The mobility to perform on any stage
Piano craftsmanship that challenges common wisdom
A grand piano that could be easily moved around from place to place was long considered a pipe dream, until that is, the designers of Yamaha's CP70 and CP80 struck on the idea of string and keyboard sections that could be physically detached from one another for relocation. Thanks to their ingenuity, tour musicians all over the world could finally enjoy playing their favorite instrument also on stage.
Even greater mobility
With its analog tone generator, the CP30 embraced a totally different approach from the CP70 and CP80 with their struck-string design. The aim in doing so was to make the stage piano more compact and light, but it had an added advantage in that the instrument would never need to be tuned. And as we know, any feature that removes the need for maintenance is highly valued on the live-music stage.
Lighter, but with no less gravitas
While a wooden keyboard certainly helps to make a stage piano as much fun to play as a grand, it also makes the instrument considerably heavier than synthesizers and other keyboards. With the CP4 Stage, however, Yamaha's designers successfully reduced the weight to 17.5 kg thanks to a much more compact cabinet, and they did this without having to sacrifice any of the instrument's gravitas.