Yamaha GC1-TA TransAcoustic Piano

SKU: GC1TAPE

$28,695 RRP $30,195
Finish: Polished Ebony
  •  Same acoustic piano design as Yamaha GC1
  • Includes Yamaha’s TA2 “TransAcoustic Piano” system
  • 161cm (5’3”)
  • Made in Japan
  • Includes tuning, regulation and voicing
  • Includes stool & delivery

Includes FREE piano pack until 30/4/2021, including:

  • Fitted Yamaha piano cover
  • Metronome
  • Unicorn Piano Polish
  • Yamaha & Logans 50th anniversary Commemorative Clock

TRANSACOUSTIC™ TECHNOLOGY

Newly developed TransAcoustic™ technology transmits digital sound directly to the piano soundboard, thus making the piano itself behave as a speaker. On a TransAcoustic™ piano, the sound that you hear is resonating directly from the soundboard. The tone generator sends an optimized audio signal to transducers that are connected by a coil to the soundboard. This sets the coils in motion, causing the soundboard to vibrate and generate sonic vibrations that travel through bridges attached to the soundboard, and are ultimately transmitted to the strings, making them resonate with sound.

PLAY PIANO AT ANY VOLUME

There are times when the full sound of an acoustic piano may not be appreciated by your family or neighbors. For these situations, simply activate the TransAcoustic™ mode and the hammers will no longer strike the strings. Non-contact sensors under each individual key detect your keystroke depth, velocity and timing and send this information to the tone generator. Just adjust the volume and hear the digital sound of your piano performance coming from the entire instrument. Naturally, there is no need for headphones or external amplification.

TWO WORLD-RENOWNED PIANO SOUNDS

You can play TransAcoustic™ TA2 type with the voices of CFX, Yamaha’s finest concert grand piano, and Bösendorfer’s legendary Imperial. All 88 keys are sampled individually. As Yamaha’s flagship grand piano, the majestic CFX boasts a wide palette of tonal colors, from sparkling high notes to powerful bass tones. The legendary Bösendorfer, meanwhile, is renowned for its sonorous and rich Viennese sound.

A BROAD SONIC PALETTE

TransAcoustic™ TA2 type offers total 20 pre-installed sounds such as electric pianos, harpsichord, organs, strings, choir, and synth pad, allowing you to select the ideal voice to match your preferred musical genre.

COMBINE ACOUSTIC AND DIGITAL SOUND

Thanks to their unique construction, TransAcoustic™ TA2 type allow you to layer the natural, resonant sound of the acoustic piano together with voices from the tone generator. Perhaps the most scintillating sounds are created by combining the acoustic and digital properties of the instrument—for example, gentle orchestral strings seemingly played from an acoustic piano—to achieve sonic textures with a natural quality not found on any other instrument.

PLAY-ALONG TO MUSIC

Enjoy playing along with any of the 50 preset songs that come with TransAcoustic™ TA2 type, accompanying your playing with songs you have recorded yourself, or even with commercially available songs played back through the sound board. You can play a duet with yourself, or you can just sit back and listen to the playback.

FEATURING SILENT PIANO™ SH2

Yamaha's SILENT Piano™ SH2 technology allows practice sessions to be conducted with headphones. Yamaha's SILENT Piano™ SH2 technology also features a superb binaural sample from the Yamaha CFX concert grand piano recorded using special techniques to perfectly capture the sound from the player's natural listening position. These two technologies combine to create the perfect environment to play without disturbing others.

RICH RESONANCE AND SUBTLE ACCURATE REPRODUCTION

CFX BINAURAL SAMPLING *ONLY FOR SILENT PIANO™ MODE

Yamaha’s advanced binaural sampling technology uses samples from the CFX, Yamaha’s acclaimed concert grand piano, recorded with specialized microphones that capture locational information and other nuances discerned by the human ear. The resulting sound is so natural, so enveloping, that you’ll soon forget you’re even wearing headphones at all.

