Yamaha 56 key celesta

Professional level 4½ octave concert celesta

Product code: CEL56P Manufacturer: Yamaha


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  • Grand piano style hammer action
  • Attractive oak veneer cabinet with mahogany finish
  • Full length ivorite and ebony keys
  • Sustain and soft pedals
  • Durable locking castors
Product code: CEL56P Manufacturer: Yamaha

The celesta (also known as a celeste) is a member of the orchestral percussion section that looks like a small upright piano and makes a sound like twinkling stars – in fact its name means ‘heavenly’ in French. This tone is created by hammers striking tunes glockenspiel style metal bars that sit above wooden box resonators specifically designed to amplify the fundamental frequency.

It was invented in 1886 making it a relatively young instrument, and Yamaha’s revolutionary piano action models have only been around since the 1980s. French organ builder Auguste Victor Mustel’s original designs for the celesta feature a unique top striking sprung hammer system which made it hard to create a consistent sound and control dynamics.

Yamaha’s solution to these limitations was to turn the celesta's tone bars and resonators upside down and install a standard grand piano mechanism that struck them from below. As well as the performance advantages, a standard piano action makes the celeste much easier for piano engineers to adjust and mend if the need arises. Yamaha also included full size piano keys to make it as easy as possible for pianists to adapt to.

Like an upright piano, the CEL56P celesta has two pedals – one dampener and one sustain – providing players with a vast range of timbres and effects to explore. All the complex workings are housed in a luxurious oak veneer cabinet with a mahogany finish and metal grills through which the sound emanates. The keyboard features 56 smooth ivorite and ebony keys that cover a range of four and a half octaves from C4-F8, and there is a full-length music shelf built into the front panel above. The whole instrument sits on 4 lockable castors for safe mobility around stage.

Every celesta is individually handcrafted and made to order. Please note: this process can take several months to complete.

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