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Help Identifying Yamaha Spinet
#3026418 09/18/20 02:43 PM
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Growing up my parents enrolled me in piano lessons with a classically trained pianist and Julliard graduate. Being more interested in hanging out with friends and playing basketball, I wasn't the best student and quit at age 17, telling my parents that piano interfered with studying for SATs. I now regret not keeping it up and believe that the experience enriched my life. So having young kids whose lives I would like to enrich, my wife and I grabbed one of the many free pianos available in the community recently. We just had to pay for moving costs. I'm also excited to see if I can pick it back up on my own.

The piano that we grabbed appears to be a Yamaha spinet piano, with a simple design. It's not very ornate and lacks the piano finish. There's no model number in the interior and the serial number didn't generate anything in Yamaha's USA database. I'd love to get more information on the piano, like when it was made, what type of wood is it, and how best to care for it. There are some exterior water stains that I would like to try and fix myself; and the wood feels really dry. I'm running a humidifer but am wondering if some furniture or lemon oil could help. If anybody in the community could provide any information, it would be greatly appreciated. I also emailed Yamaha USA and so far there has been no response.

Here's a link to photos of the piano and its interior. [img]https://imgur.com/a/jyztPgW[/img]

Thanks much.

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I should have added that there is handwritten chalk on the interior saying "A440 10-27-73 HUBIN." I assume this is a tuning notation although I don't know if my Yamaha or a third-party. And I just noticed that on the underside of the lid, there's "3-17-1" inked onto the wood.

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I can't access the photos.

And yes, A440.... is a tuner's record (presumably from 1973).
3-17-1 is a little more mysterious...


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Also, can you find the serial number? I don't know how tall your piano is, but if it's truly a spinet, the serial number might be somewhere else, but on studio uprights, the serial number is often in the upper right:

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Your piano looks pretty good for something gifted by the community. The serial number should identify the year of manufacture. Is that the number you found in the top right hand corner of the frame ? From your second post the first tuning may have taken place in 1973. At that time pianos were being constructed with teak or at least teak veneered cases and yours is the right colour to be teak although I cannot tell for certain because the grain doesn't show up in enough detail. The proper treatment for teak furniture is teak oil although lemon oil might be ok, it is just that I have had no experience with lemon oil. Some furniture manufacturers sprayed their teak products (erroneously in my view) with a matt coating of polyurethane varnish and if this was done to your piano it won't absorb the oil. Be very careful if you do try with any oil not to get it onto the keys or any internal part of the piano.

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I have only seen one or two Yamaha spinets, as well as a CP60 electric spinet, and the quality was quite good, as I recall.

There is no special treatment of the finish from other good furniture. Keep it clean as best you can. Water is usually not a problem as long as you wipe it dry quickly. That looks like a walnut veneer to me.


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Thanks for the responses so far. The piano is 36.5 inches tall. Here's the original images and some additional images.

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Per the Yamaha website, you can call them at (714) 522-9980 if you have a question about a serial number. Yours should be the 119xxx number.


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Appears to have been built in 1971.


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Pierce Piano Atlas lists your piano as being made in 1971. In my opinion, Yamaha spinets were the nicest spinets made. The only issue I've ever had with them is the flange cords need replacing, but that's quite common for Yamahas of that vintage. Unlike almost every other spinet action, Yamaha spinet actions are quite simple to remove and service.


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I called the number and they told me that Yamaha only made two spinet models: the S1 and the S2. They told me that they could not locate the registration card for my serial number but the number immediately after mine is a S2-MB made in 1971. The person said that since Yamaha makes pianos in lots, there's a strong likelihood that my piano is also a S2-MB. He didn't have any information on the type of wood it's made from but Yamaha uses Cory Care products on its pianos. He recommended that I stay away from products with paraffin as it may seep and interfere with the action.

Thanks all for your help.

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Both the top lid and the section of wood that reads "YAMAHA" are extremely thin on those particular spinets. They remind me of lauan.


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The close up photographs of the timber do push me into thinking that it is teak and also that it was manufactured in 1971 when teak products were all the rage. Cory products have a good website and some of their products are water based. However there is a warning not to spray onto strings or tuning pins and indeed rather than spraying directly onto the piano please consider spraying onto a cloth first and then apply the cloth to the outside surface of the case.


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