Yamaha has been producing pianos for over 100 years. Today, you'll see Yamaha grand pianos in concert halls, and uprights in music school studios. Yamaha has further revolutionized digital and hybrid piano technology, creating an authentic-feeling electronic instrument that's ideal for learning and practicing.
About Yamaha Pianos
Torakusu Yamaha built the first upright piano in Japan in 1900 and followed that a few years later with a grand piano, where it won the Honorary Grand Prize at the World's Fair in 1904.
Although Yamaha initially designed their pianos for the Japanese market, the company's manufacturers sought to learn the latest European techniques. In turn, Yamaha invited Europe's top piano craftsmen to improve the sound, and used this knowledge to create its FC and eventually the CF concert grand piano. Over the next couple of decades, these changes took Yamaha pianos out of Japan and made them highly sought after by the world's top players.
By the 1960s, Yamaha expanded to the United States, where it set up a distribution center. While the CF and the C3 grand pianos set the standard for the next few decades, Yamaha began exploring digital technologies in the 1980s. What resulted first was the Disklavier, a hybrid piano that entered the American market in 1987. The Disklavier is characterized by acoustic operation and electronic controls for recording and playback, and remains a core of Yamaha's lineup today.
At the same time, Yamaha introduced a true digital piano, one that was significantly more compact than an acoustic model but could deliver the same tones and quality. The Clavinova made its debut in 1983 as a fully electric piano with an authentic feel.
Types of Yamaha Pianos
Yamaha's existing product line includes the following types of pianos:
- Acoustic: Yamaha grand, baby grand and upright pianos fall within this group. The piano action remains as it has always been, with no digital technology. Yamaha grand pianos are close to nine feet in length, while a Yamaha baby grand is near the five-foot mark. A Yamaha upright, including the B Series, P Series, and U Series, situates the strings top to bottom, so that they run perpendicular to the keys.
- Digital: Digital pianos are ideal for beginners and as practice models. Yamaha seeks to replicate the acoustic's sound and response while offering a smaller design built for apartments and practice rooms with limited space.
- Hybrid: Yamaha has been ahead in terms of hybrid technology, introducing its Disklavier model nearly 30 years ago. In the '90s, the company unveiled its Silent pianos, which transition from an acoustic to a digital instrument for convenient, hassle-free practicing.
Find Pre-Owned Yamaha Pianos in San Antonio
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