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#2245226 - 03/12/14 09:10 AM New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014
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The true grand piano experience has never been more accessible than with our new Clavinova CLP Series. Complex sample sets, painstakingly borrowed from Yamaha’s flagship CFX concert grand, plus the magnificent Bösendorfer Imperial, offer a unique choice of sound.

http://europe.yamaha.com/en/products/mus...s/?mode=series#

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#2245451 - 03/12/14 04:36 PM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: Jason85]
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Hmm. Wireless LAN adapter, finally. I like these models. I'd love to trade up, but I fear my current model has just dropped 50% in value. frown
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#2245528 - 03/12/14 06:36 PM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: Jason85]
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Yes, it looks to be interesting although in comparing the specs of the CLP-585 to the CLP-480 (which I own) the only improvements are the new sample sets with the "VRM" (Virtual Resonance Modeling) and the escapement simulation which has been added to the same "NW" (Natural Wood) action.

Other than that, unless the VRM feature adds in modeling parameters (or, changes that can be made to the sounds other than "brilliance" and "reverb") then I do not see a big advantage going to the new models.

Also, the specs indicate only 180 watts in the new CLP-585 whereas the the CLP-480 has 200 watts. Shouldn't the new model be equal, here?

I do not see too many advantages with the new model except for the escapement simulation and VRM.

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#2245536 - 03/12/14 06:54 PM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: Jason85]
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Looks to me as if Yamaha have responded to a wake up call. Looks as if the three big DP makers are running neck and neck in the 'hot zone' of the mid to upper range: Kawai CA/ CS ranges, Roland HP/ LX models and the new Yamaha CLPs. Same with keyboards for stage: CP4/ MP11/ RD800. Some great stuff there.
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#2245539 - 03/12/14 07:07 PM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: pv88]
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Extra note:

I wanted to correct myself as I was wrong in assuming that the new CLP-585 did not have acoustic guitar presets as I found it does - as there are both "nylon" and "steel string" guitar sounds and this can be found in downloading the owner's manuals, here:

http://europe.yamaha.com/en/products/mus...585/?mode=model

Click on the "Support" tab to see the PDF files.

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#2245558 - 03/12/14 07:52 PM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: Jason85]
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There might be some new value in the 585 ... maybe. But key weights? Why? The mechanism is compact and there are no real hammers. So why bother? Anyway, I'll have to find a local dealer and try one on.

Aside from the 585, it seems like Yamaha has just changed the cabinets, thrown in some new marketing buzz words, and called it a day.

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#2245581 - 03/12/14 08:42 PM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: MacMacMac]
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Originally Posted By: MacMacMac
There might be some new value in the 585 ... maybe. But key weights? Why? The mechanism is compact and there are no real hammers. So why bother? Anyway, I'll have to find a local dealer and try one on.

Aside from the 585, it seems like Yamaha has just changed the cabinets, thrown in some new marketing buzz words, and called it a day.


Agreed, as there are minimal improvements (if any) as compared with the CLP-480. My older CLP-990M still has a better action!

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#2245586 - 03/12/14 08:48 PM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: pv88]
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I didn't find the USD price, but the UK MSRP of 585 is £900 less than the 480. That is more than a minimal improvement.

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#2245692 - 03/13/14 12:20 AM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: Daniel Corban]
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Originally Posted By: Daniel Corban
I didn't find the USD price, but the UK MSRP of 585 is £900 less than the 480.


Yes, selling the CLP-585 for less money than the CLP-480 may make it a better deal (or more attractive offer) although the specifications on their own are only on a par with the CLP-480.

The only improvements (i.e., different features) are:

1) VRM samples - CFX grand / Bosendorfer Imperial grand
2) Escapement simulation

Otherwise, the NW (Natural Wood) keys are the same as well as the three-sensor action along with 256 polyphony.

The CLP-480 has 200 watt speakers whereas the CLP-585 only has 180 watt speakers - why less power?

And, there appears to be no "88-key" sampling in the CLP-585.

I see very little advantage going to the new model.

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#2245748 - 03/13/14 04:12 AM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: pv88]
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Originally Posted By: pv88
And, there appears to be no "88-key" sampling in the CLP-585.


