Yamaha Silent Pianos - SH3, SC3 and TA3

yamaha silent piano - sc3, sh3 and ta3

SILENT Piano™ are authentic acoustic pianos enhanced with Yamaha’s leading-edge silencing technology. When the keys are pressed in SILENT Mode, the hammers are stopped just before they hit the strings, preventing the piano itself from making any sound. 

Special sensors electo-magentic installed beneath the keys interpret the way the keys are pressed and pass the data to a digital tone generator that produces sampled sounds that can be heard through headphones. 

SILENT Piano™ makes it possible for players to enjoy the full acoustic piano experience, or to put on headphones and play in SILENT Mode for a truly self immersive experience.

Yamaha SH3 Silent Pianos

yamaha sh3 silent hybrid acoustic piano

Yamaha SH3 Silent Pianos 

The Yamaha SH3 Silent Piano is only featured on Japanese made acoustic pianos.  This Hybrid Piano starts with an acoustic piano with the silent system installed in the factory.

Play the SH3 as a regular piano, a digital piano or both at the same time.

Yamaha has been making Silent Acoustic Pianos for Decades!

Features of the Yamaha SC3 Silent Piano
  • Comes in 17 different models: U & YUs Series Uprights, Gc, Cx and Sx Series of Baby Grand and Grand Pianos.
  • 12 different digital instrument sounds to choose from. 
  • New Electro Magnetic Key Sensors.
  • Bluetooth Midi and Audio

Yamaha TA3 TransAcoustic Pianos

Yamaha TA3 TransAcoustic

Yamaha TA3 Trans Acoustic Piano

The Yamaha TA3 TransAcoustic offers all the features as the SH3 Silent System with an added Transducer System.  Yamaha’s preoperatory Piano Transducers turns your piano sound board into a speaker!

This allows you to feel the music through the instrument while playing it digitally without headphones.

The TranAcoustic is the only piano with a Transducer speaker system being produced!

Features of the TransAcoustic TA3 Piano
  • The Yamaha TA3 is available on certain Yamaha Acoustic Pianos and only installed in the factory.
  • Use the Yamaha TA3 TransAcoutic Piano as a Bluetooth Speaker!
  • Layer the Acoustic piano along with digital instruments through the Transducer!
  • Now available on the World Famous Yamaha U3.
  • Play the Piano through Headphones, as a regular Acoustic and through the Transducer.
Yamaha Sc3 silent piano

Yamaha SC3 Silent Pianos 

The Yamaha SC3 Silent Piano is an acoustic piano but instead of having a regular mute pedal you get the added benefit of turning your acoustic piano into a digital piano!

Play the SC3 as a regular piano, a digital piano or both at the same time.

Yamaha has been making Silent Acoustic Pianos for Decades!

Features of the Yamaha SC3 Silent Piano
  • Comes in 5 different models: B1, B2, B3, P22m and the Gb1k baby grand!
  • 12 different digital instrument sounds to choose from. 
  • New Electro Magnetic Key Sensors.
  • Bluetooth Midi and Audio.

Yamaha TC3 Trans Acoustic Pianos

yamaha tc3 trans acoustic piano

Yamaha TC3 Trans Acoustic Piano

The TransAcoustic is new to the Yamaha B Series – You get all of the Features of the Yamaha SC3 with the added benefit of 2 excitor speakers so you can feel and hear the music!

Features of the Yamaha TC3 TransAcoustic Upright Piano
  •  Comes in 3 different models – B1 43 inches, B2 45 inches and B3 48 inches
  •  256 Note polyphony
  • 12 different built in  Instruments sounds.
  • Built in Midi Engine with 480 instruments and 12 drum sets
  •  Blue Tooth Midi and Audio

How to Enjoy the Yamaha Silent & TransAcoustic Piano

yamaha sh3 can be played as an acoustic piano

Every Silent Piano & Trans Acoustic  is first and foremost an acoustic piano.  The Hybrid systems does not alter the touch or feel of the Piano.

yamaha silent piano being played through headphones

Play the Silent or TransAcoustic Piano with Headphones for a private performance.  You can even connect them to a speaker or PA System!

