C2XPE - Yamaha Acoustic Grand Piano - CX Series - 5'8" Cabinet - Polished Ebony
THE LEGACY OF THE CFX CONTINUES
In setting out to design a piano that could resonate with the pianist, the designers of the CX Series have created instruments that can truly sing.
Some of the most timeless hits have been recorded on a Yamaha C Series piano. Now this legendary piano has been refined with many of the innovations from our flagship CF. The back posts, soundboard, ribs, strings and hammers have been redesigned for a more delicate attack, rich harmonics, infinite colors and a beautiful resonance capable of long sustained pianissimo tones and nuanced, expressive fortissimo. In the process of refining a legend, the CX has redefined what a grand piano could be.
Preserving tradition is not the same thing as refusing to change rather, it is from the ongoing search for perfection that traditions emerge. And when it comes to the tradition of crafting a grand piano, there is a sound, a tone to which only those who strive constantly to outdo themselves can aspire. For almost half a century, Yamaha’s world-renowned C Series grand pianos have continued through a gradual process of refinement The CFX full concert grand piano built on the knowledge, techniques, and experience gained during this long period, with craftsmen pouring everything they knew into the creation of an instrument that took bold new steps in piano design, seeking to attain sonic perfection. The CX Series extends this work further, providing a clear sound with a clean attack, sparkling tone, and transparent harmonies, all encased in an elegant, flowing form. The end result is a series of instruments that is refined in tone, yet bold in design, the product of a dedication to innovation that allows Yamaha to remain true to its musical heritage. CX Series pianos represent progress that is commensurate with Yamaha’s 125th anniversary year – progress that will transform any room in which you play into a concert hall.
THE PLAYER’S PIANO
CX pianos have been redesigned with many of the innovations of Yamaha’s flagship CFX to give artists a more versatile tonal palette while still maintaining the bright, percussive sound that has helped make C series pianos the most recorded in history.
A SOUNDBOARD ABOVE
The soundboard of the CX takes its cues from Yamaha’s flagship CFX. The finest spruce from Yamaha’s Kitami Mill in Hokkaido, Japan is delicately shaped by our craftsmen to create the iconic CX series sound.
A POWERFUL FOUNDATION
Like Yamaha’s flagship CFX, the back posts of the CX are crafted from the finest spruce and made thicker and more substantial to support the most powerful fortissimo.
ADVANCED V-PRO FRAME
Yamaha was the first company to use an advanced Vacuum Shield Mold casting technology called V-Pro to create a stronger, lighter, more durable frame worthy of the grandest grand piano. Every CX frame is built to Yamaha’s exacting specifications at our Iwata Forge in Japan.
A MORE REFINED HAMMER
Yamaha took everything they learned from their flagship CFX and reinvented the hammers to create the iconic sound of the CX with even more range of tonal colors and nuance.
SPECIALLY CRAFTED BASS STRINGS
Yamaha artisans wind each bass string to work in harmony with the hammers, soundboard and every part of this exceptional instrument.
SUPERIOR VOICING AND REGULATION
CX pianos are expertly voiced and regulated by master technicians in Kakegawa, Japan to express every nuance.
CX SERIES PIANOS FEATURE A THICKENED BACK FRAME FOR IMPROVED SUPPORT, PROVIDING A RICH, RESONANT TONE.
One of the most important factors in achieving a rich tone is the support provided within the instrument. When playing powerful fortissimo the force exerted on the instrument causes it to bend slightly, losing energy. The part of the piano that accepts this force and transforms it into deep reverberation is called the back frame, which could be likened to the skeleton in a human body. On the C3X for example, this back frame is approximately 20% thicker than on other pianos, providing significantly improved support, and reflecting the considerations on which the CX Series has been completely redesigned.
The new soundboard resonates with the emotions of the performer.
THE NEW SOUNDBOARD RESONATES WITH THE EMOTIONS OF THE PERFORMER.
