Yamaha Design “Synapses” CP4 STAGE/CP40 STAGE
The latest stage pianos to bear the renowned "CP" brand.
Launched in 1976, the CP-70 (shown in background here) established the professional stage piano all on its own. The CP4 STAGE and CP40 STAGE carry forward the essence of the original CP-70, in a form suited to today’s music scene. The intuitive connection that players develop with these instruments through hard use is universal to fine instruments of any period.
A substantial vertical wall rises at the back of the keyboard to give the instrument a piano-like aspect, in contrast to the sloping flat surfaces of a synthesizer. This stepped surface reduces the chances of unintended contact with the control panel when playing, so the player can focus on the performance—especially important on the stage, when mistakes are unacceptable.
A wood keyboard that is pleasant to touch, a hairline-patterned silver stripe that evokes the CP-70, and leather texture beyond the control panel. The use and placement of different materials and textures engage the performer’s visual and tactile senses, adding an extra dimension to the instrument’s expression.
The keyboard creates a sense of presence appropriate to the stage, with a radiused edge accentuating the sides. Viewed from the rear, that edge groups the output jacks while recalling the indentation on the CP-70. The radiused edge also reflects spotlights on stage, giving the instrument the visual appeal that a member of the CP family deserves.
- Jose González
- Yamaha Design Laboratory