WHAT IS THE TransAcoustic™ Piano?
TransAcoustic is the name we have given to the technology that will power a new breed of piano. At its most basic level, it turns the piano’s soundboard into a loudspeaker – meaning that any sound can be delivered through this naturally resonant piano component.
But there’s much more to TransAcoustic technology. Using a mechanism similar to that of the well-proven Silent Series, it is possible to prevent the hammers from striking the strings and, instead, to play back digital samples. Unlike the Silent instruments, however, there is no need for headphones or external amplification. The sound is played back though the soundboard. You can control the volume and select the sound – from a sampled CFX concert grand, or a choice of electric pianos to a marimba and harpsichord. And perhaps the most scintillating sounds are generated when you combine the acoustic and digital properties of the instrument – gentle orchestral strings under a natural piano, for example.
You can even play back pre-recorded accompaniment tracks as you perform.
Because the instrument is a real, fully strung and resonant piano, the natural, sympathetic vibrations of both the soundboard, case and, significantly, strings, add a completely new dimension to performance. The sampled sounds come to life with a brilliant realism no other instrument has approached.
Inside an acoustic piano, hammers at the opposite side of the keys strike the strings, and the strings vibrate to produce sound. This initial sound is amplified by the soundboard that occupies much of the piano interior, and the entire body of the piano serves as a resonator, creating the rich and harmonically complex sound that is distinctively acoustic. Now, imagine an acoustic piano that allows you to control the volume, while still enjoying the original sound-projecting design of the piano based around the soundboard. That’s Yamaha’s revolutionary TransAcoustic™ Piano.
Sitting neatly in the middle of the b series, the b2’s elegant design reflects a traditional upright piano design – most markedly with the addition of legs. At a comfortable 113cm tall, the b2 delivers a versatile sound for the player, whilst still being easily accommodated within the modern home. As opposed to the b1’s laminate soundboard, the b2 supports a solid spruce soundboard which allows for a more enhanced tonal spectrum, and its improved action can cater for a wider variety of musical styles. With regards to its size and capabilities, then, the b2 is an ideal family piano, and its overall durability ensures that it is a piano for life.
Produced at a Yamaha factory in Indonesia from a scale design developed in Japan, b Series pianos are Yamaha’s most affordable entry-level uprights. Although reduced production costs allow budget-friendly prices, Yamaha makes no compromises in the materials and workmanship that go into these exceptional uprights.
Quality Components, Quality Sound
Supported by four sturdy wooden back posts and a strong cast iron frame, b Series pianos are endowed with Yamaha’s renowned pure, clear tone. High-grade hammers and a proven action design offer effortless playing and a highly responsive keyboard ‘touch’ that make these uprights ideal for beginning players.
Yamaha’s b Series features pianos in a range of heights, widths, and depths. The b1 and b2 boast slender profiles, making them ideal for small spaces. With its larger dimensions and heavier construction, the b3 upright requires a little more room but brings a rich, far-reaching sound.
Width 149 cm (59″)
Height 113 cm (44 1/2″)
Depth 54 cm (21 1/4″)
Weight 194 kg
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