“ Brand: Yamaha „
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As a graduate of Trinity College of Music, we had many varied pianos at our disposal. Steinways, Bostons, Bechsteins etc. And the pride of the college was indeed a fine, full size Yamaha grand. Really! I hear you exclaim, they only make motorbikes and cheap electric things. What knowledge do they have of centuries of fine instrument making? Infact, they are now a pretty well established maker of pianos, both electric and acoustic. My first few tentative touches upon this grand piano, it offered a very true and exacting touch, quite a joy to feel, as it, in the hands of lesser pianists would cover up any lack of finesse and control. The touch had a distinct and weighty feel, yet in contrast very easy to control. The quality and eveness of touch is the most important feature in any piano, it allows for a genuine legato and a satisfaction of wide tonal control and pallette. In the various registers in the keyboard, the bass had a rich sonority. But, as is the norm, it's very much dependant on size and therefore length of strings. The bigger the better in that respect as far as depth and volume are concerned. In the higher registers, the sound is however progressively 'tinny', not the singing lyrical quality of a Bechstein, nor indeed a Steinway. The high notes are more like knocking on pans and pots rather than an exquisite bell-like sound! Nevertheless, it's a minor complaint, as the overall sound world of this piano is very much polished and honest, though, one would try awfully hard to accomplish the magic and mystical ambience of a Steinway. Basically, the Yamaha is a worklike piano, offering good touch and eveness, nice tonal colour in the bass and middle registers. Yet thin at the top. The Chopin Etude(opus 10, no.7) I played on this did play well, the tricky double notes were aided by the trueness of touch, although like most modern pianos, slightly heavy (and tiring) for this kind of finger work!
But like most things with pianos the quality is as much in the pianist as it is to do with the piano. Generally then, a fine instrument, solid in its deportment, fine resonance in the lower reaches of sound. Though lacking the lyrical singing of a Steinway in the upper reaches. Best way to describe this is that it's not a moody piano, it gets the job done in the end!