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#2055301 - 03/27/13 07:43 PM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990M [Re: adak]
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Here are a few photos as I can post the ones sent from the seller:

1) http://imgur.com/MXtGClC
2) http://imgur.com/qmw19qu
3) http://imgur.com/2wUPZS6
4) http://imgur.com/96qE9hw
5) http://imgur.com/HaPQTrU

I was very happy to be getting the mahogany finish model CLP-990M, as it has a distinguished appearance and the cabinet is in very nice condition.

And, note the interesting gray-colored speaker grill in picture # 4 as the speakers are front facing which is unique for a digital piano.

The matching bench and manuals are included, also.

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#2055811 - 03/28/13 05:58 PM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990 [Re: pv88]
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Lovely looker. The speakers need moving downstairs and the music stand . . . .Can you stand it? Otherwise perfect. AND it`s got a sloping front!
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#2059887 - 04/05/13 03:15 PM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990M [Re: peterws]
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Have just received the complete "Service Manual" for the CLP-990/CLP990M which comprises 7 PDF's including schematics for the circuits. There are some very interesting illustrations and graphics for all of the parts in the piano as well as keyboard maintenance/regulation tips.

Here are the keys and action parts in four pages - first two images are the graphics and the next two are the names/specs of the parts.

Note as to how the weights of the keys are given in the 3rd image:

1) http://imgur.com/r0X44wq
2) http://imgur.com/t08nwOs
3) http://imgur.com/IdKE2IH
4) http://imgur.com/Em6eh0N

Here is the "keyboard adjustment" section in five pages:

1) http://imgur.com/ABKmmMf
2) http://imgur.com/j3LjFxW
3) http://imgur.com/pb8k7nx
4) http://imgur.com/4zxtRPj
5) http://imgur.com/u392oXS

Any service tech shouldn't have any problems in doing routine adjustments with these detailed instructions.

The solid spruce wood keys with the hammer action and escapement make this a very unique digital.

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#2059999 - 04/05/13 07:20 PM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990 [Re: pv88]
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Interesting stuff. This looks very similar to the Kawai wooden-key actions (and service manuals).

By the way, have you received your CLP-990 yet? I'm sure many here would be interested to hear your opinions compared to the Roland and Kawai instruments that you currently own.

Cheers,
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#2060082 - 04/05/13 10:56 PM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990M [Re: Kawai James]
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#2060757 - 04/07/13 12:23 PM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990 [Re: Kawai James]
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I've owned my CLP990 for over 10 years now and have to say it still works like new and has not needed any work on it done after all these years and lots of playing. You'll definately enjoy the uniqueness of it and wonder why Yamaha abandoned clearly superior technology all those years later when they could have kept on enhancing this technology making it even better.
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#2060829 - 04/07/13 03:38 PM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990M [Re: Kona_V-Piano]
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@Kona,

Yes, it appears that the CLP-990 was far ahead of its time in 2001 and still has specs to match (or, are better than) many digitals, today.

Extra note:

I do plan on making a recording with the default "Grand Piano 1" preset after the piano has arrived.

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#2060860 - 04/07/13 04:46 PM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990 [Re: pv88]
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pv88: Might I impose upon you to offer up photos of your piano studio. I've lost count of the pianos you own, but I'm sure it's more than that of ANY individual I've ever known. Can we have a look??

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#2060866 - 04/07/13 05:05 PM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990M [Re: MacMacMac]
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I plan on having a "flagship" model from each of the major brands, i.e., Roland, Kawai, Yamaha, as the last digital will be the Clavinova CLP-990M.

1) Roland V-Piano
2) Kawai CA95
3) CLP-990M

My fourth digital is the Kawai EP3.

Three flagships, and, the above.

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#2060881 - 04/07/13 05:24 PM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990 [Re: pv88]
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Envy!

Good point about the CLP900 regarding its flagship status. I've not had the pleasure of playing one. But everything I've read suggests that, despite its age, it's as good or better than any of the newer Clavinovas.

