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My Yamaha U1 Pianos all come with the following benefits:
1. Free 1st tuning in your home
2. 5 Year Guarantee (parts & labour of course)
3. Large smile on your face (sorry to be cheesy but it’s true!)
The Yamaha U1 piano can be thought of as the little brother of the Yamaha U3 (click to view my Yamaha U3 Sales Page). The main difference between a U1 and a U3 is just that the U3 is just slightly bigger. This gives it 2 main advantages. First, the extra height means that it can house longer strings which result in a warmer, richer sound, especially in the bass region. Second, it has a larger soundboard which is good for a richer, more resonant tone. Other than that, they are equal. The action is just as good, the build quality and component quality is just as good so in reality it doesn’t create a big difference and the U1 is not a small piano so it does have a good, rich tone, just not quite as rich as the U3. If you have a particularly big music room I’d recommend a U3 or even if you simply MUST have the best model then again, I recommend the U3. Otherwise, the U1 will satisfy the needs of most pianists perfectly well for the rest of their musical life.
Used Yamaha U1 Piano Stocklist
Yamaha U1 Dimensions
151cm (w), 121cm (h), 61.5cm (d). See below for a detailed profile view. If you think that your house has some tight corners or narrow doorways you can create a cardboard cut out of the below diagram, lie it flat on the floor and then see if you can turn it into the room or around the corners without touching any of the walls.
Recently Sold Yamaha U1 Pianos
Yamaha U1 made in 1976 – Sold
Serial number: 220xxxx
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Yamaha U1 made in 1978 – Sold
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Yamaha U1 made in 1987 – Sold
Yamaha U1 made in 1978 – Sold
Serial number: 259xxxx
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Yamaha U1 made in 1980 – Sold
Serial number: 325xxxx
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The Most Important Info you’ll Read This Week…
There are lots of reasons why you should be very careful when considering buying a Yamaha U1. I won’t beat around the bush I’ll just jump straight into it. Are you ready? Sitting comfortably? OK, hold on tight!
Did you know that Yamaha U1s contain an important action component called the “Loop Cord”? Well, there are 88 loop cords in a Yamaha U1 and their job is to force each key to spring back to its resting position as quickly as possible after being played. (If this is beginning to sound like a boring technical article, please bear with me, it gets much more exciting). So getting back to the loops cords… each of the 88 loop cords is made of a simple piece of string that is hooked inside the action and generates the force that springs the key back into place. This creates the amazing feeling of a delightfully responsive action that lets one play fast passages of music in a comfortable, musical way. Without properly functioning loop cords you are thrust back to the days of sluggish, sloppy actions that hinder one’s progress as a musician.
NOW THEN… did you know that loop cords have a lifespan of around 20 years? Well it’s true. After this age they will start popping off one by one until you end up with an uneven, unbalanced, unpredictable action that won’t do justice to the Yamaha U1 or to your piano playing.
I’m proud to report that each and every one of my U1s have had all 88 of their loops cords replaced with brand new ones which will perform flawlessly for another two decades. Now here’s an interesting question for you; how many other piano dealers bother to have the loops cords replaced in their U1s? In my experience, the vast majority of piano dealers elect not to have new loop cords fitted due to the costs involved. And so there are now hundreds of U1s in people’s homes all across the UK with snapped loop cords. Hopefully, the other UK piano dealers will soon follow suit and start to fix this problem, but until then, make sure that you ask anyone selling a U1 to show you specifically that they have fixed the loops cords. It’s very easy to unscrew the 3 bolts that hold the action in place and show you behind the action where the loop cords are. If the dealer avoids the question then most likely he hasn’t had the loop cords fixed and you should avoid that particular piano.