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Yamaha intros Disklavier E3 Series DGB1KE3Classic [NAMM12]

Yamaha has extended its range of Disklavier E3 digital pianos with the DGB1KE3Classic.

While it’s zero marks for the appalling product name, we should look beyond to the specs themselves.

Yamaha has developed a new “Damper Drive System” which makes the E3 Classic more affordable. Yamaha states that, “During playback, direct driving of the dampers provides the same damper effect as the conventional Disklavier,” whilst, “during recording, the damper pedal sensing system records your pedalling precisely.”

Yamaha Disklavier E3 Classic DGB1KE3Classic
Yamaha Disklavier E3 Classic DGB1KE3Classic

The E3 Classic comes with a CD containing over 400 songs so it’s ready to listen to as soon as it arrives.

The built-in amplification system creates a spacious sound that’s ideal for the acoustic sounds the instrument is recreating.

It’s easy to record on the Disklavier and it has enough built-in storage for hundreds of hours of music. It’s even possible to record a MIDI file synchronised perfectly to an audio CD or file on USB memory stick, such as a track from a favourite band.

Full specifications:



Cabinet Color Polished Ebony
Finish Polished


Dimensions Width 146cm (57")
Height 99cm (39")
Depth 151cm (5" or 60")
Weight Weight 284kg (627lbs)

Control Interface

Keyboard Number of Keys 88
Key Surfaces – White Acrylic resin
Key Surfaces – Black Phenolic resin
Sensor/Driver Key Sensors Non-contact optical fiber/grayscale shutter sensing system for 88 keys(senses the key position, key velocity, and key release velocity)
Pedal Sensors Damper pedal: Non-contact optical position-sensing system
Key Drivers DSP servo drive system (servo-controlled solenoids)
Pedal Drivers


Lid Prop Positions 3
Prop Safety Stop Yes
Key Cover Lid/Fallboard Locks Yes
Soft-Close Fallboard Yes


Tone Generation Tone Generating Technology Advanced Wave Memory 2 (AWM2)
Polyphony Number of Polyphony (Max.) 32
Preset Featured Voices Normal Voices: 676 Drum Voices: 21 kits total


Overall Controls Tuning Set at A=440, tunable ±50 cents in 1-cent increments

Storage and Connectivity

Storage Media Internal Memory 128 MB
CD Audio CD (ISO 9600-compliant), Data CD (ISO 9600-Level1-compliant)
USB Flash Memory Yamaha does not assure the operation of the commercially available USB flash memories. For a list of compatible products, please visit:
USB Hard Disk FAT32 format (Yamaha does not assure the operation of the commercially available USB hard disks)
Floppy Disk Drive 3.5" 2DD (720 KB) or 2HD (1.44 MB) floppy disk (Optional)

Power Supply

Power Requirements Local AC current, 120V, 60Hz


Included Accessories Others Control Unit (1), control unit suspension bracket (1), monitor speaker (1), monitor speaker installation kit (1), speaker cord (1), remote control (1), battery for remote control (2), sample Pianosoft CD software (2), operation manual (1)

Exact pricing and availability to be confirmed.