New high-end upright models are the result of a unique collaboration between Yamaha Japan and Yamaha Music Europe.
Yamaha has introduced the SE132 and SE122; two pianos made following a collaboration between Yamaha Japan and Yamaha Music Europe.
Both pianos are voiced and prepared by the same team of craftsmen who work on Yamaha's CFX concert grand and the components have been carefully selected and engineered to produce a distinctive 'European' sound.
The larger SE132 (£15,999, pictured) delivers a deep and resonant harmonic sound with long sustain. Carefully selected hammer felts have been used to produce the instrument's distinctive tone and colour, while the bass strings are produced in Europe to Yamaha's detailed specifications.
The soundboard is crafted from high-grade European materials and all of the wood is inspected in Yamaha's Japanese production facility to ensure that grains are matched perfectly across the bass, middle and treble spectrum. The redesigned keypad also features larger than usual dimensions for an upright instrument and a sostenuto pedal is included.
More compact than the SE132, the SE122 (£12,999) offers many of the characteristics of the larger model. These include the same high grade hammer and string components and the same length of keys.
Both models occupy the top end of Yamaha's upright piano range and will appeal particularly to professional and serious pianists, teachers and conservatoires.