Yamaha U1 SH2 Silent Piano

SKU: U1SH2PEQ

$13,395 RRP $15,095
Finish: Polished Ebony
  • Same acoustic piano design as Yamaha U1J
  • Includes Yamaha’s SH2 “Silent Piano” system, for silent practice
  • 121cm Tall
  • Made in Japan
  • Includes tuning, regulation and voicing
  • Includes stool & delivery

    WHAT IS SILENT PIANO™?

    When the SILENT Piano™ function is activated, the hammers will no longer hit the strings and instead, a highly sophisticated sensor-technology captures all movements of the keys and sends them to the digital tone module. Play a real acoustic piano with headphones at any time, day or night without being disturbed or disturbing others. The Yamaha Silencing System is unsurpassed, allowing 24hr practice as well as possessing many other features including a range of pre-installed sounds, being able to record your own performances or connecting mobile devices to use the latest Apps.

    TWO WORLD-RENOWNED PIANO SOUNDS

    You can play SILENT Piano™ SH2 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

    SILENT Piano™ SH2 type offers 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.

    RICH RESONANCE AND SUBTLE ACCURATE REPRODUCTION

    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

    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)

    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, SILENT Piano™ SH2 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

    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 SILENT Piano™ function. Since they do not come into contact with the keys, these sensors do not affect the feel of the keyboard in any way.

                  


    Grand piano with SILENT Piano™ SH2 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 SILENT Piano™ SH2 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

    You can stream audio files through SILENT Piano™ SH2 type with headphones 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.

    SOPHISTICATED & 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 coloured 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 SILENT Piano™ SH2 type.

    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 SILENT Piano™ SH2 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

    SILENT Piano™ SH2 type has a built-in metronome that can be used in SILENT Piano™ function so that players can listen to precise rhythm while they play.

    U Series

    Thanks to comprehensive redesign, these world-standard instruments are better than ever, with numerous advances in materials and construction. Refined scale designs and components improve tonal performance, while other modifications enhance strength and durability. Extra-wide music desks provide plenty of room for sheet music. And the top-of-the-line sets extraordinary standards of elegance and excellence, incorporating concepts adapted from Yamaha grand pianos.

    Main Acoustic Features

    • Cut thread tuning pins, made in-house at Yamaha
    • Pinblock made in-house at Yamaha
    • Solid spruce soundboard and ribs
    • Solid copper wound bass strings
    • Hard maple bridges
    • Aluminium alloy action rails
    • Spruce keys with hardwood buttons
    • Mute pedal
    • Yamaha designed hammers with underfelt
    • Polyester finish
    • Vacuum Shield Mould Process (V-Pro) plate
    • Single caster
    • Seasoned for destination

    Spruce Soundboard

    At the Yamaha lumber mill and wood processing facility, the finest spruce is quarter sawn; and less than 10% of the total is selected and reserved for Yamaha piano soundboards. Solid spruce, rather than laminated spruce or poplar, is the choice in all fine pianos for the best amplification of sound, best tone and sustain.

    Seasoned for Destination

    Yamaha specifically seasons this piano for the Australian market using a proprietary technology. The tuning stability, finish and overall musical integrity are enhanced over the long life expected of a fine piano.

    Tuning Pins

    Made in-house at Yamaha, Yamaha tuning pins are made to exacting specifications to ensure stability and durability.

    Pinblock

    Yamaha pinblocks are made in-house to ensure that correct materials and procedures are used. This is vital for long term tuning stability.

    Spruce Keys

    Yamaha uses Spruce for the keys on all models of pianos. Spruce is very light and possesses a very high ratio of strength to weight. It is ideal for key construction, even though its cost is greater than either sugar pine or bass wood. Yamaha keyboards respond quickly providing fast repetition for the most intricate piece of music. Yamaha keyboards withstand heavy use over years of fortissimo passages.

    V-Pro Plate

    Yamaha uses V-Pro (Vacuum Shield Mold Process) in casting the iron frame (plate). V-Pro plates are stronger and visually more appealing. Critical dimensions are produced more accurately than before.

    Metal Action Rails

    Yamaha engineering developed a unique Extruded Aluminum Alloy Action Rail (bearing a Yamaha patent) that is one of the best innovations for improving a piano action in the last 100 years. The usual fluctuations in wood rails that effect touch, caused by periodic weather changes, are eliminated allowing stable, long-lasting action regulation.

    Balanced Action

    Each key of a Yamaha piano is individually tested and measured for the corrections needed to obtain uniform "down weight" pressure. Yamaha actions play correctly and uniformly. This balancing helps ensure a lifetime of superior touch and control across the keyboard.

    Uniform Key Travel

    Yamaha designs all grand and vertical pianos to have the same key travel. Regardless of size, type or model of Yamaha piano, the keyboards will always feel the same.

    Finishes

    Polished Ebony, Satin Ebony, Polished American Walnut, Satin American Walnut, Polished Mahogany, Polished White.

    Size/Weight

    Dimensions

    Width

    153 cm (60 1/4")

    Height

    121 cm (47 3/4")

    Depth

    62 cm (24 1/2")

    Weight

    232 kg (511 lb)

    Control Interface

    Keyboard

    Key Surfaces - White

    Acrylic resin

    Key Surfaces - Black

    Phenolic resin

    Hammer

    Type

    U Series Special

    Pedal

    Type

    Damper/Silencing pedal/Soft

    Design/Architecture Detail

    Caster

    Type

    Double Caster

    Cabinet

    Lid

    Prop Safety Stop

    -

    Key Cover

    Lid/Fallboard Locks

    Yes

    Soft-Close Fallboard

    Yes

    Sensor System

    Key Sensors

    Non-contact continuous detection optical sensor

    Hammer Sensors

    -

    Damper Pedal

    Continuous detection sensor

    Sostenuto Pedal

    -

    Soft/Shift Pedal

    On/Off detection sensor

    Silencing System

    Mechanism

    Hammer shank stopper operated by center pedal

    Action

    -

    Voices

    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

    Effects

    Types

    Reverb

    Yes

    Brilliance

    Yes

    Stereophonic Optimizer

    Yes (Piano Voices other than CFX Grand)

    Songs (MIDI)

    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/Playback (Audio)

    Recording Time (max.)

    80 minutes/Song

    Format

    Playback

    WAV (44.1 kHz, 16 bit, stereo)

    Recording

    WAV (44.1 kHz, 16 bit, stereo)

    Functions

    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 the country in which you purchased the product.)

    Storage and Connectivity

    Storage

    Internal Memory

    approx. 1.3 MB

    External Drives

    USB flash drive

    Connectivity

    DC In

    16 V

    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 Supply

    AC Adaptor

    PA-300C (or an equivalent recommended by Yamaha)

    Power Consumption

    12 W (When using PA-300C AC adaptor)

    Auto Power Off

    Yes

    Accessories

    Included Accessories

    AC adaptor*, power cord*, headphones, headphone hanger, attachment screws for headphone hanger, “50 Classical Music Masterpieces” music book, Owner’s Manual *May not be included depending on your area. Check with your Yamaha dealer.

    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 $6.95 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.

    Most orders under $100 are eligible for $6.95 flat rate shipping.

    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.

    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. 

    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. 

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