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Yamaha U1: 1970s vs present day

Yamaha U1: 1970s vs present day

A new piano is always more refined than a reconditioned instrument, largely owing to technical developments and improvements in technology over time. In the case of the Yamaha U1 and U3, a new piano is constructed with improved quality component parts including under-felted hammers, with such useful features as a long music rest for large scores and a kitchen drawer style soft closing lid to prevent trapped fingers. Technically the piano... Continue reading

Reconditioned Yamaha & Kawai uprights

Reconditioned Yamaha & Kawai uprights

The popularity of Japanese pianos, in particular Yamaha and Kawai, has resulted in many being available on the second-hand market. There are several companies which source these instruments from homes, lease companies and educational institutions in the Far East and ship them to their factories, often in China, where they are stripped down and rebuilt in order to be sold in the US and Europe.

The rebuilding tends to be... Continue reading

What about the B3?

What about the B3?

It is worth considering the new Indonesian built b3 as an alternative option to a reconditioned U1. While the b3 is made in Yamaha’s Indonesian factory to keep the cost competitive, it is essentially a ‘cut down’ version of the new Japanese built U1. It shares the same frame and hammers, with the same five back-post configuration to deliver a similar level of stability and resonance.

The key differences are... Continue reading