Yamaha, a famous Japanese company that makes musical instruments, electronic instruments, and automobiles is the news again. It has very recently unveiled a new piano model during the NAMM show. This upright model, U1TA will be available in April for sale, however, at an eye-popping price: $16,000.Should Piano lovers really go in for this model? Would it be worth it? Would the joy of playing this Piano equal its cost?
Let us consider some of the key features that this model offers to Piano buyers.
Using other piano models from Yamaha, music artists could play those models in two modes. First, the old, regular acoustic mode that now seems old-fashioned. Second, the one that plays the MIDI-audio while the artist just listens to the audio. The third new mode available in U1TA is the Trans Acoustic mode.
It is this new mode that got maximum attention at the show, thanks to the vibrating piano bridges, that this model demonstrates. Sounds amazing, isn’t? Piano bridges are those wooden strips, which convey the string vibrations to the piano’s soundboard. How does this happen? Instead of the traditional speakers, where a metal coil is connected to a cone, which moves near and away from the magnet; in the U1TA, the metal coil is directly connected to the soundboard, itself. Apparently, the piano bridges vibrate reproducing sound, making this a more fun-filled experience.
The new mode may not produce completely mind-blowing, out-of-the-world musical experience, but it is feels very pleasant to hear the free-flowing acoustic sounds from hammer-struck strings and the digital sounds, as well. Externally, this piano looks very similar to other pianos with a MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) brain. The MIDI interface supports the use of computer connections. As acoustic pianos are costlier, it is a good idea to buy a good piano with great specifications, rather than a buy a cheap acoustic piano. Degradation is detected and corrected easily in digital pianos.
The factors important for good-performing acoustic pianos are:
- Keyboard action quality
- Memory size
Yamaha has managed to integrate the acoustic and digital sound into one mode for the U1TA. So, this model seems to be a wonderful amalgamation of the old and the new, into perfect harmony. This creation therefore bridges the void between the digital and analog pianos.
Whether you buy this piece or not, it makes sense to go and experience it wherever it is being demoed for a first time experience. The upcoming other piano models should be an enhancement of this model. And, it makes us wonder how much better or advanced the upcoming piano versions from Yamaha would be.