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Hi, posting for a friend who is thinking about purchasing a Yamaha U1 TA trans acoustic model.
Searched through all the posts and didn't find that much in terms of whether or not people like them or not. Any opinions? This is someone who has to sell a grand piano
to move into an apartment. She wants to keep as close a feel to the grand as possible, but no longer has room, so has to have an upright. She doesn't have room for an upright and a digital. Plus, she will need to reduce the volume of the piano for the neighbors.

If the price was right is this piano a good purchase? Do you have any opinions? Like them, hate them? Something better out there? The hybrid market gets pretty confusing. She had also looked at the Yamaha B2 silent. Yamaha U1 is a good piano, but would it be "good enough" coming from a Kawai grand?

Any opinions appreciated.

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Hi Spuds,

A fine grand piano action will always be the most responsive action, as long as it is maintained and in good regulation.

Having said that, there are a variety of very fine uprights that also give a fine performance. For many years, I have been told that the Yamaha U1 was the largest selling single model in the world. It might still be to this day. I think it is a fine choice, but I would recommend that your friend also explore the YUS series of uprights by Yamaha as well.

I think taste is going to be a big part of this choice. The real question for me is how far away from a really fine grand piano action will he/she feel comfortable with?

The TransAcoustic system can be a bunch of fun to work with as well.

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Has she looked at the hybrids; Kawai Novus or Yamaha AG? If she liked the action on her Kawai grand, she will like the same Millennium III action in the Novus NV 10. Possibly more than the upright action she is considering.


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This may be a time when a U1 or U3 with a silent system would be best.
There is also the Kawai K300 or K500 .All of these would be far better than
the Yamaha B series .
Some people have said that there is a difference in the action when
a piano has silent system .That is why an accoustic and a digital
piano is often recommended .One has to be realistic though and realise that it will have to be a fairly good digital piano .
I do not know the Trans accoustic system so I cannot comment .

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From what I read, you either love hybrid pianos or absolutely hate them. I tried the latest Yamaha hybrids and thought if I ever had to downsize to a single room in an adult facility, that might be what I went with assuming I could still play. Hybrid pianos are the coming thing BUT they depreciate at the same rate as other digitals. The action is improved, over other digital but the sound was pretty unconvincing. It was better than I expected but still falls terribly short over an acoustic. Try out everything you can get your hands on. Sit down and play it for all it’s worth.


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Thanks everyone. I will pass this info. on. Much appreciated.

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Originally Posted by j&j
From what I read, you either love hybrid pianos or absolutely hate them. I tried the latest Yamaha hybrids and thought if I ever had to downsize to a single room in an adult facility, that might be what I went with assuming I could still play. Hybrid pianos are the coming thing BUT they depreciate at the same rate as other digitals. The action is improved, over other digital but the sound was pretty unconvincing. It was better than I expected but still falls terribly short over an acoustic. Try out everything you can get your hands on. Sit down and play it for all it’s worth.

You talking about ending up in a single room I think is everyones fear
It is the reason I bought the Roland digital and the accoustic upright .
I think in those circumstances I would try and have a silent system
installed on my Sauter upright. ,Don,t let us worry about the future too much !

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If the action is the priority, I will echo some of the other members the Kawai Novus NV10, has grand piano action. Definitely more responsive than an upright.


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I've only played a "trans acoustic" a couple of times. I remember thinking the sound was better than I expected but also uncomfortably short of an acoustic.

My concern would be cost and longevity. I don't know what prices your friend is looking at, of course, but the prices I saw weren't cheap. We know a grand piano can cost a lot of money, but we also know it can last a very long time. "Tech" pianos depreciate fast, and will not, IMHO, last near as long as an acoustic. This may not be a factor for your friend, but is worth considering.


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