A violin is built around a beautiful body with three-dimensional swellings and a delicately curved shape, which is similar to the three dimensional concave design in a piano soundboard called the “crown.” The manufacture of this crown is pivotal to the crafting of any piano, and is thus of paramount importance to piano engineers in addressing the problem of how to transmit the vibrations of the strings from the soundboard into the surrounding air efficiently. Yamaha has taken experience accumulated through many years of crafting pianos and combined it with unsurpassed engineering ability to ensure that the soundboard always provides superb projection. The resulting design capitalizes on physical phenomena unique to the craft of piano-making, to create a soundboard assembly with a structure that allows it to vibrate easily, something that would not have been possible without the deep understanding of the traditional art of piano crafting that goes hand-in-hand with Yamaha’s experience and engineering know-how. The same techniques developed for gluing the soundboard, ribs, and bridge in the CFX are used for the C3X and above—models which require a great deal of projection—and the process of installing the resulting soundboard assembly into the piano body has been investigated carefully. This has resulted in dramatically improved projection and the unprecedented response that performers demand.
REVOLUTIONARY NEW MUSIC WIRE OFFERS BEAUTIFUL SUSTAIN AND HARMONY.
It is music wire that actually creates sound of a piano. While affected by its matching with the hammers, soundboard and body of the piano, music wire has a profound effect on the timbre and sustain of the instrument. The CX Series utilizes music wire that produces a rich sound with a full complexity of overtones in its middle and upper registers. Coupled with the support from a solid foundation, this gives CX Series pianos a rich, harmonic sound.
EXPERTISE IN FRAME MAKING SHINES THROUGH IN ROBUST QUALITY.
The frame in a modern piano must be able to withstand a total string tension in excess of twenty tons; not only does the frame work together with the wooden body to support the string tension, but it has a profound effect on the instrument’s sound. Yamaha makes its own frames, relying on a method of casting referred to as the “vacuum process,” developed over many years to create some of the best piano frames in the world. During this time we have built up a storehouse of knowledge on factors such as the manner in which controlling the temperature and composition of casting, and even the coating used on the frame itself, affects the acoustic characteristics of the piano. This is a major reason that Yamaha is able to ensure reliable quality when crafting our pianos.
HAMMERS BASED ON THOSE OF THE CFX SERIES.
Great hammers are essential to producing a beautifully expressive, malleable sound. Yamaha, unlike most other piano manufacturers, produces most of its own high-quality components, and is constantly looking for new ways to use the abilities developed through doing so to give our piano hammers tonality, resilience, and power. The CX Series has also benefitted from the results of this research and development, and utilizes the same felt as the CFX, adjusted to match the size of each instrument in the series. This ensures that all CX Series pianos possess a clear range of tonal colors and a nuanced, expressive sound.
VOICING AND REGULATION BREATHES LIFE INTO THE PIANO.
Pianos offer pianists only a limited amount of freedom; indeed, apart from the pedals, the pianist’s scope for expression is limited to the 10 mm travel of each of the 88 keys on the keyboard. Even so, the combination of the pedals with the speed and velocity applied to the keys produces a range of tonal changes so broad that they cannot be reproduced with current digital technology. This is the true soul of an acoustic instrument, allowing the pianist to obtain an incredible amount of expression from just 10 mm of key travel. That is precisely why Yamaha devotes so much time voicing their pianos so that the intentions of the pianist are conveyed to the strings. In regulation, a craftsman adjusts the movement of the action so that it accurately transmits every nuance of the pianist’s touch. In voicing, the hammers, which cause the strings to emit sound, are pricked with a pick to create a balanced tone that will respond beautifully when played. Even today, in an era when technology continues to evolve rapidly, these tasks remain the domain of skilled craftsmen who must ensure the high quality of these instruments, and are the main reason that Yamaha has remained one of the top piano makers in the world.
A DESIGN THAT UNIFIES PIANO WITH PIANIST, INHERITING THE LEGACY OF THE CF SERIES.
CX Series pianos feature a completely revamped design. Following in the footsteps of the CF Series concert grand, the CX Series design features simple, elegant lines, focusing on the characteristic legs of the piano in doing away with any excess ornamentation. This elegance is set off by a solid pedal box that allows performers to depress the pedals with as much power as they want, one aspect of a philosophy epitomizing “functional design” that allows pianists to become one with their instrument as they play. In order to provide the best playability possible, CX Series grand pianos offer white keys made of Ivorite™, which has a feel, color, and absorbency very similar to natural ivory, while natural ebony has been used for the black keys.
