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Yamaha CP70B Electric Grand Piano

Yamaha CP70B Electric Grand Piano
John Paul Jones, No Quarter, ca. August 1979, Knebworth Festival, Stevenage, England
General Specs
Keys: 73
String: Two Yamaha Grand Piano strings per note for treble and middle notes. Specially developed single strings for bass notes that retain true grand piano character.
Pickups: Independant piezoelectric pickup system
Controls: Overall Volume control, Bass, Middle and Treble tone controls, Tremolo On/Off switch, Tremolo Speed and Depth controls, Power On/Off switch and Indicator, Sustain/Damper pedal.
Jacks: (2) 600-ohm balanced XLR output jacks, one for each phase of the Tremolo, (2) standard 1/4" jacks, unbalanced, containing the same output as the XLR jacks, In and Out jacks for plug-in effects.
Other: Housed in a white wooden casing to look like a genuine concert grand.
Original List Price: $4000
Years Used: 1979 - 1980
For the final tour in 1979/80, John Paul Jones used a Yamaha CP70B Electric Grand Piano. This was a descendant of the original Helpinstill idea to use a magnetic pickup to amplify an acoustic piano. Yamaha developed this idea much further with the CP70 and it's larger mate, the CP80. The Yamaha was indeed portable, as it could be taken in two pieces! One piece would house the mechanical keys and hammers, and the other could be lifted off to contain just the strings and harp frame. This made for a true piano that was somewhat simple to transport, although it still required constant tuning. The piano used a sophisticated pickup and preamp to enable a truer piano tone, although it was still less "true" than an acoustic grand with microphones. As the Yamaha was being used next to the large white Yamaha GX-1, there was a special casing built to make the Yamaha look like a white, full-sized concert grand.

Photos

Yamaha CP70B Electric Grand Piano
Robert Plant, No Quarter, ca. August 1979, Knebworth Festival, Stevenage, England
Yamaha CP70B Electric Grand Piano
Led Zeppelin, Hot Dog, June 20, 1980, Vorst Nationaal, Brussels, Belgium

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