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Silent Cello

Designed by Yamaha Product Design Laboratory, Hamamatsu, Japan. Made by Yamaha Corporation, Hamamatsu, Japan.

Made in Japan, Asia

Designed c. 2002

Maple, spruce, ebony, beechwood, and aluminum

49 x 17 5/16 inches (124.5 x 44 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Yamaha Corporation of America, Buena Park, California, 2005

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Yamaha's line of "silent" string instruments was designed to be lightweight and thus more portable than conventional instruments. The abstracted, almost sculptural forms contain an electronic chip that allows the musician to recreate the virtual environment of an auditorium.