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Yamaha S6 v C7 #1219465
06/19/09 03:04 AM
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I did a gig on a Yamaha S6 last night. I had been excited about playing it because I know that the S series are the hand-finished flagship models. I did not have very long on it before playing to an audience, but to me it felt very like a C7, yet without the rich bass which I enjoy so much on a C7. The extremes of the treble, too, seemed harsher than I expected of an instrument which costs significantly more than a C7.

Some of this, of course, will be due to the way that this particular S6 has been set up, but I wondered what other PW members think about the S6/C7 comparison. Just how much more "piano" did that venue get for paying the extra money?

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Re: Yamaha S6 v C7 [Re: jazzpianist] #1219569
06/19/09 09:06 AM
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I keep hearing about people talk about S series Yamahas being expensive. How much are S4s and S6s?


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Re: Yamaha S6 v C7 [Re: Maestro Ng] #1219601
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Jazzpianist - sounds like it wasn't set up as well as it should have been, poor tuning at the top, or it may have been the acoustic of that particular venue unless you'd played the C7 in the same location.

The S6 pianos we have had, have all been rather over-voiced, slightly too mellow for a concert venue, but fine for a home, whereas the C7 models tend to arrive brighter, making it an easier job to tone down rather than brighten up.

How much more "piano" did the venue get for the money? - well, 6" less in length, 74lbs less in weight, but a better soundboard and slightly better hammer heads. I think most jazz pianists would prefer the C7 for the reason you stated - bigger bass and in my view, certainly more potential power and brilliance.

Maestro NG, Yamaha prices have rocketed over here in the last 12 months - current discounted UK prices are around £28K for S4 and £34K for the S6, whereas a C7 is around £25K.

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