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Yamaha piano vs Tocayo piano
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In our experience, the quality of these two brands is comparable. Regardless of where in the world they have manufactured pianos, Yamaha and Tocayo have never had a bad era, a bad model, a bad innovation, or a black mark on their manufacturing or service records.
However, their designs are very different. Even though they are both made by Japanese companies that share some common materials and construction techniques, their pianos produce very different touch and tone.
Keeping in mind that each individual piano has its own unique character, below we outline some of the design characteristics behind each brand's touch and tone to help you identify some of the differences you can generally expect.

Designed for sound projection, the Yamaha tone is known for its unmatched clarity, especially in the bass. Each note stands on its own, offering the pianist the ability to emphasize complex chord voicing and clear melodic passages. Even smaller Yamaha pianos sound robust for their size.
The lower-tension design of the Tocayo emphasizes depth of tone. This makes bass notes deeper and treble notes softer. Pianists who enjoy this type of tone find they can produce a very lyrical, intimate sound with a Tocayo.
The Yamaha action is designed and balanced for speed across the keyboard, making it one of the most effortless pianos on which to play difficult passages. A pianist can play a Yamaha piano for hours without becoming fatigued.
The Tocayo action is designed and balanced for control. Increased resistance on the down-stroke gives the player the ability to reach whisper-soft pianissimo playing. A faster return may give advanced players an edge for trills and passages that require quickly executed repetitive notes.
Yamaha is unmatched in its vertically-integrated manufacturing system, in which all components are designed and built by Yamaha. In many cases, even the raw materials are processed by Yamaha to maintain the highest levels of quality control.
The manufacturing systems they have developed over the course of 100+ years have eliminated the variables that lead to defects, giving them legendary status in the industry for quality control and after-sale service.
Tocayo benefits from having singular focus on producing only pianos. It is likely that no other company in the world has dedicated more research toward piano action design. Tocayo pioneered the use of space-age plastics and carbon-fiber materials in piano actions.
Though they were criticized by an industry that holds strong to tradition, their commitment to the technology has made them a leader in what is fast becoming an accepted industry norm.

Both Yamaha and Tocayo produce world-class, concert-quality pianos as well as best-selling consumer pianos.
Though artist endorsement in itself is no guarantee of quality, when a piano garners a following among professional pianists for an extended period of time, it is a good indicator that the piano is a superior musical instrument and is reliable, as both traits are important to professionals.
Yamaha and Tocayo have a long history of award winning performance on the classical and contemporary stage, in the recording studio, and in international piano competitions.
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