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#1266111 - 09/10/09 09:24 PM Yamaha A1
Pianoneophyte Offline
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We are buying a piano for our 11 year old. We're new at this. I'm looking at a 1995 Yamaha A1 in excellent condition. I had a piano tuner check it out and he agrees. The dealer is asking $9,000 including delivery, an upgraded bench and 10 year warranty. This seems to be a good deal. Just wanted to check with those who really know prices. Thanks.


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#1266180 - 09/10/09 11:59 PM Re: Yamaha A1 [Re: Pianoneophyte]
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I'm not in the piano biz, but I would say the price is high. The 1990's Yamaha A1 was a high quality build from Yamaha with several upgrades. The problem was the size. Most people shopping a 4'11" piano are not looking for superior quality at a superior (hefty) price. I think that's true both used and new. I would say an offer of 5-6k in this economy would be sensible subject to inspection. I say that because it's too small to be taken seriously by most people and has limited market appeal.

Some of the A1's sold here now are grey market imports. You might want to check that, not that it's a kiss of death or anything. 1995 vintage (if true) would place it near the end of production run for that model. Yamaha has another A1 now that they don't market in the US, but it's not the same quality level as the series that you're shopping.

I played a 1990's A1-S with the silent feature. Overall it was the best silent I've ever played.
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#1266272 - 09/11/09 05:01 AM Re: Yamaha A1 [Re: Pianoneophyte]
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A brand new 2009 Yamaha GB1 (identical size to A1) is also about $9,000. What's an 1995 A1 got that is so much better than a brand new GB1?
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#1266282 - 09/11/09 06:08 AM Re: Yamaha A1 [Re: 4evrBeginR]
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I also think the GB1 is better choice, as it is new and has warranty and the new Yamaha pianos have a warmer tonal color!
The A1 has better quality hammers etc as it belongs to the C series but the old A1 piano had some problems in the scale design I think.
The GB1 is the same size for a very good price, it even won a UK award!
Maybe Marty Flinn or Chris Venables can chime in about the tech details...

Good luck

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#1266624 - 09/11/09 06:42 PM Re: Yamaha A1 [Re: Konzert Patrick]
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The A1 was of the same design and build-quality as the C1, only a bit shorter. Also, it was made in Hamamatsu, not in Indonesia.
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#1266690 - 09/11/09 09:16 PM Re: Yamaha A1 [Re: 4evrBeginR]
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Dear 4ver,

The difference, from my looking into it, is that the A1 is made in Japan, while the GB1 is made in Indonesia with components that are not as good. The tone is better and the piano will last longer. The one I'm looking at looks brand new.

#1266912 - 09/12/09 07:50 AM Re: Yamaha A1 [Re: Pianoneophyte]
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If you have the space and the money, go up to a GC1. No matter how good the components are in a 4'11", the size, in Yamaha pianos, determines, to a great degree, the tonal quality. The weak spot in the A1/GB1 is around the bass break, note 26. Play the notes in that area for a few minutes compared with those on a GC1 to see if you're happy with the tone and transition from the bass to the tenor sections.
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#1267146 - 09/12/09 04:39 PM Re: Yamaha A1 [Re: ChrisVenables]
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I actually liked the A-1 better then the GH-1made around the same time. I think 9k is too high.

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