Wood, iron, felt and leather. Perfect harmony.
In the making of pianos the choice of materials is a much-considered subject. For Yamaha, the concept of perfection starts by setting the selection criteria on which all its materials are chosen. For Premium Pianos only the world’s finest materials are used. They are then crafted into each and every component – always with the consideration that it is the blend and harmony of each element that ensures the pedigree of the end result. Wood that has been specially selected based on the grain structure, strength and resonance is seasoned for long periods so that it is perfect to form the ribs, soundboard and bridges. High-grade felt for the hammers, the leather used in the mechanism of the action, which is itself engineered to the highest precision levels, or the cast-iron plate that is produced at Yamaha’s own foundry: it is the interaction and synergy among all these materials which turns an instrument into a Yamaha Premium Piano. This dedication is applied to every individual stage of production and the most rigid quality controls possible ensure that each instrument attains the desired quality level. It is the fusion of all the elements that is critical – every component, each material, the method of assembly and the quality checks that create the final product. Add to this the experience of the master builder, the demands of the artist and the technological expertise available from a long tradition of craftsmanship, and then it is clear to see how Yamaha succeeds in creating what pianists experience as the form of perfect harmony between performer and piano.
Virtuosos of tomorrow are seated at a Yamaha piano today
Yamaha grand pianos play an integral part in the growth and development of emerging artists. Prized not only for their tone and touch, but also for their consistency and durability, they are to be found wherever musicians are making their mark. Long a leading choice of the finest schools and conservatories, Yamaha grands are equally prominent on stage at international piano competitions and performing arts organizations around the world.
Delivering the quality and performance you’ve come to expect
To earn acceptance by the world’s leading professionals, a piano must be far more than simply adequate. It must be truly a superlative instrument, to excel in every aspect. Of only a handful of instruments chosen for this honor, Yamaha grands are consistently played and praised by some of the greatest concert artists of our time, and recognized with distinction throughout the performing arts community.
- Handcrafted in the Yamaha Concert Grand Factory
- New design concert scale
- Solid European spruce soundboard and ribs
- Special crown making
- Complete tone collector system
- Dovetail joints
- Treble resonator
- Vertically laminated treble bridge with boxwood cap
- Duplex scaling
- Hand-made solid copper wound bass strings
- Roslau treble wire
- Aluminum alloy action rails
- Yamaha balanced action
- Spruce keys with hardwood buttons
- Ivorite™ keytops with WPC sharps
- Premium Yamaha designed hammers with T-fasteners
- Specially designed hammer shanks
- Reinforced keyframe pin with adjustable guide
- Hardwood reinforced keyframe
- Patented Humid-A-Seal pinblock™
- Cut thread tuning pins
- Polyester finish
- Resin sheet foundation
- Soft-Close™ fallboard
- Locking fallboard and top with auxiliary lid latch
- Heavy duty double wheeled solid brass casters with locks
- Yamaha logo inlayed on treble side of case
- Seasoned for destination
- Accompaniment lid support
- Lid prop stopper
The CFX is skillfully handcrafted in the Yamaha Concert Grand Factory. Bass strings and hammers are hand-made. Only the finest of materials are used in this piano. The high-level factory craftsmen perform every aspect of construction. The customer is assured of having the very highest quality of piano manufactured by Yamaha, the largest manufacturer of pianos in the world.
Seasoned for Destination
Yamaha specifically seasons this piano for the U.S. market. The tuning stability, finish and overall musical integrity are enhanced over the long life expected of a fine piano.
Permanent Crown Solid Soundboard
Yamaha utilizes a process that creates a permanent crown in the soundboard and at the same time minimizes soundboard cracking. The customer can feel confident that not only will the piano last for years, but the beautiful sound of a Yamaha piano will last a lifetime.
Solid Spruce Soundboard
At the Yamaha lumber mill and wood processing facility, the finest spruce is quarter sawn; and less than 10% of the total is selected and reserved for Yamaha piano soundboards. Solid spruce, rather than laminated spruce or poplar, is the choice in all fine pianos for the best amplification of sound, best tone and sustain.
Full Length Ribs
Yamaha reinforces the crown in its soundboards by using ribs that continue to the edge of the soundboard, and are glued into the notched liner (or inner rim on the grand piano). Reinforcing the crown ensures that the tone quality will remain for years and years and improves tuning stability.
Extruded Aluminum Action Rails
Yamaha engineering developed a unique Extruded Aluminum Alloy Action Rail (bearing a Yamaha patent) that is one of the best innovations for improving a piano action in the last 100 years. The usual fluctuations in wood rails that effect touch, caused by periodic weather changes, are eliminated allowing stable, long-lasting action regulation.
Each key of a Yamaha piano is individually tested and measured for the corrections needed to obtain uniform “down weight” pressure. Yamaha actions play correctly and uniformly. This balancing helps ensure a lifetime of superior touch and control across the keyboard.
Yamaha uses spruce for the keys on all models of pianos. Spruce is very light and possesses a very high ratio of strength to weight. It’s ideal for key construction, even though its cost is greater than either sugar pine or bass wood. Yamaha keyboards respond quickly-providing fast repetition for the most intricate piece of music. Yamaha keyboards withstand heavy use over years of fortissimo passages.
Polished Ebony (shown)
CF Series prototypes evaluated by top artists in the world’s musical centers.
“I love the tonal space with this piano, and I find it technically perfect. It’s very rich and so sensitive; everything I need when I want to have an adventure with a piano! And what a fantastic sound… unbelievable!”
