While being at university we had a conglomeration of pianos, from Yamahas to chappells to Steinway to Beckstein. Though my favourite was the steinway the Yamaha was very close to it. The quality of the sounds were amazing, it was easy to bring out the melody of a piano due to the action. If the pianist wishes to play only music which doesn't require any "remixing" then an acoustic piano is always best. the tones which you can get from an acoustic is like no other, this yamaha especially makes it easy to shape the music. The one thing which I didn't appreciate much was how light the keys were, they weren't too light, however I feel they would have been better slightly heavier- this obviously comes in handy when just practising hanon exercises as it builds up more strength in the fingers. This is however minor issue as the is just me personal preference. The keys still have enough weight for those exercises. The fluidity within this piano is amazing, I found this especially when playing Liszts concert etude 3- the arpeggios work really well as the keys do not have to be played with much force, therefore helping to bring out the melody with more of a legato voicing. In term of even sound- this is up to the control of the user, the weight of the keys however for most people on this piano works for them- you can feel accurately how much pressure is required for a certain volume. The only reason I felt I needed heavier keys to practise on was because certain rachmaninoff pieces need more force- which again is just a personal thought, I just wanted my fingers to be able to have more strength. The pedals on this piano are lovely, so easy to use and the change over within pedalling works so well for harmonic progressions. The reverberations all the way from the bass notes to the high pitched notes is so pristine and clean, the higher pitches notes however in a steinway still sound more even.This piano should work well for most pianists, the only issue for some (as it was for me) may be the weight of the keys and the fact that though the high registered keys are clean in their tone, they lack brightness.
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!