From the features tab: "Both of these superb pianos' Voices are featured in the Clavinova. Tuned to perfection by a highly experienced piano technician with the sound from each key sampled individually, Clavinova truly captures the unique tonal character of each of these outstanding instruments."

EDIT: Just realized that you quoted this bit in the other thread. Man, I need to get with it. :P


Edited by WaterDweller (03/13/14 04:19 AM)

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#2246088 - 03/13/14 06:03 PM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: pv88]
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Is there really a difference?
Originally Posted By: pv88
The CLP-480 has 200 watt speakers whereas the CLP-585 only has 180 watt speakers - why less power?
Even if we believe the power specs (which we cannot, since they give no indication of the conditions under which they're measured), and even if we ever see peak output at such power levels ... the difference between 200 watts and 180 watts is a mere 0.46 dB. Some people can just BARELY hear a difference so small. Many cannot.

Conclusion #1: Don't judge by the amplifier power specs.

The 585's speakers themselves, if they differ from the 480 model, could make a bigger difference. But don't expect to find that in a spec sheet.

Conclusion #2: Ignore the specs. Trust your ears.

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#2246094 - 03/13/14 06:25 PM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: Jason85]
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Agree with Mac Mac. BTW 40W amplifiers like 40-60W amplifiers is much enough to make a huge noise throught the normal spekaers smile

So if any of you is bothering bout power... yes, it make sense if it's 5 or 40, but anything >100W in case of home digital piano... another parameters for people who are deaf and make the opinions based on numbers.

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#2246344 - 03/14/14 05:42 AM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: Jason85]
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The proof will be in the playing. But the way I see it is that this is the biggest single advance in Clavinovas ever...

CFX for the first time on a Clav. And for the first time ever on any Yamaha DP a non Yamaha piano, the Bosendorfer. Two distinctly different pianos. Given that the sound of the piano IS the piano then I would say this is a massive change from the 400 series.

And also for the first time on any Yamaha DP, escapement simulation.

More piano like form factor in accordance with the current trend.

Will be interesting to see what the Bosendorfer sample is like....
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#2246349 - 03/14/14 05:58 AM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: Jason85]
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Escapement, VRM, CFX, NWX keys and the Bösendorfer seem to be the main improvements. I can't wait to check it out.
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#2246350 - 03/14/14 05:59 AM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: Jason85]
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Well non-Yamaha... Bösendorfer is owned by Yamaha since a few years.

Still, this has my attention. I'm a big fan of the Bösi in the Nord Piano Library (and of their real grands) so I'll be interested in Yamaha's digitized version... If it trickles down to a portable practice piano such as the P355 it might be worth a look wink
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#2246352 - 03/14/14 06:04 AM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: maurus]
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Originally Posted By: maurus
Well non-Yamaha... Bösendorfer is owned by Yamaha since a few years.


I know that but a Bosendorfer is not a Yamaha! At least there will be some tonal variety for the player to choose from. I'm hoping this marks the beginning of the end of the nonsense from the likes of Yamaha and Kawai who were just offering multiple EQ'd versions of the same piano. I think the Nord influence is clear here. People want choice!
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#2246353 - 03/14/14 06:06 AM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: Jason85]
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Agreed of course, Steve!
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#2246373 - 03/14/14 07:16 AM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: EssBrace]
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Originally Posted By: EssBrace
Originally Posted By: maurus
Well non-Yamaha... Bösendorfer is owned by Yamaha since a few years.


I know that but a Bosendorfer is not a Yamaha! At least there will be some tonal variety for the player to choose from. I'm hoping this marks the beginning of the end of the nonsense from the likes of Yamaha and Kawai who were just offering multiple EQ'd versions of the same piano. I think the Nord influence is clear here. People want choice!


