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A Player piano (also known as pianola or autopiano) is a self-playing piano. Today all modern player pianos use MIDI to interface with computer equipment. Most modern player pianos come with an electronic device that can record and playback MIDI files on CD, iPad, iPhone or PDA with a MIDI interface that enables a computer to drive the piano directly for more advanced operations. The MIDI files trigger an electromagnetic device called a solenoid, which uses electric current to drive small mechanical pistons mounted to the key action inside the piano. Live performance or computer generated music can be recorded in MIDI file format for accurate reproduction later, on these instruments. There are thousands of song titles in MIDI file format that can be purchased on the internet. Yamaha DISKLAVIER Pianos - The Possibilities are Endless.
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Disklavier is the modern day version of the "player piano."

Disklavier pianos are true acoustic pianos that incorporate fiber optic sensing systems, high performance solenoids, and state-of-the-art computer technology. These pianos can very accurately record piano performances and play back with all of the expression and nuance of the original performance. These instruments have many capabilities that provide a wide range of entertainment and educational uses.

A piano of unlimited potential, the ENSPIRE ST provides full recording and playback functionality, the patented Yamaha SILENT Piano™ System and DSP Servo Drive System for users who want more from their acoustic piano.

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Yamaha Hybrid Pianos

are created by using traditional acoustic piano building techniques whilst incorporating the latest digital technology. They are equipped with a true Yamaha Acoustic Piano Keyboard and Action, combined with a digitally reproduced.

 

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Silent PianosTM combine the best of Acoustic and Digital Pianos.

Our prime goal is to ensure that we provide a beautiful acoustic piano, built with the knowledge and skills of over 100 years Yamaha piano history.
Then we add our market leading Silent PianoTM technology to enable the piano to be played silently using headphones.
When the silent function is activated, the hammers will no longer hit the strings and instead, a highly sophisticated sensor-technology captures all movements of the keys and sends them to the digital tone module. Play a real acoustic piano with headphones at any time, day or night without being disturbed or disturbing others. The Yamaha Silent System is unsurpassed, allowing 24hr practice as well as possessing many other features including a range of pre-installed sounds, being able to record your own performances or connecting mobile devices to use the latest Apps.

Yamaha, the world's leading provider of sound muting technology offers two Silent Piano systems in the range, each with different levels of operation and quality of sound available when in silent mode.

"The SH silent system provides a truly unbelievable quality of piano sound. It's that good you may even find yourself removing the headphones just to make sure you're in "silent" mode!"

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 is the modern day version of the "player piano."

Pianos are a unique range of traditional acoustic pianos that hide a very big secret. iQ pianos are fitted with the exclusive PianoDisc™ Silent Drive technology. This enables the piano to play by itself with the keys actually moving up and down before your eyes!

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The Dream - Magic Star Silent Piano

is a system that allows you to play your real acoustic piano silently through headphones. You can practice on your acoustic piano at any time of day and night without disturbing those around you!

The inclusion of two stereo headphone jacks allows parents to sit alongside and listen to children practice, or two children to play the piano together without disturbing anyone. Easily switch between acoustic piano and muted piano by pressing down the centre pedal

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When "peace and quiet" becomes your responsibility. 109cm (42 7/8'') Acoustic Upright Piano, equipped with the Yamaha Quick Silent System.

The Yamaha Silent Piano TM adds a new option to traditional pianos: privacy on demand! With a simple shift of the center pedal, you can mute the acoustic sound and hear the music you play through headphones in superb digital reproduction. Thanks to a skillfully designed sensor system, even the subtlest playing dynamics are captured and reproduced with stunning realism. Now you can play or practice at any time without disturbing others-a real advantage for families, urban apartment dwellers and late-night musicians.

RRP $7,195 Polished Ebony

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When "peace and quiet" becomes your responsibility. 113cm (44 1/2'') Acoustic Upright Piano, equipped with the Yamaha Quick Silent System.

The Yamaha Silent Piano TM adds a new option to traditional pianos: privacy on demand! With a simple shift of the center pedal, you can mute the acoustic sound and hear the music you play through headphones in superb digital reproduction. Thanks to a skillfully designed sensor system, even the subtlest playing dynamics are captured and reproduced with stunning realism. Now you can play or practice at any time without disturbing others-a real advantage for families, urban apartment dwellers and late-night musicians.

RRP $8,195 Polished Ebony

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When "peace and quiet" becomes your responsibility. 121cm (47 3/4'') Acoustic Upright Piano, equipped with the Yamaha Quick Silent Piano™ SG2 type System.

The Yamaha Silent Piano TM adds a new option to traditional pianos: privacy on demand! With a simple shift of the center pedal, you can mute the acoustic sound and hear the music you play through headphones in superb digital reproduction. Thanks to a skillfully designed sensor system, even the subtlest playing dynamics are captured and reproduced with stunning realism. Now you can play or practice at any time without disturbing others-a real advantage for families, urban apartment dwellers and late-night musicians.

RRP Uplift for Grand SG2 $2200 ( U1J Silent  RRP $9,195 Polished Ebony)

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A piano you can play any time you want, with the natural touch of an acoustic grand piano. The new Silent Piano™ from Yamaha, offering enhanced Silent functions and an even richer sound.

A perennial favorite among discerning pianists, the Yamaha U1 offers outstanding musical performance, setting the standards by which many other upright pianos are measured. Silent functionality has been added to this U1. This is an SH-type type Silent piano™ featuring a CFX sound source.

