Yamaha Design “Synapses” CFX
Tradition and Innovation – The Inspiration and the Goal.
Seeking to offer artists better sound, Yamaha designers set out to remove any superfluous elements in what eventually became a complete reconstruction of the piano, redefining the relationship and balance between every part of the instrument. Their efforts gave the CFX the dignity and grandeur appropriate to a full concert grand, with a silhouette that projects its presence to the furthest reaches of any concert hall.
The CFX offers performance characteristics expertly honed to allow the pianist complete freedom of expression. All extraneous elements have been eliminated from the keyboard area, and a tranquil finish given to the inner surfaces, while the pedal box features a new construction capable of handling even the most tempestuous of passages. This combination actually serves to heighten the senses of pianists as they play.
Aiming to combine the traditional construction of the grand piano with innovation that only the CFX would be able to offer, Yamaha designers sought a new conformation for the new instrument. The result is a modern configuration that combines sweeping curves and straight lines. The unique shape of the keyboard arms is symbolic of the innovation that the CFX embodies, and elegantly emphasizes the form and fingers of the pianist.
Tasked with crafting a frame capable of creating the beautiful, powerful tones demanded of the CFX, Yamaha designers had to recreate the piano not just from an acoustic standpoint, but also from the point of view of construction. Seeking a clear sound with strong reverberation they consulted with pianists as they worked to develop a frame that would take into account both the flow of sound, and the forces exerted on the frame itself.
Finished with precision by skilled artisans to a pure midnight black, the mirrored surfaces of the CFX possess a depth that lends the silhouette an air of carefree elegance and power. The lid has been finished with a half-gloss to prevent it from reflecting light when performing with an orchestra, while offering a beautiful contrast with the mirrored surfaces of the piano case.
- Toshihide Suzuki
- Yamaha Design Laboratory