The SH2 System is the brand new, updated silent system available on all Yamaha models from the 'P' series upwards and all grand pianos from the GC1 model.
NB this silent system is only available pre-installed on Yamaha pianos and not as a separate unit.
The silent side of this piano is ideal for families with young children or night owls looking to practice late into the night.
The most common question regarding the silent piano is "is this a digital piano?".
Our range of silent pianos are all completely acoustic instruments; meaning that hammers are still striking strings to produce a sound and therefore have the benefit of playing a real acoustic piano, however, they also have a digital component that simply allows players the option to switch to a digital sound for "silent playing" via headphones.
The Yamaha SH2 system allows for silent piano practise with headphones. With the added flexibility of the silent system, it is an ideal instrument for busy and demanding musicians wanting to practice without disturbing others.
A huge improvement from the SH predecessor, the SH2 Silent System features:
Under every single key on the keyboard, there are greyscale shutters and optical sensors. These sensors track the movement of keys allowing for a very responsive digital sound. There are additional optical hammer sensors on the grand pianos.
Unique silent Yamaha grand pianos there is also an additional feature called the Quick escape system
This quick escape system allows the muting mechanism to be fitted to the grand piano without having any adverse effects on the playability of the instrument.
As Yamaha say "
Grand piano with SILENT Piano™ SH2 type features a quick escape system that allows the sound muting mechanism to be fitted to a grand piano without sacrificing any of the playability or musical expression demanded of such instruments in an acoustic performance. This system allows optimal separation to be obtained between the hammers and strings by adjusting the distance between the hammers and strings, ensuring that the feel of the keyboard stays in the best possible condition whether playing acoustically or with the sound muted.
All silent pianos by Yamaha are supplied with a pair of Yamaha headphones
All models of Yamaha piano are available with a silent option. This cannot be retrofitted to a piano and therefore a new instrument with the SH2 system installed by Yamaha in the factory must be purchased to benefit from this technology. Please see individual pianos for further information on pricing and availability.