What we think of the Yamaha CLP535 digital piano
The new Yamaha Clavinova CLP535 digital piano is now on display and ready to try in our Haslemere showroom. It is a wonderful step up from the outgoing CLP430 digital piano, with a revised action including 'escapement' and new piano samples coming from the Yamaha CFX concert grand and the Bosendorfer Imperial concert grand. Yamaha have also revised the user interface, with a smart looking control panel on the left hand side of the instrument, out of sight and out of mind making it look much more like an acoustic piano. It makes for a worthwhile upgrade from the CLP525 with a much better key action and sound set.
88 note GH3X Graded Hammer Action keyboard with escapement
Synthetic ivory keytops
New CFX and Bosendorfer grand piano samples
8 piano voices and 26 other voices
Three piano style pedals with half pedalling capability
256 note polyphony
Reverb, chorus, effect, brilliance
16 track sequencer
USB audio recorder
2 x 30 watt amplifiers with 2 x 16cm speakers
"Real Grand Expression" Sound, touch, pedals–perfectly integrated to give you the sensation of playing a grand piano.
Real Grand Expression. This phrase defines the expressive capability of Clavinova. It is not only the full realization of the sound, the touch and the pedals, but the application of technologies nurtured by crafting acoustic pianos to perfectly integrate these three elements into a single piano. This piano produces that exact sound you want through the touch of the keys and the feel of the pedals. As you play, you will truly feel as though you are playing a grand piano.
The tone of the finest concert grand pianos in the world
The CFX—Yamaha’s finest concert grand selected and played by the winner of the 2010 International Chopin Piano Competition—and the Imperial from Bösendorfer—a brand held in high esteem by pianists throughout its long history—are renowned pianos characterized by distinctive traits such as power, versatility, subtlety, lightness and mellowness. Both of these superb pianos’ Voices are featured in the Clavinova. Tuned to perfection by a highly experienced piano technician with the sound from each key sampled individually, Clavinova truly captures the unique tonal character of each of these outstanding instruments.
With your Clavinova, you can enjoy the exquisite beauty of the sought-after tone that the CFX and Bösendorfer Imperial deliver.
Reproducing the Damper Resonance and deep reverberation of an acoustic piano
The Clavinova faithfully reproduces the sound of an acoustic piano utilizing features like String Resonance to emulate the mellow tonal color that occurs when strings react to one another. The result is a beautiful tone with rich, deep reverberation.
In addition to the reverberation of the strings themselves, Damper Resonance reproduces the broad, deep sound field of an acoustic piano. It also mirrors the tonal changes that result when a damper pedal on a grand piano is depressed. It includes sounds such as those emitted from the key bed and emulates the cumulative resonance that occurs when all of these sounds blend together.
Smooth tonal transformations perfectly matched to key pressure
Pianists can change the volume of the sound—as well as its dynamics—to achieve both mellow and bright tones by simply changing the pressure they apply to the keys.
The Clavinova features long, carefully-sampled recordings of notes on a piano, reproduces them in rich detail and utilizes unique Yamaha technologies to achieve smooth tonal transitions in response to the touch of the player.
From staccato to legato—superbly expressive sound that responds to the player’s touch
Featuring Yamaha Smooth Release technology, Clavinova offers the crisp tone heard when playing staccato as well as the lingering sound produced by releasing the keys more. This provides finely-nuanced response to the pianist’s playing.
The moment a pianist’s fingers are lifted from the keys of a grand piano, subtle changes occur in the instrument’s tone as the damper is lowered onto the strings to mute its sound. Key-Off samples features actual recordings of these changes, offering a faithful reproduction of the most subtle changes in the piano’s sound, allowing for a more realistic performance.
Play many notes simultaneously without any unwanted dropped notes.
Graded Hammer 3X (GH3X) keyboard
Utilizing the same hammering system and spring-less mechanism as a grand piano, the GH3X keyboard action accurately reproduces the touch of an acoustic piano from the heavy feel in the lower register to the lighter touch in the upper octaves. They also feature the three-sensor configuration, which accurately sense and interpret the behavior of the keyboard for a response and feel very similar to that of a grand piano.
The newly developed GH3X keyboards also feature an escapement mechanism that reproduces a slight clicking sensation near the bottom of the key dip, and they have been designed in such a way that the click is discernible only on the lightest keystrokes, similar to the keyboard of a grand piano.
Synthetic ivory keytops—a pleasure to play even after hours of performance
Reproduces the gentle, tactile surface of the ivory keyboards once used in only the finest pianos. It features highly-absorbent material that prevents fingers from slipping even after hours of performing, while retaining the ideal texture and feel.
The mechanics of superior sound - Full-body resonance, just like an acoustic piano
Similar to an acoustic piano, the Clavinova is calibrated carefully, with speaker positioning and body materials checked to ensure that the entire instrument resonates optimally. For a sound image that is very close to the grand piano, these instruments feature Tone Escapement in several locations throughout the body that allow the sound from the speakers to be projected to the listener’s ears without being trapped inside the instrument.
Acoustic Optimizer—Regulation to ensure a balanced tone
The body of the Clavinova contains Acoustic Optimizers that regulate the flow of sound and control tone.
A new technology springing from Yamaha’s intimate knowledge of the acoustic properties of the interiors of musical instruments, Acoustic Optimizers deliver natural, smooth feel and tone across the entire keyboard.
An easy-to-read LCD and intuitive layout enable simple operation of your Clavinova, giving you more time to focus on playing.
An abundance of piano lesson pieces
Features exercises for building piano technique from Hanon, Bayer, Czerny and Burgmüller.
Multi-track Song Recorder
The recording function featured in Clavinova digital pianos allows you to record your performances* with a single touch, which is useful when you want to review your playing objectively. Additionally, you can record up to 16 tracks for simultaneous playback, so different hands can be recorded separately or overdub parts with different Voices.
* Recordings are made in MIDI format, and can also be recorded to USB flash memory. Compatible software is required for playback of recorded data on a computer
USB Audio Recorder
Record performances to USB flash memory and create audio files (WAV format) you can save and play back on a computer, share with friends or create a CD.
A comprehensive range of keyboard Voices
In addition to its world-class grand pianos, the Clavinova CLP Series boast a library of impressive Voices including, electric pianos and a variety of organs. Enjoy the freedom to choose the ideal Voice for the genre of music you want to play.
New reverbs that offer ambiance and spatiality
The new reverbs allow to you enjoy the sensation of playing a piano recital in a large concert hall, or experience the ethereal, moving sound of a pipe organ played in a cathedral. The Clavinova Series allow you to incorporate these exquisite reverbs to add depth and atmosphere to your sound and enjoy concert hall ambience and spaciousness in the privacy of your own home.
IAC (Intelligent Acoustic Control), perfect for playing at home
The ability to adjust performance volume is extremely useful at home where players may not always be able to play at high volume levels. Often at low volumes, both bass and treble may become difficult to hear. To counter this, Clavinova is equipped with Intelligent Acoustic Control (IAC), which adjusts the sound automatically, allowing players to enjoy balanced sound at any volume level.
Instrument apps to expand your musical horizons
If you use an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, Yamaha apps will make playing more convenient and enjoyable!
Delivery is fast and free to all UK mainland addresses. Depending on your location we will select a courier - normally TNT, UPS or a Pallet service. At Chamberlain Music we aim to deliver as quickly and safely as possible and do our best to keep you informed all the way. Delivery of digital pianos is to doorsteps however many drivers are happy to assist further although they are not contracted to do so. Your piano will be delivered boxed and will require self-assembly.
*Registration required, Terms and conditions apply, please visit uk.yamaha.com for further information.