Digital keys make it possible to play a grand piano in complete quiet.
For piano players, the idea of practicing silently is one that has long been a pipe dream. There is the option of a keyboard, but to those who truly consider themselves piano players – probably not an acceptable option.
Yamaha seem to have recognised this when creating their Silent Piano – an acoustic piano that once equipped with headphones, no longer produces any sound, instead channeling the notes being played through the headphones.
When silent mode is activated, the hammers 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.
For times when you want to play your heart out, or there’s an empty house, or the neighbours are on vacation, you can still use the piano to it’s full acoustic potential.
Take a look at the pictures to see how these silent pianos are almost indistinguishable from the real thing: