FrontRunners: Music for the Soul

  • Photograph by Cordero Studios/www.corderostudios.com
    Yamaha’s silent bass, cello, and viola (from left to right) deliver sound only through an amplifier or headphones. Photograph by Cordero Studios/www.corderostudios.com
<< Back to Robb Report, February 2008
  • The Editors

Music "is to the soul what the water bath is to the body," wrote author and physician Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. While Holmes’ observation might be true, music making, like bathing, does not necessarily merit an audience. The new Yamaha Silent Series (www.yamaha.com) is ideal for those occasions when you want, or need, to keep your songs to yourself. You play the instruments as you would any others, but they deliver sound only through an amplifier or headphones. The company’s silent string instruments—violin, viola, cello, and bass—are designed with a studio-quality onboard pre-amp instead of an amplification cavity. The instruments, which range in price from $845 to $4,000, have an auxiliary input that allows you to play along with a CD, an MP3 player, or another musician. Yamaha also offers silent trumpets, trombones, French horns, tubas, euphoniums, and flügelhorns.

From Around the Web...
With snow dumping on the West Coast, gather your gear and get out there…
The bespoke ski-boot maker’s new Contoura liners are like memory-foam mattresses for your feet…
These three new models should contribute to the growing popularity of battery-powered bicycles....
The 11 Ravens Avettore looks like a jet airplane poised to take off from a runway…
The new PXG 0311XF clubs look a lot like the brand’s PGA Tour–class irons…
From a snow-polo tournament in Aspen to a record-breaking Bentley sedan, our top picks for December…
Exciting gifts and experiences for the open-air adventurer…
Offerings include a chance for you and 23 guests to serve as Robb Report Car of the Year judges…
These games are no joke…
For everyone from the homebody to the adrenaline junkie, we present more than 120 holiday gifts for...