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#272529 - 03/04/08 02:20 AM How much do a new Yamaha U1 or U3 cost? approx?
Peter Patrick Offline
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Registered: 03/03/08
Posts: 5
Wow, everyone...amazing forum... great feedback in a matter of 30 minutes about info on used Yamahas! Thank you!

(1) In regards to getting an used one, if craigslist is not a good place, is there any showroom that sells used piano in the Bay Area? Silicon Valley Piano or even the Yamaha dealer (do they sell used?).

(2) Also, how much is a new U3 or U1? Is the U3 about $12K? How about a U1? Why can't I find pricing on the web?

(3) It looks like from the Yamaha website a U3 is 52" and U1 is 48", the room where we going to have the piano stored is not a big space is about 16' by 30'. So does a 52" make sense?

(4) I will hire a technician to evaluate before making any purchases. But I assume if I am getting a new one, I won't need to right?

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#272530 - 03/04/08 11:04 AM Re: How much do a new Yamaha U1 or U3 cost? approx?
PSS Offline
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Registered: 11/17/04
Posts: 893
Hey Peter,
Welcome to Piano World. You will find a lot of good advice here by industry pro's and piano enthusiast as well. Some might always agree, but that's okay. It gives you several different opinions to decipher so you can make an educated decision.

Here would be my response to your questions.

1) There are used Yamaha dealers all over the Bay area. I know of a few in Marin County that I could point you to. Craig's List is not a bad place to look. You would simply just have to take more precaution when buying from an individual regardless of how you met them. You find one on Craig's List, eBay, or your newspaper. The point is most individuals would not have the expertise to fairly report to you the condition of their used piano. Therefore you would definitely want to pay a technician to go and inspect the piano before you purchased it.

2) The web question you asked is a loaded question. The piano industry frowns on its dealers posting pianos with prices new on the web. Our industry is a very territorial industry. The fear is if you got on the web and saw a very aggressive price from another dealer somewhere else in the US you would come in your local dealer and expect him to match the price. Without going into a long thesis on the woes of this issue I would simply encourage you to research the forum on thread topics that have to do with buying online to see more details about why you can't find pricing anywhere on new Yamaha's on the web. If you find a price for a new Yamaha on the web it either will be a retail price and not a discounted price, or it will be a discounted price on a gray market Yamaha.
3) Yes
4) Correct. A new piano is covered by factory warranty, and dealer terms of sale. You should be fine if buying new. I would encourage to look for a late model used as well. There are several on the market, and you could save a lot of money.

Good Luck,

#272531 - 03/04/08 11:05 AM Re: How much do a new Yamaha U1 or U3 cost? approx?
PSS Offline
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#272532 - 03/04/08 11:09 AM Re: How much do a new Yamaha U1 or U3 cost? approx?
momnewtopiano Offline
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Registered: 02/26/08
Posts: 28
Loc: TX
Originally posted by Peter Patrick:

(2) Also, how much is a new U3 or U1? Is the U3 about $12K? How about a U1? Why can't I find pricing on the web?

I don't know about U3...but I was recently looking at a U1. The quote I got was $5,988, after delivery fee and taxes, comes to a total of $6,644.39. I am in TX. \:\)

#272533 - 03/05/08 11:58 AM Re: How much do a new Yamaha U1 or U3 cost? approx?
Stevester Offline
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Registered: 10/04/03
Posts: 2851
Loc: New Jersey
I would suggest you visit the Yamaha web site as they can point you in the direction of their dealers.
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