Yamaha Design “Synapses” YCH-7018/YCH-6018
Concert chimes featuring an elegant design reminiscent of a grand piano with greatly improved sound quality and playability.
The chime tubes display the golden color of the brass material and the black frame that supports them, creating a contrasting color scheme. The black frame blends together with the performer and background, making the newly redesigned golden tubes stand out even more.
Chime tubes are typically hung from separate parts of the assembly in front and behind, but we have adopted a structure that rethinks the design and integrates those parts. The front and back tubes are placed close together in a beautiful horizontal arrangement, allowing for far better playability than in previous instruments. The lighting has been designed such that highlights are reflected horizontally to showcase the orderly arrangement of the overall modeling.
In the upper part of the assembly, which often sports a design unique to each manufacturer, a crown motif was incorporated into the modeling. The shape of a crown, which can also be found in traditional Western architecture and the design of harps, has a strong affinity with chimes as a classical instrument based on church bells, and bears a universal sense of dignity.
The design of the base is intended to inspire a feeling of unity as a part of Yamaha by drawing upon the same visual language used in the arc of the arms on the flagship grand piano model CFX. The iconic large arc, immediately recognizable by the audience without hindering the player's view or performance, establishes the chimes’ identity as a Yamaha orchestral instrument.
- Hiroki Nishioka
- Yamaha Design Laboratory