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Yamaha electric instrument

Post by buontanthu » 10 Nov 2012, 16:32

Hi everybody,

I couldn't find any information about my piano. Please help me (model, year, ...)
(Yamaha, 110V, 60 C/S, and string T2622404)

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Re: Please help me identify my piano

Post by Colin Nicholson » 10 Nov 2012, 17:33

I am guessing you are outside the UK? and bought this on Ebay?

It's not really a "piano" as such, although the keys make it look like one.
I think its a Celeste (or keyboard glockenspiel) - and presumably small hammers hit metal bars to create a bell-like sound. They are occasionally used for orchestra for special effects - but not classed as a piano.

The legs look to be from the 1960's (possibly early 70's), but I doubt you will find much history on this instrument - except from the previous owner.

If you can remove the hinge screws and lift off the lid, can you open up the back of the instrument? If we can see inside the mechanism - this may give more clues.
It also looks like it has a vibrato box? .... is this electric - hence '110v' may suggest the voltage.

Dont know what you mean by "String"...... and the numbers .... could just be a serial number - but I dont think there are records of this.
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Re: Please help me identify my piano

Post by Gill the Piano » 10 Nov 2012, 17:39

Surely the 110v in the name refers to 110 volts? So it probably should be with the electric things?
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Re: Please help me identify my piano

Post by buontanthu » 10 Nov 2012, 17:53

Thank you so much.

It is my grandfather.
Yesterday, I found it at our stock.
I am not a musical player. I have a little knowledge about instrument.
So it is maybe called keyboard or electric piano, because it use power 110V.
The serial number is T2622404.
I want to know How old is it ? and made by whom ?
If you know any information about it, pls kindly feedback to me. Thank a gain.
I am in Vietnam.(I am sorry because my English is not good)

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Re: Please help me identify my piano

Post by Colin Nicholson » 10 Nov 2012, 20:20

This is an early model of a "Celeste" or synthesiser - or possibly some kind of electronic keyboard , but without a description of its sound (or a MP4 recording) - it is difficult to say here.

This may help - but I cant find 60 c/s

http://manuals.fdiskc.com/tree/Yamaha/

The above has a selection of electronic synthesisers, some of them look similar to yours (the legs)....

Also - a photo would be needed to see inside it. It may be electronic and have a PCB - but again, no photo - no knowledge!

This is not a well-known kind of instrument, and there is no history about your instrument or any other kind of celeste.

The serial number will not help in this case, as there are no records of any 7 digit numbers. Serial numbers preceded by the letter T were made at a different address to other manufacturers and were 6 digits in length. Your numbers do not match any sequence - sorry to say. If the 'T' was removed, then the date suggests around 1978.
However, after 1986, the numbering system changed.

I may suggest you contact: http://www.piercepianoatlas.com

They will require an advanced payment before they look into finding information about your celeste - and even if no information is available, there is no refund - but it's worth the risk in your case. Alternatively, contact Yamaha in Japan.

Sorry not of much help here - maybe someone else may know?

It is obviously made by Yamaha - it has its name on the front, and as I mentioned before - it looks to be dated around the 1970's - but this is just from experience at looking at and comparing it with old furniture of that decade. For example, various tables and chairs of this period had legs like this.

You could also put this subject onto the "digital piano" section - someone may be able to help you there.... however, its not a piano as such -

Can you tell me what the black box is below the keyboard? .... is it some kind of speaker?

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Re: Please help me identify my piano

Post by buontanthu » 11 Nov 2012, 13:03

Many thanks for the reply, Colin

Cheers,

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Post by Bill Kibby » 11 Nov 2012, 19:13

The 110 volts and 60 c/s clearly suggests the American market, and the style suggests the sixties.

It obviously is an electric or electronic instrument, and one with no range of stops or voices. You will have to ask someone to play it.
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Re: Yamaha electric instrument

Post by buontanthu » 13 Nov 2012, 13:32

Thank you so much, Bill

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Post by athomik » 17 Nov 2012, 00:35

If you have a close look at the name plate (where it says 110V, 60 C/S and gives you the serial number), it may have the actual model number. On later Yamaha products, all this information was contained on a single metallic label.
BTW, if 60c/s refers to the mains frequency, it must be very old. For the last 40 years, it should say 60Hz. Maybe 60 C/S is the model number - in the early 80's, they had a CS series of synths (Vangelis used CS70 and CS80 synths for some of his most famous stuff.

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