To a pianist, a full concert grand piano is the ultimate tool for expressing oneself through sound. To the audience, it is a unique instrument, stately and dignified; the sight of a pianist performing with a full concert grand, or perhaps even commanding an orchestra, offers a visual impression unique to the grand piano, and is an integral part of the musical experience of going to a concert. When designing Yamaha's new concert grand piano, we aimed to emphasize the essential appeal of this magnificent instrument by honing its essential functions, and showcasing the innovations that it possesses as a modern piano. We strove to, and succeeded in, creating an identity that achieved both goals. Until now, we had refrained from making any significant changes to the fundamental construction and shape of the piano, due to the fact that every element in construction of a true concert grand piano has a direct effect on the sound. However, in designing the CFX, we wanted to break away from the fixed ideas and styles of traditional grand piano design to achieve the ultimate in performance characteristics, while still retaining a respect for the long history of the piano. Engineers, artisans, and designers worked together to bring to bear knowledge and techniques accrued over many years to contribute to this innovative design process. One example of this is in our belief that the sound “travel” that takes the beautiful sound of a piano to the furthest corners of a concert hall is unified with the “travel” of a design, which is why we gave a powerful, clear shape to the sides of the CFX. At the same time, we heightened the unity of the shape of the sideboards, keybed, and legs to create a unique silhouette that steps well beyond the norm for a conventional concert grand piano. The pedal box, so essential to a pianist’s musical expression, features a new configuration of a box supported by two legs. This affords it the strength to remain firm even if the pianist presses down with all their strength, while giving it a bold new look that further complements the modern design of the new CFX. Sweeping changes have also been made to the frame at the heart of the instrument’s sound. We looked in detail at the shape of the ribs and the tone holes and at the connections between each component element, with an emphasis on tone and the flow of sound and power. The result is a beautiful, powerful frame that gives life to the CFX’s “Beauty and Power” concept. This is a instrument that affords the pianist the highest level of musical expression. In this design, we offer a new incarnation worthy of Yamaha’s new flagship model concert grand piano, the CFX.