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A favourite instrument of teachers and students, this piano offers a powerful, beautiful, and elegant sound. It is the standard against which all other uprights are compared and judged.
The Yamaha U1 is undoubtedly the most popular upright piano ever made. Larry Fine's Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyer lists the Yamaha U1 as a staff pick, calling it “the standard against which every 48” vertical [piano] is inevitably compared”. The resale value of used U1s is so good that there is practically a cottage industry for selling just Yamaha U1s. And the Royal Conservatory of Music, Canada's foremost music education establishment, endorses only one brand of piano – Yamaha.
1. Made in Japan
Buyers know that consumer goods that are made in Japan generally have the best cost-for-value ratio, and the piano industry is no exception. Piano manufactures generally outsource their lesser-quality models to other countries with cheaper labour and make their higher-quality products in their home factory. The U1 is made in the same factory as the Yamaha CFX concert grand, one of the best pianos in the world.
Upright pianos less than 48” have to have serious design compromises to fit the piano into a small case. The Yamaha U1 is big enough that it can have a deep bass tone and quick repetition.
The U1 has been made by Yamaha for over 50 years. Teachers, performers, and technicians know what to expect from a U1: excellence. This leads to the last important point about the U1:
4. Resale value
Because the U1 is such a well-known and well-loved piano, the resale value is particularly high compared with other models.
The Yamaha U1 is so popular because it is good enough for performance, rugged enough for institutions, and affordable enough for the home.
Features beautiful brass trimming, a slow-close fallboard and a fallboard lock. See and hear this piano in action at our Youtube channel here: https://youtu.be/rjYqlGUCRT8
The U1 can be ordered with the Silent System. Available finishes include polished ebony, polished white, polished mahogany, satin American walnut, and satin ebony.