The greatest advantage that Yamaha offers is that they are able to produce hundreds of grand and upright pianos on a daily basis. Yamaha has to buy enormous amounts of raw material to produce these types of production numbers, and because of this, they get first choice when buying raw materials such as spruce timber. One of the most crucial aspects in producing a Yamaha piano, or any other piano for that matter, is the seasoning of the timber. This can take up to seven years. Because Yamaha is the biggest manufacturer, they are able to stockpile this timber, which gives them a huge advantage.
Three different pianos
Yamaha is the lone manufacturer in the world that produces three different piano types. Each part used in the manufacturing process is seasoned in such a way that it contains a specific amount of moisture. This allows the pianos to suit the various climate conditions that can be found in any of the 110 countries that Yamaha exports to.
Since the Yamaha piano was invented during the early parts of the 18th century, it has been improved by designers and craftsmen on a continuous basis. Yamaha has a clear goal, which is to produce pianos of such a high quality that it will enrich lives, and that the human traditions will be elevated when using Yamaha pianos.