Have to chip in here for what it`s worth. My old CLP820 had two distinctly different pianos. The second one was mono (might have had some bass/treble shift between the speakers) and sounded like a Monington acoustic grand I played at church. My last DGX630 also had 2 distinctly different pianos, both stereo. The second badly sampled one still had a lovely unique (to that model, and the 620) sound which I used mainly. Dammit! I do miss it . . .
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#2246424 - 03/14/14 09:33 AM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: peterws]
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The nice thing about new series is the model CLP-525 for about 1300 EUR in Europe. That is 300 Eur cheaper than predecessor CLP-430 which allows Yamaha to compete with Kawai CN-24 and Casio Privia/Celviano. Especially when Casio and then Kawai (CN-14/CN-24) released new models making 4xx series Yamahas 'too little for too much'.

And then you have wooden keys CLP-545 version for 200 EUR cheaper than 4xx series. However it's still 500 EUR more than cheapest wooden keys Kawai CA-15:)


Edited by marbru (03/14/14 09:39 AM)

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#2247022 - 03/15/14 01:32 PM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: Jason85]
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This afternoon I tried two of the new Clavinovas at Musikmesse in Frankfurt. As usual it was very noisy on visitors' day, and Yamaha offered lousy headphones to check out their DP's. So it was impossible to listen to the details of the new sounds. However switching back and forth between the CFX and the Bösendorfer samples it was obvious that they have invested in adding a significantly different piano to their palette indeed. It would have been nice to listen to it a bit more carefully - but that's Musikmesse...


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#2247033 - 03/15/14 02:13 PM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: Jason85]
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Wow, a Bosie sample, improved sympathetic resonance, and NWX keys. Yamaha actually seems to be somewhat aware of what's going on around them.

Too bad about the (almost certain) stretching and looping.

Uh-oh, I got off the boat and read too much:

"It is not only the full realization of the sound, the touch and the pedals, but the application of technologies nurtured by crafting acoustic pianos to perfectly integrate..."

*dry heaves*

Instead of paying yo-yos good money to write this flowery prose, couldn't they instead hire some EEs who know their way around modern electronics? Well designed products sell themselves to some degree.
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#2247061 - 03/15/14 03:24 PM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: Jason85]
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From the paper specs at least at this early stage it would appear that Yamaha have realised they were previously getting squeezed out - at least for the technically aware enthusiast that might frequent this forum.

I think they'd lost their USP unless you count Yamaha's ubiquity as a USP. Kawai are all about key action and Roland all about sound engine. Yamaha got wrong-footed by the advances of the other two.

I know it's just marketing blurb at the moment but the little bit of info out there is talking about long samples and it would seem that they have identified resonance as an area to up their game as well - or at least up their hyperbole! Without Kawai and Roland using simulated escapement I very much doubt Yamaha would have gone down that road either.

What Yamaha have always had - and it is a very subjective judgement around which they couldn't really get much marketing or indeed engineering leverage - is that they just sound good. Big, fat and musical. They are more satisfying to play than the paper specs would have you think. Supernatural has really got a foothold in our consciousness now and Yamaha seemed almost unable to counter-strike.

Anyway, good luck to the new Clavs - I'm certainly not in the market for one but on the face of it at least Yamaha is back in the race.
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#2247145 - 03/15/14 06:27 PM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: dewster]
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Originally Posted By: dewster
Instead of paying yo-yos good money to write this flowery prose, couldn't they instead hire some EEs who know their way around modern electronics? Well designed products sell themselves to some degree.


As always, you're being over-simplistic.

Marketing and R&D are almost certainly separate divisions. Reducing the budget of one will not automatically increase the spending of another.

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#2247164 - 03/15/14 07:09 PM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: Jason85]
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How true, KJ. And anyway, what evidence is there that Yamaha needs to boost their engineering?

Better pianos don't start from engineering. They start at the marketing stage. Engineers only design what marketing wants to sell.

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#2247184 - 03/15/14 08:09 PM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: Jason85]
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Heh,
good pianos should start from the point "how to make most realistic thing, within budget, r&d costs are expected margin", sadly, but it's truth.

However, I would like also for Yamaha to move one milion USD from marketing to R&D and make their pianos competition killers.
Their grands sound completely different from Clavinovas... especially the sustatain... and if the sustain in longh enough, than the all piano in not nice to play on.

However, I will play on them before I will buy my piano, still one more month to wait frown

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#2247269 - 03/16/14 12:42 AM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: marbru]
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Originally Posted By: marbru
The nice thing about new series is the model CLP-525 for about 1300 EUR in Europe. That is 300 Eur cheaper than predecessor CLP-430 ....


