The photographs from Yamaha Design Laboratory’s “The Art of Sound” series.

Pictures courtesy of Yamaha Design Laboratory for the CFX Key Action
Pictures courtesy of Yamaha Design Laboratory for the CFX Key Action

In the series “The Art of Sound,” Yamaha Design Laboratory breaks down the insides of its grand concert piano CFX, meticulously aligns all 8,000 parts, and takes pictures of them in an attempt to explain to viewers how the piano’s keys and parts work together to produce its melodies.

The goal of Yamaha Design Laboratory is to draw attention to the significance of every component that goes into creating a concert grand piano CFX, the fact that a single missing piece could prevent the piano from producing a wide range of sounds, and the fact that, beneath the piano’s exterior shine, thousands of keys are working to convert a player’s keystrokes into surround sound.



Yamaha Design Laboratory is now able to see the sounds produced by the instrument’s keys instead of hearing them when they are photographed. To illustrate the 8,000 elements of the concert grand piano CFX, they separate the components into six photos. The images display the key action, the 88 keys (including the hammer structure), the soundboard that reverberates music into the performance hall, the frame holding the strings, a scene evoking a magnificent piece of architecture, and a general view of all the parts put together.

The Key Action Piano, which is tuned to a little higher 442 Hz pitch than the ordinary world standard pitch of 440 Hz tuning fork in order to meet orchestra needs and showcase the pianist’s skill, is the first instrument in the design laboratory. The 88 keys of the concert grand piano are likewise laid out, consisting of about 70 parts, arranged in a complex pattern by gradually altering the shape, and arranged from low to high.


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