The Best Of Both Worlds

Since arriving in the piano market, silent system technology has taken over the acoustic (and digital) piano world by storm. No longer do pianists have to compromise between sound and touch or worry about the time of day they would like to practice.

Silent pianos offer the touch, prowess and tone of an acoustic piano that so many pianists are seeking, whilst also offering the convenience and functionality of a digital piano and the ability to be played through headphones that can be turned on or off at the flick of a switch.

Looking to learn more about silent pianos? Contact our piano experts or try silent pianos in our showroom today!

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Benefits Of Silent Pianos

PRACTICE ANYTIME OF DAY

The biggest draw to a silent piano is the ability to play silently through headphones, making them ideal for both child learners, those with close neighbours and those who wish to avoid outside distraction whilst playing, no matter what time of day it is.

REAL ACOUSTIC TOUCH

Silent pianos offer what digital pianos can not, real piano touch and tone. Because they are placed on real acoustic instruments, silent pianos are unmatched when it comes to piano touch and sensitivity.

LONGEVITY AND DURABILITY

As silent pianos are real acoustic instruments, their lifespan is far longer than that of a digital piano and retain their value incredibly well, offering you peace of mind with your purchase.

How Do Silent Pianos Work?

The Hammer Rail

Whilst all silent pianos vary slightly in approach, the idea is typically the same.

A thin rail is placed in front of the hammers which, when the silent mode is activated (usually by pulling a small leaver on the underside of the piano) will dip slightly in front of the piano's strings, preventing the hammers from striking the strings and thus stopping the strings vibrating and making the piano silent.

The Sensors & Sample

This is where silent piano technology truly comes into its own.

In addition to the hammer rail, a sensor rail is placed beneath the key bed and will either use laser detecting technology or hyper accurate sensors in order to detect how quickly and how powerfully the key has been pressed.

The sensors then record this information and pass it through to the system's processor. 

By having the sensors placed under the key bed, this ensures that the touch of the piano is minimally affected.

After receiving the information from the sensor, the system will then interpret the sound and produce the correct tone and note at the correct dynamic range. This is the exact same way that a digital piano functions, but grants you the feel of the acoustic piano.

 The samples used on silent systems do vary from brand to brand, however all can be compared to the kinds of samples found on high end digital pianos. For example the C.Bechstein Vario silent piano system takes their samples from a highly sophisticated recording of their D282 concert grand piano.

Don't Compromise Your Playing Ever Again

Most piano players aspire to have a real acoustic piano that delivers an authentic and realistic piano touch and tone that digital pianos simply cannot achieve. 

For those concerned with noise and disturbing others however, digital pianos can seem like the obvious choice, but silent pianos make this reality possible and combine the best of the digital and acoustic worlds.

Never feel limited by your piano again and have the ability to play both acoustically out loud and silently at your convenience. By opting for a silent acoustic piano, you are investing in an instrument that will hold its value and last for many years to come. 

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DISCOVER SILENT PIANOS

These instruments have been already fitted with their associated brand's silent system. From the C.Bechstein Vario, the Kawai ATX silent system, there are a plethora of options available. For other brands and makes such as C.Bechstein pianos or our Ritmuller range, these can all be fitted with silent systems after purchase or later when the piano is in the home. To view our full range of acoustic upright pianos, almost all of which can have silent systems installed  explore here.

Kawai Anytime ATX4

Found on the iconic Kawai K-Series of upright pianos, the Kawai ATX4 silent piano system is truly a leader in innovation and bringing forth the best of what a silent piano is capable of, featuring a sample from their world leading SK-EX concert grand piano. Learn more about the ATX4 here.

Kawai K200 ATX4 Silent Upright Piano
Kawai K200 ATX4 Silent Upright Piano
Kawai K200 ATX4 Silent Upright Piano
Kawai K200 ATX4 Silent Upright Piano
Kawai K200 ATX4 Silent Upright Piano
Kawai K200 ATX4 Silent Upright Piano
Kawai K200 ATX4 Silent Upright Piano
Kawai K200 ATX4 Silent Upright Piano
Kawai K200 ATX4 Silent Upright Piano
Kawai K200 ATX4 Silent Upright Piano
Kawai K200 ATX4 Silent Upright Piano
Kawai K200 ATX4 Silent Upright Piano
Kawai K200 ATX4 Silent Upright Piano
Kawai K200 ATX4 Silent Upright Piano
Kawai K200 ATX4 Silent Upright Piano
Kawai K200 ATX4 Silent Upright Piano
Kawai K200 ATX4 Silent Upright Piano
Kawai K200 ATX4 Silent Upright Piano

Kawai K200 ATX4 Silent Upright Piano

£6,899.00
Kawai K300 ATX4 Silent Upright Piano
Kawai K300 ATX4 Silent Upright Piano

Kawai K300 ATX4 Silent Upright Piano

£7,499.00
Kawai K500 ATX4 Silent Upright Piano
Kawai K500 ATX4 Silent Upright Piano

Kawai K500 ATX4 Silent Upright Piano

£9,799.00

Yamaha SC & Silent Pianos

Yamaha were one of the first innovators of silent piano technology and have created a variety of systems that can be fitted to a variety of their instruments. Our selection of secondhand Yamaha silent pianos varies, however there are many options for those looking for a fantastic deal on a Yamaha silent piano.