VRM PHYSICAL MODELING-—THE DISTINCTIVE REVERBERATION GENERATED BY THE ENTIRE BODY OF A CONCERT GRAND PIANO *ONLY FOR SILENT PIANO™ MODE

In a grand piano, sound resonates throughout the body of the instrument, producing a rich reverberation that envelops the listener in sound. This phenomena is reproduced perfectly through enhanced Virtual Resonance Modeling (VRM). The original VRM calculates the various states of the strings for each of the 88 notes on the keyboard, from one instant to the next, and timing and depth of damper pedals pressed. The enhanced VRM now also calculates aliquot resonance in the upper octaves, and the full resonance of the soundboard, rim, and frame. This technology allows for vivid, bright, richly-varied expression that reflects the limitless number of factors inherent in piano performance.

STEREOPHONIC OPTIMIZER (PIANO VOICES OTHER THAN CFX GRAND) *ONLY FOR SILENT PIANO™ MODE

Stereophonic Optimizer is an effect which reproduces the natural sound distance, like with the sound of Binaural Sampling, even though you are listening to it on headphones. When one of the Piano Voices other than CFX Grand is selected, the Stereophonic Optimizer is enabled.

SMOOTH RELEASE-FROM STACCATO TO LEGATO, SUPERBLY EXPRESSIVE SOUND THAT RESPONDS TO THE PLAYER’S TOUCH

Featuring Yamaha's Smooth Release technology, TransAcoustic™ TA2 type offers the crisp tone heard when playing staccato as well as the lingering sound produced by releasing the keys more. This provides finely-nuanced response to the pianist’s playing.

KEY-OFF SAMPLES

The moment a pianist’s fingers are lifted from the keys of a grand piano, subtle changes occur in the instrument’s tone as the damper is lowered onto the strings to mute its sound. Key-Off samples features actual recordings of these changes, offering a faithful reproduction of the most subtle changes in the piano’s sound, allowing for a more realistic performance.

UNIQUE YAMAHA TECHNOLOGY RETAINS THE ALL-IMPORTANT TOUCH OF THE PIANO

KEY SENSORS

Under each of the 88 keys is a Yamaha-unique continuous-detection grey-scale shutter key sensor. These sensors detect the movement of the keys continually, allowing natural musical expression even when the piano is in TransAcoustic™ mode or SILENT Piano™ mode. Since they do not come into contact with the keys, these sensors do not affect the feel of the keyboard in any way.

HAMMER SENSORS

Grand piano with TransAcoustic™ TA2 type are fitted with hammer sensors that allow even slow keystrokes or rapid trills. To ensure that they do not affect the feel of the keyboard in any way, Yamaha uses non-contact sensors.

QUICK ESCAPE SYSTEM

Grand piano with TransAcoustic™ TA2 type features a quick escape system that allows the sound muting mechanism to be fitted to a grand piano without sacrificing any of the playability or musical expression demanded of such instruments in an acoustic performance. This system allows optimal separation to be obtained between the hammers and strings by adjusting the distance between the hammers and strings, ensuring that the feel of the keyboard stays in the best possible condition whether playing acoustically or with the sound muted.

GENERAL FUNCTIONS

CONNECT WIRELESSLY FOR BLUETOOTH® AUDIO

You can stream audio files through TransAcoustic™ TA2 type by using a Bluetooth-enabled smart device. You can enjoy playing along with any songs on your smart device. (May not be available depending on your area)

SMART PIANIST APP

The smart device app “Smart Pianist” (available as a free download) enables you to use the functions such as selecting Voices, controlling the metronome intuitively with the visualized interface, or display the score on your smart device.

The UD-WL01 USB Wireless LAN Adaptor (sold separately) is required to use Smart Pianist over a wireless connection.

SOPHOSTICATED & SIMPLE DESIGN OF THE CONTROL PANEL

The control unit has been given a sophisticated design that unobtrusively blends with the piano itself. Moreover, the simple controllers allow you to operate the instrument easily.

For Polished White finished piano, the white colored unit will be installed.

