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#107765 - 10/02/08 11:40 PM Re: Yamaha U3 piano made in Taiwan
snoopycar Offline
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Registered: 10/17/06
Posts: 976
Loc: Singapore
thks for sharing these information
its better that yahoo
... so theres many things can't be yahooed or googled, doesn't means the info does exsist

just like Nike shoes, they can be made anywhere, vietnam, indonesia, where else?

i often come across nike sports shoe with the bottom sole detached eventhough its just a year plus old. i tried shoe glue and what have you, but it doesnt work for long... then i use the unthinkable .. toilet silicon glue !! super flexible, super sticky, most of all, it doesn't separates anymore !!

Made in Taiwan? not bad. many good quality bikes are made there too, Giant, strida ....
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#107766 - 12/09/08 11:04 AM Re: Yamaha U3 piano made in Taiwan
Thomas P. Offline
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Registered: 12/09/08
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Loc: The Villages, Florida, USA
I am an American pianist and teacher recently relocated to Taiwan, and was just given a tour of the Kawai factory near Taoyuan by the plant manager. They are the sole distributor for Kawai in Taiwan. They assemble pianos there, but all the parts are out-sourced. He said there is also a Yamaha factory near there that works the same way. The action and bass strings come from Japan, some parts from Taiwan, the rest China and elsewhere in SE Asia. Also they seem to have a big business in rebuilding 10-30 year old pianos, with new glossy paint but same old action. I asked how to tell if a Kawai is made in Taiwan, and he said by the ser. no. and model. The ones I saw on the floor assembly line were KU-2 and W-1 verticals. The ser. nos. began with S. I saw a room for winding strings on what seemed to be a previously mated harp and soundboard, which was then bolted to the case. The action was put in, set up and tuned, and that seemed to be the extent of their production. Sorry I can't speak with a tech's perspective, but I hope the info is useful to some.

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#107767 - 12/09/08 11:25 AM Re: Yamaha U3 piano made in Taiwan
Roxane Offline
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Registered: 05/16/02
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 Quote:
Originally posted by snoopycar:
i often come across nike sports shoe with the bottom sole detached eventhough its just a year plus old. i tried shoe glue and what have you, but it doesnt work for long... then i use the unthinkable .. toilet silicon glue !! super flexible, super sticky, most of all, it doesn't separates anymore !![/b]
Sorry this is OT, but I had the exact same problem on 2 pairs of Nikes recently, and spent dumb money at the cobbler just to have the sole separate the very next time I wore the shoes. Was thinking of using epoxy, but I will try silicone as well!

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#107768 - 12/19/08 04:43 AM Re: Yamaha U3 piano made in Taiwan
Thomas P. Offline
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Registered: 12/09/08
Posts: 2
Loc: The Villages, Florida, USA
I have also just visited a piano dealer in Taipei (Musicpro) where I played a Yamaha U3 stamped "Taiwan" on the harp. The dealer explained to me the piano was assembled at the Yamaha factory in Taoyuan, Taiwan in 1974, the case made in Taiwan, and all else came from Japan. This was done to avoid import duties of an assembled piano.

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#107769 - 01/03/09 05:00 AM Re: Yamaha U3 piano made in Taiwan
stein-wegge the Vth Offline
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Registered: 02/21/04
Posts: 152
Loc: Los Angeles
yes the U3 was and still is, I believe, manf. in Kaosuing, Taiwan. A Taiwanese friend of mine brought on over as personal effect when he immigrated to Los Angeles. Not a bad piano...[his is about ten years old] I have played it.
I does have the TY serial number, I called him to confirm that.
He also told me that the Taiwan U3 is about half the price of a Japanese made one in Taipei when purchased new.
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#107770 - 02/03/09 11:52 AM Re: Yamaha U3 piano made in Taiwan
thx1138 Offline
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Registered: 09/30/08
Posts: 7
Thanks for that comprehensive information on factory locations. Just want to add that, we have the information on the lines currently produced in those factories. But what models they produced historically during previous decades remains undocumented.

I was at a store in Taipei today that had a Yamaha U3 for $2900 and a G3 for $7700. I will find out more details and serials but they basically said they were "demo models from Japan". They did indeed seem quite new and as such indeed manufactured in Japan (in concordance with the information above). The hammers seemed fine but I am no expert. Can anyone offer an opinion on these "demo" instruments, what treatment they may have received or how played out they might be? They also had similar Kawai but the action on those seemed stiff.

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