Digital Pianos

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Acoustic or Digital?

The Main Difference Is the Sound Production Mechanism


Yamaha Clavinova CLP-600 Series Overview Video


For 35 years Yamaha has been the leader in digital pianos with their award winning Clavinova line.  The Clavinova is currently available in three different series, the CLP, CVP and new CSP models. Stop into any of our 8 location to see a sampling of these products or browse online now.


CVP700 series overview video

Acoustic or Digital?

The Main Difference Is the Mechanism that Produces the Sound

The main difference between a piano (a standard acoustic piano) and a digital piano is the mechanism that produces the sound.

The piano produces sounds by channeling the power of the fingers pressing the keys into the hammers, which strike the strings. The vibrations produced by striking the strings are transmitted to the soundboard, and diffused richly, which amplifies the sound. When these vibrations combine with the resonances of strings other than the ones that were struck, it creates a unique sound.

In contrast, the digital piano has no strings. Each key is a switch to produce a specific sound, so to speak. An electronic tone generator produces the sounds, which are amplified using a speaker.

Digital pianos made by Yamaha are equipped with hammers, though. These are not for the purpose of striking the strings, as with an acoustic piano, but instead are employed to capture the dynamics with which the key is played, yielding a dynamic response to touch that more closely approximates the experience of playing an acoustic piano.

* The diagram below shows the hammer action of the Clavinova (GH/GH3/NW keyboard).

When the key is depressed: The hammer rises sharply for a touch response comparable to that of a piano.

When the key is released: The key returns to its resting position naturally under the weight of the hammer.