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Yamaha YUS5 or Kawai GL30
#3002068 07/13/20 07:29 AM
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I'm looking to buy a new acoustic piano and am not sure whether a more premium upright would be better than a lower range grand piano. I'm a late intermediate player and this piano ideally needs to last me a while. My dealer has offered them both to me for £10,500. Any insight as to which may be better would be appreciated.

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Re: Yamaha YUS5 or Kawai GL30
piano897 #3002092 07/13/20 08:56 AM
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Hi, piano 897, welcome to PW!

By the price you have indicated, could we assume you live in the UK? I have no clue if it is a good price or not. Sorry.

What was your previous piano? Upright or grand? Don't you have any preference for one of these possibilities? If I had to choose between brands and products aproximately the same quality, I would pick up the GL-30 because of its Millenium 3 action, a very well reviewd item. It certainly improves playing skills. But if you find a silent feature to be of greater importance than action in your new piano, then Yamaha would be your choice. Many people say they are both "work horses" for daily practice.

Of course, we are talking of brand new pianos, right? Even so, bring an independent technician to the store and play both of them until you make up your mind on tone and touch.

Or... you could keep searching for something more to your liking, if you find out that neither pleases you.

My 0,2 cents.


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Fluxo gave great advice. If it were me but it’s not, I’d schedule a long practice session and split the time between both the upright and grand. If they’re both new, you have a rare opportunity to play a Yamaha and Kawai back to back. Personally I’m a Yamaha fan but I much prefer grands to uprights so I’d probably end up with the GL30. It’s completely up to you and which piano you prefer. Best Wishes on your search and keep us posted on what you decide.


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You’re right at the point in terms of price, quality, and size where an argument in favor of either can be made, and there is no wrong decision.

Originally Posted by Fluxo
...because of its Millenium 3 action, a very well reviewd item. It certainly improves playing skills.

Although a well regulated grand action of good quality is an inherent advantage over most vertical actions, I think it’s a little too far to suggest that a particular brand of action will improve your playing… In defense of the vertical piano, it may have a better tone, or smoother transitions between registers.

Since you’re a fairly experienced player, if you get the chance to spend an hour or two playing either, I suspect your preference will eventually become clear. Don’t be afraid to ask for a little distance from the sales staff and just practice for a while.


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piano897 #3002115 07/13/20 10:34 AM
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You need to go play them a few times. Don't base your decision on one session.

Play them both for 45 minutes go home. Come back one or two days later and do it again.

Repeat until your brain tells you which piano you prefer.

Since they are both new piano's time is on your side.


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The YUS5 is a wonderful piano.


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Thanks for everyone's replies, I think I'm set on the GL30 as I prefer the grand action. I'm based near London and, from what I can see, the price seems to be fairly decent.

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The GL30 is a nice piano but I would be cautious making the choice between GL30 and YUS5 (unless you have played a lot of other pianos) as there is a difference here both between upright/grand and Yamaha/Kawai and therefore it is difficult to really compare them.

I would suggest first playing comparable Yamaha/Kawai models to get an idea of which brand you prefer for its touch and family tone. Then if you prefer Kawai compare the GL30 with a K800/600 or alternatively a Yamaha small grand with the YUS5 if you prefer Yamaha. If you end up liking Yamaha uprights at this sort of level do also try the SE132 which is rather lovely.


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