I noticed the CLP-525 has the CFIIIS piano sound only (no CFX, no Imperial). It also has some lower spec in some areas than the CLP-430 like no recording to wav where the 430 could. If I was buying between those two I would prefer the 430.
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#2247433 - 03/16/14 12:23 PM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: 4evrBeginR]
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Originally Posted By: 4evrBeginR
Originally Posted By: marbru
The nice thing about new series is the model CLP-525 for about 1300 EUR in Europe. That is 300 Eur cheaper than predecessor CLP-430 ....


I noticed the CLP-525 has the CFIIIS piano sound only (no CFX, no Imperial). It also has some lower spec in some areas than the CLP-430 like no recording to wav where the 430 could. If I was buying between those two I would prefer the 430.

Or buy the CLP-535. Then you have both the CFX and the Bösendorfer Imperial. Here the CLP-430 and CLP-535 cost the same.
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#2247564 - 03/16/14 05:00 PM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: Phlox]
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Yesterday I was at the Musikmesse and tried out the new CLPs. The new 585 is what is worth to be had. It's got a new keyboard action which enables the player to play pianissimo more easily. The 585 is distinctively better than the rest of CLPs. Yamaha had hired a professional pianist to showcase the model and the differences between Yamaha and Bösendorfer samples.

It's not an Avanguard (or however this is spelled), it's not a NU1, but is a very close third. The price is about 3900 Euro (4300 with the polished ebony finish)

The rest ( 575 and the others ) felt too much like the present 400 series in order to be given a more in-depth test drive.

I agree with the other poster, Yamaha provides us with lousy headphones which do not isolate the player from the surrounding noise. I was not able to check out the length of the note sustain. But then again, there were no less than 1000 people in the hall where Yamaha demonstrates its products. There are demonstrations of a grand piano, drums and Tyros 5 at the same time all day long. Maybe the conditions would be better on Friday afternoon, when the Messe opens to the public.

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#2247568 - 03/16/14 05:09 PM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: Jason85]
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So, dewster: After analyzing millions of pianos with looping looping looping looping ... maybe this 585 is the one that will finally break the pattern?

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#2247569 - 03/16/14 05:10 PM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: TrollToddington]
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Originally Posted By: TrollToddington


It's not an Avanguard (or however this is spelled),


Ah yes, the avantguarde: for the slightly eccentric DP experience. cool

Seriously, though, seems like there are some Yamaha haters here. The Clavs have always been a good-quality Dp AFAIK, if a bit on the pricey side. If the price has come down and they've added a few things, all the better.
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#2247587 - 03/16/14 06:00 PM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: Jason85]
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The Avanguard could use a new sample set (or two); perhaps the CFX + Imperial. Yamaha could re-brand it as The Avanguard Imperial CFX "The best of all worlds." Well, technically it would be 'the best of two worlds;' but you get the point.

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#2247590 - 03/16/14 06:03 PM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: Pete14]
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Originally Posted By: Pete14
The Avanguard could use a new sample set (or two); perhaps the CFX + Imperial. Yamaha could rebrand it as The Avanguard Imperial CFX "The best of all worlds." Well, technically it would be 'the best of two worlds;' but you get the point.

The NU1 does have the CFX sample. I don't think Yamaha include the NU1 in the AvantGrand brand though.

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#2247593 - 03/16/14 06:10 PM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: Morodiene]
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Seriously, though, seems like there are some Yamaha haters here.

Haters? Just being realistic I think. We want Yamaha to be all that they can be when it comes to DPs. They've been the gorilla in the room for what seems like forever with good products, but lately they've been floating on flowery market speak while Roland and Kawai eat their lunch.
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#2247597 - 03/16/14 06:13 PM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: Morodiene]
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Originally Posted By: Morodiene
Originally Posted By: TrollToddington


It's not an Avanguard (or however this is spelled),


Ah yes, the avantguarde: for the slightly eccentric DP experience. cool

Seriously, though, seems like there are some Yamaha haters here. The Clavs have always been a good-quality Dp AFAIK, if a bit on the pricey side. If the price has come down and they've added a few things, all the better.


