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Full disclosure: I owned an exact same model a few years back. Just purely out of curiosity, I'm interested in your opinion on the piano's tone. FWIW I think the recording quality is pretty good and is a fair representation of how the piano sounds, i e. not too much room ambience (and the playing's nice, too).


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With the usual caveats about recording quality and judging tone from utube I didn't like this at all. The whole thing sounded echoy and harsh to me which I would put down (probably) to recording and room reflections but, as best as I could judge it through that, the tone itself seemed quite bright and brittle and a bit twangy (untuned unisons?).

So pretty much a fail on all counts from me, sorry.

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I found the tone on the video to be too bright snd harsh- snd heard a lot of clicking keys

I hate judging a piano through a recording. Go try it

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Brilliant budget piano


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Apart from the truth about recording pianos you may need to remember cygnusdel that this can be a very snobbish place.
I did also find the PR piano rather bright.Saying that however
when listened to a an absolute top tier vertical the other day I
was really disappointed in the tone for such high end instrument.I also thought it too bright! That was proof that recordings are not to be relied upon.There is no comparison to
playing the piano yourself.
You say you owned one of these for a few years.How did you find the piano.Did you feel you could depend on the instrument? You must have found more of a musical response that we do not or cannot perceive here.(because of the recording?)


My piano's voice is my voice to the great unknown, out there..in other words a hymn.That is all but that is enough.

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Oh I have long realized that different people prefer different kinds of tone. It's interesting that some describe the piano's tone as 'bright' - and I realize also that the word could mean different things to different people! ha To me though, if the Yamaha U1 is 'bright', then this piano is anything but bright. I think the video does capture the tone quality as I remember it, though in person the tone sounds more focused (less bleed).

Revisiting this again, I would say that the middle to high register has a round but firm, pleasant tone, not at all shallow or tinny. But the middle-low register betrays the size of the instrument as it lacks depth, although it matters less in the lowest register, where the instrument can also deliver boomy bass. I liked this piano. One funny thing I remember was the first time I had it delivered to my new empty apartment that had hard wood floor - the sound was so huge! But after the apartment got filled with furniture etc. it sounded more like a normal upright.

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About recordings. Listeners listen in different ways for different things.

Cygnusdei compared the recording to the sound of his piano. I have not heard a UP115 so I compared it to the pianos I played in our local piano store a few years ago (they have only budget pianos). I went to see what I was missing with the old clunker I had just cleaned up.

We have to have some yardsticks for assessing tone. One recent thread started with a youngster looking at an old Steinway, not liking a Yamaha, preferring a Bosendorfer to several others, and then buying a good Boston. Another thread had an accomplished pianist replacing a old Bechstein with a Bosendorfer 280VC ahead of a Steinway D and a Fazioli 278. Once you have played the pianos you are much better equipped to listen to the recordings.

Our piano store owners are smart. They know anyone who wants one of Larry Fine's Tier X instruments will go to the web or London to find it. They cater for the local market, most of which, like me, does not have a big budget for a piano for their children or themselves.


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