 

 

 


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When "peace and quiet" becomes your responsibility. 146cm Acoustic Grand Piano, equipped with the Yamaha Quick Silent Piano™ SG2 type System.

Available on GB1K, you can play with the great sound sampling from a CFIIIS concert grand. Recording and playback functions are also available.

Yamaha's uncompromising insistence on superb sound and resonance, available at a price suitable for smaller budgets. Silent functionality has been added to this GB1K. This is a SG2 type Silent piano™ featuring a CFIIIS sound source.

RRP Uplift for Grand SG2 $4200  (GB1 Silent RRP $18,695 Polished Ebony)


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Silent Pianos Grand – GC1, CX1 to CX7 -Silent Piano™ SH type We Price Match!

A piano you can play any time you want, with the natural touch of an acoustic grand piano. The new Silent Piano™ from Yamaha, offering enhanced Silent functions and an even richer sound.

Silent functionality has been added to the GC1, a piano with the full resonant tone only a grand piano can possess, offering superior performance at an affordable price. This is an SH-type piano featuring a CFX sound source.

 


RRP Uplift for Grand SH $6500  (GC1 Silent  RRP $25,995 Polished Ebony)

 

 

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Disklavier

THE INTERSECTION OF ARTISTRY,
CRAFTMANSHIP & TECHNOLOGY.

It starts with a world-class Yamaha acoustic piano.

The only reproducing piano that's fully integrated to create the perfect music ecosystem.

THOUSANDS OF PERFORMANCES IN ONE MASTERPIECE

The Disklavier boasts thousands of songs; making it the largest collection of any player piano.

SARAH MCLACHLAN

JAMIE CULLUM

FREDERIC CHIU

INSPIRED ENGINEERING

Over 25 years of continuous development has led to superior recording and playback features that are unparalleled in the industry.

A cutting-edge optical sensor system meticulously captures every nuanced movement of the keys, hammers and pedals.

At the heart of every Disklavier is a beautifully crafted Yamaha acoustic piano.

The Disklavier's sophisticated key and pedal drive systems allow it to reproduce every detail of the original performance.

DSP servo technology makes use of the Disklavier's optical sensors during playback, monitoring and verifying key, hammer and pedal movement in real-time to ensure accurate and precise performance reproduction.

SEE &
BE HEARD

Technology that allows video to be played
in unison with the Disklavier.

EFFORTLESS
INTEGRATION

Seamless compatibility with mobile devices
allows control wherever you are.

  • MAXIMUM FUNCTIONALITY WITH MINIMUM FUSS

    The Disklavier can be set up within minutes. With self-calibrating features, the Disklavier is fully optimized for performance.

  • MAXIMUM FUNCTIONALITY WITH MINIMUM FUSS

    The Disklavier can be set up within minutes. With self-calibrating features, the Disklavier is fully optimized for performance.

  • MAXIMUM FUNCTIONALITY WITH MINIMUM FUSS

    The Disklavier can be set up within minutes. With self-calibrating features, the Disklavier is fully optimized for performance.

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For Homes

ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE IN YOUR
LIVING ROOM

Choose from thousands of readily
available songs from our extensive library.

Pick a station

from Yamaha Piano Radio
and put your entertainment on auto-pilot.

Discover the Disklavier Home

The Disklavier breathes new life into your home entertainment experience.

Wireless device control makes controlling your instrument fun and easy.

Video sync technology lets you see and hear musical performances that play your piano.

Internet connectivity allows you to enjoy streaming piano performances via Piano Radio.

More Than a Player Piano

In addition to unrivaled performance reproduction, the Disklavier offers what other systems simply cannot.

  • Expressive and Elegant

    For over 100 years, Yamaha pianos have been revered for their beauty and musical range.

  • Every Note, Every Nuance

    The Disklavier recreates a precise portrayal of the artist's intentions.

  • The Sound of Innovation

    Integrated SILENT Piano™ technology allows you to listen, learn and play without being disturbed or disturbing others.

  • The Center of Attention

    A piano that is the perfect experiential centerpiece for any environment.

  • For the Love of Music

    Enjoy beautiful piano solos or piano ensemble performances, fully enhanced by vocals and backing instrumentation.

  • You're in Control

    Intuitive controls put your favorite piano performances in the palm of your hand.

For Schools

BUILT FOR THE STUDENT.
The Disklavier was originally conceived and crafted as a tool to empower music education.
Improve learning with visual masterclasses, piano performance analytics, distance learning and more.

1024
levels of key velocity

UNLIMITED
POTENTIAL

256
increments of positional pedaling

The Remote Masterclass

The modern music institution can provide top tier artists and educators a platform to host a masterclass from around the globe.

Playback Meets Precision

The Disklavier is the only reproducing piano that incorporates a fully-integrated record and playback system.

On-Demand Accompaniment

Create your own accompaniment or select from readily available titles from our catalog.

Artistic Versatility

Whether the student is center stage playing a senior recital, or a world-renowned artist is giving a concert; the Disklavier redefines performance expectations.

Distance Learning

Remove geographic boundaries from the learning experience.

Remote Auditions

Empower students to audition anywhere around the world, making music education more accessible.

Explore a Disklavier Institution

High-resolution internal recording functionality grants the ability to archive performances.

MIDI connectivity allows for integration with music technology devices and software.

