Yamaha SX Series: Interview with Yamaha Engineers – The Teamwork of EngineersOn November 4, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
During the development, we encountered turning points. The team members respect each other’s high-level sensitivity, sensibility, and receptivity about piano sound. So we weren’t concerned with each other’s career history, and we never hesitated to speak out about what we really felt. No matter what time or where we were, we just discussed an issue until we were all satisfied. And then we moved on to the next prototype. We repeated this process until we reached the finished product. Our team is very close and we communicate regularly. We know what each member is thinking, and not only about just making pianos. So, when we started this project, there were some goals we verbalized, and some we didn’t. But I think we shared a common vision. That was our strength, and I think that’s why we never stumbled during the development of the SX Series. Our teamwork was great from the beginning. We’re close in our private lives and we always talk about our hobbies. We listen to CDs together and review the sound. So we never hesitated to express our true opinions to each other. Some people might imagine we work under a strict hierarchy. But that’s not how we are. The atmosphere during the development process was very open. And that’s probably reflected in the “open” sound of the SX Series. When developing a piano, the goal is “great sound,” which is something invisible. And that makes it difficult for us to move forward sometimes. Our team shared the same vision. The team members came from different backgrounds and are quite unique, but about 80% of our thoughts were the same. When we discussed the sound, we shared the same feeling most of the time. That really helped us to move forward. The SX Series is a piano that can create layered “hi-resolution” tone molecules, just like a cake, with both richness and crispness With infinite expressiveness, it’s such an enjoyable piano for both pianists and audiences. When developing the SX Series, we used many materials and techniques to maintain high quality, while at the same time doing everything we could to make it responsive and expressive. I hope that when pianists try the SX Series they will be able to express themselves in ways that weren’t possible before. The SX Series has warm, rich, well-seasoned tones that will mesmerize professional pianists. However, forget what we say about what
just enjoy developing your own music with this piano. If you feel that this piano responds to you more than you expect, and if you can experience great music with this piano, I will be very happy. Again, don’t even think about how this piano was produced, and simply enjoy it. This piano really has a variety of voices. I really hope you enjoy the conversation with this piano, and enjoy the music even more.