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Re: Yamaha U1TA (TransAcoustic) [Re: Pete14] #2332351
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I listened to the French youtube video Pete14 refers to at 1:35. I listened with high quality headphones and while the sound was accurate without any electronic DP characteristics, it had not surprisingly the presence of a good upright. In no way did it sound like a grand. I suspect that even with the grand GC1TA coming out in a few months that what we will have is a piano with a very good sounding 5'3" soundboard. It's like feeding a subwoofer frequency into a midrange speaker (here of course the soundboard is the speaker) and expecting to hear the presence of a subwoofer. A 5'3" soundboard can't sound like a 9' soundboard no matter how many transducers you hook up to it.

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Re: Yamaha U1TA (TransAcoustic) [Re: Pete14] #2332507
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Keep in mind that the shorter bass strings in a 5'3" play a significant role in the resulting weak/muffled lower end. So, while the soundboard of the G1TA (5'3") will never sound like a Concert grand, you could potentially get a deeper lower end from the sampled (CFX) source.

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Exactly, you're boosting the normal (string produced) sound of a 5'3" soundboard. It's still 5'3" with just more "punch". Undoubtably you will hear a difference (perhaps clarity and depth), but to bill this augmented sound as having the presence of a concert grand sound will most likely be a wild exaggeration.

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Re: Yamaha U1TA (TransAcoustic) [Re: Pete14] #2332568
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That's true; and knowing Yamaha, they will exaggerate the improvements.

I'm still waiting for the holy grail of digital pianos, yet Yamaha, Kawai, and Roland claim to have achieved this at every winter NAMM.

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