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Yamaha’s innovation has a name: CP88 and CP73

With Yamaha, innovation is always around the corner. For that reason, these state-of-the-art stage pianos are among the brand’s most prominent models and are built to bring modernity without compromising the classic quality sound that Yamaha is known for.

 

Many pianists around the world, both professionals and beginners, choose a Yamaha piano as their main or practice instrument at some point in their lives. This brand is really famous in the music market, especially when it comes to pianos, making it the first choice of many.

However, despite its quality, there are other people who opt for modernity and technological advancement from other companies, as is the case of the Swedish keyboard brand: Nord. These stage pianos have a bright red frame to stand out and stand out for their quality of sound, touch, and smooth interface.

Despite the fact that Nord is a very good company, Yamaha has wanted to continue being the preferred brand of many and, for that reason, taking inspiration from the philosophy of the Swedish music company, it has decided to renew its instruments and offer those positive aspects that some find. on pianos from other manufacturers.

The CP88 and CP73 pianos were chosen for the modernization and these were presented to the audience in 2019, specifically at the Third Meeting of Keyboard Players in “El Sótano de Madrid”; event organized by Yamaha for instrumentalists and distinguished people in the world of music. Shortly after its first public event, the information on the pianos was already on the brand’s website.

 

The structure of the piano

Although pianos have acquired new modern qualities, one thing Yamaha did not decide to change was their classic black color. These two dark toned models come with wooden body keys, coated in imitation ebony and ivory to offer a better feel for pianists and an elegant stylization to the instrument.

The CP88 comes with 88 graduated weight keys to give a feeling very similar to playing a grand piano. It should be added that the 18.6 kilogram instrument comes with three sensors that allow rapid repetition.  

For its part, the CP73 model can be considered the best Yamaha piano of the moment for those who are dedicated to using varied and continuous sounds, and need slightly lighter keys. It has 73 keys and has a weight of 13.1 kilograms.

Although they differ in dimensions and the weight of the keys, both have the same quality and are good alternatives for musicians.

 

The importance of colors

The first thing you will notice when having one of these pianos is the upper section, marked by colors that divide it into different areas. These controls are as important as the keys, since it is a panel with the option of using different effects and achieving piano sounds of different types such as: electric, electro-acoustic and acoustic. Besides that, you will also be able to imitate other sounds corresponding to various instruments such as basses and organs.

The colors used are green, red and yellow. In each zone you will find a double button with up and down arrows to choose between the different instruments stored in the sound library. The rotary switch is used to choose between the different families of pianos such as the Rhodes, the Bösendorfer, the Wurlitzer, among others. The important thing is that, no matter what you choose, the sound will be clear and impeccable. In addition, you can have an effective control of the instrument due to the fact that there are dedicated knobs for editing the effects, activated with their respective buttons.

These pianos are also characterized by avoiding complications and having fairly intuitive controls, which will guide the user during the use of the instrument. The top panel is robust and resistant to constant manipulation, and is accessible while playing the piano, avoiding interrupting your practice sessions or professional presentations.

 

Sound quality

One of the most important characteristics of these pianos is that, although having 57 sounds divided between the 3 sections included in the top panel is an incredible quality, the instruments will always seek to advance.

By preventing these models from becoming outdated after a while, Yamaha is committed to expanding the range of piano sounds through updates that musicians can download and install on their instruments. Thanks to this detail, the pianos will remain modern over the years, until Yamaha decides not to continue providing rhythm updates.

As for the effects, these are known as echo, equalization and reverb. Each color section also has its own other effects to customize the sound obtained.

 

The rear panel remains relevant

Few take the time to flip the piano over to check the instrument’s rear panel, yet this speaks volumes for its versatility and ease of use.

In this case, both CP models, being Yamaha professional range, come with audio output in two pairs. The first is an XLR pair, while the second alternative is a Jack pair. In addition to these connections, these pianos are the first stage models of the Yamaha brand that have a USB space to connect memories or adapt the instruments to a computer. Therefore, its use will be more comprehensive and simple, since the quality recording will be direct and will not depend on external interfaces.

Finally, the audio input comes with connections for 4 pedals that could complement the sound, either as a looper or as extra effects. The inputs have a level regulation.

Priced at over $ 1,600 each, these pianos might seem pricey to some, but professionals know that in every penny there is a promise of exceptional quality and high-end sound from Yamaha. For all this, the instruments of the CP line will surely continue to be talked about for several years.

 

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