Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

This custom search works much better than the built in one and allows searching older posts.
(ad 125) Sweetwater - Digital Keyboards & Other Gear
Digital Pianos at Sweetwater
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) Pianoteq
Latest Pianoteq add-on instrument: U4 upright piano
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
PianoSupplies.com (150)
Piano Accessories Music Related Gifts Piano Tuning Equipment Piano Moving Equipment
We now offer Gift Certificates in our online store!
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Piano
Quick Links to Useful Stuff
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers
*Organs

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano Accessories
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#2078530 - 05/06/13 07:56 PM Yamaha new cx series
pianocritic Offline
Full Member

Registered: 05/04/13
Posts: 68
Loc: Midwest
I own a c6 Yamaha Grand and I was visiting my local dealer today. He had just received the new Yamaha c6x series. I played it and fell in love again. I really like my c6 but the action, sound and play ability of the new cx was superb. I was wondering if any one else has had the chance to play the new cx. In my opinion it is the finest piano Yamaha has ever introduced. Interested to see if any one else had a similar feeling or experience.

Top
(ads 568) Hailun Pianos

#2078531 - 05/06/13 08:01 PM Re: Yamaha new cx series [Re: pianocritic]
beethoven986 Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/20/09
Posts: 3320
The first CX I played was so strident sounding that it was completely unenjoyable. Subsequent CX pianos I've seen left a more favorable impression, but at that price, I'd rather have an Estonia, Schimmel, or perhaps a M&H.
_________________________
B.Mus. Piano Performance 2009
M.Mus. Piano Performance & Literature 2011
PTG Associate Member
Certified Dampp-Chaser installer

Top
#2078534 - 05/06/13 08:10 PM Re: Yamaha new cx series [Re: beethoven986]
pianocritic Offline
Full Member

Registered: 05/04/13
Posts: 68
Loc: Midwest
Interesting. The cx I played was not strident at all but rather had a warm tone with excellent resonance. It was a real pleasure to play. Sound is so hard to describe and what sounds good to one person often does not sound good to another. That is why we are human and each of us have our own preferences. I also have a Masters in Music.


Edited by pianocritic (05/06/13 08:14 PM)
_________________________
Piano Critic-A player and listener. Musician-Bachelors and Masters in Music. Retired from Professional life and just enjoying Music.

Top
#2078550 - 05/06/13 09:17 PM Re: Yamaha new cx series [Re: pianocritic]
bennevis Online   content
4000 Post Club Member

Registered: 10/14/10
Posts: 4845
I played all the CX series when Yamaha unveiled them last year (C1X to C7X).

IMO, they begin to sound good from C3X on, and C6X and C7X are particularly impressive - but so they should be, for their size. Certainly, there aren't many competitors in the price bracket of the C7X in terms of sound.

I also played the CF4 and CF6, as well as the CFX, which are in a different category in terms of power (and price!) - probably too much so for the home, unless you have a concert hall......

Top
#2078588 - 05/06/13 11:00 PM Re: Yamaha new cx series [Re: pianocritic]
Entheo Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/12/04
Posts: 1111
Loc: chicago, il
i've had the pleasure of playing a c3x, c6x and cfx. the former and the latter were two of the finest pianos in their respective sizes i've ever played. the c6x was just uncrated and lacked the same je ne sais quoi, but it may have needed a bit more time to decant.

as a former longtime critic of yamaha pianos i have been fully converted... touch, build quality, reliability, consistency, tuning stability, and now, most importantly, quality of sound.
_________________________
diary of an amateur pianist

Top
#2078593 - 05/06/13 11:09 PM Re: Yamaha new cx series [Re: pianocritic]
beethoven986 Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/20/09
Posts: 3320
Originally Posted By: pianocritic
Interesting. The cx I played was not strident at all but rather had a warm tone with excellent resonance.


It should be noted that, although I did not particularly enjoy this piano, it was clearly evident to me that it was an upgrade over the traditional C series. With proper voicing, it would have been a nice piano.
_________________________
B.Mus. Piano Performance 2009
M.Mus. Piano Performance & Literature 2011
PTG Associate Member
Certified Dampp-Chaser installer

Top
#2078597 - 05/06/13 11:15 PM Re: Yamaha new cx series [Re: Entheo]
Nick Mauel Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/05/08
Posts: 783
Loc: Sarasota and Naples, FL
Originally Posted By: Entheo
as a former longtime critic of yamaha pianos i have been fully converted... touch, build quality, reliability, consistency, tuning stability, and now, most importantly, quality of sound.