Disklavier pianos are manufactured in a number of sizes. From uprights that can accomodate a practice room to full concert instruments capable of filling a music hall.

"TEACHING PIANO USING THE YAMAHA DISKLAVIER HAS ALLOWED ME TO CONNECT WITH MUSICIANS I WOULD HAVE OTHERWISE BEEN UNABLE TO ENCOUNTER. TO BE ABLE TO HEAR THE PERFORMANCE OF A STUDENT WHO IS PHYSICALLY MILES AWAY THROUGH AN ACOUSTIC PIANO, REPRODUCED WITH PERFECT ACCURACY, ALLOWS US TO COMMUNICATE WITH A NATURALNESS SO RARE IN MOST DISTANCE LEARNING TECHNOLOGY. THE YAMAHA REMOTE LESSON IS TECHNOLOGY AT ITS MOST HUMAN."

LISA YUI, PIANO AND KEYBOARD FACULTY, MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC.

" THIS EXTRAORDINARY TECHNOLOGY WHICH YAMAHA HAS, REMOTE LESSON, WHERE I CAN SIT HERE AND PLAY A PIANO AND ANOTHER REMOTE, ANOTHER DISKLAVIER ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD CAN REPEAT THAT PERFORMANCE EXACTLY, WITH NOT A MICROPHONE SOUND, WITH A SOUND EXACTLY AS I’M PLAYING IT. WHICH IS QUITE EXTRAORDINARY"

BYRON JANIS, LEGENDARY PIANIST AND PRESIDENTIAL ADVISOR, YAMAHA MUSIC AND WELLNESS INSTITUTE

For Businesses

YOUR BUSINESS STANDS OUT.

Put Your Customers in the Right State of Mind.

  • Wellness

    From hospitals, wellness centers and nursing homes - the Disklavier provides the comfort of a professional pianist on-demand.

  • Churches

    A church accompanist 24/7 to make your music rehearsals more productive and to enhance your worship service.

  • Recording Facilities

    Enhancing the ability to create and capture in the studio.

  • Restaurants & Venues

    Outshine the competition by providing live entertainment from a vast selection of repertoire.

  • Resorts & Hotels

    Perfect for the lobby, greeting guests with piano music as they arrive.

  • Retail

    Optimize the high-end shopping experience.

OVER 30
channels of streaming piano music available 24/7.

MORE THAN 6000
titles in our music catalog.

Add a unique musical climate to your organization and enrich their experience.

Discover The Disklavier For Businesses.

Enrich the customer experience with a sound that can only be produced by a finely-crafted acoustic piano.

Built-in audio outputs allow the instrument's digital sounds to be routed through installed sound reinforcement systems.

Use the Disklavier "Timer Play" function to program the piano to play what you want, when you want.

For Recording Studios

YOUR
PERFORMANCE.
OPTIMIZED.

The Most

COMMERCIALLY RECORDED

instruments in the world.

The Most

PERFORMED ON

instruments in the world.

Enhancing the ability to create and capture

Discover the Disklavier for the Artist

MIDI and audio connectivity allows the Disklavier to be integrated with any modern recording device.

Precision playback gives writers and composers the ability to instantly review their musical ideas and creations.

At the heart of every Disklavier is a superb Yamaha acoustic piano - the most recorded and performed-on pianos in the world.

Optical key, hammer and pedal sensors capture every nuance of the performance resulting in unparalleled playback accuracy.

SONIC SYNERGY

The Disklavier can be easily integrated into professional and home studios, or used as a standalone music production instrument.

AN INSTRUMENTAL INSTRUMENT

Share piano recordings with other Disklavier users and take musical collaborations, rehearsals and writing sessions to another level.

Ultimate Flexibility

A music tool for musicians, Disklavier offers a wide range of uses for performers, composers and recording engineers.

  • Express Yourself

    From the touch, to the tone, to the projection - Yamaha pianos are designed to be an extension of you.

  • Boost Productivity

    Ultra-accurate performance reproduction makes studio time more productive, giving the artist more time to record and the engineer more flexibility to find the sweet spot.

  • Spark Creativity

    Create when the pianist is there and when they aren't. With Disklavier you never have to stop the musical ideas from flowing.

  • Integrate & Connect

    MIDI and audio connectivity give artists more flexibility to compose, capture and collaborate.

  • Not Just The Piano

    The Disklavier can generate digital sounds or can be used as a keyboard controller so you can find even more inspiration exploring a full palette of instruments.

  • Evaluate & Evolve

    Record and critique your own performances. Disklavier gives artists the tools to grow and evolve into better musicians.

"WITH DISKLAVIER, YAMAHA HAS SUCCEEDED IN DEVELOPING AN INCREDIBLE SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE TECHNOLOGY AT THE SERVICE OF ARTISTIC EXPRESSION."

FREDERIC CHIU

"IT’S CRAZY TO THINK THAT THE NOTES I’M ACTUALLY PLAYING CAN IMPACT THE FUTURE OF MUSIC...THAT A LITTLE KID, SITTING IN THEIR LIVING ROOM, CAN PUT THEIR HANDS ON THE PIANO AND FEEL THE KEYS MOVE UP AND DOWN...AND EXPERIENCE THE EXACT INTENTION OF WHAT THAT SONG MEANS TO ME. TO SHARE IN THOSE MOMENTS, TO INFLUENCE AND INSPIRE...FOR ME, THERE IS NO GREATER REWARD."