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#2060903 - 04/07/13 05:50 PM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990 [Re: pv88]
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Originally Posted By: pv88
@MacMacMac,

As I now have a new Polaroid camera I can take a few pictures after the Clavinova CLP-990M arrives. I didn't intend to take shots of my other digitals as there are only four that I now own, in all:

1) Roland V-Piano
2) Kawai CA95
3) CLP-990M
4) Kawai EP3

I plan to have a "flagship" model from each of the major brands, i.e., Roland, Kawai, Yamaha, as the last digital (or, EP3) is just a portable stage piano with standard plastic keys and a two-sensor action, nothing special.

Also, I could never own more than three (3) flagship models due to lack of space in my small studio room. Two of the three models have upright cabinets and along with the V-Piano they do not take up as much space as a real grand piano, or, an AvantGrand, which I do not want. The V-Piano and CA95 are along one wall side-to-side, whereas the CLP-990M will be on the opposite wall with a futon bed in the middle. The smaller EP3 will be moved out into the kitchen area to make room for the CLP-990 that is going to take its place. After the CLP-990 arrives that's it, as I am not buying any other digitals. I might consider trading up on either the V-Piano or CA95 later should a better model come along, otherwise I am keeping them.

Hope this helps to clarify things a bit.


PV88, thanks for posting this. I've learned something today and I'm keeping my eyes on this thread and your evaluation of the clp-990M to your flag ships smile



Edited by pianoworldanon (04/07/13 05:51 PM)

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#2067735 - 04/20/13 06:30 PM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990M [Re: MacMacMac]
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Originally Posted By: MacMacMac
Good point about the CLP900 regarding its flagship status. I've not had the pleasure of playing one. But everything I've read suggests that, despite its age, it's as good or better than any of the newer Clavinovas.


Yes, that is absolutely true!

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#2069521 - 04/23/13 06:30 PM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990M [Re: pv88]
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Update:

After a long wait for the shipping/delivery the piano has arrived. Details below:

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#2076847 - 05/03/13 08:35 PM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990M [Re: pv88]
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New photo* of CLP-990M:

The CLP-990M has arrived with its own matching bench and I have added the new green desk lamp on top. The three books (in the photo) that were included, left to right:

1) Yamaha Music Soft Catalog - 2002
2) Owner's Manual
3) Reference Booklet

http://imgur.com/umyDQyU

Also, will be making a recording to demonstrate the excellent "Grand Piano 1" default preset, shortly.

*Extra note:

As for the quality of the picture I took (with a Polaroid instant camera) please disregard the small white specks on the bench and piano which are not debris or paper but just specks of dust/scratches on the photo itself and scanner screen. Otherwise, the piano would have been spotless!

Have also added a few extra details in the "Prices Paid" thread:

Digital Piano "Prices Paid"

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#2076873 - 05/03/13 09:22 PM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990M [Re: pv88]
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Congrats Richard!

I hope it's worth the wait and expense.

By the way, I love the 70's look of that photo...;)

James
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#2076876 - 05/03/13 09:30 PM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990M [Re: Kawai James]
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Originally Posted By: Kawai James
Congrats Richard!

I hope it's worth the wait and expense.

By the way, I love the 70's look of that photo...;)

James
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Thanks James,

Yes, it did take a while in which to ship, however, all of the sounds are very realistic and the action appears to be excellent.

I have just confirmed the very subtle feel of the escapement simulation in the CLP-990M which has a very slight resistance, perhaps far less obvious when comparing it to the CA95.

And, here is the first new recording:

Premier recording - CLP-990M

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#2254851 - 03/31/14 02:34 PM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990M [Re: Kawai James]
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@Kawai James,

I thought you might want to know (along with everyone else) that I had some minor adjustments made to two keys that were sticking on my Clavinova CLP-990M (now 13 yrs. old) and both keys were freed up using a simple clamping tool which widens the hole in the wooden key where it sits upon the pivot pin in the key bed - same adjustment is used for acoustic piano keys.

