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Yamaha’s range of silent pianos, strings, brass, drums and guitars has been recognised for their quiet modes and functions by being awarded the International Quiet Mark from The Noise Abatement Society.
The Quiet Mark was conceived back in the 1960s and recognises effective and quality designs that produce little volume. It is a non-profit wing of the Noise Abatement Society
The managing director of Quiet Mark, Poppy Elliot later said “This is an amazing achievement for Yamaha. They are one of a growing number of manufacturers who understand the benefits of producing quieter products. Benefits not only for communities but also for the companies themselves, as the development of quiet products responds to an expanding marketing demand.”
Yamaha’s silent piano is specifically designed to have easily scalable volume, and it’s inner workings are rather fascinating: ‘This silent piano enables pianists to practice on a real piano with a normal hammer action, but the hammer is held back from striking the strings. Sampled sounds from a real piano are triggered by a midi controller which senses the keys using a system of lasers. Other than the negligible sound generated by the fingers on the keys themselves, it is fair to describe it as a silent practise instrument.’ is how Quiet Mark’s official website describes the instrument.
Singer/Songwriter Jamie Cullum explains his experience using the Silent Piano: “It’s genuinely a different experience playing the Yamaha Silent piano – put the headphones on and instead of feeling like the sound is being pumped into your ears it feels so natural, like the sound is dancing around you.”
For more detailed information about the winning instruments and their functions – see Quiet Mark’s website
And click here to learn more about Yamaha Silent Instruments