I am one of Yamaha's haters, but always written why.
MOstly the sustain and highs were problems, also their action... improved over the years since CLP120, but still, competition were years ahead. Sorry to hear, that only 585 is exceptional. They could make also the 575 the same good piano, but in a worse cabinet, as the Roland and Kawai did, but, it seems (if I am wrong, correct me plase) that only the 585 has the best new keyboard, and the rest do not have counterweights and whatever they did?

and - is the NWX action significantly better than previous one?
But for me the problem was always sound, which was completely unconvincing and even the 480 was not pleasant for me to play on.

Hopin to play on 575, whether they will complete with Roland and Kawai and fit into my taste.

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#2247598 - 03/16/14 06:16 PM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: Jason85]
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And I heard third-hand that Yamaha does do 88-key sampling. Maybe it's their fault for not calling it such so that we can know for sure.
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#2247602 - 03/16/14 06:26 PM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: Jason85]
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I believe I read something to the extent of 'with the sound of each key captured individually'; or something like that; which implies that they did sample all 88 keys for the new Clp.

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#2247603 - 03/16/14 06:35 PM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: Jason85]
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While I do play other brands mostly I think Steve (EssBrace) above has a valid point when he says that many of the Yamaha boards just work very nicely in actual music making. This is true of the better stage pianos, and it is true for home instruments and practice pianos in the cheaper sector. Actually for pianos around 1K they are very strong contenders. And whatever one dislikes (with a reason), the GH action is one of the most solid piano actions in that price range. All their instruments are very solid and trouble-free at that.

Yamaha certainly isn't silly. Seeing that Kawai and Roland step up their offerings, they react, and I expect them to do just fine in the market.

PS. Still, I'd love to see your sound analysis of all these new boards, dewster. Have a go at the Kawai MP7/11, the new Clavinova sounds, and whatever else makes a fuzz in recent months.

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#2247606 - 03/16/14 06:50 PM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: maurus]
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Originally Posted By: maurus

PS. Still, I'd love to see your sound analysis of all these new boards, dewster. Have a go at the Kawai MP7/11, the new Clavinova sounds, and whatever else makes a fuzz in recent months.


Yeah I would like that to, but he has to have some recordings of these sounds first.
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#2247623 - 03/16/14 07:31 PM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: Morodiene]
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And I heard third-hand that Yamaha does do 88-key sampling.


Yes, I'm almost certain that the new Clavinova models feature 88-key sampling.

James
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#2247760 - 03/17/14 04:02 AM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: kapelli]
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Originally Posted By: kapelli
but, it seems (if I am wrong, correct me plase) that only the 585 has the best new keyboard, and the rest do not have counterweights and whatever they did?

and - is the NWX action significantly better than previous one?

1. You're correct, only the 585 has the new keyboard, and I think it's done because of marketing purposes. There is a significant difference in the keyboards of the 585 and the rest. Thus, they force us to buy the top model. If you don't like the idea, wait for another 3 years until they introduce the new keyboard to the second-best model, the 575 (or 674 or whatever it will be called then)

2. Short answer - no. At lease it is significantly worse than that of 585. If I were in the market of new Yamaha CLP I wouldn't get anything but the 585. It (buying a 575 or a lower model) would have been a waste of money.

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#2247790 - 03/17/14 07:52 AM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: Kawai James]
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Originally Posted By: Kawai James
Yes, I'm almost certain that the new Clavinova models feature 88-key sampling.

James
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They do, it's on the specs chart link


Edited by jcdamascenojr (03/17/14 07:52 AM)

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#2252174 - 03/26/14 01:06 AM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: EssBrace]
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And also for the first time on any Yamaha DP, escapement simulation.


@EssBrace,

No, as you are not correct on two counts:

1) As I think you may have forgotten that the Clavinova CLP-990 (that I own) has escapement simulation and it is now a 13 year old model.

2) And, what about the AvantGrands with their "specialized grand piano actions" as you owned an N3 that had escapement simulation, right?

Question:

Why didn't Yamaha add escapement simulation to their later models, i.e., CLP-300/400 series, etc?

