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#1878798 - 04/13/12 09:56 AM 1969 Yamaha U1, it is too old?
brooklynmommy Offline
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Registered: 04/06/12
Posts: 6
I am looking at a 1969 Yamaha U1 for my daughter? The seller is asking for $ 1000. I am wondering it is worthy to bring a tech to check it out. The piano is tuned and played regularly. The seller bought it in 1989. I don't know if it was refurbished at that time. Can anyone give me some advise? Thanks.

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#1878824 - 04/13/12 10:37 AM Re: 1969 Yamaha U1, it is too old? [Re: brooklynmommy]
Rickster Offline

Registered: 03/25/06
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Loc: Georgia, USA
Hello, and welcome to the Piano World Forums!

I'm no expert, but the Yamaha U1 is a very popular instrument, at any age. Pianos do wear out if played a lot, but they also last a long time and the higher quality ones with the better components inside last a very long time.

And, that seems like a great price for that piano, age or not.

I recently purchased a 1969 Kawai K48A upright, which is probably similar in quality to the Yamaha U1, and it plays great and sounds great. It belonged to a music teacher and I'm sure was played a lot, yet it is in good condition.

That just goes to show that most serious musicians/teachers take good care of their instruments.

The cost of an inspection is around $75-$100 and may be worth the investment, unless you decide to go with your gut instincts, and there nothing wrong with that either IMHO.

Good luck and keep us informed!!

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#1880440 - 04/16/12 09:19 AM Re: 1969 Yamaha U1, it is too old? [Re: brooklynmommy]
AGuy2 Offline
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Registered: 11/04/11
Posts: 26
Loc: Dixon, CA
Play it. Bring a tech

After 40 years, it could be great if maintained or rubbish if stored in the garage.


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