The auditorium is full to capacity as the lights go up and all eyes are drawn to the stage where there sits a thing of beauty – a Yamaha Grand Piano. Voices hush as the pianist appears and takes his seat and begins to play a musical composition that moves everyone to tears. Indeed, piano music speaks to everyone in their own way, and when it comes to musical recitals and concerts, there is nothing quite like the Yamaha Grand Piano for its beauty in both form and quality of sound.
What makes it stand out from the all the rest as an object of beauty?
The first Yamaha Grand Piano was built in 1902 by Torakasu Yamaha, and throughout the years his company has become the biggest manufacturer of pianos in the world. His design stands out from the rest for several reasons, such as:
- sound quality
- quality of construction
- a duplex scaling system
- and aluminum action rails.
The unique sound quality of a Yamaha Grand Piano is produced because the grand is much larger than the upright piano allowing it longer strings. The vibration of the longer strings produces much wider overtones with a richer and fuller quality of sound, giving it its well deserved popularity as a concert piano played in conservatories around the world.
When playing a Yamaha Grand the pianist is better able to express him or herself through the music because of the instruments responsiveness. When the pianist touches the keys the piano has an escapement mechanism that allows the hammer to escape from its connection with the key, bouncing back after striking and going back to its original position.
One primary reason it is such a thing of beauty is the high quality of the materials used to build it. Piano manufacturers use the best materials and manufacturing methods making them the most popular choice for concert halls.
If I open up a piano to inspect its mechanics there is a portion of the strings dampened by the use of a cloth. This portion remains silent and unused, but in Yamaha Grand Pianos a duplex scaling system allows this portion to resonate creating a richer and fuller sound adding another dimension to its already unique sound quality.
The design of most pianos make them extremely sensitive to periodic weather changes and changes in temperature that cause fluctuations in the wooden rails which can affect the responsiveness of the piano to the pianist’s touch. The Yamaha Grand Piano has aluminum alloy action rails that allow more stability to the action regulation.
What about the silent version of Yamaha Pianos?
If I am practicing for a concert I may be up all hours of the night which can disturb sleeping neighbors. The silent version of Yamaha Grands produces the same quality sound as regular acoustics but it gives me the option of silencing the strings and using headphones so that I can be at my best when I am ready to perform for the entire community.
What are the different types of Yamaha Grand Pianos?
Yamaha’s collections are each uniquely designed for a pianist’s specific needs.
- The Classic Collection includes the baby grands. They are smaller and require less space.
- The Conservatory Collection is for the pianist’s whose soul joy is creating beautiful music and is designed for hours of play.
- The Conservatory Concert Collection are the kind pictured in concert halls and produce a richer quality of sound.
- The Premium Collection is the epitome of Yamaha Grand Piano glory. Each piano is hand-crafted and built to the highest standards.
Can anything move people quite like a Yamaha Grand Piano?