The Yamaha SC3, TC3, SH3 and TA3 connect wirelessly to your iPad via Bluetooth Midi!  Connect your piano to your computer, phone tablet and more!

Features of the Yamaha Silent and TransAcoustic Piano

silent piano Articulation sensor system

Articulation sensor system

 – New for the SH3, SC3, TC3and TA3 Pianos. 

yamaha silent piano sh3

Grand Expression Modeling 

Yamaha SH3 silent piano features

Virtual resonance modeling

yamaha silent piano sounds

Voices of Yamaha and Bösendorfer grands.


Binaural sampling

yamaha silent piano jack

Dual Jack Action



yamaha sc3 silent piano play along

 20 Built in Rthyms

yamaha silent piano thumb drive

Record and Play

Yamaha Silent Piano & TranAcoustic Piano Sounds

Voice Number Voice Name Description Touch Sensitivity Stereo Sampling Key Off Sampling
Regular Acoustic Piano When System Not Activated
TA3/SH3 TC3/SC3 Acoustic Piano Sounds
PF1 PF1 CFX Grand The CFX concert grand piano from Yamaha offers a remarkable sound quality, boasting a wide dynamic range that allows for unparalleled expressive control. This makes it a suitable choice for musicians of all genres and styles. * * *
CFX Grand Binaural (Head Phones) Experience the incredible sound of Yamaha’s CFX concert grand piano, captured through their advanced Binaural Sampling technique. Specifically designed for headphone use, this method allows you to feel completely immersed in the music, as if the sound is truly coming from the piano itself. * * *
PF2 PF2 Bösendorfer The illustrious sound of the Bösendorfer Imperial concert grand piano, crafted in Vienna, is renowned for its exceptional quality. The warm and expansive tones evoke the grandeur of the instrument, making it the perfect choice for conveying tender emotions in musical compositions. * * *
Bösendorfer Binaural (Head Phones) Experience the legendary sound of the Vienna-made Bösendorfer Imperial concert grand piano with the revolutionary Binaural Sampling technique, specially designed for headphone use. Immerse yourself in the rich tone of this iconic instrument, as if you were sitting right in front of it. * * *
PF3 Pop Grand A vibrant and lively grand piano tone, perfect for contemporary genres. – Comparable to a Yamaha C7x 7’6 Semi Concert Grand * * *
PF4 Ballad Grand A grand piano tone with a beautifully soft and warm tone, perfect for playing ballads and classical pieces. – Comparable to a Yamaha S7x Semi Concert Grand * * *
PF5 PF3 Yamaha SU7 Upright Experience the rich sound of the Yamaha SU7 upright piano through high-quality sampling. Revel in its distinct tonal quality and effortless playability for a more relaxed and intimate performance. * *
TA3/SH3 TC3/SC3 Forte Pianos – Early Piano Sounds from the 18th & 19th Century
FP 1 Scarlatti Piano The exquisite sound of a piano crafted by a renowned musical instrument maker from Florence during the early 18th century. This maker gained fame for inventing the piano. It is a widely accepted belief that Scarlatti favored the piano crafted by this particular maker. The resulting sound is characterized by its vibrant and dazzling qualities. * * *
FP 2 Mozart Piano The sound of a piano crafted by a renowned instrument maker in Vienna during the late 18th century. Esteemed composers such as Mozart and Beethoven were known to favor and praise the pianos created by this manufacturer. The distinct tone of these pianos is characterized by its clarity and delicate quality, making it a joy to listen and play. * *
FP 3 Beethoven Piano The sound of a piano crafted by a renowned manufacturer in London during the early 19th century. This manufacturer’s pianos served as the inspiration for masterpieces composed by the likes of Haydn and Beethoven. With a deep and resonant bass, shimmering high notes, and a powerful fortissimo, this piano truly stood out among its peers of the time. * * *
FP 4 Chopin Piano The exquisite sound of a 19th century Parisian piano, crafted by a skilled manufacturer, evoked deep admiration from the renowned composer, Chopin. Its keys, ever-responsive to his delicate touch, produced a musical tone akin to that of a beautiful singing voice – at times rich and alluring, and at other times, melancholic and sorrowful. * *
TA3/SH3 TC3/SC3 Electric Pianos from the 1960’s – 1990’s
EP1 EP1 Stage E.Piano The electric piano produces a distinct sound with its hammer-struck metallic “tines.” When played gently, it emits a soft and soothing tone, while a forceful touch produces a more intense and aggressive sound.  Warm, Creamy, Saucy Sound * *
EP2 EP2 DX E.Piano An FM synthesizer with a contemporary electronic piano sound. The tone adapts to your playing touch, making it perfect for popular music.” *
EP3 EP3 Vintage EP The electric piano produces a distinct sound, created by the striking of metal reeds with hammers. This instrument is commonly utilized in both rock and popular music genres. * *
TA3/SH3 TC3/SC3 Harpsichord & Acoustic Keyboards
HS1 HS1 Harpsichord 8′ The harpsichord is a commonly used instrument in baroque music, known for its distinct sound. Unlike other instruments, variations in playing touch do not affect its volume, but rather create a unique sound when the key is released. * *
HS2 Harpsichord 8′ + 4′ An enhanced harpsichord with an additional upper octave produces a richer and more vibrant sound. * *
HS3 Vibraphone The Vibraphone has a beautiful and expansive tone, providing a spacious and crystal-clear sound. By pressing the left pedal, the Vibrato can be easily switched on or off. * *
HS4 HS2 Celesta The celesta, a unique percussion instrument producing sound through hammers striking metallic bars, is most famously recognized for its enchanting role in Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Sugar-plum Fairies” from the beloved “Nutcracker Suite.” * *
TA3/SH3 TC3/SC3 Organ
OR1 OR1 Organ Principal The Voice combines the pipes of a principal (brass instrument) organ, consisting of 8′, 4′, and 2′ pipes. It is perfectly suited for Baroque church music. *
OR2 Organ Tutti This Voice boasts a complete set of couplers from a pipe organ, renowned for its distinctive sound famously featured in Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue”. *
OR3 OR2 Jazz Organ The electric tone wheel organ is a commonly used instrument in jazz and rock genres. Its distinct sound is often heard in these musical styles. By pressing the left pedal, the Rotary Speaker effect can be switched between a slow and fast speed.
TA3/SH3 TC3/SC3 Pad – Keyboard Layering sounds with the Acoustic Piano
Pd1 PD1 Strings Multiple Stings Instruments with a slow attack * *
Pd2 Choir A big, spacious choir Voice. Perfect for creating rich harmonies – not well suited for fast pieces * *
PD3 PD2 Synth Pad Warm and mellow Synth Sound commonly used in 1980-1990s music *
TA3/SH3 TC3/SC3 Layer – Digital Piano + Pad Sound
LY1 Piano + Strings Combination of piano and strings ensemble Voices, giving you a richly textured sound as if you were playing the piano with a string orchestral accompaniment * * *
LY2 Piano + Pad Combination of piano and Synth Pad Voices. – I love the 80’s * * *
LY3 Piano + DX E.Piano Combination of piano and DX E. Piano Voices. – Think Phil Collins * * *

