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Schiedmayer 4 Octave Celeste

Schiedmayer 4 Octave Celeste for Hire

The 4 octave Schiedmayer Celeste has a range of C-C and just one pedal (sustain) unlike the Piano which has 2 or 3 (una corda, sostenuto and sustain). The name celeste has many pronunciations as well. It may be pronounced as Celeste, Celesta or Cheleste. All are appropriate.

Schiedmayer 5 octave Celeste

Schiedmayer 5 Octave Celeste for Hire

The 5 octave Schiedmayer Celeste has a range of F-F and just one pedal (sustain) unlike the Piano which has 2 or 3 (una corda, sostenuto and sustain). The name Celeste has many pronunciations as well. It may be pronounced as Celeste, Celesta or Cheleste. All are appropriate.

In 1886, or almost a century after the Magic Flute, Victor Mustel, the son of Paris organ maker Auguste Mustel, invented and patented the celesta, a keyboard instrument whose keys drove felt hammers into thick copper plates to produce sound. The instrument included resonance boxes to amplify the sounds generated by the plates. Mustel's father, Victor Mustel, had developed the forerunner of the celesta, the typophone in 1860 or the dulcitone invented and developed by Thomas in 1874. This consisted of struck tuning-forks instead of metal plates, but the sound produced was considered too small to be of use in an orchestral situation.

In modern times, Schiedmayer are the last remaining company Worldwide manufacturing celestes. They have been manufacturing celestas since 1890.

 

Yamaha 5 octave Celeste

Yamaha 5 Octave Celeste for Hire

Range: F-F

Yamaha celesta's offer many advantages. First, because the metal sound plates are wider than the strings used in pianos, the plates are laid out on two different levels, which are in turn connected by rods. In other respects, however, the action is the same as on a grand piano. The instrument also offers a wide dynamic range, allowing for soft balanced chords, loud expressive play, trills, glissandos, and other play techniques that are typical of grand pianos but were never before available on celestas.

For some years now there has been a dispute between Schiedmayer and Yamaha over the exact construction of a celeste as Schiedmayer's view is that the Yamaha instrument is a glockenspiel with a grand piano action. Unsurprisingly Yamaha take a different view. 

Secondly, the Yamaha celesta offers full piano-size keys. White keys have Ivorite surfaces and the damper pedal is aligned as a pianist would expect, slightly right of center.

Third, the remarkable presence of the instrument comes out of Yamaha's long experience in developing percussion instruments capable of asserting themselves within orchestral environments. The instrument uses high-carbon tempered steel plates tuned to high precision, as well as original maple resonance boxes designed to make effective use of Helmholtz resonance.

Lastly, the adjustment of action and hammers is essentially the same as on a grand piano. Any problems that occur just before a performance can be quickly corrected by a piano technician.

Yamaha celestas are well known for their excellent playability, and are actively used by the Vienna Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, and by many other orchestras throughout the world.

 

Yamaha 5.5 Octave Celeste

Yamaha 5.5 Octave Celeste to Hire

Range: C - F

Yamaha celesta's offer many advantages. First, because the metal sound plates are wider than the strings used in pianos, the plates are laid out on two different levels, which are in turn connected by rods. In other respects, however, the action is the same as on a grand piano. The instrument also offers a wide dynamic range, allowing for soft balanced chords, loud expressive play, trills, glissandos, and other play techniques that are typical of grand pianos but were never before available on celestas.

For some years now there has been a dispute between Schiedmayer and Yamaha over the exact construction of a celeste as Schiedmayer's view is that the Yamaha instrument is a glockenspiel with a grand piano action. Unsurprisingly Yamaha take a different view. 

Secondly, the Yamaha celesta offers full piano-size keys. White keys have Ivorite surfaces and the damper pedal is aligned as a pianist would expect, slightly right of center.

Third, the remarkable presence of the instrument comes out of Yamaha's long experience in developing percussion instruments capable of asserting themselves within orchestral environments. The instrument uses high-carbon tempered steel plates tuned to high precision, as well as original maple resonance boxes designed to make effective use of Helmholtz resonance.

Lastly, the adjustment of action and hammers is essentially the same as on a grand piano. Any problems that occur just before a performance can be quickly corrected by a piano technician.

Yamaha celestas are well known for their excellent playability, and are actively used by the Vienna Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, and by many other orchestras throughout the world.