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What we think of the Yamaha AvantGrand N3 grand piano
The Yamaha AvantGrand N3 is the flagship model. With all of the quality inherent in the rest of the range the N3 builds on this by incorporating a truly astounding Spatial Acoustic Speaker System. It also benefits from the so called Soundboard Resonator and this adds to the rich, vibrant sound quality. All of this is encased in a high quality, uniquely designed cabinet which is truly stunning. Yamaha essentially create two separate ranges of 'hybrid' pianos. The AvantGrand is one, which are digital pianos with real piano actions, the Yamaha silent grand pianos are another. These are real acoustic pianos with silent technology fitted. The GB1 silent grand piano is certainly worth considering along with this fine instrument.
88 note specialised grand piano action with ivorite keytops
Three piano style pedals with half pedalling capability
Soft closing keyboard fall as you would find on an acoustic Yamaha grand piano
'Spatial Acoustic Sampling' piano sounds provide incredible realism
256 note polyphony prevents any notes from 'dropping out' during sustained passages
5 stunning instrument sounds, including two grand pianos, two electric pianos and harpsichord
10 preset songs
1 track song sequencer with 300KB/30,000 note data memory
Adjustable metronome for practicing
Transpose the instrument and adjust the tuning for accompanying other instruments Change the temperament for playing music from other eras such as Baroque
2 x headphone sockets
MIDI In/Out ports for easy connection to a PC or Mac
AUX IN L/L+R, R so you can play other digital instruments or an iPod through the on board speaker system
AUX OUT L/L+R, R for connection to a PA or bigger speaker system for use in a live performance environment
USB TO DEVICE port so you can save your performances to USB memory stick
Incredible Spatial Acoustic Speaker System, with 10 x 22 watt and 2 x 80 watt amplifiers
The speaker system comprises: (16cm + 13cm + 2.5cm) x4
Feel and experience a piano sound that you have never had before from this stunning and elegant instrument
With a design embodying the latest in technology, Yamaha signals a new direction for the piano. This, our flagship model, is the ultimate expression of "Innovation with soul." A keyboard and pedals indistinguishable from those of a grand piano. Stunningly authentic tactile response. Speakers with the authority and presence to deliver flawless sound... The AvantGrand N3 weaves advanced technology into an extraordinary design that gives form to Yamaha's aspirations for the future.
Specialized Grand Piano Action and Piano Keyboard
The nuanced touch and response of the grand piano are an essential standard yardstick for piano quality. It offers the player a specially-developed grand piano action that features the same configuration as the action of a real grand. The hammers strike the "strings" from underneath, allowing minute adjustments to the weight distribution of the hammers, and to the movement of the hammers themselves, for a smoother feel when playing. In addition to a hammer sensor, this instrument employs a non-contact key sensor that has no effect on the movement of the keys, affording excellent recognition of the player's pressure on the keyboard, timing, and the other delicate nuances that affect musical expression. This combination provides an impressive sensitivity for the entire range from pianissimo through to fortissimo, and the ability to translate even the swiftest trills of the pianist with transparency. The wood construction of the keyboard mirrors that of the grand piano, and features New Ivory II on the white keys. This is a unique new material developed by Yamaha, with a texture superbly close to that of natural ivory, allowing you to play swift passages with ease while also offering a sure response for slower pieces.
Spatial Acoustic Sampling
Together with a variety of piano sounds, this instrument features samples of the actual vibrations from within the soundboard of the instrument. To permit the sound to travel well to the player's position, as it does with a grand piano, we sampled the sound from four locations in the left, right, center, and rear of a grand piano. Sampling from deeper inside the instrument, we were able reproduce the attraction of the original sound almost perfectly. It was the experience of our engineers, and a reiterative cycle of trial and error conducted with piano tuners that made this success possible. And of course, the samples in this instrument are all taken from a specially-selected example of Yamaha's CFIIIS full concert grand piano.
Spatial Acoustic Speaker System
This instrument utilizes a four-channel multi-speaker system, designed in a three-way configuration with woofer, squawker and tweeter, to allow more natural reverberation in the soundboard. Each of the speakers in this layout is equipped with its own dedicated amplifier, a luxury that reduces the interference in each pitch range and offers more natural expression to the delicate nuances in each sound. Moreover, by using speaker positioning that mimics the positions in the grand piano from which the original samples were taken, it offers a more natural sound to the pianist.
In addition to the four-channel multi-speakers, the N3 also features a flat-panel "Soundboard Resonator" where the music rest would be when laid flat, allowing a more subtle reproduction of the buildup of sound felt by pianists when playing a grand piano. An oscillator called a "transducer" transmits vibration to the flat-panel soundboard, giving a realistic sound response that is especially evident in the higher range.
Tactile Response System (TRS)
The sound of an acoustic piano resonates throughout its entire body. The bass range in particular is an essential part of the reverberation that is continually transmitted to a player's body. This is replicated by our newly-developed Tactile Response System (TRS) that focuses on reproducing reverberation. This system features two transducers in the soundboard, the area underneath the keyboard, resonating natural reverberation throughout the entire instrument. The player's hands on the keyboard transmit the natural sound felt from the feet as they depress the pedals; the epitome of real piano playing. This system can be turned on and off, and the vibration set to one of three levels.
Specialized Grand Piano Pedal
Light to the touch at first, subtle firmness partway through its travel, and lightening again as the player pushes further; the pedals of the grand piano have subtly different stages than can be felt when the pedal is depressed. Skilled players take advantage of these pedal movements by using extremely delicate pedaling that allows them to achieve finely nuanced expression in their play. In developing this instrument, we set out to reproduce the sensations of a grand piano's pedals as faithfully as possible. The resulting pedal allows for music as you believe it should sound, equally responsive for more impressionistic pieces that require a lot of half-pedalling.
All Yamaha pianos from Chamberlain Music are delivered and prepared by our specialist delivery team. This ensures that they are handled carefully, set up and adjusted correctly. This is FREE to all ground floor, mainland UK addresses. We aim to deliver as quickly as possible but this may take up to 7-10 days depending on your location and our carrier's scheduling. Call our piano sales team for further information on delivery times.
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