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#639844 - 06/18/08 11:21 AM U1 and U1J ?
march Offline
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Registered: 11/29/06
Posts: 8
Loc: Singapore
By looking at their pricing, U1J can be alot cheaper as compare to U1 from Japan. I was told U1J is made in Indonesia and it is somehow inferior for it's quality.What makes it a grade lower than e original U1 from japan? Is it becoz of it's wood quality, they said trees grow in Indonesia as the weather is quite hot and sunny throughout the year so it 's not the ideal wood for pianos, spruce and resources from country in northern hemisphere will be more ideal? is it true? pls help!

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#639845 - 06/18/08 05:09 PM Re: U1 and U1J ?
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Registered: 04/02/08
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Yamaha in Japan has a huge stockpile of rare and precious woods second to none as I have heard. They were conscious of this back 30 years ago and got the jump on most other manufacturers realizing the benefit and value of collecting a depleting resource years ago. There may be some merit to the thinking that Indonesian wood is inferior. Note that Japans wood is outsourced also as they have little/none of their own. Sitka spruce is a species that is relatively knot free, fine grained, and has a good strength to weight ratio. It transmits sound very quickly compared to other woods and is prized for piano and other instruments. Unfortunately it is native to the pacific range of North America, north of California but non native variations of lesser age and "musical" qualities grow elsewhere but not in tropical environments.
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#639846 - 06/19/08 06:41 PM Re: U1 and U1J ?
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Registered: 08/01/05
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U1 made in Indonesia is not exported to the U.S. so no techs or players here can comment first hand. I do know that Yamaha is obsessed with the One Company One Quality concept. I have seen, played, and worked on instruments from Yamaha Taiwan and Yamaha China factories and found them to be excellent. I have also experienced the one Yamaha grand GB1 from Indonesia. I can't imagine Yamaha allowing an inferior instrument to be made anywhere.
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