WNAMM09: Yamaha's New Grand Moves Air

Avant Grand has transducers and 4, 3way speakers      24/01/09

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It's a terrible dilemma, you'd love to put a Yamaha CF3 grand piano in your lounge, but you don't have the room, or perhaps the budget ($160k+/-), so what do you do? Well you could go for a nicely presented home keyboard piano type of affiar, but that might just not float your boat. The new Yamaha Avant Grand might well fit the bill, sure it's still mighty pricey at around $19,999, but it's a real playing experience. With four sets of three way speakers that take their signals from the four channel samples, they call it the Spatial Acoustic Speaker System, custom made for this instrument from the aforementioned C3S concert grand. So what? You might ask, well there's more - the Avant Grand, which has a beautiful laquered, grand piano finish and Ivory 2 key tops, is also stuffed with transducers which cause the piano to actually vibrate in sympathy using the Tactile Response System which transmits "string" vibrations through the keys to player's hands. In practice it's very authentic, turn the speakers down and play one of the lower octaves and you can actually feel the keys vibrate in sympathy – and makes the experience pretty real. If you doubt me, get your hands on one and give it a try. The AvantGrand ships July 2009. You'll be pleased to know that it comes with a matching bench.


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Name    Said...

I don't understand why someone wouldn't just buy a real grand or upright for this price. You can emulate to perfection but it will always be an emulation.

24-Jan-09 06:06 PM


Steve    Said...

You just have to sit and play it, feel it and hear it. For SOME applications it would be way better than a real grand of a similar size. For example the key action is closer to a $100,000 piano and the aural and physical experience when you sit at the bench and play is very gratifying. Just try it. No brochure or article can do it justice. It is not for everybody and it is not trying to be, it is truly unique, only Yamaha...

24-Jan-09 08:05 PM


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I should clarify... "For SOME applications it would be way better than a real grand of a similar size and Price Range".

24-Jan-09 08:07 PM


   Said...

It would be very nice for those of us who also can't afford the constant cost of tuning a real one as that can add up fast.

24-Jan-09 10:41 PM


selercs    Said...

i would choose the roland v-piano instead. its only like 3000 bucks and you can adjust more parameters. or get the real one for $160k...lol

24-Jan-09 10:53 PM


joe    Said...

This has got to be just about the dumbest thing I've ever seen. Just imagine the number of smart people that were paid a lot of good money to develop this abomination over what period of time? Oh, I'm sorry... more than 5 minutes making a joke about it in the break room? Yeah, that's time and money wasted.

Not only does a real piano have real strings, it also won't be an outdated piece of shit in 5 years. Hell, a good real piano will still be a good real piano in 100 years.

25-Jan-09 10:23 PM


Dan A    Said...

Even from the camcorder, this sounds great. Obviously, Yamaha did it's homework when sampling.

There's definitely a market for this - apartment dwellers who need to keep the volume down but still need a concert grand to practice on (although with 4 subwoofers, I'm guessing that it can get pretty loud.)

And don't forget about the Flagship / Trickle Down model Japanese companies love to utilize. In other words, technology from this piano will find its way into other, less costly aplications.

26-Jan-09 10:43 AM


Bob    Said...

I was able to experience the Avantgrand at NAMM, and I was totally blown away by this piano. If you close your eyes, you feel as though you're playing a Yamaha concert grand CFIII piano! The key thing here is both the brilliant sound of the instrument and the true connection to the artist, made possible, in part, due to transducers under the keys that vibrate like a real grand piano. There is no other instrument that can do what this instrument can do. And the price is relatively cheap, when you consider that it truly accomplishes what an instrument costing tens of thousands of dollars more would do.

28-Jan-09 11:38 AM


Richie    Said...

Without never laying hand on this product yet I feel it is very interesting. Especially for serious home practice the volumes generated by good-size grand pianos may be way too much for not only neighbours' but also for your own ears. Thus, Avant Grand might provide the superior mechanism of grand piano with adjustable volume. Let's see...

16-Apr-09 11:36 AM


Richie    Said...

Without never laying hand on this product yet I feel it is very interesting. Especially for serious home practice the volumes generated by good-size grand pianos may be way too much for not only neighbours' but also for your own ears. Thus, Avant Grand might provide the superior mechanism of grand piano with adjustable volume. Let's see...

16-Apr-09 11:37 AM


John Gavin    Said...

Sure, a fine acoustic piano is the ideal. No argument there - but a Steinway D goes for $250,000. If you have the money, and the space go for it by all means.

But nobody here mentions that down the road, to keep an acoustic piano in prime, concert-standard regulation, you have to replace parts along the way. A big re-regulation done well can cost $10,000. The digital maintains it's sharp regulation almost forever.

A fine digital piano is the realistic answer to a limited budget, space and low-maintenance.

25-Jan-10 10:06 AM


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