The old-time pianola has been digitally reincarnated in Yamaha’s Modus pianos. Pre-loaded with 50 preset classical and jazz numbers, the ‘voice’ of each of the four models is sampled from the company’s famed CF111S concert grand, with natural-wood keys used to replicate the feel of a genuine acoustic grand piano.
The flagship 88-key Modus H11 is available in velvet rouge, amber glow and deep brunette with three-level dynamic stereo sampling, 64-note polyphony, 10 instrument voices, three pedals (damper with half-pedal effect, sostenuto and soft), and a built-in 40 watt sound system.
Connected to a network, it will stream music from the Radio Service for Piano site and, with a USB flash drive of recorded songs plugged in, you can also play along with your favourite songs.
The Yamaha Modus pianos are priced from $8,999 to $18,999.