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Just watched Rocketman.

Lot's of Yamahas!



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Elton John is a Yamaha artist. A lot of those pianos "historically speaking" were not yamahas. It was a fun movie though.

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Originally Posted by sroreilly
A lot of those pianos "historically speaking" were not yamahas.

What do you mean?

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Originally Posted by Iaroslav Vasiliev
Originally Posted by sroreilly
A lot of those pianos "historically speaking" were not yamahas.

What do you mean?


I think Sean is saying that some of the pianos shown in the early stages of Elton's career were not Yamaha pianos, but Yamahas were used in the movie. This might be true, although I have not seen the movie.

I can tell you that John owns 5 Yamaha concert grand pianos and takes them with him where ever he tours (well, he probably only takes one with him).


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Originally Posted by Retsacnal
Just watched Rocketman.

Lot's of Yamahas!


Was it any good??



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Originally Posted by Iaroslav Vasiliev
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A lot of those pianos "historically speaking" were not yamahas.

What do you mean?

For instance, there's a scene in which Elton auditions for music school while in his teens. The piano used in that scene is some new Yamaha CX series piano, which of course, did not exist during the time of Elton's actual audition in the 50s/60s/whenever.

In other words, all sorts of "period" inaccuracies with regards to the piano models used.

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Originally Posted by NobleHouse
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Just watched Rocketman.

Lot's of Yamahas!


Was it any good??


The movie or the Yamaha’s?

As for the movie, I enjoyed it, but not as much as Bohemian Rhapsody nor A Star is Born (but this wasn’t based on a real singer AFAIK).


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Originally Posted by WeakLeftHand
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Originally Posted by Retsacnal
Just watched Rocketman.

Lot's of Yamahas!


Was it any good??


The movie or the Yamaha’s?

As for the movie, I enjoyed it, but not as much as Bohemian Rhapsody nor A Star is Born (but this wasn’t based on a real singer AFAIK).


Yes, I meant the movie.



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I’ll probably wait for pay per view. Of all the people watching that movie, this group and this group alone would notice “piano inaccuracies”. smile
I’ve always been an Elton John fan. At least Sir Elton is still alive and can correct any outrageous inaccuracies in the script.
I also enjoyed Bohemian Rhapsody but didn’t think the script really captured Freddy Mercury.
I would also watch a movie about one of my absolute favorites Leon Russell. Mad Dogs and Englishmen on tour with Joe Cocker in his prime!


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Ah yes, movie inaccuracies. Always fun to look for them and say aha! Reminds me of the movie on Steve Jobs when he sold his batch of Apple 1 motherboards to a computer store that had a few of the original IBM PC monochrome monitors on the shelves, which didn't exist at the time.


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Originally Posted by Rich Galassini
Originally Posted by Iaroslav Vasiliev
Originally Posted by sroreilly
A lot of those pianos "historically speaking" were not yamahas.

What do you mean?


I think Sean is saying that some of the pianos shown in the early stages of Elton's career were not Yamaha pianos, but Yamahas were used in the movie. This might be true, although I have not seen the movie.

I can tell you that John owns 5 Yamaha concert grand pianos and takes them with him where ever he tours (well, he probably only takes one with him).

Originally Posted by mcontraveos
For instance, there's a scene in which Elton auditions for music school while in his teens. The piano used in that scene is some new Yamaha CX series piano, which of course, did not exist during the time of Elton's actual audition in the 50s/60s/whenever.

In other words, all sorts of "period" inaccuracies with regards to the piano models used.

I see. I guess Yamaha had paid some fee to the movie company in order for these 'inaccuracies' to happen.

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I watched about half of it and never noticed!

I thought it was somewhat interesting but I couldn't finish it due to some content that put me off.

I'm a huge Elton fan however and love his playing. I wish I could do what he does at the piano. I wish he'd talk about it or do a "master class" video or something. He seems to not talk about his playing in much detail.

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If I understand correctly, EJ was the first one officially sponsored by Yamaha. Story goes Yamaha was not interested in sponsoring anyone, but some employee saw him play and convinced the upper-crust that it would be good for advertising the product in the USA when he toured....

