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Personally, I think renting sounds like an excellent idea!! Maybe do the silent option, since you're in an apt.?


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You could talk to the nice folks at PianoPiano in New York City. I rented a U1 Silent piano from them.

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Originally Posted by TBell
Unless the NY gestapo is assigning a handler to enforce quarantine, I would just go test drive the pianos.
That would be a selfish thing to do IMO. NY has the quarantine rules mentioned for people coming from states with a high positivity rate.

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Hi guys, I had one last question. It looks like I can get a good deal on a Yamaha U1 piano, for 90 dollars a month. The U3 would cost 15 dollars more. Is there a big difference in how the two pianos feel and react to your playing, or is it mainly just a size difference?

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I would choose based on condition, if you could possibly play them before they get sent out. At those rental prices, I expect these pianos are going to be older and well-used.


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The $90 (or $105) instruments are silent or no? You have a better idea of your apt. situation, but I did live in an apt for grad school, and very much benefited from being able to play my digital with headphones...

Either way, I'm really happy for you that you found these rental options!

When does your semester start?


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Thanks terminaldegree for reminding me: I meant to ask about their condition and whether it’s used or new, but I totally forgot. But there’s no way I can test it out, as it’s all the way in NYC and I’m based in St. Louis right now and traveling straight to Rochester.

@ShiroKuro that’s for the non-silent option. The silent is 157 a month, and I’m currently considering both options. I primarily want to know the difference between U1 and U3 right now; both have the silent options for about the same difference in cost. My semester starts August 26, but I’ll be arriving a bit later. Everything is online for me except lessons, so the arrival date is not as important.

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Originally Posted by A Guy
I primarily want to know the difference between U1 and U3 right now;

Either of these pianos will be good for you. They do not differ significantly in the touch and how they react to how you play, by that I mean there is likely to be no more difference in the touch of a used U1 and U3 as there would say be between two used U1s or two U3s - individual condition is much more important than the difference in models.

The difference between them is primarily in the tone. The U3 will have a larger dynamic range available (if your neighbours can cope with you giving it a strong workout) and it should have more power in the base and a bit richer sound in the midrange but their overall characters are similar. Listening to a recording is not the same as listening to the real thing but I do encourage you to listed to the Stuart Jones recordings/reviews of U1 and U3 on you-tube, I think they are fairly and comparably recorded and you can get a reasonable idea from them of how the tone of the two pianos compare. Both will however sound different in the flesh and in your room than they do on the recording.

That said, I personally prefer the U3. I have a distinct preference for the larger uprights but that doesn't mean you'll feel the same way.

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A Guy best of luck to you! University in the time of covid is more than a little stressful!

But upstate NY is a beautiful area. I hope you love it there! smile


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The U-X models ( U1-X, U3-X ) are built with superior materials. The bass strings in a UX are longer than the standard U models. The bridge in the bass is on a slant. Still, you have a little more attack range with the U3's. There are other even fancier models too that are all basically the same piano construction.

I have a U1-X. I love it and my new tuner loves it. He says it's about the best he has seen around these parts and always stays to play awhile after tuning. I must say he does a great job with it too. I've only had one piano that was bigger, but it was a clunker. This one is a gem.

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I would imagine that you're not the only piano student at Eastman having to figure this out. The department must have put together some sort of memo with recommendations.

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