It's about time!

But at what price?
_________________________
Nick's Piano Showroom
Naples, Fort Myers, & Sarasota, FL
New Estonia, Mason & Hamlin, Baldwin, Brodmann & Ritmuller
239-206-4541 direct line
www.nickspiano.com

Concert Piano Technician, Dealer, and Pianist

Top
#2078632 - 05/07/13 01:34 AM Re: Yamaha new cx series [Re: pianocritic]
carey Offline
6000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/13/05
Posts: 6219
Loc: Phoenix, Arizona
Originally Posted By: pianocritic
I own a c6 Yamaha Grand and I was visiting my local dealer today. He had just received the new Yamaha c6x series. I played it and fell in love again. I really like my c6 but the action, sound and play ability of the new cx was superb. I was wondering if any one else has had the chance to play the new cx. In my opinion it is the finest piano Yamaha has ever introduced. Interested to see if any one else had a similar feeling or experience.


I've not yet had a chance to play one - BUT for what they cost, they should be superb !!
_________________________
YouTube channel - http://www.youtube.com/user/pianophilo

Top
#2078710 - 05/07/13 08:31 AM Re: Yamaha new cx series [Re: pianocritic]
Entheo Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/12/04
Posts: 1111
Loc: chicago, il
in yamaha's case, list price and selling price are two very different animals.

ps -- yamahas have always been capable of producing warm sound -- there's a reason pianists like richter & gould (and others) chose them. but they garnered a reputation as being a bright piano with a clear tone, ideal for pop and recording studios; and not unlike baldwins of old, that quality tended to be taken to the extreme.

i've posted this example before - my 2005 C7 - with very good mics, before i had it voiced down by my technician. i offer it as an example of a pre-X series that can hold its own (you'll need good headphones or speakers to appreciate of course):

https://www.box.com/s/0lia1ms5c3ri0l735409


Edited by Entheo (05/07/13 08:49 AM)
_________________________
diary of an amateur pianist

Top
#2078720 - 05/07/13 08:50 AM Re: Yamaha new cx series [Re: pianocritic]
Steve Peterson Offline

Bronze Level Supporter until October 5 2014


Registered: 03/15/13
Posts: 138
Loc: Texas
I recently played both a C6x and C7x. The C7x was a really wonderful piano (the C6X was also quite nice). The action was quite good and was well-regulated. The tone of the piano is totally unlike other C7s. Very warm, with none of the brightness that Yamahas used to have out of the box. If I were in looking at pianos in this range, the C7x would be a serious contender.
_________________________
Cello, Piano, Electic Bass

1967 Baldwin SD-10 - My Baby!

Top
#2078796 - 05/07/13 11:45 AM Re: Yamaha new cx series [Re: pianocritic]
BDB Online   content
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/07/03
Posts: 21288
Loc: Oakland
I have tuned a C6X and a CFX. Both are pretty bright, which leads me to believe that brightness depends on the setup, rather than the model.
_________________________
Semipro Tech

Top
#2078818 - 05/07/13 12:50 PM Re: Yamaha new cx series [Re: pianocritic]
Gatsbee13 Offline
Full Member

Registered: 10/03/10
Posts: 497
Loc: So Cal
I got a chance to play a brand new c6 and c6x side by side.. The c6x definitely had a warmer richer tone to my ears.. But for the price, if rather have an Estonia or Schimmel as mentioned earlier. For resale purposes, I'd take the yamaha though .

Top
#2078822 - 05/07/13 01:13 PM Re: Yamaha new cx series [Re: pianocritic]
pianoloverus Online   content
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/29/01
Posts: 19228
Loc: New York City
Based on the Fine SMP's I think the price of an Estonia, Schimmel, or Mason is considerably less than a Yamaha CX of equal size. This is not meant to imply one should not buy a Yamaha.


Edited by pianoloverus (05/07/13 01:14 PM)

Top
#2078838 - 05/07/13 01:47 PM Re: Yamaha new cx series [Re: pianoloverus]
terminaldegree Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/03/06
Posts: 2629
Loc: western Wisconsin
Originally Posted By: pianoloverus
Based on the Fine SMP's I think the price of an Estonia, Schimmel, or Mason is considerably less than a Yamaha CX of equal size. This is not meant to imply one should not buy a Yamaha.


