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Hi All,

I wanted to share my initial impressions about my new Yamaha C2X grand piano, especially since there do not appear to be a lot of posts about this piano on Piano World.

After playing on it for hours since it arrived last Wednesday, I am more than positive this was the right decision. Some details about my piano history: I grew up with an old Cable console. It was about half a century old when I first began taking lessons with it. After getting a job and saving for a bit, I was able to buy my first digital piano, a Yamaha Clavinova. That served (and continues to serve) me well until I had the budget for an acoustic. Living in a VERY small studio apartment in a major city, I thought that an upright was the only way to go. After doing tons of research here and coming close to buying a Mason and Hamlin 50, I ended up with the Yamaha YUS-5, a 52-in upright. The YUS-5 was a spectacular piano, complete with a celeste rail, which made it even better for apartment living.

But then I started trilling thirds in Scarlatti sonatas and wishing for the action that only a grand can deliver. Even as I was purchasing the YUS-5 (a well-respected and excellent upright), I had always wanted a grand. Finally made the jump a couple weeks ago and went to my dealer. With a trade-in and a bigger budget this time around, I bought the C2X. It takes up about half my living space, but I have no regrets! With the digital piano and the grand, I basically live in a piano warehouse. :-) When I was shopping, I was able to play the C2X, along with other fine pianos like a Steinway M and Mason and Hamlin grands. Maybe it was the good prep work done on it, but the C2X just sang to me. The Mason and Hamlins were maybe a smidge better, but that smidge would have cost me (I'm guessing) around $20-30K extra.

This weekend, I played everything from Bach to Chopin to Duke Ellington. Its feel is one of the best I've felt on a piano, and its sound is worlds away from that 1940 Cable console on which I first learned. Playing jazz on this thing is heavenly- nothing could be better. The only challenge right now is ensuring that the acoustics are good and not overpowering in my parquet floor-covered apartment that is small. I'm planning to buy a thick rug soon to place under the piano. I was very fortunate to be able to buy this piano. I'd counsel even the Yamaha skeptics (I was one before the YUS-5) out there to give the CX series a try. The YUS-5 blew me away compared to their regular U series, and I think the CX series is up there with some of the other great pianos. Just my opinion! Sorry for the long post, but wanted to share this info for people who may be looking for any insight on the C2X.

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congrats! You need to search out BrianDX, I think you'll enjoy his journey, thoughts and especially their final choice. I'm sure he'll chime in once he sees this topic! I just started putting a rug under my piano and it helped with the higher treble as my room is very bright.

You bought a great piano, have fun and lets see pix soon........blob


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The CX series is very nice indeed. Congratulations!

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Congratulations!

Just out of curiosity how do you manage to play on an acoustic even though you live in an apartment?

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Congratulations on your new Yamaha grand piano!

I'm sure the 1940 Cable console paid its dues! smile

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Congrats. That's a sweet machine.

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Hi Rifung. One of the reasons I began with a digital was my concern about noise and upsetting the neighbors. However, I learned a bit on this forum about working to control sound: the use of rugs, heavy furniture, lots of books to absorb sound, not playing Rachmaninoff. Haha! Also, my apartment is on the ground floor, which is a great plus in terms of controlling sound. I am very careful about playing no more than one hour a day on the acoustic, and I always play after noon, but before 8 pm. So far, no complaints! I reserve scales and other tedious work for the digital piano. If I move to another apartment, finding a ground floor and accommodating neighbors will be essential. It's tricky, but it can be done!

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And thanks everyone! I am very pleased with it. Would love to go over the specifics with family and friends, but this kind of story would bore most people! Seemed appropriate to share it here with other piano enthusiasts!

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Originally Posted by StartwithBach
One of the reasons I began with a digital was my concern about noise and upsetting the neighbors. However, I learned a bit on this forum about working to control sound: the use of rugs, heavy furniture, lots of books to absorb sound, not playing Rachmaninoff. Haha! Also, my apartment is on the ground floor, which is a great plus in terms of controlling sound. I am very careful about playing no more than one hour a day on the acoustic, and I always play after noon, but before 8 pm. So far, no complaints! I reserve scales and other tedious work for the digital piano. If I move to another apartment, finding a ground floor and accommodating neighbors will be essential. It's tricky, but it can be done!

Or a piano with a built-in Silent System. I bought my Yamaha C2 SG three years ago (one year before the CX series was released). Had I bought my piano one year later, I might also be in the C2X club. But the C2 is a fine instrument; and with the silent system I don't have to worry about not playing after 20:00.

But my neighbours have complained about my playing when I did not use the silent system...


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Congrats StartwithBach! Welcome to the C2X club!

We are just coming up to our one year anniversary with this piano. It has been a great year overall, a couple of things to mention...

When we first got our piano tuned, it was a quick visit from the dealer's tech. Four months later we had it serviced from the only RPT near our area. It turns out that the piano was not totally prepped, so he spent an hour first adjusting the action so that every key was just right. He then tuned the piano, which apparently had kept its original tune very well.

We are very happy with this instrument, way better than anything we could had imagined.

Pics please ASAP. Forum rule! smirk


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I agree that the C2X is a fine instrument. I have had mine for about six months and I would definitely buy it again. It has a ”noble” sound that even non-musicians have commented on when I have played for them. And I also like the action a lot, with its distinct touch and precise control. There is a tangible aura of quality to this instrument.


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Originally Posted by Sehnsucht
I agree that the C2X is a fine instrument. I have had mine for about six months and I would definitely buy it again. It has a ”noble” sound that even non-musicians have commented on when I have played for them. And I also like the action a lot, with its distinct touch and precise control. There is a tangible aura of quality to this instrument.

Very well put, your description of the C2X. We have had two different professional musicians play our instrument, and both have commented that this was the best C-series Yamaha they ever played.


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