Happen to have a local technician that has worked on Clavinova's over the years and knows a lot about digital piano repair. The key in getting repairs done correctly is knowing someone that has experience.

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#2254881 - 03/31/14 03:47 PM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990M [Re: pv88]
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"and both keys were freed up using a simple clamping tool which widens the hole in the wooden key where it sits upon the pivot pin in the key bed . "

I suppose a mini-file wouldn't suffice? Like you`d use for modeling . .? Can NOBODY do anything for themselves these days?
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#2254894 - 03/31/14 04:13 PM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990M [Re: peterws]
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Originally Posted By: peterws
Can NOBODY do anything for themselves these days?


Isn't it the other way round? There is that nice quote from Uncle Mort:

"I don't believe in do-it-yourself, me........I'd rather get a man in to botch it up professional like."
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#2254897 - 03/31/14 04:18 PM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990M [Re: peterws]
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Originally Posted By: peterws
I suppose a mini-file wouldn't suffice? Like you`d use for modeling . .? Can NOBODY do anything for themselves these days?


@peterws,

The repair the technician did was not that easy when you consider he had to take quite a few things apart just to get at the key bed to do the adjustments. I wasn't going to take a chance with messing something up when the sliding keyboard cover and main control panel had to be removed before one can remove the individual keys.

If you want something done half-a**ed then do it yourself, otherwise there are real techs that know how to fix stuff the right way.

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#2254960 - 03/31/14 06:00 PM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990M [Re: pv88]
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You know, PV, on a grand piano, the keybed is so easy to detach; a few large wood screws, and away it comes. But it`s so much fun to take these things apart, I think I`d have given it a go. It`s just what some fellas like to do. grin

You only have to look at those Nekkid pictures of Dewsters to know that. Even new stuff isn`t sacrosanct!
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#2254968 - 03/31/14 06:12 PM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990M [Re: pv88]
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You're right, pv. The tech "eased" the key bushing using a special tool made for just that purpose ... one that only a piano tech would have.

You would NEVER use a file there. The crevasse in the key is lined with bushing felt, not meant to be filed.

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#2350966 - 11/16/14 10:25 AM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990M [Re: MacMacMac]
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I know these are in hot demand, so I'm posting a link to my advert here.

I'm selling my CLP 990M (very reluctantly) on eBay with no reserve. Contact me if you are interested in playing before bidding.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RARE-Yamaha-Cl...-/301396796057?

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#2351211 - 11/16/14 09:58 PM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990M [Re: pianelmo]
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Originally Posted By: pianelmo
I know these are in hot demand, so I'm posting a link to my advert here.

I'm selling my CLP 990M (very reluctantly) on eBay with no reserve. Contact me if you are interested in playing before bidding.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RARE-Yamaha-Cl...-/301396796057?


@pianelmo,

Recommend listing the cabinet finish:

In your eBay listing you might want to list and describe the style of cabinet (i.e, Rosewood / Mahogany) of your piano.

The CLP-990 was available in two finishes originally, Rosewood or Mahogany, and I was very fortunate to have found a seller that owned the Mahogany which is considered to be the rarer of the two that were available. The Rosewood has a darker hue whereas Mahogany is somewhat lighter in appearance with a slight reddish tint to the grain.

Good luck with your sale!

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#2504696 - 01/27/16 06:35 PM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990M [Re: pv88]
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Hi PV88,

I am the happy new owner of CLP-990M, in decent shape except the pedal assembly is out of the piano with only the housing and pedals left. Yamaha no longer sells the complete assembly but they do seem to carry some of the individual parts. I was wondering if you would be kind enough to send me a scan of the pedal assembly from your service repair manual so I can see what parts I need to order to make repairs.

Thanks in advance!
Paul

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