THE PEACE OF MIND THAT COMES WITH A YAMAHA GRAND PIANO
The CX Series is equipped with a lid prop stopper to prevent your fingers from being caught when the piano lid closes unexpectedly. – The fallboard is fitted with a soft landing mechanism that means you no longer have to worry about the fallboard shutting on your fingers unexpectedly.
|Number of Keys:||88|
|White Key Surfaces:||Ivorite|
|Black Key Surfaces:||WPC|
|Pedals:||Shift Pedal/Sostenuto Pedal/Damper Pedal|
|Hammer Type:||CX Series Special|
|Caster Type:||Single Caster|
|Lid Prop Safety Stop:||Yes|
|Number of Back Post:||4|
|Available Finishes:||Polished Ebony, Polished Ebony w/ Chrome, Satin Ebony, American Walnut, Polished Mahogany, Polished White|
Silent Model SPECS
|Key Sensors:||Non-contact continuous detection optical sensor|
|Hammer Sensors:||Non-contact 2-point optical fiber sensor|
|Damper Pedal:||Continuous detection sensor|
|Sostenuto Pedal:||On/Off detection sensor|
|Soft/Shift Pedal:||On/Off detection sensor|
|Mechanism:||Hammer shank stopper operated by center pedal|
|Action:||Quick Escape mechanism|
|Piano Sound:||Yamaha CFX, Bösendorfer Imperial|
|Binaural Sampling:||Yes (CFX Grand Voice only)|
|Virtual Resonance Modeling (VRM):||Yes|
|Number of Preset Voices:||20|
|Voices for Song Playback:||480 XG Voices + 12 Drum/SFX Kits|
|Stereophonic Optimizer:||Yes (Piano Voices other than CFX Grand)|
|Number of Preset Songs:||20 Voice Demo Songs, 50 Classics|
|Number of Recording Songs:||10|
|Data Capacity:||approx. 550 KB/Song|
|Playback Format:||SMF (Format 0, Format 1)|
|Recording Format:||SMF (Format 0)|
|Recording Time (max.)||80 minutes/Song|
|Playback Format:||WAV (44.1 kHz, 16-bit, stereo)|
|Recording Format:||WAV (44.1 kHz, 16-bit, stereo)|
|Tempo Range:||5 – 500|
|Transpose:||-12 – 0 – +12|
|Tuning:||414.8 – 440.0 – 466.8 Hz (approx. 0.2 Hz increments)|
|Bluetooth:||Yes (for Audio only)|
|Storage and Connectivity|
|Internal Memory:||approx. 1.3 MB|
|USB flash drive|
|Stereo mini jack (x2)|
|Stereo mini jack|
|[L/L+R][R] (Standard phone jack)|
USB TO DEVICE:
USB TO HOST:
|PA-300C (or an equivalent recommended by Yamaha)|
|12 W (When using PA-300C AC adaptor)|
Auto Power Off:
|AC adaptor, power cord, headphones, headphone hanger, attachment screws for headphone hanger, “50 Classical Music Masterpieces” music book, Owner’s Manual|
||USB wireless LAN adaptor (UD-WL01), wireless MIDI adaptor (UD-BT01/MD-BT01)|
Disklavier Model SPECS
|Piano Silencing Mechanism:||Yes (Motor-driven hammer shank stopper)|
|Piano Sound:||CFX Binaural Sampling / CFX Stereo Sampling|
|Number of Polyphony (MAX.):||256|
|Number of Voices (Playing):||16 (Piano, Electric Piano 1-3, Harpsichord 1 & 2, Vibraphone, Celesta, Pipe Organ 1-4, Jazz Organ, Strings, Choir, Synth Pad)|
|Number of Voices (Playback):||480 XG Voices & 12 Drum Kits|
|Number of Built-in Songs:||500 (Pop, Jazz, Classical, Smart Key, etc . 380 piano solo songs (PianoSoft Solo), 72 songs with instrumental accompaniments (PianoSoft Plus), and 48 songs with audio backing (PianoS oft Audio))|
|Compatible Data Format:||SMF (Standard MIDI File, Format 0 & 1), MP3, WAV|
|Compatible Song Format:||PianoSoft, PianoSoft Plus, PianoSoft Audio, SmartKey|
|Tuning:||414.8 HZ- 466.8 Hz (Tunable in ±0.2 Hz)|
|Storage and Connectivity|
|Headphones:||Mini Stereo Jack x2|
|USB TO DEVICE:||x2|
|USB TO HOST:||Yes|
|Storage Media – USB Flash Memory (Optional):||Yes|
|Power Requirements:||AC100 V – 240 V, 50/60 Hz|
|Included Accessories:||Stereo Headphones, Operation Manual, Built-in Song List, Music Book 50 Greats for the Piano, USB Wireless LAN Adaptor (UD-WL01)|