Yamaha B2 SC2 Silent Piano Second Hand
Yamaha B2 SC2 Silent Piano Second Hand
Yamaha B2 SC2 Silent Piano Second Hand
Yamaha B2 SC2 Silent Piano Second Hand
Yamaha B2 SC2 Silent Piano Second Hand
Yamaha B2 SC2 Silent Piano Second Hand
Yamaha B2 SC2 Silent Piano Second Hand
Yamaha B2 SC2 Silent Piano Second Hand

Yamaha B2 SC2 Silent Piano Second Hand

£5,499.00

C.Bechstein Vario & Vario Duet

Found on the C.Bechstein, W.Hoffmann and Zimmermann upright piano ranges, the Vario and Vario duet by C.Bechstein Digital feature the finest in laser touch technology response, customisation of your sound and acoustic prowess. Learn more about the Vario system and C.Bechstein pianos here.

Zimmermann Studio S4 Upright Piano with Vario
Zimmermann Studio S4 Upright Piano with Vario

Zimmermann Studio S4 Upright Piano with Vario

£6,999.00
Zimmermann Studio S2 Vario
Zimmermann Studio S2 Vario
Zimmermann Studio S2 Vario
Zimmermann Studio S2 Vario
Zimmermann Studio S2 Vario
Zimmermann Studio S2 Vario
Zimmermann Studio S2 Vario
Zimmermann Studio S2 Vario

Zimmermann Studio S2 Vario

£9,000.00

Silent Piano Systems

These silent piano systems can be fitted either in our showroom or in your home, even after purchase of a new piano. The KIOSHI silent system can be fitted to almost any acoustic upright piano so long as the instrument has 88 keys. The C.Bechstein vario system can only be fitted to C.Bechstein, W.Hoffmann or Zimmermann pianos. For fittings of these systems, please contact our piano experts today.

KIOSHI Silent Piano System
KIOSHI Silent Piano System

KIOSHI Silent Piano System

£1,499.00

Plug in your headphones, switch the lever and play your piano in silence with Kioshi. Practice whenever you want, without disturbing the peace. Kioshi Interactive Piano Silent System can be installed in almost any upright piano. 


But how does that work? 

Easy. After installing Kioshi, a mute rail will catch the piano hammer right before it hits. Every key will get its own sensor that turns your touch into MIDI data. Simply plug in your headphones and play in silence.  For more information on how the Kioshi silent system is fitted, view our guide here.


Turn the wheel!

Experiment with different tones. Let your creativity flow with more than 125 samples to choose from. Want to get inspired? Kioshi offers different demo songs you can listen to and play along with. The built-in metronome helps you to stay in the right rhythm. Expect some curious faces when you play Kioshi. That’s why we made sure there’s an extra headphone jack for people to plug along.  

 

Record and play back. 

Kioshi’s simple interface helps you to easily navigate through the multiple options. Press the record button and save your own masterpieces. Play them directly through your headphones or connect your devices via bluetooth and cable. Kioshi models loves the language of MIDI. 


FEATURES: 

  • Mute your piano without losing its touch (Optical Sensor Strip).
  • Record/play back.
  • Connect your piano to musical apps via Bluetooth or MIDI.
  • 128 different sound samples. 
  • Built-in metronome.
  • Maximum simultaneous Polyphony of 189 notes.
  • Bluetooth connection
  • Cable
  • MIDI
  • Aux
  • USB MIDI
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Adsilent2 Upright Piano Silent System
Adsilent2 Upright Piano Silent System
Adsilent2 Upright Piano Silent System
Adsilent2 Upright Piano Silent System
Adsilent2 Upright Piano Silent System
Adsilent2 Upright Piano Silent System
Adsilent2 Upright Piano Silent System
Adsilent2 Upright Piano Silent System
Adsilent2 Upright Piano Silent System
Adsilent2 Upright Piano Silent System
Adsilent2 Upright Piano Silent System
Adsilent2 Upright Piano Silent System
Adsilent2 Upright Piano Silent System

Adsilent2 Upright Piano Silent System

£2,249.00

Add the power of headphone play to your acoustic piano. The adsilent silent system is one of the leading options for silent piano play and can be retrofitted to almost any 88-key acoustic upright or grand piano (grand pianos require a different system, enquire for details).

