Over the course of more than 100 years, Yamaha has built a solid foundation by investing enormous human and material resources and carrying on large-scale, far-ranging technological research and development. The high quality of Yamaha pianos is recognized worldwide, and numerous renowned artists use Yamaha instruments.
Continuous refinement is a fundamental principle of Yamaha. While legendary artists such as Wilhelm Kempff, Sviatoslav Richter and Glenn Gould played on the first CF pianos, today Byron Janis, Alexander Kobrin, Frederic Chiu, Anne-Marie McDermott, Billy Childs, Hiromi and Chick Corea are just a few of the extraordinary artists who choose the Yamaha CF Series and S Series premium pianos as their instrument of choice.
The choice and quality of the materials used to create a piano make a vast difference and, with that in mind, Yamaha Premium Pianos use only the world’s finest materials. Yamaha purchases the highest quality wood, and of this, only the top 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.
High-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. Additionally, 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 and the experience of Yamaha’s master craftsmen is critical when producing 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 industry.
All assembly processes are performed by the hands of experienced and highly skilled craftspeople. There is no production line in the Handmade Workshop, so wooden materials can be individually seasoned and crafted to perfection. In addition, the time spent voicing each Premium Piano is more than 20 times that of a standard grand piano. But time alone isn’t the only difference in the production of Premium Pianos-the craftspeople in the Handmade Workshop are elite piano technicians with unparalleled skills.