Clavinova is a high-end digital piano made by Yamaha. What sets Yamaha Clavinova digital pianos apart from those of other manufacturers is they’re much more like an acoustic piano. Expert musicians, especially classical pianists, agree acoustic pianos have a richer sound and more favorable touch because of their construction and the materials from which they are made. However, the materials and construction also mean acoustic pianos require more maintenance, and they’re much more expensive.
Digital pianos, which Yamaha began producing in 1983, can mimic the sound and feel of an acoustic piano, with the Yamaha Clavinova digital piano being at the top of the line. Some advantages of digital pianos in general are they require little maintenance, even tuning. They also accommodate headphones, allowing for silent practice time. They take up less space and are more versatile.
What Sets the Yamaha Clavinova Digital Piano Apart?
As we pointed out, Yamaha digital pianos can mimic the feel of an acoustic piano, which is very important when playing expressive, dynamic pieces, such as in classical music. Even the keys on the entry level Yamaha Clavinova digital piano, CLP625, feels more like an acoustic piano. The more advanced models provide an even better feel. The CLP645 Yamaha Clavinova has Natural Wood X action, meaning real wood is used for the keys just like an acoustic piano. The newest and most authentic action to date found in Yamaha digital pianos is available in the CLP675 and 685 series, called GrandTouch. A beginner wouldn’t be able to tell the difference in the touch of the keys, but these nuances are important to the more experienced player.
The sound produced by Yamaha Clavinova digital pianos is another key element that sets the series apart. It’s a rich, harmonious sound like the acoustic piano, which, pardon the pun, is music to the player’s ears. Most of the Yamaha Clavinovas also incorporate Virtual Resonance Modeling (VRM). VRM digitally recreates the subtleties that set an acoustic piano apart enabling the Clavinovas to also produce a much richer, natural sound. Also related to the way the Yamaha Clavinova digital pianos sound is the quality of the sound emitted through the headphones. The technology used retains the same quality and tones through the headphones into the player’s ears as if they were hearing it without the headphones, a very helpful element for beginners and more experienced players alike.
Don’t let the added features of Yamaha Clavinova digital pianos scare you from trying one. The Clavinova series has various available price points, making it a reasonable option for all levels of musicians. For more information about Yamaha Clavinova digital pianos, contact Piano Rentals, where you can find piano rentals for all of Southern California.