When in use, the adsilent piano system boasts an excellent piano sound with 9 sample layers and 128 dynamic levels, recorded by european specialists.

The sensors are 100% touchless key and pedal sensors, meaning they will not affect the touch and feel of your piano at all, likewise the key sensors that are unparalleled in their space requirements and high precision.

Modern features like integrated Bluetooth MIDI** and wireless remote control via app make it really unique.

When paired with the adsilent mobile app you are able to easily access and adjust settings such as tone, reverb and volume.

You can record your piano performance and save it in the system. From there you can copy it to your phone/tablet, from where you can send it to your friends via email, or receive new performance data and play it back on your adsilent system.

 

New Features to AdSilent2:

  • New ergonomically designed control panel
  • LINE IN functionality
  • Improved sound from new digital analogue converter chip
  • Split Keyboard function
  • Possible to fit to 85-key piano
  • 11 more demo songs
  • Doubled processing power for key sensors
  • 4 X Sound Memory capacity

Key Features: 

  • 100% touchless key sensors
  • 3 Pedal sensors as standard (sustain: proportional or on/off, soft & sostenuto: on/off) 100% touchless
  • 247 Note polyphony
  • 9 Piano sounds
  • 8 Preset User Sounds
  • A total of 127 sounds, including 5 x piano, 4 x e-piano, 1 x harpsichord, 1 x church organ, 8 other organ sounds
  • Sound controls: tone, reverb, effect (chorus, rotary), delay, 4 band equalizer, transpose
  • Metronome settings
  • Recordings: 20 memory banks
  • General settings for: touch control (dynamic), note repeat limit, black key volume, individual key volume, tuning, auto sensor calibration, pedal switch point, key depth (upper and lower limits), continuous note-on, brightness of the panel led, piano type, tuning curve
  • Bluetooth MIDI
  • USBC MIDI for connecting to mobile devices, laptops or PCs (e.g. for use with apps like GarageBand)
  • Control buttons for: Tone, Metronome, Recording, Play, Combined Volume/ON/OFF knob
  • 2 x 3.5mm headphone jacks
  • 3,5mm stereo line out
  • Tuning: 440Hz +/- 13Hz
  • 5 x LEDs indicating activity
  • Rotatable control panel
  • Control box dimensions: B: 143mm T: 79mm H: 19 mm
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Bechstein Vario Silent Piano System
Bechstein Vario Silent Piano System
Bechstein Vario Silent Piano System
Bechstein Vario Silent Piano System
Bechstein Vario Silent Piano System
Bechstein Vario Silent Piano System
Bechstein Vario Silent Piano System

Bechstein Vario Silent Piano System

£4,500.00

Blending two worlds of state-of-the-art acoustic and digital pianos.

Now you can transform your C.Bechstein, W.Hoffmann or Zimmermann upright pianos into silent instruments that can be played via headphones.

The new C. Bechstein VARIO digital system enhances your acoustic piano with the features of a digital instrument. You can mute your piano, listen to yourself playing on headphones, record audio files, and share them with your family and friends.

Innovators of Musical Technology & Precision

Unique sensor technology

Optical sensors placed under the keyboard detect the even finest movements of the keys without impairing your play or marring the aesthetics of your acoustic piano.

The excellent play of an acoustic upright or grand piano results from the harmony between technology and master craftsmanship. The VARIO connect system extends the range of possibilities of your instrument as it establishes connections to digital devices.

Share, learn and compose

Connect your piano to a smartphone, tablet or notebook wirelessly over Bluetooth. Travel the world of music on your acoustic piano using creative apps for learning, playing and composing.


Silence whenever you want it

Sometimes you would like to play all by yourself, or play at night without disturbing your neighbors. This is made possible by the premium C. Bechstein interposing hammer bar, compatible with every model of upright and grand. Mute your instrument in the blink of an eye and enjoy your music on headphones.

The sound of a masterpiece

Enjoy the digitized voice of the best C. Bechstein concert grand pianos on headphones. The high-quality sampled sound stands out for its purity across the entire dynamic range, making individual notes tangible.

The system features two headphones jacks, so you can play silently in duet or have a friend or teacher listen to your play.

Digital functions

The VARIO app enables you to adjust various settings (reverb algorithm, key sensitivity, favorite sounds) to your personal taste. Moreover, you can establish a Bluetooth or USB-C connection to music apps running on your smartphone, tablet or notebook.
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