JON MCLAUGHLIN

History

HISTORY OF THE DISKLAVIER

The history of the piano is a history of technological change and innovation, starting over 300 years ago with the escapement action of Bartolomeo Cristofori and continuing with knee levers, pedals, action modifications, cast iron frame, and so much more. This dynamic history has been the result of the passionate interaction between keyboard players, composers, and instrument makers.

In the 1970s, solenoid-based player systems were added to pianos for the first time. In 1987, Yamaha took that concept to a new level of quality and ease of use by introducing the Disklavier reproducing piano to North America.

The term Disklavier is a clever combination of the words disk (as in floppy disk) and Klavier, the German word for keyboard. At the time that the Disklavier was introduced, recordings were stored on 3 ½ inch floppy disks.

The Disklavier is fundamentally a traditional, acoustic piano with a built-in record-and-playback system. The record-and-playback system and its related features have changed substantially over the years, but one aspect of the Disklavier has remained constant: The Disklavier system has always been offered as a factory-installed system—never as a retrofit for existing pianos.

MX100A and MX100B

The first model Disklavier was the MX100A, which was available in a studio model upright called the U1. The control unit was built into the cabinet.

The MX100A featured a remarkably sophisticated recording system for its day, a system that included hammer sensors—an innovation that is not available on most player piano systems from other companies. Pedal sensors on these early instruments, however, were limited to recording only two values: on and off (or fully down and fully up).

This early Disklavier model included fundamental features that have been included on every Disklavier since, such as tempo control, transposition, and connectivity with external MIDI devices.

In a short period of time, the MX100A was superseded by the MX100B. The most noticeable difference was the color of the LED display on the control unit, which was changed from red to green.

Both the MX100A and the MX100B pre-dated the industry-standard song file format known as Standard MIDI Files (SMF), which is the format used today. For this reason, these early Disklaviers recorded in Yamaha’s proprietary MIDI format known as E-SEQ. Although modern Disklaviers do not record in E-SEQ format, they will read this older type of song file and even convert E-SEQ to SMF. E-SEQ song files were stored on double-density (DD) 3 ½ inch floppy disks.

Wagon Grand

Starting in 1989, Yamaha began marketing the Disklavier system in the various grand piano models that were available at the time. The control unit had a rather substantial power supply that required it to be housed in a 30” cabinet on wheels that was often referred to as a wagon. Lacking a more formal model designation, these instruments became informally known as Wagon Grand Disklaviers.

Like the MX100A&B, the Wagon Grand featured hammer sensors. It also featured 16 increments of incremental pedal recording—an important step forward in the evolution of the instrument. Like the MX100A&B, the Wagon Grand recorded on DD floppy disks in E-SEQ format.

Mark II and Mark IIXG

A number of consumer and standard models of Disklavier were introduced in the early-to-mid 1990s. Most noteworthy were the Mark II and Mark IIXG systems. These were available in the studio model, U1 upright and in most sizes of grand pianos.

The first of these was the Mark II, which made its debut in 1990. In the case of the upright version, the control unit was built into the cabinet, as it was in the case of the MX100A&B. The control unit, however, was much more sophisticated, offering many more options for copying song files, MIDI configuration, and so forth. The instrument recorded on DD floppy disks in E-SEQ format but was able to play song files in the SMF format known as Type 0.

The Mark II control unit for grand pianos did not have a wagon control unit. Instead, a relatively small control unit was devised for this instrument and mounted under the keys.

  • Built-in tone generator with 128 General MIDI (GM) voices with drum kit as well as Yamaha’s extended GM voice set known as XG.
  • Multi-track recording.
  • Recording in SMF Type 0 format.
  • Playback of both SMF Type 0 and Type 1 song files.
  • Support for both DD and HD (high density) floppy disks
  • Conversion of song files between E-SEQ and SMF
  • Built-in memory for storing song files.
  • More features for song file management.
  • Improved support for MIDI interaction with computers.
  • Support for future firmware upgrades.

During the 1990s, it was possible to obtain an upgrade kit that would upgrade a Mark II to a Mark IIXG.

Disklaviers with Silent Systems

During the era of the Mark II and the Mark IIXG, a number of upright (U1) versions of the Disklavier were introduced that had a Silent system. The Silent system provided a mute rail which, when engaged, would allow a full keystroke but would prevent the hammer from hitting the string. This made it possible for the pianist to play the instrument with headphones on, listening to an advanced digital piano sample.

The Silent system was not available in grand piano models until the Disklavier PRO was released.

Disklavier PRO

The year 1998 marked an important historical moment in the evolution of the Disklavier. The new PRO Disklavier—with a Mark IIXG control unit—offered unprecedented recording accuracy and playback realism.

With improved solenoids and a new moving magnet sensor and key sensor servo, the Disklavier PRO was capable of recording and playing back performance data with greater resolution than the MIDI spec normally accommodates.

Prior to the Disklavier PRO, all models of Disklavier were somewhat limited with respect to their playback dynamic range. Thunderous chords would be played back a bit softer and whisper quiet playing would be played back a bit louder.

The Disklavier PRO, on the other hand, was capable of reproducing the full range of dynamics—and it did so with 8 times the resolution of normal MIDI data, recording hammer velocity, key down velocity, and key up velocity on a high resolution scale of 0-1023. The instrument used normally unused MIDI controller messages combined with key aftertouch messages to store the extra bits of resolution in a Type 0 Standard MIDI File. This high-resolution performance data was called extended precision or XP data.

