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Yamaha Clavinova CLP-795GP Frequently Asked Questions

I answer ten of the most commonly asked questions about the Yamaha CLP795GP baby grand piano

Yamaha Clavinova CLP-795GP Frequently Asked Questions
Chris Hammond

I’d like to answer some of the frequently asked questions that we’ve received about Yamaha’s top-of-the-range baby grand digital piano; the CLP-795GP. If you have a question that I don’t cover below then just email us at sales@epianos.co.uk and we’ll get right back to you. Also, make sure that you watch my video where I cover the questions in more detail below.

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How does delivery work if I buy this piano?

Here at ePianos, we use our own experienced team for a ‘white glove’ delivery and installation. The piano itself is actually transported flat packed. Our team will deliver at a convenient time for you, unbox and safely install the piano whilst removing all packaging.

This piano, being digital and having no need for strings or an iron frame, is much, much lighter and easier to transport or move from position to position within your home than a traditional grand piano. It’s another reason why digital pianos are becoming so popular.

Yamaha CLP-795GP | 10 common questions answered

Chris answers x10 of the most commonly asked questions about the Yamaha CLP-795GP

Is it as big as a real grand piano?

This depends on what you mean by ‘real grand piano’. A concert grand piano – the type you might see on stage at the Royal Albert Hall – is usually between 8-9ft long. Mainly because they, being acoustic instruments, need a giant acoustic cabinet to be heard amongst an orchestra.

The Yamaha CLP-795GP dimensions are more akin to a small Baby Grand piano, primarily so that they can fit in a home more easily while retaining the style of a grand piano.

Is there an Augmented Reality app?

If you’re not quite sure that the piano will fit in your home (or match the style) then try the Clavinova Space app from Yamaha. It uses Augmented Reality to show you just what this piano (and others) will look like in your home. See my video on how to use it below.

The Yamaha Clavinova Space app

Chris explains what the Clavinova Space app does and how to use it to see how a new piano will look in your home

What is the lid actually (top) for?

This is a very common question indeed! Essentially, it is there to deflect the sound from the piano towards the audience. This is why you see concert pianists (and their pianos) arranged sideways to an audience.

The angle of the open-top lid should direct the sound towards the listening audience. As a side note, when the piano is not being played, the top should be left closed to act as a dust cover for the interior. You can play it with the top closed, but the sound is not so impressive.

That being said, it’s quite nice to alter the sound by having the top closed. It gives a far smoother, softer tone, which suits some pieces perfectly.

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

Yes, it does indeed feel very, very similar to playing a traditional acoustic grand piano. Most people would not be able to feel the difference. Yamaha are world leaders in both traditional and digital piano technology The touch and feel of their digital pianos is highly authentic. Read our blog all weighted keys on digital pianos and why they’re so important.

Will it go out of tune?

No, is the answer to this. When a traditional piano goes out of tune, it is because the tension of the strings has changed, either slacking or tightning. Digital pianos have no strings as the sound is digitally sampled, therefore they cannot go out of tune.

Note, you can alter the tuning by using the built-in controls if needed to, say, match the pitch of an accompanying instrument or singer. You can always easily return the piano to its standard tuning.

What type of maintenance is required?

This question gets asked a lot as traditional pianos regularly require tuning or regulation of some kind as the iron or wooden frames, and attached strings, are very sensitive to temperature fluctuations, often going out of tune faster unless the environment is relatively stable.

One of the main reasons that digital pianos have become so popular is that they require virtually no maintenance whatsoever. Rather like many household electric appliances, they are simply ‘plug-and-play’.

Also, like most things electrical, however, the accumulation of dust can cause some issues over the long term, so ideally make use of the closing top and key cover.

Can I wear headphones?

Yes, you can play using headphones on this piano. Plugging headphones in cuts the speakers so that you can practice without anyone else hearing you. Helpfully, there are two jack sockets that can be used simultaneously. Ideal for piano lessons or practising duets.

Can I use BlueTooth headphones with this piano?

Generally speaking, because of the slight delay between playing a note, the piano sending the signal, and the headphones playing it in your ear, we don’t recommend playing using BlueTooth headphones.

It’s dreadful for your timing. While this piano does have Bluetooth facilities, it will not work directly with BlueTooth headphones anyway. You would have to use a third-party transmitter from the headphone output socket.

Can I connect my android device to use the Yamaha Smart Pianist app?

Yes, you can. iOs and Android are now supported. If you haven’t seen the Yamaha SmartPianist app yet, then check out our video all about it below. It’s a great way to use your mobile device in conjunction with the Yamaha Clavinova pianos.

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Isaac shows us the brilliant the Yamaha SmartPianist app for Yamaha digital pianos and keyboards

Can I change the tone of the piano?

Yes, you can. You can use the standard three pedals that you’d find on a traditional grand piano for control, but you also use more than one sound on the piano as there is multiple samples built-in. For example, you can switch instantly between playing a Yamaha CFX concert grand piano, to a Bosendorfer Imperial grand – two of the world’s finest grand pianos, at the touch of a button!

There are also many other types of pianos to choose from too.

The other method is to simply change the position of the top of the piano. There are 4 positions from fully open to closed, each gives a slightly different tone. You can simply change these parameters to suit your playing style and the piece of music that you’re performing.

I hope that was helpful for you. Remember, if you had a question that I didn’t answer here, just leave it below or email us at sales@epianos.co.uk, we’ll be glad to help you.

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Chris is the manager of ePianos.co.uk and the driving force behind the demonstration, comparison and review videos that we feature on our website. He is responsible for overseeing all areas of the sales and marketing team, with extensive product knowledge and many years of experience as a musician and composer.

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