Yamaha Design “Synapses” SX Series
A flexible, refined grand piano.
SX Series grand pianos represent a transition from the S Series, which continued a legacy of classic grand piano tradition, to a lineup of instruments with a more modern form. With a silhouette that veers way from the traditional, the SX Series is strong and yet flexible, and together with the CF Series and the CX Series, is a symbol of the design philosophy behind Yamaha grand pianos, which has been to seek simplicity over time.
The gentle curve of the S-shaped arms at either ends of the keybed, along with the legs and pedal support that arch like the taut limbs of an athlete, extend upwards in a representation of the concept of “soaring vertical curves,” and give the overall design a uniform feel.
The area around the pedal box has evolved to possess gently curving contours that retain a strength that flows through subtly curving lines, symbolized in the S-shaped lines of the music stand. With the shape of every part of the piano completely in harmony, the instrument as a whole reflects a calm grace.
The cast frame that supports the tension of the strings gleams with the shine of a pearl-like coating. The brightness of the inner surfaces of the piano has been reduced deliberately in order to create a contrast that makes the frame stand out.
The arms at the ends of the keybed are a distinctive feature of any grand piano, and in the SX Series feature a beautiful S-curve that highlights the supple movements of the pianist’s fingers. They offer an impression of elegance, while also inspiring the pianist.
- Keizo Tatsumi
- Yamaha Design Laboratory