With the introduction of the Disklavier PRO, pedals were no longer limited to 16 increments but were recorded on a scale of 0-127, thus taking advantage of the full granularity of the MIDI specification. The PRO even recorded and accurately reproduced brushed notes, keys that were moved slightly during the performance without the hammers actually hitting the strings.

Available only in C3 (6’ 1”) and larger grand pianos, the Disklavier PRO looked outwardly like any other Mark IIXG Disklavier. Its control unit provided the same user functions as other Mark IIXG pianos. There was one additional important difference, however. The Mark IIXG PRO was the first Disklavier grand to include the Silent system.

Within three years of the initial release of the Disklavier PRO, a firmware upgrade added the capability of recording and playing back MIDI performances that were synchronized with MIDI Time Code (MTC). When used with a SMPTE/MTC converter, Disklavier PRO recordings could be synchronized with video using industry-standard time code.

In 2002, the Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition made history by enabling pianist Yefim Bronfman to judge the Minnesota competition from Japan. The sonata round of the competition was recorded with a Disklavier PRO concert grand piano with synchronized video. The video and MIDI performance files were uploaded over the Internet and reproduced for Bronfman in Japan, where he watched the contestants on a large screen and listened to a concert grand Disklavier reproduce the performances.

Disklavier PRO 2000

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Yamaha’s very first piano, in 2000, Yamaha presented the world with a concept piano that demonstrated remarkable, future possibilities. The piano was called the Disklavier PRO 2000 and was built as a C7 (7’ 6”) piano with a Disklavier PRO system installed. The case of the piano was based on the modern design called Neo.

The Disklavier PRO was visually noteworthy for its clear, acrylic glass, split lid and built-in computer monitor. Indeed, the piano came with a Windows 98 PC mounted underneath the piano and connected to a touchscreen monitor that was positioned to the left of the clear music desk.

These instruments included video-synchronized performances, score-following software called Home Concert 2000 from TimeWarp Technologies, and an advanced generator that included a built-in performance mode.

Only 9 of these instruments were produced, and they were later sold for $333,000, making them Yamaha’s most expensive piano of all time.

Mark III

In 2002, Yamaha updated the Disklavier once again, introducing the Mark III standard Disklavier (available in the U1 upright and most models of grands) and the Mark III PRO, available in the C3 and larger instruments.

The Mark III control unit and interface was nearly identical to that of the Mark IIXG. In the case of the standard models, playback was improved. For the benefit of consumers who enjoyed listening with the volume turned very low, standard models were able to play more quietly than any previous standard model. The Silent system was also included on the standard models.

In the case of the Mark III PRO, the recording resolution of the pedals was doubled, enabling recording on a scale of 0-255.

The Mark III control unit included something new: a CD drive in addition to the traditional floppy drive. The purpose of the CD drive was not to record MIDI data but rather to play back audio recordings. In this context, three new features became available:

  1. Audio-sync Recording
    This feature made it possible to play along with an audio recording and record a piano part that would be automatically synchronized on subsequent playback.
  2. PianoSoft Plus Recordings
    The CD drive was capable of playing a new type of recording called PianoSoft Plus. PianoSoft Plus recordings contained normal instrumental and/or vocal audio on the left channel and MIDI data encrypted as audio on the right channel. During playback, the Disklavier would intelligently send the left-channel audio to both the left and right speakers and decode the right-channel audio for playback by the piano itself.
  3. Smart PianoSoft Recordings
    The Smart PianoSoft feature made it possible for artists to make piano recordings that enhanced existing audios CDs. A Smart PianoSoft Recording consists of two separate recordings: a commercial audio CD and a Disklavier MIDI recording on floppy disk. Both play in perfect sync when played by the Disklavier.

Mark IV

The year 2004 saw the introduction of the Mark IV. Standard and PRO models were available on the C3 and larger grands. A high quality consumer model was available on the C2 (5’ 8”) grand and smaller pianos.

The Mark IV brought a number of technical innovations to both the standard models and the PRO. Especially noteworthy was the design change to the hammer sensors which were changed from a metal shutter to gray scale sensors, enabling continuous monitoring of hammer position.

The PRO models recorded keys, hammers, and pedals with the same extra precision as the previous PROs. For the first time, the standard and consumer models recorded the full spectrum of 127 values of the una corda and sustain pedals. The standard model additionally recorded key release velocity.

In addition to all of these technical improvements, the Disklavier feature set expanded considerably including:

  • A wireless controller that connects to the Mark IV over a private wi-fi network.
  • An Ethernet port that connects the Disklavier to the Internet so that it can receive streaming performances from DisklavierRadio™. This network capability also provides access to firmware and feature upgrades. (Many years later, this connectivity feature made it possible for the instrument to receive RemoteLive broadcasts from DisklavierTV™.)
  • Internal, 80GB hard drive.
  • UBS port for connecting USB storage media, such as flash drives.
  • USB port for MIDI communications.

A few years later, Yamaha released a controller app for the Mark IV that runs on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. The app provides access to the most commonly used features of the instrument.

