Yamaha 48” Professional Upright Piano.
One of the most sought after and recommended preowned models on the market, they don’t come around very often (or nearly often enough). Designed for the experienced pianist and professional musician, the Yamaha model U1 Studio Upright piano is built in the main factory in Hamamatsu, Japan and offers outstanding musical performance, setting the standards by which many other upright pianos are measured. The “workhorse” model U1 is a part of the Yamaha Classic Collection. A perennial favorite among discerning pianists, they feature outstanding tone, touch and durability. The U-series has historically been Yamaha’s most popular vertical piano line and has had huge financial success. They have had a very long production life, for this industry. Numerous models have been tried for a while and then discontinued or have evolved with a new feature and been renamed, but the U1 has endured. Living space is at a premium in Japan and Europe so fewer grands are sold, making a strong case for a high-quality upright like this. Yamaha also has factories situated in China and Indonesia where their lesser quality lines of pianos are built. Lower labor costs there enable more economical price points, however discerning pianists normally find the Japanese models more desirable.
Designer cabinet style – banded red mahogany polished finish.
As always, this piano is sourced locally, per our company policy. It was purchased new, right here in Albuquerque at the Yamaha piano authorized dealership at the time, Music World and has spent its entire life here. So, it is happily acclimated and well-adjusted to our unique desert Southwest climate. It was played very little so the moving parts in the action have minimal wear. It has been serviced by competent and knowledgeable piano technicians. It is in excellent condition – structurally and aesthetically, and should offer the next owner decades of musical fulfillment. We only had to perform our usual dealer prep and nothing more. That means pitch correction, voicing, tightening of action screws, minor action regulation, and a thorough cleaning inside. It is ready for the rigors of a professional pianist’s performance.
Sourced locally, per our normal policy.
Yamaha model U1 Studio Upright piano, 48-inches height, S# 6098876, Mahogany polish finish, Mfg. 2004.
88 Keys Piano Warehouse & Showroom price – $7450.
Current Yamaha model U1 Mahogany MSRP – $14,299.
Yamaha values their wood finish models at $3000. more than the respective ebony finish models.
Yamaha has had a well-deserved reputation for superior quality control and virtually perfect preparation at the factory. They arrive at the dealership in flawless condition. Technicians are enthusiastic about servicing them due to their exceptional engineering and design. Many highly respected musicians are Yamaha Artists and endorse these pianos. Elton John comes to mind. Many schools of music have become All-Yamaha Schools as a means to attract students desiring higher-quality musical instruments during their studies and practice. Institutions especially appreciate the low-maintenance aspect of this model because they are averse to recurring budget costs for tuning and service. You will find the U1 everywhere a professional grade piano is required including Music Department faculty offices and some practice rooms, houses of worship, on stage, in the recording studio, and even in homes.
The Yamaha logo is three tuning forks intertwined, even on a snowmobile!
It has the classic Yamaha “feel”; the precision, accuracy and responsiveness that permits vivid musical expression and a wide dynamic range. It also has the classic Yamaha evenness of touch; fast, accurate and responsive with an excellent repetition. The tone is classic Yamaha. It is colorful, harmonic-rich and sonorous with an excellent dynamic range, meaning the pianist can perform the subtlest pianissimo and most forceful fortissimo. Being a 48-inch vertical with longer bass strings and a larger soundboard, the bass response is strong and robust. Hurry on this particular piano, it won’t be here long!
Considered a “dream” to service by piano technicians.
The model U1 has been built for decades in the main factory in Hamamatsu, Japan – not in Indonesia or China.
Yamaha’s quality control in manufacturing is legendary in the piano industry.