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#2172191 - 10/26/13 04:43 AM Yamaha U1 advice
frazbmw Offline
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Registered: 10/25/13
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Loc: Pennsylvania
Yamaha U1 in comparison to K3? Any takers for this topic. Main concern is long term happiness with instrument, as well as durability. Are there others I should seriously consider that would be satisfy me in regards to those categories.


Edited by frazbmw (10/26/13 09:26 AM)

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#2172311 - 10/26/13 11:34 AM Re: Yamaha U1 advice [Re: frazbmw]
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Hi Frazbmw, and welcome to Piano World!

I'm surprised no one has responded to your thread yet...

So, I'll make a comment, but I'm certainly no expert on piano prices. However, I've seen pre-owned U1's in my area advertised anywhere from $2500 to $5000, depending on age and condition. If you are talking about a brand new U1, $7K may be a good price. I have noticed that the Yamaha U1's are very popular and hold their value well.

Not sure this is much help, but maybe it will be a catalyst to get more participation for you... smile

Good luck!

Rick

P.S. this post is based on your prior statements before you edited your thread, so it may be irrelevant at this point.
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#2172315 - 10/26/13 11:44 AM Re: Yamaha U1 advice [Re: frazbmw]
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OK - I'll wade in.

In general, I prefer the sound and action of the Kawai verticals. Both are good pianos and hold their value well.

Considering your location, I would recommend a trip to Cunningham Piano Company in Philadelphia and do a test drive on their 48" & 52" verticals. They are very impressive pianos.
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#2172334 - 10/26/13 12:13 PM Re: Yamaha U1 advice [Re: frazbmw]
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Three years ago I looked REALLY hard at both of these pianos. I played at least 10 U1's and two K3's. It helps to remember that it is a slightly apples to oranges comparison. In my case I liked the action better in the U1 and the sound better in the K3 but I didn't care for the action as much. I don't imply it's a bad action. It's just not what I though I was looking for when I was shopping back then as a beginner. I wound up with neither of these pianos. The piano I did choose had an action that was "heavier" than any other piano I had tried and that gave me some pause even as I fell in love with the sound of the piano but now I don't think the action feels heavy at all. If I HAD to choose between the two pianos in question, probably the K3. I really don't like the core sound of the U1 and I could probably get used to the action on the K3. That said, YOUR your long term musical satisfaction with any piano is impossible to predict. Are you comparing new-to-new? A new U1 puts you near to a K5. Now that's a choice I would make in a heartbeat.
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#2172335 - 10/26/13 12:22 PM Re: Yamaha U1 advice [Re: frazbmw]
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Hi again,

Have you considered Walter?
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#2172378 - 10/26/13 01:39 PM Re: Yamaha U1 advice [Re: frazbmw]
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Both have a good reputation. Kawai has their composite action and transferable warranty on their side, while the U1 model has a long track record for durability. Some here like to suggest the K5 vs U1 is a more fair comparison in terms of price. The Walter upright is certainly worth a look as an American alternative in the same "class", while some of the best stuff coming out of China and Indonesia (see the Piano Buyer for suggestions and pricing, by the way) provides a less expensive alternative that (depending on who you ask) approaches or matches the quality/musicality of what you're already considering.
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#2172447 - 10/26/13 04:36 PM Re: Yamaha U1 advice [Re: frazbmw]
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Registered: 05/04/13
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Loc: Midwest
I prefer the Yamaha and own two of them. One of them is a U1 and is a workhorse for a vertical piano. I prefer the action of the Yamaha over the action of the Kawaii. I also prefer the sound. Everyone has their likes and dislikes but that is my opinion.
Both of my pianos are very tuning stable and a pleasure to play. The u1 has a tremendous amount of acceptance among all piano players and holds its value very well. Repetition seemed to be a problem for me on the Kawaii action.
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#2172621 - 10/27/13 05:10 AM Re: Yamaha U1 advice [Re: frazbmw]
frazbmw Offline
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Registered: 10/25/13
Posts: 3
Loc: Pennsylvania
Thank you for the responses. I am comparing new to new. With very little experience I am relying on individuals with a lot more experience than myself to help steer me in the right direction. Based on some conversations I have had thus far I prefer the Yamaha dealer over others, granted I don't imagine there is much dealer interaction after the purchase. Is there a Charles Walter in this price range(7k)? There don't seem to be many piano dealers in the Pittsburgh region unfortunately. I recognize the fact that this is a large purchase for our family and Yamaha does seem to depreciate at a very slow rate which I appreciate.

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#2172707 - 10/27/13 10:32 AM Re: Yamaha U1 advice [Re: frazbmw]
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If you're planning to keep your piano for a long time, depreciation should be the least of your worries during the purchasing process. If depreciation is your primary focus, then looking at new pianos is, like cars, generally unwise. Try to find a recently-made (<10 year old) piano in good shape instead, from a private seller.
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