In 2006, Yamaha introduced a peer-to-peer connectivity technology for the Mark IV called RemoteLesson. RemoteLesson makes it possible to connect up to four Mark IV and E3 Disklaviers together so that when you play any one of them, you simultaneously play the remote Disklaviers as well. Although the feature has not been released to the general public, it has been used regularly by music educators and music institutions that are active participants in the Disklavier Education Network.

E3—1st Generation

In 2006, Yamaha introduced the first generation E3 Disklavier in a single upright model (U1) and in the C2 and smaller grand pianos. Although the first generation E3 used state-of-the-art components, it was designed as a lower cost, consumer-level instrument that featured a key-sensor based recording system and an infrared, line-of-sight remote control.

The instrument included all of the primary Disklavier features that had previously become standard, including basic record & playback, video-sync recording, and Internet access to firmware and feature updates, DisklavierRadio, and (later) DisklavierTV—to name a few. A few years later, Yamaha released a controller app for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad that provides access to nearly all of the instruments user features.

The DKC-850 Upgrade

In 2009, Yamaha began to offer an upgraded control unit for older model Disklaviers. Outwardly, the control unit is identical to the control unit of the E3, and it offers the same user features as the control unit on the E3 (which is called the DKC-800).

The DKC-850 can be used as a replacement control unit for Mark IIXG and Mark III Disklaviers, both PROs and non-PROS. It does not change the recording and playback capabilities of the sensors and solenoids in these earlier Disklaviers, but it does provide a user experience that is nearly identical to that of the E3, including connectivity for USB storage devices and access to advance features such as DisklavierRadio and DisklavierTV.

The DKC-850 can also be used as an add-on control unit for the Mark II Disklavier. In this situation, the DKC-850 connects to the Mark II control unit with MIDI cables. Other than turning on the old control unit, the Disklavier owner can ignore the old control unit and use the features of the DKC-850 to control the piano. It should be noted, however, that DisklavierRadio and DisklavierTV are not supported in this context.

E3—2nd Generation

In 2012, Yamaha replaced the Mark IV series with standard and PRO versions of the E3. The standard version (complete with hammer sensors) was made available on the C2 and smaller grand pianos. All larger pianos (from the C3 on up) were outfitted with the PRO system.

About the same time as the introduction of the second generation E3s, Yamaha introduced a new feature for the Mark IV, E3, and DKC-850 called DisklavierTV. DisklavierTV is built on a technology called RemoteLive that enables the live streaming and archiving of video, audio, and Disklavier performance data (e.g. MIDI data). By connecting a compatible Disklavier to both the Internet and to a computer, Disklavier owners can watch as well as listen to live and archived performances that are reproduced on their own piano, even performances that include instrumental and vocal audio.

The introduction of the second generation E3 coincided with the debut of a new series of grand pianos called the CX series. CX pianos are based on design principles that were previously featured on the CFX concert grand piano, an instrument that made its way to the concert stage in 2010.

CX-series pianos were the result of years of research and development. The instruments feature a thickened back frame for improved support, providing a rich and resonant tone. They include a new, revolutionary piano wire as well as hammers based on those found in the CFX concert grand.

Today, Disklavier ENSPIRE series represent Yamaha’s flagship of piano technology, combining the most advanced Disklavier system with Yamaha’s finest acoustic pianos.

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ENSPIRE ST

DISKLAVIER 'ENSPIRE' STANDARD Inspired Engineering. Innovative Entertainment. At the heart of every Disklavier is a beautifully crafted Yamaha acoustic piano. Whether you are playing, being treated to a live performance or enjoying the playback of a recorded piece, you can delight in the presence and resonance of a superb sounding acoustic piano. The Disklavier ENSPIRE ™ truly captures and illustrates the beauty of a piano performance. With just one tap, the keys and pedals of the Disklavier come to life, effortless in their motion, recreating a precise portrayal of the artist's intentions. • Intuitive operation via any smart device, and fully wireless integration • Silent Piano technology allows you to play without disturbing others • Start listening the same day it arrives in your home with 500 built in songs and 6000 downloadable performances via Yamaha PianoSoft online store • Piano Radio gives you access to 30 channels of 24-hour streaming piano music 

 

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DISKLAVIER ENSPIRE ST

A piano of unlimited potential, the ENSPIRE ST provides full recording and playback functionality, the patented Yamaha SILENT Piano™ System and DSP Servo Drive System for users who want more from their acoustic piano.

Available models: C2X, C1X, GC2, GC1, GB1K, U1

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ENSPIRE PRO

DISKLAVIER 'ENSPIRE' PRO Sharpening The Cutting Edge The pinnacle of reproducing technologies, the ENSPIRE PRO offers the highest resolution recording and playback paired with the highest quality acoustic pianos for those who want nothing but the best. Encompassing all of the features of the Standard system, including sleek lines and full control and operation with a smart device, the ENSPIRE PRO uses a more powerful drive system and sophisticated feedback sensors to recreate even the most subtle musical nuance. • High performance Optical Hammer Sensors • High powered Servo Control System for unprecedented playback performance with higher resolution • Silent Piano mode enables quiet practice, ideal for homes and education environments • Intuitive operation via any smart device, and fully wireless integration • Remote connection via internet for teaching and performances

 

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DISKLAVIER ENSPIRE PRO

The pinnacle of reproducing technologies, the ENSPIRE PRO offers the highest resolution recording and playback paired with the highest quality acoustic pianos for those who want nothing but the best.
Available models: CFX, CF6, CF4, C7X, C6X, C5X, C3X

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Disklavier Grand – DKC-850 Disklavier Control Unit

This Disklavier is fitted with DKC-850 Control Unit which replacement for Mark IIXG and Mark III control units.

