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#681041 - 10/09/08 08:20 PM NEW YAMAHA SIMLINE CLPS SERIES
TrilledMordent Offline
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Registered: 09/01/08
Posts: 5
Loc: San Salvador
Wow. Now Yamaha is coming to what I expected many days ago: it has released a new line that resemble more than before a real acoustic upright - the CLPS308 and the CLPS306. They only come in polished ebony finish and they thoroughly look like acoustic ones. I had suspicions about YAMAHA doing this since I saw the radical change in design of the recent CLP-300 series. Those look more like provincial-console style uprights than digital. Now, with the new CLPS series my ideas are confirmed.

The thing that captivates me is that they did not include a so much improved piano sound on them; they bundled them with 3-Step DSS, Pure CF Sampling, 40W, but neither Key-off nor Stereo Sustain Samples. Nevertheless the CLPS's include an Internet educational function for beginners and NW and GH3. So this sparks one new question: where are they heading on exactly?

Are they launching this series for a beginner market that does not require a full acoustic piano experience? So why the new cabinetry?. YAMAHA has the MODUS series... so why spending on the CLPS's with poorer sound? I mean, this sounds contradictory to me. The least they could do if they are releasing this new models is launching a model with 5 level DSS and all the extra samples including String Resonance, BUT not necessarily bells and whistles: a DP for pro's who want an acoustic. What is YAMAHA thinking?

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#681042 - 10/09/08 08:22 PM Re: NEW YAMAHA SIMLINE CLPS SERIES
TrilledMordent Offline
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#681043 - 10/09/08 11:29 PM Re: NEW YAMAHA SIMLINE CLPS SERIES
signa Offline
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Registered: 06/06/04
Posts: 8483
Loc: Ohio, USA
there was a thread about it a little while ago. it does look good, i have to say. maybe it's exactly what it is for: a good looking furniture for living rooms or guest playing.

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#681044 - 10/10/08 08:14 AM Re: NEW YAMAHA SIMLINE CLPS SERIES
Bob Newbie Offline
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Registered: 09/02/06
Posts: 1549
Very nice! looks like yammaha is learning from
there previous models design wise..remember the model that looked like a fireplace.. \:D .. this is much more palatable..

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#681045 - 10/10/08 07:55 PM Re: NEW YAMAHA SIMLINE CLPS SERIES
Marty Flinn Offline
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Registered: 11/25/06
Posts: 2604
This new series is not available in the U.S. at this time. It may never be introduced here.
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#681046 - 10/10/08 10:45 PM Re: NEW YAMAHA SIMLINE CLPS SERIES
Glaswegian Offline
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Registered: 08/05/07
Posts: 278
Loc: Glasgow, Scotland
I'm hoping to try one out soon, and if it's good then it will be straight to the top of my shopping list as I'm not enjoying my FP-7.

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#681047 - 10/12/08 07:51 PM Re: NEW YAMAHA SIMLINE CLPS SERIES
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Registered: 09/06/07
Posts: 9095
Loc: Hamamatsu, Japan
Yes, the CLP-S306/S308 are beautiful instruments - a wonderful testament to good British design!

Cheers,
James
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