|Key Sensors:||Non-contact Optical Fiber Grayscale Shutter Sensing System for 88 keys (Sensors for the key position, keying velocity, and key releasing velocity)|
|Pedal Sensors:||Damper & Shift pedal: Non-contact Optical Position-sensing System, Sostenuto pedal: ON/OFF Detection Sensing System|
|Hammer Sensors:||Non-contact Optical Fiber/shutter Sensing System|
|Key Drive:||DSP Servo Drive System (Servo-controlled solenoids, Key sensor feedback)|
|Pedal Drive:||DSP Servo Drive System (Servo-controlled solenoids)|
- Matching Piano Bench
- Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
- Red Key Cover
- 10-Year Manufacturer Warranty On Acoustic Pianos: From cabinet to keys, legs and strings, if any defect or issues arise with any aspect of your piano we will take care of everything at no charge! Yamaha takes pride on the quality of their pianos and we believe in Yamaha’s craftsmanship to stand behind this amazing warranty promise.
- Free Shipping (See FAQ regarding shipping vs. delivery)
- Free Extended Warranty Upgrade on Clavinova/Avant Hybrid models
- Direct Text Support
- Financing – 12 months same as cash
- Piano Trade-up Program
- Video Owners Manual for Digital Models
- Piano Expert Consultation – Our piano experts have your best interest in mind and will never pressure you into making a decision!
Yamaha Conservatory Series Testimonials
The CX Series… I have played on The GB1K and GC Models for many hours over the past years. Keep in mind the genre I have studied the most is classical. I have played classical, rock, jazz, I’ve spent hours improvising, I’ve worked scales, I’ve played pop, I’ve listened to so many people play on these models, and I can honestly say I have enjoyed every minute of it. When you are looking at the CX series, you are looking at a grand piano that has top notch material, engineering, design, sound, and touch.
There is a reason the CX series grand pianos are the most recorded pianos in history. They are a dream to play, the response of the action is superb, and the sound is both crisp and full of colors. The C3X has alive and bright (not too bright!) tone that allows you to be expressive with classical music yet still have fun playing rock, pop, and jazz. The larger cabinet CX series continuously develop a bit of a warmer tone overall with deeper bass tones, longer sustained notes, more projection, and more complex colors in the sound.
I would say that it is a smaller piano but without any compromises, it has quality of larger CX pianos. It has beautiful tones and responsive actions and it will help me to attain even and precise executions of my fingers on the keys. It is a great concert preparation tool for my concerts. Suitable for someone who is serious in learning classical piano repertoire, also definitely an excellent choice for teaching instrument.
It features absolutely gorgeous and powerful bass sound, strong yet warm at the same. This piano reminds me of large bells of European churches, since it has rich and noble prolonged sound. Superb balance of lower, mid and upper register which makes it easy to play anything. Instead of I have to adjust to the piano, this piano will help you to bring out most natural ways of your playing.
I have played several concertos on the CX7 in recent years. The most recent was when I played Beethoven’s Emperor concerto here in town, which I felt it was most suitable quality piano to play with the classical style chamber orchestra. Suitable for up to mid-size concert halls, schools or churches
For chamber music, I love to play on the CX6, little sibling to the CX7. It has the ideal balance for the chamber music. I own CX6 at my home.