“It is a wonderful piano with a very long sustain and rich powerful bass. I love this piano! I don’t know why, but it feels so expressive and responsive.”
“I’m completely satisfied with it. Great colours, plenty of power, very easy to control, it has everything… The entire piano rings. It inspires me a lot. I would use it for any performance, whether recital or concerto. It can do it all.”
“I like this piano a lot. I like the sound and it’s very responsive, with a wide range from pianissimo to fortissimo. It has a great bass sound, colourful and rich, and feels solid to play. It’s a great piano and a significant step forward for Yamaha.”
“Wow, it’s so gorgeous! And it’s really comfortable to play with amazing sound control and the bass sounds great! Everything responds well, and the dynamic range is astounding. The pianissimo really sings.”
“The ideal piano should have a brassy bass, beautiful mid range, and shimmering high – and finally there is a piano which has all these qualities. It is sensitive to play but is also capable of a brilliant sound.”
“It is capable of both profound bass, powerful fortissimo, but also delicate lyrical passages. Being able to control a subtle touch is important and with this piano I can create beautiful colours, but it also has exceptional power.”
Maria João Pires
The Development Story
In 1991, Yamaha embarked on its most ambitious piano project ever. The objective: to create a new generation of grand pianos for concert, conservatoire and studio performance.
They assembled a development team of more than 40 skilled and talented piano designers, technicians, craftsmen, pianists and other experienced staff who set about the task of deconstructing the concert grand piano, and rebuilding it from the ground up. Where traditional design was found to be the best way, they adhered to that tradition. Where improvements could be made, they were.
During this period every single aspect of piano design was evaluated, including manufacturing techniques, component combinations and soundboard performance. The best results were combined and multiple prototypes were tested during thousands of hours of performance evaluations some involving the worlds finest artists. Through their Global Artist Services Network, Yamaha was able to conduct tests in Paris, New York, Tokyo, London, Seoul, Beijing and Shanghai involving exhaustive comparisons between the CF Series prototypes and the finest instruments of other manufacturers.
Paris, August 2008.
As the CF development programme neared its conclusion a collection of the worlds leading concert pianists, professors of the piano, head technicians of the academies and 20 Yamaha staff assembled for three days of extensive testing and comparison at La Salle Gaveau. These experts in their own fields were invited for their objectivity and candid opinions. These were not Yamaha “converts”. At least not yet…
Multiple Prototypes of the CFX, CF6 and CF4 were each compared to the existing Yamaha instruments as well as pianos from the other leading manufacturers. In order to conduct the truest evaluation each piano was placed in an environment they would naturally be used for; the CFX on the concert stage, the CF6 and CF4 in smaller locations similar to a professor’s teaching room or recital hall. The results were both astonishing and conclusive with a clear majority favouring one particular prototype of each of the 3 models, the one that became known as “the C prototype”. The CF4, CF6 and CFX selected shared one thing in common – they had been constructed from the same combination of components and same high grade build quality, and it is that design that has become the New Yamaha flagship instrument. But still we were not satisfied…
The Pursuit of Perfection
Since the very beginning, Yamaha has kept in close touch with leading musicians from around the world. They wanted this new range of performance pianos to fulfil the hopes and dreams of today’s and tomorrow’s concert pianists. With a single-minded commitment to progress, the design team immersed themselves in further secret prototypes assessments in New York and Tokyo. This approach of careful study, brutal self-honesty and invaluable feedback from Artists and Professors led to further discoveries and additional adjustments – “The pursuit of perfection”.
Moves Centre of Stage
As a final test of the CFX development, Yamaha offered its latest prototype out to the most demanding of stages – the ‘competition world’. Such competitions lay bare both pianists and instruments alike and now Yamaha was competing head on with other leading manufacturers. At the 2009 Hamamatsu International Piano Competition, 15-year old acclaimed Korean pianist Cho Seong-Jin selected a prototype of CFX for his performances. He was awarded first prize.
Shortly afterwards, Yamaha sent the very first production model CFX to take centre stage in the USA at the prestigious National Chopin Piano Competition in 2010. It was selected by many of the competitors throughout the final stages and proved as successful as Yamaha’s traditional piano rivals. As the competition neared a tense conclusion, the CFX triumphed in the gifted hands of first prize winner Claire Huangci.
With the new CFX, Yamaha now moves centre of the stage.
Every single component of the new CF Series instruments has been selected and crafted for performance. No compromises have been made. So, although the hammers used in earlier models, for example, set new standards, we still found room for improvement in felts and shanks. The soundboard with its new design, honed to perfection throughout the development programme, allows abundant vibrations whilst freeing it from stress. Likewise the ribs and rims,
Defining Innovation through Elegance
Whilst the majority of CF Series development concentrated on improvements within the instrument, our designers wanted to represent this milestone visually too. The unique design of the case side arm is a defining reference for the new range of pianos, and identifies the spirit of innovation with which the programme was undertaken.
The CFX concert grand is supplied with a satin matte finished lid and prop to eliminate reflections from stage lighting and distracting the orchestral musicians. The CF6 and CF4 are supplied with a high gloss finished lid.
|Keyboard||Number of Keys||88|
|Key Surfaces – White||Ivorite|
|Key Surfaces – Black||Wood Composite|
|Prop Safety Stop||Yes|
|Key Cover||Lid/Fallboard Locks||Yes|