I think you may be referring to the CF series. The CX has an SMP price lower than most all of the pianos you mention for equivalent sizes.
_________________________
Pianist, teacher, internet addict.
Piano Review Editor - Acoustic and Digital Piano Buyer
Casio px-200, Bechstein A190 #192939 @ home
Steinway A #585209, B #416809 @ work
Schimmel 130T #339100, on loan

Top
#2078864 - 05/07/13 03:08 PM Re: Yamaha new cx series [Re: terminaldegree]
4evrBeginR Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/27/09
Posts: 1607
Loc: California
When I was shopping for a 6' piano, my final contenders came down to 4 in terms of good to high performance - the Brodmann 187, the Yamaha C3X, the Steinway Model A, and the Boesendorfer 185.

The Yamaha C3X (186) is 30 to 40% more than the Brodmann 187. I definitely thought the C3X is worth it, but I did like the Brodmann 187 quite a bit, and wouldn't mind having it at all, but the C3X has significantly better performance, and given Yamaha's reputation in other areas, it was an easy choice. The new Steinway Model A and new Boesendorfer 185CS were both more than 2X the price of the Yamaha C3X, the Steinway A being 2.5X. I thought the Boesendorfer was without a doubt better in every respect and the Steinway was in many ways better but not all areas but had a lot of potential. Anyway, I didn't want to pay 2X for the Bosie or 2.5X for the Steinway, so I have the C3X, and it's just amazing.

On my tech's second visit 4 months after the initial in-home prep, the worst part of the piano was only 3 cents flat from 4 months ago, and a lot of the piano was close to dead on or 1 cent off. We did some more voicing as the piano has brightened up a bit. I think over the next two years, my tech said he will help me tweak the C3X to come close to a high end instrument as the piano settles in. As raw piano goes, the CX series is pretty awesome. I'll be putting in 6 to 12 tunings over 2 to 3 years, and I won't miss not having that Bosie or Steinway. Heck I don't now, and I couldn't say that before with the constant exposure to my teacher' Steinway. Her piano made me realize how inadequate my previous piano was; not anymore.
_________________________
Art is never finished, only abandoned. - da Vinci

Top
#2078898 - 05/07/13 04:30 PM Re: Yamaha new cx series [Re: pianocritic]
patH Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 03/09/13
Posts: 551
Loc: Germany
This year, at the Musikmesse Frankfurt, I played on the C2X, C3X and C7X; all with SH silent system.

My opinion (or better: first impression):
The C2X is not significantly better than the C2. But not worse either.
I liked the C3X better than last year's C3XA. All in all it was rounder. Haven't played on a C3 yet.
The C7X was just amazing.

I couldn't find a significant difference in action between the smaller and bigger ones. Guess key length is overrated.

The SH silent system is wonderful. Sounds better than SG in my opinion.

Bottom line: The CX series is great. Probably among the best pianos you can get for the money.
_________________________
Everything is possible, and nothing is sure.
XXXI

Top
#2078929 - 05/07/13 05:32 PM Re: Yamaha new cx series [Re: pianocritic]
Gatsbee13 Offline
Full Member

Registered: 10/03/10
Posts: 497
Loc: So Cal
heres a vid I took at NAMM of a custom C3x.. I played it for half an hour as it was in an isolated room.. there was no one else in there to video me so I couldn't get a vid of the sound... (besides, I only had my iphone,so the sound would be awful)


Top
#2078977 - 05/07/13 07:17 PM Re: Yamaha new cx series [Re: terminaldegree]
pianoloverus Online   content
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/29/01
Posts: 19228
Loc: New York City
Originally Posted By: terminaldegree
Originally Posted By: pianoloverus
Based on the Fine SMP's I think the price of an Estonia, Schimmel, or Mason is considerably less than a Yamaha CX of equal size. This is not meant to imply one should not buy a Yamaha.


I think you may be referring to the CF series. The CX has an SMP price lower than most all of the pianos you mention for equivalent sizes.
Yes. One reason I confused them is the largest concert grand is the CFX with both a F and an X. I wish they wouldn't put the number for the size in the second position in the CX series but in the third position for the CF series.

