Yamaha U1 Variations (U10BL, U10A, YU10, UX1, YU1S, YUS etc:

This article will provide a brief overview of the following models which are all variants on the very popular Yamaha U1 upright piano: Yamaha U10BL, Yamaha U10A, Yamaha U1A, Yamaha UX1, Yamaha U100, Yamaha YU10, Yamaha YU1, Yamaha YU1S, Yamaha YUS, Yamaha YU1SXG.

A quick summary…

All of the models listed on this page are designed to take any student all the way through their grades and as far beyond grade 8 as any pianist could ever wish to go. They are all Japanese made, they all come from the Hamamatsu factory where Yamaha make all of their flagship upright and grand pianos. None of these models come from the Yamaha factory in Indonesia. There are some differences in cabinet design but these are quite subtle and don’t relate to the musicality of the instrument or the action.

I encourage you to treat them all as equals and reserve your judgement until you can visit our showrooms to play lots of them side-by-side.

If you want us to order you a specific model from this page just email us at mgpianos@gmail.com and will source you one direct from Japan. Don’t forget to check our stocklist first as we might already have one in stock.

Yamaha U10BL

Made in Japan between around 1987 – 1990. The U10BL is consistently great to play and is every bit as good as a U1. Here are some U10BL pianos that we’ve had in stock.

  • 1989 Yamaha U10BL
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Yamaha U10A

Made in Japan between around 1990-1991. Highly consistent model, always top quality and great to play. Equal in quality to the Yamaha U1. Here are some U10A pianos that we’ve had in stock.

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Yamaha U1A

The Yamaha U1A is an official Yamaha U1, not a variant as such. It was produced between around 1983-1988. It is of course made in Japan with a great touch and tone. We often have these in stock so please refer to our stocklist for videos.

Yamaha UX1

The UX1 was made in Japan between around 1983-1988 and is another model with the X-shaped frame around the back. You should consider these models to be on a par with the Yamaha U1 as we have always enjoyed playing them. You’ll notice that this model has the front panel split into 3 sections compared with the solid 1-piece panel found on the Yamaha U1. Here are some videos of the UX1 pianos we’ve had in stock

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Yamaha U100

Made in Japan in the mid-1990s the U100 is a very close relative of the Yamaha U1. Both come from the same factory and are equally well built with a great touch and tone. You will notice that the U100 has a line of horizontal beeding across the top of the top panel. The U1 tends to have 1 large flat top panel. Musically, you should expect equal performance and quality. Here are some videos of the U100 pianos we have stocked.

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Yamaha YU10

Made in Japan between around 2001-2004. Another great model which are very young and very rare so don’t spend too much time looking as it could easily be 5 years before one turns up. The top panel is in 3 sections instead of the usual 1-piece top panel. We’ve had a couple of these in stock in recent years and here are the videos. With Yamaha pianos this young just be careful that the sound isn’t too powerful for your music room. You may find a Yamaha U1 from the early/mid 1980s to be more suitable. Here are some YU10 pianos that we’ve had in stock.

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Yamaha YU1

Made in Japan between around 1997-2000, the Yamaha YU1 always sound great. They tend to be priced high because they are young and in short supply. They are always great and the “YU” prefix suggests it is one of the “hand-finished” models.

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Yamaha YU1S

The Yamaha YU1S is the same as the Yamaha YU1 but with a silent system fitted.

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Yamaha YU1SXG

Made in Japan the YU1SXG is the same as the YU1S but with a self-playing disklavier system fitted.

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Yamaha YUS

Made in Japan, the YUS sits right up there with the Yamaha U1 amongst Yamaha’s leading series of pianos. The YUS has upgraded hammer felt and other improvements and the RRP sits up around the £10,000 mark (at time of writing). It is rare to find a Yamaha YUS on the

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