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Musikmesse Frankfurt : Yamaha in prestige showcase

Published: Thu April 02, 2009  News Feed

MI giant launches a new Disklavier series, silent SG1 and two very limited edition guitars

New Yamaha SG

Yamaha’s product launches have been of a particularly high-end nature at this year’s Frankfurt Muiskmesse as the manufacturer has debuted the Disklavier E3 series, a new silent version of its GB1 piano and two very exclusive guitars, the CPX15II-09 and vintage white SG2000.

The new E3 exemplifies the best traditions of Yamaha's acoustic piano craftsmanship and cutting edge digital music technology to offer a more affordable solution for new customers seeking the powerful performance, features and functionality of Yamaha’s Disklavier – technologically advanced piano and home entertainment system.

Easy to operate and with the touch and tone of a traditional Yamaha acoustic piano at its heart, the elegant and stylish E3 uses a remarkable digital system that lets the instrument play itself reproducing the experience of a live artist performance complete with moving keys and pedals. Players can simply record their performance, then using the E3’s remote control, sit back and enjoy hearing and feeling every note and nuance exactly as they played it.

While the E3 does incorporate key features from the MKIV it also has the added benefit of a much easier and simpler interface so that users can realise the full benefits quickly. These include video sync capabilities that allow the player to video his or her performance with a camcorder, then sync the video to the piano keys and pedals precisely replicating the performance that can be watched simultaneously on TV. Other features include the ability to play whisper-soft sounds, maintaining precise audio clarity and dynamics at extremely low volumes and the capability to record and transfer music from one Disklavier to another using a USB memory stick - especially useful for students to record their teacher's material for practice.

With more than 400 songs included in a special CD pack as well as Internet Connectivity, the new Disklavier E3 supports Yamaha's groundbreaking Disklavier Radio that brings pianos to life through unlimited access to 11 different channels of streaming piano music, covering 11 different music genres from classical to jazz to pop and rock, 24 hours a day. The Disklavier Music Store offers songs with both piano and MIDI accompaniment tracks, which users can purchase and download.

For an unprecedented eighth year running, Yamaha’s Disklavier MKIV Grand Piano recently received the top accolade of ‘Product of the Year’ in the Musical Merchandise Review (MMR) Dealer's Choice Awards, presented at the annual NAMM (North America Music Merchants) music trade show held in Anaheim California.

Mark Rolfe, Director for Pianos for Yamaha Music Europe comments: “Disklaviers are first and foremost a great Yamaha Piano totally without compromise, however they do have the added fun and benefits of some wonderful high-tech features that can bring a totally fresh approach to Piano playing and performance, all for a really competitive price, the Disklavier E3 series is great news for piano dealers and the new audience of customers that it introduces to the sheer elegance, versatility and performance quality of Yamaha Disklavier pianos.”

The GB1 Silent Grand Piano is a combination of Yamaha's acoustic piano craftsmanship and its acclaimed 'Silent Piano' technology. Both come together in this new instrument that will further extend the popularity of this affordable baby grand piano to new customers.

The GB1 was recently voted 'Best Acoustic Piano' at the recent prestigious UK Music Industry Awards held in London, and has become one of Yamaha's most successful models. The silent model will appeal particularly to discerning players who require the ability to practice 'silently' with headphones.

The concept of 'silent' pianos, pioneered by Yamaha, combines a traditional acoustic piano with state-of-the-art digital sound technology allowing customers to play the instrument silently via headphones. When ‘silent mode' is activated the instrument switches over to a sampled digital sound module. A unique optical sensor system translates every nuance of key movement and dynamics – including pedal movements – ensuring that total musical control is retained at all levels. In the case of the GB1, the sound module is sampled from Yamaha's S6 handcrafted grand piano, which means that superb sound quality is maintained even via headphones.

Mark Rolfe, Director for Pianos for Yamaha Music Europe commented: "Building on the huge success of the original award winning GB1, the new GB1 Silent combines Yamaha's depth of tone, precision of touch, heritage and reliability that has set Yamaha apart from the rest. The highly practical 'silent' feature will be especially attractive to people who need to play and practice without disturbing neighbours or the rest of the household. We’re very proud of the GB1, it widens the prospect of quality grand piano ownership, at a most affordable price."

The CPX range was launched in 1998 to partner Yamaha’s hugely successful APX range of electro-acoustic guitars.

With a larger and deeper mini-jumbo body, the electro-specific CPX design provided all of the amplified performance that the APX range had become famous for, but with a fuller, louder acoustic tone and a sweetened midrange.

Re-launched in 2006, the latest CPX range features Yamaha’s exclusive ART pickup system and is headed by the flagship CPX15II, handcrafted in the company’s Japanese workshop.

For 2009, Yamaha is building a very limited number of 2009 Special Edition CPX15II guitars, offer the same features as the regular model but with unique, limited-edition cosmetics.

Limited to just 75 pieces worldwide, with only six pieces for the UK, it features the regular CPX15 spec of hand-selected spruce and rosewood tonewoods, handbuilt construction and setup and Yamaha’s Japan-made, audiophile-grade System 60 preamp.

Offered in an exclusive piano-black gloss finish, the CPX15II-09 also features a new abalone soundhole rosette and fretboard position markers, previously unavailable on the CPX range.

The CPX15II-09 will be available from May 2009 and will retail at £2,315 (including Hiscox hardcase).

Yamaha’s SG2000 is the company’s longest-running electric guitar. Originally developed with Carlos Santana in the 1970s, the SG2000 was built to be the ultimate electric guitar with through-neck construction, coil-tappable humbuckers and sustain-maximising features like a solid brass block under the stop-tailpiece bridge.

Now handcrafted in Yamaha’s Japanese workshop, the latest models feature all of the construction details of the original together with latest-generation touches including Initial Response Acceleration – a patented process designed to make the guitar respond more like an instrument that has been played in for many years.

SG2000 continues to be as popular as ever with a huge range of pro players, from fusion master Frank Gambale to metal stars Mastodon and many in-between. For 2009, Yamaha is announcing a very special edition of the SG2000 – just 50 pieces of vintage white SG2000s will be produced worldwide and shipped from May 2009.

10 pieces of this very-collectible guitar will be available in the UK with a retail price of £2,199 (including vintage hardcase).

To see all Yamaha products available at Dolphin, please view the Yamaha manufacturer page 

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