Top
#2078979 - 05/07/13 07:21 PM Re: Yamaha new cx series [Re: pianocritic]
Minnesota Marty Offline

Platinum Supporter until October 5 2014


Registered: 05/15/12
Posts: 7239
Loc: Rochester MN
It takes a Rosetta Stone to figure out Yamaha's identification system.
_________________________
Marty in Minnesota

It's much easier to bash a Steinway than it is to play one.

Top
#2078995 - 05/07/13 08:20 PM Re: Yamaha new cx series [Re: pianocritic]
gutenberg Offline
Full Member

Registered: 03/05/07
Posts: 376
Loc: Wichita, Kansas
I played a c3x and c6x last week. Very very impressed. I too could not tell much of a difference action-wise. Both are responsive and sensitive and even. A pleasure to play.

The c6x is imho a truly remarkable instrument. Tone and touch a benchmark for the price.

Top
#2079001 - 05/07/13 08:29 PM Re: Yamaha new cx series [Re: Minnesota Marty]
4evrBeginR Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/27/09
Posts: 1607
Loc: California
Originally Posted By: Minnesota Marty
It takes a Rosetta Stone to figure out Yamaha's identification system.


Here you go: Yamaha Grand Piano Series by Year
_________________________
Art is never finished, only abandoned. - da Vinci

Top
#2079038 - 05/07/13 10:03 PM Re: Yamaha new cx series [Re: 4evrBeginR]
Minnesota Marty Offline

Platinum Supporter until October 5 2014


Registered: 05/15/12
Posts: 7239
Loc: Rochester MN
Originally Posted By: 4evrBeginR
Originally Posted By: Minnesota Marty
It takes a Rosetta Stone to figure out Yamaha's identification system.


Here you go: Yamaha Grand Piano Series by Year

I rest my case!
_________________________
Marty in Minnesota

It's much easier to bash a Steinway than it is to play one.

Top
#2079045 - 05/07/13 10:27 PM Re: Yamaha new cx series [Re: Minnesota Marty]
4evrBeginR Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/27/09
Posts: 1607
Loc: California
Oh, I agreed with you before the trial!
_________________________
Art is never finished, only abandoned. - da Vinci

Top
#2079049 - 05/07/13 10:53 PM Re: Yamaha new cx series [Re: pianocritic]
pianocritic Offline
Full Member

Registered: 05/04/13
Posts: 68
Loc: Midwest
I am pleased that so many of you had a similar good experience with the new c6x Yamaha Grand as I did. It seemed to me that the piano responded a little better on the very soft passages I played versus the c6 that I own. It seemed to flow with great expression no matter what volume or speed that I was playing. Like many of you have commented a good technician can make a huge difference in your piano and how it sounds. Thanks to all of you for your input. I am enjoying this forum and all the great comments.
_________________________
Piano Critic-A player and listener. Musician-Bachelors and Masters in Music. Retired from Professional life and just enjoying Music.

Top

Moderator:  Ken Knapp, Piano World, Rickster 
What's Hot!!
Our latest Issue is available now...
Piano News - Interesting & Fun Piano Related Newsletter! (free)
-------------------
HOW TO POST PICTURES on the Piano Forums
-------------------
Sharing is Caring!
About the Buttons
-------------------
Forums Rules & Help
-------------------
ADVERTISE
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
(ad) HAILUN Pianos
Hailun Pianos - Click for More
Ad (Seiler/Knabe)
Seiler Pianos
Sheet Music
(PW is an affiliate)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
Who's Online
146 registered (accordeur, A Guy, ajames, 43 invisible), 1724 Guests and 13 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
75579 Members
42 Forums
156267 Topics
2294944 Posts

Max Online: 15252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
New Topics - Multiple Forums
M-Audio Oxygen 88 vs. StudioLogic Numa Compact
by snapdragon
07/29/14 07:02 PM
Sheet Music Retainers
by MargaretUK
07/29/14 05:20 PM
piano contest
by wkurashima
07/29/14 04:47 PM
piano contest Clavinova
by wkurashima
07/29/14 04:39 PM
Proper chunking method
by Edtek
07/29/14 03:10 PM
(ads by Google)

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
| Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |


copyright 1997 - 2014 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission