"This is great sounding. It has a particular sound because it's actually strings. There's pickups for every string and the basses have a single string. This piano gives you that really compressed gritty feel. It's really thin. It runs beautiful. We've used it on songs like 'Don't Walk Away' and 'The Right Type.' If you really want, it has an integrated tremolo - it's amazing. It's got direct XLR outs - it goes straight into the board with no complications."more
"The CP70 is a legendary musical instrument used extensively by touring bands particularly throughout the 1980s before sampled and digital pianos became the norm. This particular CP70 is the instrument on which Chris wrote the song Trouble." - From Coldplay's [end of decade clearout sale catalog](http://www.originalprop.com/public_html/coldplay/Coldplay-End-of-Decade-Clearout-Sale-Charity-Auction-eBay-Memorabilia-Catalog-Portal.pdf) where they auctioned off their gear.more
At 1:24:36, Tim Rice-Oxley can be seen using his Yamaha CP70B Electric Grand Piano. Rice-Oxley explains in [this interview](http://www.yamaha.com/allaccess/artists/issue11-keane.asp?issue=issue11) with Yamaha All Access Magazine, "When our guitarist left in 2001, we suddenly had this great big hole in our sound. I'd been playing the bass until then. I wanted to play piano, but I didn't want to use a digital keyboard. You can't beat the sound of a real piano. It's such an organic thing--you can feel it booming in a room and rattling through you. I had read about the CP70B in a book that [Beatles producer] George Martin wrote. He said it was a real piano, but that it had pickups and everything. So I began searching for one. I eventually found a battered old one in some London warehouse. And as soon as we plugged it in, it made this massive sound, and we immediately knew it was the sound of Keane. Playing it is a real physical interaction. And it looks so cool!". Vocalist Tom Chaplin later says "As soon as we got the CP70B, it opened up the sound. It suited the songs better and, for me, it felt much more appropriate to sing to than a guitar. That keyboard revolutionized my position in the band--I'd been freed up to just sing, and the piano was an accompaniment I understood."more
Just recently confirmed this through a video of Loverboy playing Westfalenhalle, Dortmund Germany in 1983 in the video provided. There's a really good closeup at 18:19 of Doug playing the CP70 on "Turn Me Loose". Quote: Originally posted by eric: I'm looking at the Nov 1982 issue now. There is a photo of Doug playing his rig and this is what he uses: - Yamaha SS-30 String Synth - Prophet 5 x 2 - Yamaha CS-50 - Yamaha CP-70 - Roland CE-1 Chorus There is a part of the interview in which he is asked why he chose the CS-50 over the CS-80. He states that the "...CS-80 is huge and the 50 sits nicely onto my piano. CS-80s are beautiful instruments, but I don't want to have huge piles of keyboards all around." Regards, Eric You're the man!more
For the May 2015 issue of "Yamaha Music Magazine", Chris Stainton stated in a written interview, that he used a Yamaha CP-70 electric grand piano, a Yamaha CP-1 electric keyboard as well as a Yamaha P250 keyboard: "I've had a lot of Yamaha keyboards over the years. I had a Yamaha organ in the '70s. And I had a CP70 electric grand piano. Before the CP1, I played a P250, which I thought was fantastic. But the CP1 tops even that. It truly feels like a piano."more
"I also have a Yamaha CP-70 (which is a type of electric piano that's also a small grand piano with actual hammers and strings) that was originally the piano used in my favorite band, Berry, but I bought it and, although its tough to travel with, I use it for recording." - Crain in an interview with NPR (http://www.npr.org/buckets/music/women/artist.php?artistId=453)more
The Yamaha CP70 is a very unique electric Grand Piano. It reproduces the touch and feel of a real grand with real Yamaha Grand Piano hammer action. But is has shorter strings and no real soundboard, to keep it light and transportable. So, it has its very own sound without being plugged to any amplification. It´s kind of quite, so you won´t harm your neighbors. But there´s also a pickup system - comparable to the Helpinstill Piano Pickups - so it can be easily being amplified for the stage… If you have ver the chance to get one on ebay, go for it!
The Yamaha CP 70 is a great unit and produces a unique sound. And feel! You can´t compare it to a Grand Piano, an Upright or a digital piano. It´ll change the way you´re writing music for piano. It i looks great. In this video you can see it in action