Yamaha C3XTA Transacoustic Grand Piano
Yamaha bring their incredible Transacoustic technology to their superb C Series of Grand Pianos, expanding the creative possibilities for a Pianist, and offering unrivalled playability.
The Yamaha C3XTA is the culmination of Yamaha’s many years of experience building acoustic Pianos. With the CX Series, Yamaha set out to create a Grand Piano that truly sings, thanks to a range of innovative design features. When you add to this Yamaha’s Transacoustic technology, you have something absolutely revolutionary.
The Yamaha C3X Transacoustic utilises several design innovations to produce a rich acoustic timbre. The back frame on the C3X is 20% thicker than other Pianos, which produces a more stable piano that’s capable of a deeper tone and reverberation.
The C3X Transacoustic uses many of the same soundboard manufacturing techniques as their top concert Grand Piano, the CFX. Combining their musical and engineering experience, every part of the soundboard manufacture and assembly is meticulously attended to by master craftsmen and craftswomen. As a result, the Yamaha C3X has an amazing projection and response usually found in a far larger Piano.
The frame of the Yamaha C3X Transacoustic has to withstand over 20 tonnes of tension from the 236 strings, as well as transmit the sound of the instrument throughout the soundboard and the wooden body. Yamaha manufacture their own frame using a vacuum process developed over many years. Temperature and casting composition have to be carefully regulated to ensure a stable and long-lasting frame. Yamaha are amongst the best in the world here, and their years of experience ensure a reliable and stable instrument.
The first point of contact for any Pianist is the keys, and the feel of these is incredible important. Yamaha use an Ivorite substance for their white keys. This replicates the properties of Ivory, which has a slightly porous composition. This allows the key to absorb moisture, which is vital for a pianist to stop their fingers slipping when playing for long periods of time.
In addition, the keys need to respond in such a way as to allow for expressive and controlled playing. This is where the technicians and tuners come in, regulating and voicing the piano so that in the 10mm of key travel, the pianist is able to convey a huge range of expression and emotion. There are over 25 points of adjustment for every key of the Piano, and each of these must be attended to so the Piano plays as well as it can. This work is performed at the factory, but also at the Yamaha distribution centre in the UK, and then we at Millers Music also regularly check the instrument and regulate it so the playing response is perfect. But it doesn’t stop there; once delivered to your home, we will adjust the instrument to the particular temperature and humidity of your home, and make sure it sounds perfect in your home.
So we’ve talked about the acoustic properties and skills that go into making a Yamaha C3X Transacoustic Piano, but haven’t yet mentioned the amazing technology integrated into this amazing instrument.
Transacoustic technology is a completely revolutionary addition to the world of pianos. In the past, you wanted to have volume control or a choice of sounds, you needed a Digital Piano. Yamaha then introduced their Silent systems to their ranges. This uses contactless sensors under the keys to play a digital sample through headphones for a silent playing experience with the action of an acoustic instrument, and the ability to switch back and forth between the two with the press of a pedal.
The Transacoustic expands on this notion, but you don’t have to use headphones. Actuators attached to the soundboard turn the whole surface into a speaker, and it responds to a digital sample just as it does to the vibration of the strings. The result is almost unbelievable.
If you want to practice quietly but don’t want to wear headphones, you can. If you want play an acoustic piano, but with a string orchestra playing along, you can. If you want to plug in your MP3 player and play along, or just listen to your favourite piano music, you can. All of the music comes from the same place, the piano and the soundboard. One of our favourite discoveries is the ability to intentionally detune the digital sound, so when played with the acoustic piano, you get a very authentic honky-tonk sound. You can also transpose the sound, so you can more easily play in different keys, or you can play with the acoustic sound and create a far larger sound with expanded chords or harmonies.
Another useful feature is the ability to record and play back your performance. The recordings can be saved on a USB stick, so you’re not limited to a number of songs. You have a choice of 19 sampled voices to choose from, including organs, harpsichord, electronic piano, strings, choirs, and of course the fantastic Yamaha CFX Concert Grand Piano.
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