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Yamaha TA3, SH3 and SC3 Spec Sheet TA3 SH3 SC3
Silencing System Upright Mechanism Hammer Shank Stopper Operated by Middle Pedal (YUS5 TA3, SH3 Silencing Lever)
Grand Mechanism Motor Driven – (GB1kSC3 – Silencing Lever)
Action (Only for Grands) Quick Escape Double Jack
Soundboard Speaker System Mechanism Trans Acoustic Technology
Transducer Exclusively for TA3
Control Interface Keyboard Touch Response Soft, Soft/Medium, Medium, Medium/Hard, Hard, Fixed
Upright Pedals – Acoustic Soft, Silencing, Sustain YUS5 – Soft, Sostenuto, Sustain
Baby Grand& Grand Pedals – Acoustic Una Corda, Sostenuto, Sustain GB1k – Una Corda, Bass Sustain, Sustain
Display Type 7 Segment LED
Panel Language   English
Sensor System Key Sensors System Articulation Sensor System
Key Sensors Non-Contact Continuous Detection Electromagnetic Inductive Type
Hammer Sensors (Baby & Grand Pianos Only) Non – Contact 2 Point Optical Fiber Type
Pedal Sensors Left (Soft) Pedal On / Off Detection Sensor
Sostenuto Pedal ON / Off Detection Sensor
Sustain Pedal Continuous Detection Sensor
Voices Tone Generation Piano Sound Yamaha CFX, Bosendorfer Imperial – New Samples for 2023 –
Binaural Sampling For CFX and Bosendorfer W/ Headphones only
Piano Effects VRM Virtual Resonance Modeling YES
Grand Expression Modeling YES
Key- Off Samples YES
Smooth Relase YES
Polyphony (MAX) 256
Preset Number of Voices 25 (Piano 5 + FortePiano 4 + Others 16) 12 (Piano 3 + Others 9)
Voices for MIDI Song Playback 480 XG Voices + 12 Drum/SFX Kits
Effects Types Reverb 6 Types & Off
Brilliance 5 Types
IAC Intelligent Audio Control Yes
Stereo Optimizer Yes for All Instruments except CFX and Bosendorfer
Songs (MIDI) Preset # of Preset Songs 25 Voice Demo Songs 50 Classics 12 Voice Demo Songs, 50 Classics
Recording Internal Number of Songs 10
Data Capacity approx. 500 KB / SONG
Format Playback SMF (Format 0, Format 1)
Recording SMF (Format 0 )
Songs Audio .WAV File Recording Time (Max.) 80 Minutes / Song
Format Playback WAV (44.1 kHz, 16 bit, Stereo
Recording WAV (44.1 kHz, 16 bit, Stereo
Hybrid Class TA3 SH3 SC3
Functions Rhythms Number of Rhythms 20
Overall Controls Metronome Yes
Tempo Range 5 – 500
Transpose – 12 – 0 – + 12
Tuning 414.8 – 440.0 – 466.8 Hz ( adj in .2Hz Increments)
USB Audio Interface 44.1 kHz, 24 bit, Stereo
Bluetooth Audio Supported Profile A2DP
Compatible Profile SBC
MIDI Comply with Bluetooth Low Energy MIDI Specification
BlueTooth Version 4.2
Wireless Output Bluetooth Class 2
Max. Communication Distance Up to 10 meters
Radio Frequency  (Operational Frequency) 2402 – 2480 MHz
Max. Output Power EIRP 4dBm
Type of Modulation FHSS
Storage & Connectivity Storage Internal Memory Approx 1.3 MB
External Drives USB Flash Drive – BELOW 50 GB BEST
Connectivity DC IN 24 V 16 V
Headphones Stereo Mini Jack x 2 – Wired Headphones Only
MIDI IN, OUT USB to Host  / Bluetooth Midi
AUX IN Stereo Mini Jack USB to HOST / Bluetooth Audio
AUX OUT Stereo or Mono 1/4 instrument Cable
Head Phones & Head Phones Hanger Included YES
Bench with Storage Included YES
50 Greatest Hits Song Book Included YES NO
Owners Manual Included YES
Power Chord Model – Included w/ piano PA-500 – DC 24 Volts, 2.5A PA-300C DC 16V, 2.4A
Separately Sold Accessories USB WIRELESS LAN ADAPTER – (UD-WL01)