CONNECTION TERMINALS

The USB TO HOST terminal allows you to connect to a computer or portable device and record high-quality audio without the need for an additional interface, while AUX OUT allows sound to be output to a variety of external devices (e.g. stereo components, IC recorders, speakers with built-in amplifiers, stereo systems), and AUX IN allows listening to sound from external devices (sound source modules and music players). MIDI OUTPUT transmits performance information to external devices such as synthesizers. MIDI IN allows the instrument to receive and playback performance information from sequencers using the tone generator of the TransAcoustic™ TA2.

TWO RECORDING SYSTEMS (BUILT-IN RECORDER AND USB AUDIO RECORDER)

The performance can be recorded in two different ways. It can be recorded either directly to the built-in recorder of a piano, or to a USB audio recorder, in which case the data stored in USB flash memory in WAV format can be played on a PC as well. Using a built-in recorder is more convenient if the players wish to listen to the recorded piece right away. It allows them to listen to the entire performance of a music piece or to go back and listen to a particular section of the piece. Since performances are saved in WAV format with a USB audio recorder, they can be recorded onto CDs or played on portable music players.

OPEN STRUCTURED HEADPHONES- PRODUCE CLEAR, HIGH-QUALITY SOUND

The headphones that come with TransAcoustic™ TA2 type are designed in a way that minimizes the strain on users after long hours of playing. This newly employed headphones contribute to the improvement of sound quality as well as to the reduction of fatigue during performance.

METRONOME

TransAcoustic™ TA2 type has a built-in metronome that can be used in both TransAcoustic™ mode and SILENT Piano™ mode so that players can listen to precise rhythm while they play.

THE BEAUTIFUL NEW GC SERIES

The beautiful new GC Series combines the duplex scaling and rich tonal character of the coveted C Series grand with cost-saving advantages in materials and production to create an instrument that's both exceptionally expressive and uncommonly affordable.

OVER A CENTURY OF DISTINGUISHED GRAND PIANO MAKING

Unparalleled in their beauty and musical range, grand pianos are the ultimate expression of the piano maker's art. Yamaha is proud to present a comprehensive line of incomparable grands, reflecting the very latest in Yamaha acoustic and technological advances.

CRAFTED WITH UNCOMMON CARE AND INTEGRITY

Yamaha grand pianos have earned a global reputation as instruments of outstanding quality and value. Renowned for their eloquent expressive range, and for their reliable performance over time, they play an important role in the performing arts and music education. They are consistently among the pianos most highly recommended by piano tuner/technicians and a leading choice of pianists at all levels, all over the world.

The Yamaha reputation rests on a century-long tradition of uncompromising care and craftsmanship, supported by an unmatched range of integrated expertise, top-of-the-line production facilities, and an exceptionally skilled, knowledgeable and dedicated workforce. Our strength in the full range of relevant technologies allows us to produce virtually every part of every piano ourselves – an approach that has helped us initiate significant advances and set what has long been recognized as the industry standard in quality control.

An open dialog with professional musicians generates invaluable input that, in conjunction with sophisticated research facilities, has led to continual advances in each new generation of Yamaha pianos. Our global network offers Yamaha customers additional advantages, from cost-efficient regional manufacturing to the ready availability of sales and support throughout most of the world.

Balancing cutting-edge technology and innovation with the timeless skills of expert artisans, Yamaha pianos have come to represent an unsurpassed standard of affordable excellence. It is a standard that continues to generate ever-higher acclaim and make Yamaha grand pianos the first choice of many of the world's most discriminating pianists.

Dimensions

Width

149 cm (59")

Height

101 cm (40")

Depth

161 cm (5'3")

Weight

Weight

311 kg (685 lb)

Keyboard

Key Surfaces - White

Acrylic resin

Key Surfaces - Black

Phenolic resin

Hammer

Type

GC Series Special

Pedal

Type

Damper/Sostenuto/Shift

Caster

Type

Single Caster

Lid

Prop Safety Stop

Yes

Key Cover

Lid/Fallboard Locks

-

Soft-Close Fallboard

Yes

Key Sensors

Non-contact continuous detection optical sensor

Hammer Sensors

Non-contact 2-point optical fiber sensor

Damper Pedal

Continuous detection sensor

Sostenuto Pedal

On/Off detection sensor

Soft/Shift Pedal

On/Off detection sensor

Mechanism

Hammer shank stopper operated by motor drive

Action

Quick Escape mechanism

Mechanism

TransAcoustic™ technology

Tone Generation

Piano Sound

Yamaha CFX, Bösendorfer Imperial

Binaural Sampling

Yes (CFX Grand Voice only)

VRM

Yes

Key-off Samples

Yes

Smooth Release

Yes

Polyphony (max.)

