The choice and quality of the materials used to create a piano make a huge difference and only the world's finest materials are used for Yamaha Premium Pianos.
Yamaha purchases top quality wood, and of this, only around 1% of the best quality is used for Premium Piano soundboards.
Wood that has been specially selected based on grain structure, strength and resonance is seasoned for long periods making it perfect to form the ribs, soundboard and bridges.Hi-grade felt is specially processed for the hammers, and the leather used in the mechanism of the action is also of the highest quality, specially treated specifically for this role. The iron plate at the heart of the piano is cast to precise specifications in Yamaha’s own foundry. The balance and synergy between these materials combined with the experience of Yamaha’s master artisans is critical when producing the Premium Pianos. Yamaha’s dedication to quality is visible in every stage of production, and is followed by the most stringent quality control in the musical industry.
The value that all important processes of Premium Piano making are performed by the hands of experienced and highly skilled craftspeople.
There are a lot of ways to realize the most ideal quality of sound for pianists on each premium piano. However, even now the fact remains that there is a territory where we can rely only on the sensitivity of craftspeople, such as voicing, regulation and tuning. The time to spend such works for premium piano is sufficiently much more than those of a standard grand piano. But time alone isn’t the only difference. The craftspeople in the Handmade Shop are elite piano technicians with unparalleled skills.
Audiences don't always realize how much concert pianists depend on talented technicians to make sure their instruments are at their best.
No matter how well you play, and no matter how good the piano is, you still need a little help. Yamaha concert piano technicians understand exactly what artists need to create their own unique musical voices. And they use this knowledge to regulate and voice the piano to perfectly match the player’s musical taste and technique. Since 1980, Yamaha has run a Piano Technical Academy at their headquarters in Japan where they have graduated more than 5,000 expert technicians. In addition to Japanese, close to 600 overseas students have trained at the PTA.
Graduates are considered the elite of the concert piano technicians' world.
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