DKC-850 Disklavier Control Unit

  • Front USB port
  • Simple front panel controls
  • Easy to use remote control
  • Disklavier Radio
  • Firmware download
  • Video & audio sync recording
  • Expanded internal memory for MIDI file storage
  • Playlists

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AvantGrand NU1x AvantGrand NU1x

AvantGrand NU1X RRP $8295 Call Us for our Special Prices !

Traditional sensibility meets modern practicality - A sleek and compact AvantGrand that transcends convention and blurs the lines between acoustic and digital.

  • The superb natural feel of a real piano action
  • CFX and Bösendorfer Imperial piano samples
  • CFX Binaural sampling
  • VRM (Virtual Resonance Modeling)
  • GP Response Damper Pedal
  • Alluring elegance that complements any room
  • USB Audio Recorder
  • Built-in Bluetooth for wireless connection to Smart Device

 


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AvantGrand N1

AvantGrand N1 RRP $12295 Call Us for our Special Prices !

Innovation with soul   The AvantGrand...   Created to Resonate with You

Combining over one hundred years of superb piano craftsmanship with the latest advanced technologies.

 N1  Open your mind  to new possibilities.



 

Specialized Grand Piano Action

Thanks to a specially designed grand-piano action and a wooden keyboard, the AvantGrand truly becomes an extension of your body.

The nuanced touch and response of the grand piano are an essential standard  yardstick  for  piano  quality.  The  AvantGrand  offers  the player  a  specially-developed grand  piano  action  that  features  the same  configuration  as  the  action  of  a  real  grand.  The  hammers strike the "strings" from underneath, allowing minute adjustments to  the  weight  distribution  of  the  hammers,  and  to  the  movement of  the  hammers  themselves,  for  a  smoother  feel  when  playing. In  addition  to  a  hammer  sensor,  the  AvantGrand  employs  a  non-contact key sensor that has no effect on the movement of the keys, affording  excellent  recognition  of  the  player's  pressure  on  the keyboard, timing, and the other delicate nuances that affect musical expression.  This  combination  provides  an  impressive  sensitivity for  the  entire  range  from  pianissimo  through  to  fortissimo,  and the  ability  to  translate  even  the  swiftest  trills  of  the  pianist  with transparency.

Spatial Acoustic Sampling, Spatial Acoustic Speaker System Spatial Acoustic Sampling, Spatial Acoustic Speaker System

Unique acoustic-sampling approach and speaker system born of a radical rethink of the entire sound production process.

With  the  introduction  of  the  AvantGrand,  Yamaha  ignited  a revolution  in  the  approach  to  sampling  recording  and  playback of  the  notes  of  the  actual  acoustic  piano.  Treating  the  sound-board  not  simply  as  a  point  source  of  sound  but  as  a  plane,  we took  samples  at  four  positions,  adding  optimum  center  and  rear locations to the traditional left and right. As a sound source, we carefully  selected  the  best  single  instrument  from  among  our CFIIIS full concert grand pianos for sampling. The end result of these  efforts  is  that  AvantGrand  series  instruments  recreate the original sound of a superb grand piano almost to perfection. Meanwhile, the AvantGrand's speaker system has been designed to  ensure  that  this  sound  is  heard  best  at  the  playing  position. A  three-way  system  featuring  woofer,  mid-range  and  tweeter speakers reproduce the rich natural resonance of  the  soundboard  accurately. What's more, each of the low-, mid-,  and  high-frequency bands  has  been  given its own amplifier to prevent interference between bands. This innovative configuration  allows  the instrument's outstanding sound system to reproduce the nuances of each individual note. For even greater sonic accuracy, feature speaker  layouts optimized  for the size of the instruments.

AvantGrand N2

AvantGrand N2 RRP $22999 Special Order

Innovation with soul   The AvantGrand...   Created to Resonate with You

Combining over one hundred years of superb piano craftsmanship with the latest advanced technologies.

True Grand Piano Performance from a Vertical Grand that is minimal in design and ascetically gratifying.

 

 

N2
  • Specialized Grand Piano Action with Ivorite™
  • Spatial Acoustic Sampling
  • Spatial Acoustic Speaker System
  • Tactile Response System

Featuring the same grand piano action as the N3 in a form that molds beautifully to any wall, the N2 is an instrument for the future, yet one that holds firmly to its identity as a grand piano. With a revolutionary speaker system and a touch that simply compels you to play, the compact form and feel of this elegant piano exudes refinement. For piano-lovers wanting a grand piano for small spaces, the AvantGrand series now offers yet another choice.

 
AvantGrand N3

AvantGrand N3 RRP $28995

Innovation with soul   The AvantGrand...   Created to Resonate with You

Combining over one hundred years of superb piano craftsmanship with the latest advanced technologies.

In pursuit of the Grand Piano in everything such sound, touch and action.

N3
  • Specialized Grand Piano Action with Ivorite™
  • Spatial Acoustic Sampling
  • Spatial Acoustic Speaker System
  • Soundboard Resonator
  • Tactile Response System
  • Specialized Grand Piano Pedal
With a design embodying the latest in technology, Yamaha signals a new direction for the piano. This, our flagship model, is the ultimate expression of "Innovation with soul." A keyboard and pedals indistinguishable from those of a grand piano. Stunningly authentic tactile response. Speakers with the authority and presence to deliver flawless sound... The AvantGrand N3 weaves advanced technology into an extraordinary design that gives form to Yamaha's aspirations for the future.
 