256

Preset

Number of Voices

20

Voices for Song Playback

480 XG Voices + 12 Drum/SFX Kits

Types

Reverb

Yes

Brilliance

Yes

Stereophonic Optimizer

Yes (Piano Voices other than CFX Grand)

Preset

Number of Preset Songs

20 Voice Demo Songs, 50 Classics

Recording

Number of Songs

10

Data Capacity

approx. 550 KB/Song

Format

Playback

SMF (Format 0, Format 1)

Recording

SMF (Format 0)

Recording Time (max.)

80 minutes/Song

Format

Playback

WAV (44.1 kHz, 16 bit, stereo)

Recording

WAV (44.1 kHz, 16 bit, stereo)

Overall Controls

Metronome

Yes

Tempo Range

5 – 500

Transpose

-12 – 0 – +12

Tuning

414.8 – 440.0 – 466.8 Hz (approx. 0.2 Hz increments)

Bluetooth

Yes (Audio) *May not have this functionality depending on your area. Check with your Yamaha dealer.

Storage

Internal Memory

approx. 1.3 MB

External Drives

USB flash drive

Connectivity

Headphones

Stereo mini jack (x2)

MIDI

IN/OUT

AUX IN

Stereo mini jack

AUX OUT

[L/L+R][R] (Standard phone jack)

USB TO DEVICE

Yes

USB TO HOST

Yes

Power Consumption

40 W

Auto Power Off

Yes

Included Accessories

Headphones, headphone hanger, attachment screws for headphone hanger, “50 Classical Music Masterpieces” music book, Owner’s Manual.

Separately Sold Accessories

USB wireless LAN adaptor (UD-WL01), wireless MIDI adaptor (UD-BT01/MD-BT01) *May not be available depending on your area.

"We want our clients to have peace of mind with a finished and performance-ready piano of superb quality. We do not cut corners, and we will never settle for anything less than getting the best out of every piano we sell." - Geoff Logan

Why Buy Your Piano From Logans?

Anyone can tell you they provide great service, but can they prove it? Logans Pianos have been in the piano business for almost a century, and in that time we've provided pianos for some of the most important performers and institutions in the music industry. Our long history as Sydney's most trusted name in pianos bears testament to the fact the we are the best in the business, and we have the evidence to back that claim up.

Now with four generations of experience, we have the expertise to ensure that a piano from Logans will deliver the best possible performance and the greatest enjoyment for many decades to come.

All pianos purchased from Logans come with a minimum of $1250 worth of extras, including:

  • Minimum three courses of tuning, regulation & voicing
  • 10 Year Warranty, and free after sale care
  • Delivery to ground level
  • Matching Yamaha piano bench
  • Limited Time offer: 50th anniversary pack, including fitted piano cover, metronome, piano polish & commemorative clock with Logans and Yamaha logos. 

What is Piano Regulation?

Production schedules in factories only allow for a certain amount of time to be spent on each piano. Additionally, pianos are shipped in vacuum sealed environments, and moving parts shift slightly as they adjust to their new environment. Adjustments made by a piano technician to an instrument's keys and action to compensate for these shifts is referred to as "regulation".

All new pianos before leaving their factory are tuned and regulated. Piano components including wood, felt, and doeskin have a tendency to "bed down" and change in thickness for some time, thus altering the regulation and performance of the piano. All manufacturers fundamentally insist that their new pianos be regulated again before being sold.

Today, piano regulation is a dying art, and Logans are one of very few piano shops in Australia that still perform a full course of regulation as part of every sale. A large percentage of pianos sold in Australia receive no more than a single tuning at this most important stage in their lives - a fact even Yamaha Australia have tactely acknowleged in labelling Logans Pianos the only Yamaha Piano Authorised Sales and Service Centre in NSW.