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I’ll probably wait for pay per view. Of all the people watching that movie, this group and this group alone would notice “piano inaccuracies”. smile
I’ve always been an Elton John fan. At least Sir Elton is still alive and can correct any outrageous inaccuracies in the script.
I also enjoyed Bohemian Rhapsody but didn’t think the script really captured Freddy Mercury.
I would also watch a movie about one of my absolute favorites Leon Russell. Mad Dogs and Englishmen on tour with Joe Cocker in his prime!


guilty as charged. I kept pausing bohemian rhapsody to see if they had actually used a fazioli in the scene of Freddie mercury's home (he was known to have owned a fazioli). I think they hid the name there. I actually can't recall if they ever showed the name of any piano used. The live aid concert looks to be American made in the actual concert (going by the squared edges of the case by the keys). The one used in the movie has the rounded edges typical of Europeans and Japanese pianos.

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I know Yamaha produces many pianos ,but I dislike the continuous comments of dislike of these pianos.The tone of a piano is just personal like or dislike.Some very new Yamaha pianos can be very
bright. While I like a more "mellow "tone whatever that is.There are so many degrees of "mellownes " some more singing (a touch of brightness? )
It must be difficult on this forum for those (at times) with Yamaha pianos.
There are some of these I have really admired.,I have mentioned a U3 I once played that I just loved,
and a C2 grand.
Perhaps it is easier to own a Boston piano because it is not allowed an identity of any sort ?

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Originally Posted by Iaroslav Vasiliev

I see. I guess Yamaha had paid some fee to the movie company in order for these 'inaccuracies' to happen.


Not necessarily. Although there IS paid product placement the Matchless Cunningham has been in a number of movies and tv shows and we have never pid a dime for placement.


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Originally Posted by Rich Galassini
Originally Posted by Iaroslav Vasiliev

I see. I guess Yamaha had paid some fee to the movie company in order for these 'inaccuracies' to happen.


Not necessarily. Although there IS paid product placement the Matchless Cunningham has been in a number of movies and tv shows and we have never pid a dime for placement.



So your pianos also have been in the movies !

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Originally Posted by Rich Galassini
Originally Posted by Iaroslav Vasiliev

I see. I guess Yamaha had paid some fee to the movie company in order for these 'inaccuracies' to happen.


Not necessarily. Although there IS paid product placement the Matchless Cunningham has been in a number of movies and tv shows and we have never pid a dime for placement.




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Originally Posted by Rich Galassini
Originally Posted by Iaroslav Vasiliev

I see. I guess Yamaha had paid some fee to the movie company in order for these 'inaccuracies' to happen.


Not necessarily. Although there IS paid product placement the Matchless Cunningham has been in a number of movies and tv shows and we have never pid a dime for placement.

Good point!

I had also imagined something in the real Elton John's contract with Yamaha stating that any "authorized" portrayal of EJ that involves a piano must feature a Yamaha. Paid endorsement sounds more likely, however.

Did anyone catch the movie "Green Book"? There seemed to be some "inaccuracies" regarding plausible Steinway vintages there, too. The main character also makes claims about his preference for a Steinway; I wonder if that was some form of paid endorsement, or something else.

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Originally Posted by Rich Galassini
Originally Posted by Iaroslav Vasiliev

I see. I guess Yamaha had paid some fee to the movie company in order for these 'inaccuracies' to happen.


Not necessarily. Although there IS paid product placement the Matchless Cunningham has been in a number of movies and tv shows and we have never pid a dime for placement.





I had a phone call with the people at kasimoff and they told me a story of Robert Downey Jr. and Marvel looking for a grand for the mansion of Tony Stark (iron man) they asked what piano would a billionaire have in his home, they answered (of course) a Bluthner! and rented out a concert grand for the movie. It should be noted that the piano in the movie was destroyed horribly, but this was a fake piano or CGI or something.

As for Rocketman the movie, Elton John seemed to have a lot of pull in the making of the movie... he might even be the producer. I'm sure there was agreement all around to use Yamaha pianos (grands) wherever possible. I just thought it was worth pointing out that many of the "famous" pianos in some of those moments were Bechsteins and Steinways... I'm sure there was a fair share of Yamaha pianos as well though. =)

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