That's a big gap of time without having the feature - from the CLP-990 to the AvantGrands.

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#2252218 - 03/26/14 05:47 AM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: pv88]
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Originally Posted By: EssBrace
And also for the first time on any Yamaha DP, escapement simulation.


@EssBrace,

No, as you are not correct on two counts:

1) As I think you may have forgotten that the Clavinova CLP-990 (that I own) has escapement simulation and it is now a 13 year old model.

2) And, what about the AvantGrands with their "specialized grand piano actions" as you owned an N3 that had escapement simulation, right?


Richard, none of us could forget you have a CLP-990.

Personally I don't categorise the Avant Grand as a conventional "DP". And in any event they don't have "escapement simulation", because they have a real grand piano action.
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#2252224 - 03/26/14 06:09 AM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: EssBrace]
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... Kawai are all about key action and Roland all about sound engine. Yamaha got wrong-footed by the advances of the other two...


YAMAHA has always had the advantage of a very easy and nicely direct to handle user interface, while KAWAI and ROLAND are lost in sub menu structures and excessive need of [+] and [-] button pressing. Furthermore, YAMAHA (440/480) and KAWAI (CA65/95) action and basic sound of their piano tone are quite similar, only ROLAND (505/507) here differs notably. The only drawback of a YAMAHA against a KAWAI to me is the speaker system sounding a kind of distant. The YAMAHA key action on the 470 and its connectivity to the sound engine to me felt actually much better than the one of a CA65, when I could compare them side by side.

I guess I will never get why the KAWAIs are ranked so high here on the forum. Yes, they are excellent instruments, but I do not at all see them outstandig in comparison to the competitors, I see them just as an equivalent alternative.

For me it is a general decision between either ROLAND on the one side with a lighter action and warmer sound, and YAMAHA/KAWAI on the other side with harder action and brighter sound. If opting for the YAMAHA/KAWAI side, then decision making is really getting difficult, because differences are not huge within that group.
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#2252230 - 03/26/14 06:27 AM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: EssBrace]
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Originally Posted By: EssBrace
Personally I don't categorise the Avant Grand as a conventional "DP". And in any event they don't have "escapement simulation", because they have a real grand piano action.


Steve,

You are right on that detail, sorry for my error. As the Avant Grands have real grand piano actions as you say and therefore do not have "escapement simulation" like the CLP-990 does, or, other digitals.

Anyway, it appears that the CLP-990 may be the only Yamaha digital that ever had "escapement simulation" prior to the Avant Grands being released several years later.

Yamaha has not added this feature to any other digitals until now with the new Clavinova "500" series.

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#2252233 - 03/26/14 06:32 AM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: EssBrace]
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Originally Posted By: EssBrace
Richard, none of us could forget you have a CLP-990.


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#2252241 - 03/26/14 06:55 AM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: Kawai James]
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James (and, Steve) - thanks for the extra note of recognition although the true *accolade of honor* should probably be given to the piano (i.e., CLP-990) and not me!

I doubt anyone else has a remote interest in playing/owning a 13 year old instrument when there is always new stuff around the corner to be had. And, "new" items may be interesting and intriguing to ponder over but are usually not convincing enough to purchase.

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#2252473 - 03/26/14 02:57 PM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: Jason85]
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I feel I've finally made it. There's very little I could go on to achieve in life that could eclipse being quoted by your good self James. Maybe an OBE I suppose. Or the Freedom of the City of Norwich. Or a guest spot on North Norfolk Digital.

And yes Richard, the CLP-990 deserves its accolade as best Clavinova ever made.

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#2252504 - 03/26/14 03:59 PM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: Marco M]
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I guess I will never get why the KAWAIs are ranked so high here on the forum. Yes, they are excellent instruments, but I do not at all see them outstandig in comparison to the competitors, I see them just as an equivalent alternative.


For me its the action of the Kawais which I find are superior to the Yamaha GHx. They are both trying to simulate a real action but I think Kawai's design is a lot more successful.

This is subjective to a certain extent but I think this is the main reason why Kawai's are preferred. Really Yamaha has sat on the same action design for years and have done nothing to progress it forward despite now adding let-off simulation.

