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
(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
#320300 - 08/15/07 04:31 AM Yamaha S700
Nikita Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 08/14/07
Posts: 10
Loc: Melbourne, Australia
Hi,

I'm interested in the opinions of those that have played, or are aware of, a Yamaha S700.

It is a 7'6" with the following attributes:
Hand made. CF action. Manufactured using maple (the rim is much thicker). Different scale to the C7. The S700 is a piano of higher quality (apparently) to the C7 (hand-made to order). The S700 has a heavier plate that is different in it's design to maximize tuning stability and depth of tone.

Any thoughts as to comparing it to similar sized Bosendorfer and Steinway (tone is different) as far as quality and action (playability).

I'm in the process of purchasing a good quality piano to go into a studio designed strictly for recording the piano chosen.

The S700 is rare, so I guess it may be hard for to comment.....but any feedback on the S700 is welcome.

Cheers....
_________________________
Nikita plays the blues....but in a happy, happy, happy way \:\)

Top
(ads 568) Hailun Pianos

 

#320301 - 08/16/07 04:23 AM Re: Yamaha S700
RichterForever Offline
Full Member

Registered: 02/06/07
Posts: 150
Loc: Singapore
The S700 has been superseded by the S4 and the S6. The S4 and S6 are superb pianos and IMHO surpass the Kawai SKs (I'm expecting to get some flak here)in tone, touch and finish. The S700 shouldn't be too far off.

They are all hand-made to order and extremely rare pianos. Yamaha doesn't seem to promote this range of pianos as much as Kawai does for the SKs. They very rarely come on the market used. I would seriously consider the S700.
_________________________
RichterForever
Yamaha C3, Yamaha CVP 405

Top
#320302 - 08/16/07 04:57 AM Re: Yamaha S700
jazzwee Offline
7000 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/25/07
Posts: 7096
Loc: So. California
I've played S6, S4, S400 which would be the smaller version of the S700. They're all beautiful sounding pianos.

It doesn't have the same harmonics as Steinway. It is a lot cleaner sounding. More fundamental tone compared to Steinway. The sound of an S400 was pretty similar to an S4 so I would imagine that the S6 wouldn't be that far from an S700.

Action wise, I'm sure this varies a little from piano to piano like anything else. Being older I would imagine the action would be very light and very controllable like the S400 I spent so much time on. I play regularly on an S6 and the newer piano has a stiffer action (at least this particular one). Not too different from a Steinway though.

Although I played the Bosie at the time I played an S400, I could recall the tone difference right now. It was easier to compare to Steinway because it was right next to the S400.

Since I have a Steinway now, I always see a stark difference in tone each time I play the S6. They are two different animals, sound wise and preference will be a personal taste. Both still beautiful though but I have come to prefer the Steinway harmonics.

There's another thread on Schimmel and I would probably prefer the tone of the Yamaha S to Schimmel, which sounds to me to have an even stronger fundamental tone to it. So the S piano is somewhere in between.
_________________________
Hamburg Steinway O, Nord Electro 4 HP
My Blog

Top
#320303 - 08/16/07 06:39 AM Re: Yamaha S700
Loki Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 07/09/05
Posts: 1035
Loc: Texas
 Quote:
Originally posted by RichterForever:
The S4 and S6 are superb pianos and IMHO surpass the Kawai SKs (I'm expecting to get some flak here)in tone, touch and finish.
[/b]
Flak.

\:D
_________________________
Houston, Texas

Top
#320304 - 08/16/07 11:02 AM Re: Yamaha S700
Nikita Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 08/14/07
Posts: 10
Loc: Melbourne, Australia
Thanks for the feedback. There is a S6 coming into Melbourne this week (from Japan), so will be checking that out. It is a 2003 (6M serial number) model...so should be in reasonable shape. Fingers crossed....

Being in Australia it is rare to find excellent pianos at reasonable prices. Bosendorfer importer in Australia has one Concert piano in the display room (Adelaide - 1000km away) and we are waiting for Bosendorfer to allocate the next shipment. Probably a 200 and a 214. Steinways are super over priced....Looking at the number of pianos available in the States makes me green. Even the S700 is in Miami!!!! Oh well....on with the journey \:\)
_________________________
Nikita plays the blues....but in a happy, happy, happy way \:\)

Top
#320305 - 08/17/07 03:02 AM Re: Yamaha S700
Hale KAWAI Offline
Full Member

Registered: 10/23/06
Posts: 114
Loc: miami
Do try the SHIGERU KAWAI SK 6 or 7, a truly magnificent instrument.
_________________________
Hale Thomas Ryan
Marketing and Product Development Manager, Acoustic Division
KAWAI AMERICA

Top
#320306 - 08/18/07 07:35 AM Re: Yamaha S700
Dave Ferris Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 03/12/07
Posts: 1731
Loc: Glendale, Ca.
.
_________________________
http://soundcloud.com/dave-ferris

2005 NY Steinway D, Yamaha CP4, CP5 (home use) , RCF TT08A, TT22A speakers

Top
#2209505 - 01/06/14 03:58 PM Re: Yamaha S700 [Re: Dave Ferris]
Swarth Offline
Full Member

Registered: 07/28/11
Posts: 366
Loc: SF Bay Area Ca.
...Dave has been channelling Bill Evans again.
_________________________
Quid est veritas?

Top

Moderator:  Ken Knapp, Piano World, Rickster 
What's Hot!!
8 Live Ragtime Piano Players on the Cape!
-------------------
HOW TO POST PICTURES on the Piano Forums
-------------------
Sharing is Caring!
About the Buttons
-------------------
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
Ad (Seiler/Knabe)
Knabe Pianos
Sheet Music
(PW is an affiliate)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
(ad) HAILUN Pianos
Hailun Pianos - Click for More
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Yamaha UX vs WX
by goldmund
10/25/14 11:34 AM
Need help with chords
by Shirz
10/25/14 07:52 AM
Which are the best forums for piano technicians and DIYers?
by Withindale
10/25/14 03:17 AM
Prelude
by noobpianist90
10/25/14 01:55 AM
Red Striped Screws and Fancy Nuts
by chernobieff
10/24/14 11:57 PM
Who's Online
121 registered (0987654321, A Guy, accordeur, Anne'sson, 36251, 35 invisible), 1476 Guests and 16 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
76653 Members
42 Forums
158488 Topics
2327547 Posts

Max Online: 15252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
(ads by Google)

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
 
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