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YAMAHA: CF Series Piano


Successful Domesticization of an Industry

The piano as we know it today is an instrument that went through a number of revolutionary changes to its manufacturing technology in the beginning of the 19th century. Until the middle of the 19th century, pianos were predominantly produced in Europe—where they were developed—and North America.

In 1900, the first person to successfully build a piano in Japan was Torakusu Yamaha, who was also the founder of YAMAHA. After spending some time studying in North America, Yamaha built Japan’s first ever reed organ, before turning his hand to piano making in 1900. He was a pioneer of piano making, bringing about the domesticization of the industry in Japan.

The Acoustics and Research Laboratory was established in 1930 and proved extremely successful; until the laboratory was opened, there was considerable reliance on the instinct of the individual maker. The laboratory made it possible to take a scientific approach in sound making, and to develop technology enabling the mass production of high quality pianos.

Global Expansion

YAMAHA Corporation continued to increase domestic production, and by around 1965, the company had come to enjoy the best reputation in the world, thanks to the accolade of piano tuners around the world, impressed with its modernistic production facilities and dedication to piano making. At this time, YAMAHA had the highest piano production volume in the world, and it remains number one today, accounting for 33% of total global production.

( Yamaha Corporation )
Specifications (CFIIIS)
Keyboard: Number of keys
Key surfaces, white
Key surfaces, black
Number of pedal, 3 (with Sostenuto)