In its advertising Kawai has provided clear diagrams and demonstrations of their actions. Yamaha seems to keep the innards of its design a secret and only use sweet language to describe their actions. What do they have to hide?
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#2252674 - 03/26/14 08:10 PM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: EssBrace]
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Originally Posted By: EssBrace
Or a guest spot on North Norfolk Digital.


I expect I'm perhaps the only other person on PianoWorld to understand this reference.
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#2252678 - 03/26/14 08:13 PM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: Vid]
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Originally Posted By: Vid
In its advertising Kawai has provided clear diagrams and demonstrations of their actions. Yamaha seems to keep the innards of its design a secret and only use sweet language to describe their actions. What do they have to hide?


I don't think it's necessarily a case that Yamaha has anything to hide, but rather that Kawai has more to show.

James
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#2252687 - 03/26/14 08:37 PM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: Jason85]
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grin Avanguard peek-a-boo now you see now you don't is one example why I spend so much (too much) time on PW grin I should really be playing my home rig instead, it's not the worst grin
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#2252707 - 03/26/14 09:10 PM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: Jason85]
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Avanguard vs. AvantGrand! Now, that would be a nice topic for debate.

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#2252724 - 03/26/14 09:47 PM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: Kawai James]
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Originally Posted By: Kawai James
Originally Posted By: EssBrace
Richard, none of us could forget you have a CLP-990.
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#2252761 - 03/26/14 10:57 PM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: Jason85]
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I have a CLA-250, yet no one seems to care.

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#2252796 - 03/27/14 12:54 AM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: Pete14]
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I have a CLA-250, yet no one seems to care.


So, you drive a CLA-250 Mercedes-Benz?



Looks like a real eye grabber to me. thumb

Although, on a more serious note, the CL(P)-250 you have is indeed an old model and I am sure it is a very playable piano, also!

If you like it and it holds value for you - then it's a good digital.

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#2252798 - 03/27/14 01:07 AM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: Jason85]
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I meant the Mercedes; I had no idea that a CLP-250 existed. Though I must admit, I own neither. blush

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#2252804 - 03/27/14 01:20 AM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: Pete14]
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@Pete14,

Okay, not that it matters - however, I would prefer a piano.

If one has enough money in which to buy that car - as it lists at nearly $30K - would probably take the same amount and go find a nice acoustic grand, instead!

Other folks might want those fancy wheels. grin

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#2252849 - 03/27/14 06:24 AM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: Jason85]
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I think if you can buy such a car, the acoustic grand should not be a problem smile
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#2252866 - 03/27/14 07:55 AM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: Jason85]
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I am suspended in/with disbelief!

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#2253019 - 03/27/14 01:09 PM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: Kawai James]
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Originally Posted By: Vid
In its advertising Kawai has provided clear diagrams and demonstrations of their actions. Yamaha seems to keep the innards of its design a secret and only use sweet language to describe their actions. What do they have to hide?


I don't think it's necessarily a case that Yamaha has anything to hide, but rather that Kawai has more to show.

James
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Well put!
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#2253023 - 03/27/14 01:19 PM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: Jason85]
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There is difference when looking on beatiful wood or complicated hammer action which have both Kawai and Roland and looking on plastik with bended wires laugh

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#2253041 - 03/27/14 01:42 PM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: kapelli]
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There is difference when looking on beatiful wood or complicated hammer action which have both Kawai and Roland and looking on plastik with bended wires laugh


No bended wires in any Roland action. Just to be clear.
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#2319724 - 08/25/14 04:02 PM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: pv88]
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Hello
I have tried the clp990 and the clp585.
I prefer the clp 585.l am not sure than thé action of 990 is better than 585,even or the clp990 has à real wooden keyboard


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#2319755 - 08/25/14 05:06 PM Re: New Yamaha CLP 500 Series Release May 2014 [Re: kapelli]
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There is difference when looking on beatiful wood or complicated hammer action which have both Kawai and Roland and looking on plastik with bended wires laugh


Gordon Bennett! This is music we're playing. You listen to that. . .the plastic and metal things work. End. . .
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