Yamaha Music GmbH (UK) and the Noise Abatement Society have announced that Yamaha's Silent Series instruments have won the coveted and highly prestigious Quiet Mark.

Quiet Mark is the international mark of approval from the Noise Abatement Society for quiet design technology. This award covers Yamaha silent pianos, DTX electronic drums, silent strings, brass and guitars.

Quiet Mark is a non-profit making charitable arm of the Noise Abatement Society that was set up in the 1960s by passionate campaigner John Connell OBE. The organisation works closely with industry to transform living and working environments. The Yamaha Quiet Mark award follows extensive testing and assessing of the silent range by a team of leading UK acousticians.

Poppy Elliot, Managing Director of Quiet Mark (www.quietmark.com) comments, "This is an amazing achievement for Yamaha. They are one of a growing number of manufacturers who understand the benefits of producing quieter products; benefits not only for communities but also for the companies themselves, as the development of quiet products responds to an expanding marketing demand."

The Yamaha Silent Piano was awarded a Quiet Mark because its silent mode enables pianists to practice on their 'real' piano with its traditional piano action, but with the hammers held back from striking the strings whilst sampled sounds – also from a real piano – are heard by the player via headphones. The acclaimed Yamaha silent string series of cellos, violas and violins won the Quiet Mark because the amplification and playback via headphones enables them to be played at much reduced levels. The instruments’ design features the removal of the majority of the instrument body, further reducing acoustic emissions.

The entire Yamaha Silent Guitar range has also been awarded Quiet Mark thanks to the internal amplification and playback capability via headphones which enables them to be practiced at much reduced levels. Quiet Mark praised the Yamaha silent electric guitar design, featuring the removal of the majority of the instrument body, further reducing the acoustically emitted level.

Quiet Mark said of the Silent Brass instruments, "They feature a well-sealed practice mute which also contains a microphone connected to a small amplifier for listening via headphones. A great option for practice.

The Yamaha DTX electronic drums with their unique TCS ( Textured Cellular Silicone pads) also wowed the testing team who commented, "The Yamaha DTX electronic drum kit was awarded a Quiet Mark because it enables drummers to practice with realistic feel and high level via headphones, but low level in a practice space. For a traditionally loud instrument, this achievement is amazing and it means that any aspiring drummer on a tight budget can now hone their skills without disturbing people around them.”

Electronic drums with headphone options are not a new concept but Yamaha's unique position as a world leading acoustic drum maker and a pioneer in digital music technology led to the development of the Textured Cellular Silicone pad. This innovation lies at the heart of the DTX system offering exceptional dynamic control, comfort and feel for drummers. These pads also produce unprecedented low volumes when played in silent mode ensuring that DTX users can play without being disturbed or disturbing others.


Notes :

Yamaha awarded Quiet Mark instruments will be on display in The Quiet House at London's Ideal Home Show, Earls Court - 15 March - 1 April.

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