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Specialized Grand Piano Action and Piano Keyboard

The nuanced touch and response of the grand piano are an essential standard yardstick for piano quality. It offers the player a specially-developed grand piano action that features the same configuration as the action of a real grand. The hammers strike ...

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Piano Accessories from Piano bench's, Castor Cups, Polish Cloths, Yamaha Polish, Yamaha Piano Covers, and Metronome Wittner.

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Your home is as individual as you are, so why shouldn't your piano be?

Alex.Steinbach iQ Pianos are a unique range of traditional acoustic pianos that hide a very big secret. iQ pianos are fitted with the exclusive PianoDisc™ Silent Drive technology. This enables the piano to play by itself with the keys actually moving up and down before your eyes!

Not only is your piano a beautiful addition to your home, your lifestyle can be transformed by the enjoyment of playing and listening to the piano. iQ pianos come with over 500 songs pre-loaded into the music library. In addition to the piano playing, many songs have extra backing with vocal and orchestral arrangements. The backing is played through 2 concealed speakers that lie under the piano. This total performance experience creates an atmosphere that's sure to impress.

Bonus iPad that plays your piano

You control your iQ piano with the bonus iPad that comes with every model. Simply turn the iPad on, go to your iTunes folder and select the song or album you wish to play. Then you can adjust the volume, play or pause the music. Thousands of other songs are available for you to download from iTunes to create your own selection of favourites.

 View our Alex.Steinbach iQ Piano Range, watch the below video for a demonstration.


 

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Piano-iQ – Recital II (JS125SMD)

The JS125SMD model was specifically designed by Samick for the European market, in consultation with their French distributor. Additional features include lock, wooden black keys, top grade German Renner hammers, improved muffler and softfall systems and a wooden action beam rail with metal reinforcment. The metal provides strength and the wood promotes better sound generation and less extraneous noise than centre rails made entirely of metal. The bridge is solid and capped to improve tuning stability. Capping means an additional piece of wood has been placed on the upper surface of the bridge, providing stronger support for the pins and helping to hold the strings in their proper positions. Thus the Récital piano is much easier to tune accurately and will hold its tune for longer..

Width: 150cm    Depth: 61cm    Height: 125cm    Weight: 235kg

Prices start at $18,995   Other Finishes Available

Alex.Steinbach iQ Pianos are a unique range of traditional acoustic pianos that hide a very big secret. iQ pianos are fitted with the exclusive PianoDisc™ Silent Drive technology. This enables the piano to play by itself with the keys actually moving up and down before your eyes!

 

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Piano-iQ – Elegance

The Elegance baby grand is an ideal entry level grand piano that will also appeal to recreational and social players. It is a beautiful furniture piece, compact in size and in a range of colours to suit your décor. Its length of 145cm produces improved sound compared to smaller 140cm baby grands in the market. Sostenuto pedal 

Width: 146cm    Depth: 145cm    Height: 99cm    Weight: 265kg

Prices start at $22,995   Other Finishes Available

Alex.Steinbach iQ Pianos are a unique range of traditional acoustic pianos that hide a very big secret. iQ pianos are fitted with the exclusive PianoDisc™ Silent Drive technology. This enables the piano to play by itself with the keys actually moving up and down before your eyes!

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Piano-iQ – Elegance II AS150D

The Elegance baby grand is an ideal entry level grand piano that will also appeal to recreational and social players. It is a beautiful furniture piece, compact in size and in a range of colours to suit your decor. Its length of 150cm produces improved sound compared to smaller baby grands in the market. Sostenuto pedal included.

Width: 148cm    Depth: 150cm    Height: 103cm    Weight: 279kg

 

Prices start at $28,995     Other Finishes Available

Alex.Steinbach iQ Pianos are a unique range of traditional acoustic pianos that hide a very big secret. iQ pianos are fitted with the exclusive PianoDisc™ Silent Drive technology. This enables the piano to play by itself with the keys actually moving up and down before your eyes!

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Piano-iQ Regal II – AS175D Call Today for our Price!

 

The most popular grand piano in the Alex. Steinbach range. Its versatility in any location and its outstanding level of sound production makes this a truly exemplary piano. Unique American Pramberger design. Lock & Sostenuto pedal included.

RRP $32,995     Other Finishes Available

Length: 175cm    Height: 103cm    Width: 152cm    Weight: 360kg

Alex.Steinbach iQ Pianos are a unique range of traditional acoustic pianos that hide a very big secret. iQ pianos are fitted with the exclusive PianoDisc™ Silent Drive technology. This enables the piano to play by itself with the keys actually moving up and down before your eyes!

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Alex.Steinbach - Silent Piano Module

An optional silent play function is now available in the Alex.Steinbach Romance upright piano models. 

 - Silent Piano Module RRP $9495

The Silent Piano is a system that allows you to play your real acoustic piano silently through headphones. You can practice on your acoustic piano at any time of day and night without disturbing those around you!

The inclusion of two stereo headphone jacks allows parents to sit alongside and listen to children practice, or two children to play the piano together without disturbing anyone. Easily change between acoustic piano and muted piano by moving a small lever under the keyboard.

 

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