With all the excitement and anticipation over the new CVP700 series, I am excited to be experiencing the CVP709 Yamaha Clavinova digital piano. It is always one thing to read specs and reviews, but until you get your hands on one you will not understand just how nice an instrument this is.
The first thing I and every other piano player starts with are the pianos sounds, usually closely followed by the EP’s (electric pianos). Yamaha now boasts to have 2 world class piano samples. The first is the CFX Yamaha Concert Grand, and the second isthe Bosendorfer Imperial Grand.
How do they sound? Well for someone who hasn’t played Yamaha for a couple of years I was amazed at just how good the CFX Concert Grand did sound. It was rich and colourful, and had a great sound that just made me want to play more. It has a vibrant sound that had sharp tones when I played aggressively, but was also very sweet sounding when I played softly or lyrically. I think Yamaha have definitely made some great advances in getting their premier piano samples together.
Next I tried the Bosendorfer Imperial piano sounds. This is definitely a very different sample, and is not just the same sample with a different EQ settings like you can typically find on other digital pianos. The Bosendorfer is a much darker and moody kind of sound. The sound I would love to use on a laid back Jazz standards set, or a smoky ballad. It is still dynamically very capable, and is the sort of sound I might play late at night in the privacy of my own home when I am feeling creative. I loved this sample.
The Electric pianos on this instrument are wide and varied, covering all the Rhodes and Wurlitzer pre-sets with ease. We have a nice set of useable sounds here, from a barking rhodes and wurlitzer to a really nice auto pan or tremolo rhodes, perfect for sweet or cool tracks that need a wide stereo spread type sound. The old DX style electric pianos are also excellent like you would expect from Yamaha and the combination sounds like piano layers (piano/string for eg) are also excellent. The CVP709 has also lived up to Yamahas high standards in providing and great range of realistic instrument sounds (and synthesized sounds as well).
As per the usual standard of the CVP range, the rhythms and accompaniments on this instrument are superb, and Yamaha are always expanding their range of styles as you would expect when catering to such a wide range of customer. All the modern styles are in there as well as many of the old favourites from previous models. One of the most impressive additions is the styles ability to dynamically follow the performer. When used in conjunction with the intros, variations, break and endings etc, it is amazing the results you can obtain.With this feature it feels like the rest of the band are following your musical direction.
Another thing Yamaha have done in search of improvement of the sound, is to include some of the technology that its HiFi division have done with speaker cone advancement. It uses the same Spruce timber that is used in the soundboard of an acoustic piano, and with the pulp from this timber it is modelled into a speaker cone. The result is basically a more natural response, especially when playing piano sounds. The bass response is also excellent in the CVP709 with a redesigned “Twisted Flare Port” which give this Clavinova a clear and accurate low frequency response.
This is a very nice instrument and definitely the pinnacle of Yamaha CVP and digital piano technology to date. It comes in a range of colours and for a little more in price can be purchased in the GPmodel which is a baby grand configuration. Do yourself a favour and get in to our store at Vivace Mega Music and have a play of this instrument, you won’t be disappointed.
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