Why is Regulation Important?

Piano regulation is vital to ensuring a long and healthy life for any piano, whether it's a $6000 upright or a $500 000 Concert Grand. The minute adjustments made by a piano technician prevent vital moving parts for rubbing together and wearing prematurely, and ensures a clear, even volume by ensuring the action is balanced across all 88 keys.

Additionally, it removes the "stiffness" that experienced piano players often complain of when playing a brand new pianos, and brings out the full performance potential inherent in its design. Traditionally, regulation was considered an essential part of the purchase of a piano, and piano dealers were judged on the quality of their regulation.

Piano Voicing

Piano voicing involves balancing the volume, tone, and overall sound of the piano by adjusting the hardness of the hammer felts by pricking them with needles using a tool called a "picker". While this sounds like a simple enough task, it requires years of experience to get a feel for how to achieve the "right" voicing for an individual piano. It can be a time consuming task on a higher quality piano, which will generally start with denser felt so that it needs to be replaced less frequently. In many ways, voicing is as much art as science, and as such relies heavily on the taste and experience of the technician.

There is a widespread myth that Japanese pianos have an inherently "bright" or "harsh" sound, compared with their more expensive European and North American counterparts. This is simply not the case. More often than not, this comes down to the piano's voicing being given little, or no attention by the seller. In point of fact, most Yamaha pianos still use the same felt and strings as a Steinway. If a mellow sound is what you want in your piano, we are more than happy to oblige.

Piano Tuning

As with regulation, the tuning of a piano is heavily impacted by changes in atmospheric conditions. As a result of this, it is crucial that a new piano is not merely tuned prior to sale, but left to sit, and retuned in a repeated cycle until the technician can be certain that the tuning will remain stable.

Typically, a piano requires three tunings prior to sale, but sometimes more are necessary, depending on a variety of factors including construction, weather and even the specific cuts of timber used in the instrument. Ultimately, we see it as our responsibility to continue tuning a piano until we can be sure it's going to stick.

Unfortunately, many dealers try to bypass this process by offering to tune the piano in your home, offering the explanation that "moving the piano will put it out of tune". This is absolutely false. However, it is true that piano's tuning will drift a little in the first six months as it acclimatises to your home. 

To remedy this, all pianos sold at Logans include at least one free tuning to be used at any point in the first six months, as part of Yamaha's  Premium Piano Care Program. Grand Pianos pianos may include up to 10 years worth of free tunings, free of charge.

Assuming your piano has been prepared correctly and nothing unexpected happens (flood, fire, pestilence etc.), it should only require scheduled tuning every 6-12 months, and a course of regulation and voicing every few years.

The Logans Difference

A full course of tuning, regulation, and voicing on a new piano runs anywhere from $900 to $1100, depending on the specific instrument. Logans include this service as part of the purchase price on every new piano we sell, free of charge.

All pianos also include free delivery, a matching piano bench, manufacturers warranty, and at least one free tuning after delivery We can also arrange continued maintenance afterwards. The knowledge and experience gained over the past century, ensures a Logans Piano will deliver the best possible performance and the greatest enjoyment for many decades to come.

While many piano sellers advertise tuning and regulation as part of their pre-sale service, most consistently fail to invest the time and resources required to bring them up to standard. This is a fact we are regularly reminded of whenever one of our technicians arrives for a scheduled tuning on a piano purchased from a competitor, and finds that it in need of voicing and regulation, just six months after purchase.

We have found that our satisfied clients often share their Logans experience with students, family, friends. In fact, the majority of people who purchase a piano from us initially chose Logans based on recommendation and reputation. These recommendations depend not just on quality customer service but also on the great performance of our pianos long after they have been delivered. We therefore select and prepare our new pianos very carefully. This more than anything else is what has kept our doors open for almost 100 years.

General

Logans Pianos offers Australia wide shipping on all products on our website and our Burwood store. The vast majority of our orders are eligible for free, or $8.95 flat rate shipping. For more details, see below.

