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Yamaha U1J vs U1 #1569945
12/04/10 11:44 AM
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What's the actual difference between Yamaha U1J and U1?

According to the salesperson, the only difference is the place of assembly - the former assembled in Indonesia, the latter assembled in Japan, all using the same materials - there is no other difference.

I'm not sure if I want to buy the salesperson's talk.. Would worksmanship be different?

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Re: Yamaha U1J vs U1 [Re: zky] #1569968
12/04/10 12:10 PM
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Obviously there will be some sort of difference between Japan and Indonesia but I'm not the right person to explain exactly how/why...
When I was piano hunting I stumbled into several U1J and they weren't very impressive. All I know is that 10 minutes later, in the same showroom, I fell in love with a Japanese U1. To me the difference was huge. The sound wasn't as beautiful and the touch wasn't as great as in the Japanese one.
Every piano has its personality... if you don't notice any difference while playing them then it shouldn't matter. Both will probably survive for decades and give you a good resell value

Re: Yamaha U1J vs U1 [Re: Chopianist] #1571073
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All U-series pianos are made in Japan. As the U1 evolved, there have been slight changes over the years, giving rise to the letter suffix to identify the exact version. The two pianos you are looking at, are basically slightly different versions of the same model, made in the same factory.


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Re: Yamaha U1J vs U1 [Re: athomik] #1573319
12/09/10 12:06 PM
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According to Yamaha, every part of U1J is made in Japan, identical to U1, just that the assembly of U1J is done in Indonesia instead of japan.

Perhaps like you mentioned, there are really some subtle differences which they are not telling us, that may explain the different feedback on U1 vs U1J.

Hope to hear from more fellow pianists! smile



Re: Yamaha U1J vs U1 [Re: zky] #1573344
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Having imported gray market Yamaha U1(s)for over a decade
into the states,I've never seen a U1J. I doubt very much that EVERY Yamaha part on that piano is brought in from Hamamatsu in that I believe they manufacture component parts in that Indonesian factory not just assembly as in the Chinese factory. Maybe I'm wrong. It is probably similar to the newer T118 or the newer gray market U10A or U10BL which suceeded the U1 in Japan in the later 80(s) wink


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Re: Yamaha U1J vs U1 [Re: pianobroker] #1573366
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I've never seen a U1J either, but the J suffix does generally indicate made in Jakarta. Indonesian Yamahas can also be identified by the different serial number, eg, year 2010 Japanese Yamahas are around 6,300,000, whilst 2010 Indonesian Yamahas are around J 2,735,000.

The Indonesian factory doesn't just assemble, it definitely makes parts too.

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