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#2859328 06/16/19 07:44 PM
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I had the opportunity to play a new GC 2 in a piano store in Philadelphia and was struck by how rich and smooth the tone was. I’ve only played older used Yamahas in other stores and felt the tone was too bright for my taste. The sales rep told me Yamaha had recently revamped the whole line and felt it had changed the tone in some positive ways. Just curious if others have experienced this and how far back the changes go. I wasn’t considering Yamaha too seriously but playing this newer series has changed my mind.

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Originally Posted by spartan928
I had the opportunity to play a new GC 2 in a piano store in Philadelphia and was struck by how rich and smooth the tone was. I’ve only played older used Yamahas in other stores and felt the tone was too bright for my taste. The sales rep told me Yamaha had recently revamped the whole line and felt it had changed the tone in some positive ways. Just curious if others have experienced this and how far back the changes go. I wasn’t considering Yamaha too seriously but playing this newer series has changed my mind.

I played a new Yamaha smallish grand at a piano store in Macon, Ga. a few years ago and thought it sounded very nice. Warmer and mellower than most older Yamahas, and the low bass was surprisingly rich for a smaller grand. Don't remember the model and didn't spend a lot of time with it, but was impressed immediately.

Older Yamahas can sound nice too if prepped and voiced well. As far as older Yamahas being brightish, that may well be true. But I happen to like bright. I suppose that is because of the genre of music I like best.

However, I do agree that the newer Yamahas sound and play great.

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Hi spartan928,

Each maker has what they call a tonal model. Yamaha has, beginning with the CFX, made a fundamental change in their tonal model and has shifted to a warmer, and IMHO, a more flexible, tone. So what you have been told is true, as others here will confirm as well.

Also, every piano will benefit from preparation. Some dealers do a tremendous amount of technical preparation, some do very little, while others fall somewhere in between. If you sensed that you enjoyed the GC-2 you mention better than other Yamahas you have played, you may have stumbled upon a dealer known for their technical expertise and the preparation that they do on their new pianos.

Bottom line - buy the piano you like. thumb

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I bought a few of the GC2 model grands in the last couple of years as a 'best bang for the buck' to replace some aging pianos in the practice rooms at Boston University /Music, tonally they were very receptive at all nuances of dynamics with skilled players, very straightforward in action regulation and voicing, thumbs up......


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Yamaha started to change parts to their C series first about 2012. I don’t remember all the changes but I know they switched hammers, not sure if they first used Renners or not and made some changes to the strings. Same plate, some improvement to the soundboard. Somewhat warmer tone. After all the C series were revamped, I think along came improvement to the GC series, then the CF series. According the the price increase with the previous year, the improvement should be dramatic. I have only tried the C3X. I played it right next to the piano I bought. But it wasn’t enough difference in sound or action to really justify a $14,000 price increase for me. The improvement in the higher end Yamaha is supposed to be significant. But then if I wanted to upgrade on my C3, I might just find a deal on a S4BB.


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