Chris Hammond
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Everything you wanted to know about Yamaha CLP735* (*but were afraid to ask).

There's no such thing as a silly question! - Chris walks us through many different things that aren't covered in the brochure or demonstration videos

Hello everyone, if you’ve clicked on this page you may have some questions about the Yamaha CLP735. The answers to which you may not find in the brochures or the demonstration videos. Here at ePianos it’s our job to try and give you those answers. We’ll do our best anyway. Let’s get started…

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Watch Chris's full video explaining everything you always wanted to know about Yamaha CLP735* (*but were afraid to ask)

Will I need to get this piano tuned?

There are no strings in these pianos to go out of tune so you will NEVER need to get them tuned. It will always be in perfect tune. (See my video explaining this further). If you see tuning referred to in the manual this is because you can deliberately and finely de-tune the piano for the purpose of matching other instruments in orchestras (ancient Stradivarius violins for example). But for 99.99999% of people this action is unnecessary. Every time you turn the piano on it will be in perfect tune.

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In this video Chris answers the question 'Do electric pianos need tuning?'

Does it feel like a ‘real’ piano to play?

A very common question is this one. Some people have a perception of electric pianos that they still feel to play like that old keyboard you got for Christmas in 1985! (You know, the one with the George Michael demo song…) Things have progressed a little since then, and they now have a fully weighted key mechanism which give you the same feel that traditional pianos do. In fact it’s very difficult to tell the difference today. They give you that slightly heavy touch that you’d expect from a traditional piano.

Is it heavy?

The weight of this piano is 57kg or 125lb, 11 oz. So in comparison to a traditional piano: no, it is not heavy at all. I can easily move the piano by myself from room to room, you’re likely going to need some help getting it upstairs, but overall compared to traditional pianos which were made heavy by the huge iron frames within them, this piano, with no frame or strings or any really heavy components are no more difficult to move than your sofa.

How does it come when it’s delivered?

When this piano is delivered to your home it will come safely packaged in a large box. VERY safely packaged too. Yamaha have cut no corners on this and I’ve never heard of a piano arriving that has been damaged. You do need to do some basic assembly but it really is very basic. In fact the main piano section is already in one piece, you simply have to attach the feet and backboard. In most cases it’s easier done with two people, but one person can do it by laying the piano on its back, attaching the feet and then lifting it upright.

Are there lots of complicated cables to plug in?

No, absolutely not. There are two cables: One to plug it into the mains and one that connect the top to the bottom. There is only one socket that will fit this plug so you can’t go wrong. Also, note the thoughtful touch courtesy of Yamaha of providing cable tie sticky blocks that keep any flapping cable nice and neat.

Does it have a dust cover?

A perfectly sensible question and the answer is yes and no. There is a lid that slides over the keys and settles firmly down keeping the dust from getting on them. But a total throw-over style dust cover no, it doesn’t come with one of those but you can purchase them 3rd party. It’s not essential by any stretch but some people like that sort of thing.

Can I control the volume?

Yes, this is another reason that digital pianos are becoming so popular; unlike traditional pianos, you can control the volume completely. There is a volume slider that allows you to set a suitable volume. There is no ‘correct’ volume it’s simply as loud as you can get before aggravating the neighbours. Which leads me to our next question….

Can I use headphones with it?

Yes, this is now a standard thing. And for clarity; when you plug headphones in the speakers on the piano are cut. So this means you can safely practice playing without anyone else hearing you. I know how important this is for people, particularly when you’re a beginner and practicing a piece repeatedly. Very important note about the headphone sockets: Yes, that’s sockets plural because there are two of them which means you can now duet with someone whilst you both wear headphones. The sockets are quarter-inch jack, so beware your old iPhone headphones won’t fit the socket, you’ll need an adaptor. And naturally here at ePianos that is something we provide for you!

Why is the polished ebony finish more expensive?

You’ve probably noticed there is a price difference between the matte finishes of this model like rosewood, black, dark walnut etc, and the polished ebony finish of approximately £300-£400. This finish is simply a cosmetic thing of course, but be in no doubt that the polished ebony finish looks very striking and as a piece of furniture. I have explained this in more detail in the video above.

Where do I put my music book?

For your music book there is a music rest that is angled backwards and has very handy little clips that you can raise to hold the pages back. The music rest can be laid down if needed for transportation or putting a laptop, a plant-pot, or whatever. But not tea.

What do the three pedals do?

This three-pedal configuration is exactly as you’d find on a concert grand piano, and that is important if you’re attempting the higher grades. The most commonly used one is the right hand/foot pedal, called the sustain pedal. This simply allows the ‘strings’ to resonate for a longer time. (All this is virtually done of course on a digital piano). The middle pedal is called the sostenuto, and almost does the same thing but only with selected notes. And the left pedal is the clutch and helps you change gear. Ba-dum-tsssh! (insert canned laughter) – Thank you, thank you, I’m here all week…try the fish. No, it’s called the ‘Soft’ pedal or ‘One Chord/una corda’ and it subtley changes the tone of the piano, generally to make it quieter. Most pianists only ever use the sustain pedal.

Chris, you didn’t answer my question!

Oh, I’m sorry about that. Just leave it in the comment section below, email or call us and we’ll be happy to answer it for you. Go-on get in touch, we’re here to help people just like you!

Take care everyone!

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