We will always do our best to make your order as fast and easy as possible. In most cases, we will process and ship your order next business day. 

For a variety of reasons, sometimes this is not possible. In these cases, we will always notify you by email or phone of the expected lead time the following business day.

International shipping is available for many of the products on our website using courier shipping. See below for details.

Tracking Your Order

You will always be notified by email or phone once your order has been shipped, and will be able to track it using the provided shipping information here.

Returns

If you are looking for our returns policy, please click here

Delivery Options

Logans are pleased to offer a variety of delivery options to our customers so you can choose the shipping method that best suits your needs.

In most cases, you will receive your order in 2-5 business days from the time of your order, but we ask that you allow up to 14 days for delivery, to account for unexpected delays.

Free & Flat Rate Shipping

Most orders over $100 qualify for free shipping.

orders under $100 are eligible for $8.95 flat rate shipping To NSW, VIC and ACT, or $15 flat rate shipping to all other Australian states.

Small products such as books, strings and small accessories may be sent with Australia post, and may not include a tracking number. If tracking is important to you, please choose courier shipping to ensure you will be able to track your order.

We have send tens of thousands of books and accessories in this manner, and very rarely have issues. If your product arrives damaged, or has not arrived within 14 days, please contact us as soon as possible, and we will replace it free of charge. 

Acoustic Pianos, Digital Pianos with a shipping weight of over 80kg, and other products that require specialist delivery services or installation are not eligible for free or flat rate shipping.

Orders to Western Australia do not qualify for free shipping.

In Store Pickup

Most products can be picked up from our Burwood store. If you choose this option at checkout, please wait for us to confirm your products are ready for pickup before pick it up. 

We are able to arrange curbside pickup/click and collect on customer request.

Courier Shipping

Logans are pleased to offer shipping by the following couriers:

  • Couriers Please
  • Fastway
  • Parcel Point
  • Quantium
  • Seko
  • Sendle
  • TNT
  • Toll
  • UPS
  • Clipper Parcels (Sydney Only)

In most cases, the fastest, cheapest and best options to your location will appear at checkout, allowing you to choose the courier and rate that best suits your needs. Sometimes, rural and remote and international areas will not calculate shipping. This doesn't mean we can't ship to you, or even that it's going to be particularly expensive. Generally, we recommend you use flat rate shipping in these cases, but if this is not appropriate, or available for you, please contact us, and we will discuss your options with you. 

Digital Pianos Delivery & Setup

Digital Piano delivery and setup is available in the Sydney Metro area for the cost of $150 +$0.30 per stair.

Additional surcharges apply to deliveries outside of the Sydney Metro area, and will need to be scheduled in advance. Please contact us for an obligation free quote.

As you will have to be home to show the carriers where to set up your piano, we will call to schedule your delivery at a time that is convenient for you. 

Acoustic Pianos Delivery

Logans only work with the best speciality piano carriers in the business - Dragon & Goninans. This ensures that your piano will arrive not only undamaged, but in tune & well regulated. Delivery to Sydney metro area is free to ground level, +$50 for each flight of stairs. 

Additional surcharges apply to deliveries outside of the Sydney Metro area, and will need to be scheduled in advance. Please contact us for an obligation free quote, or select "Post-paid Piano Shipping" at checkout, and we will call you the following business day to discuss your shipping options. Note that selecting this option means your shipping costs are not included in the price of your order, and will need to be paid prior to delivery.

As you will have to be home to show the carriers where to place your piano, we will call to schedule your delivery at a time that is convenient for you. 

Pre-Orders & Out Of Stock

Out of stock or new release products will generally be available for pre-order. If you pre-order a product online, we will contact you using the details provided your order to give you an ETA the next business day. For most products, this will add less than a week to the delivery time for your order.

In the case of new release products, or some specialty items, lead times can be up to six months. If you would like to know the ETA of a product before pre-ordering, please contact us by email, phone, or using the chat widget and we will give you an ETA.

In all cases, you can cancel a pre-order for a full refund within 30 days. Standard refund conditions apply. Click here to see our refund policy

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