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#3159490 09/25/21 04:05 PM
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Dear friends,

I'm new here and need your valuable advice. My daughter is studying piano in a musical school, she's got advanced level. We are currently choosing between two already used pianos:
- Yamaha U1 - 1985 year with recently installed Silent system Genio
- and MP3 (U3) of 1999 with original silent system.

Both are at the SAME price!

I was going for the U3 but my daughter has a doubt and wants the U1. She is saying that the U1 keys are "harder/firmer" than those of U3. The U3 keys aren't "soft" but less harder than those of U1.


Also, she says that the U1 sound is more beautiful than U3's.

So I'm puzzled as I understand that the U3's sound is supposed to be brighter than U1's...
For me the U3's sound is louder than U1.

What are your thoughts? I would be very greateful if you could advise me on, I'm not a professional but would like to buy a valuable piano for my daughter.

Thank you so much!

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If she is advanced, she know what will work best for her. Both are already quite old and perhaps have been beaten a lot in the past. While 15 years younger is a lot, both are enough old that only condition and pianist impressions matters here.

Did both pianos have already been inspected by a reputable technician?

Louder doesn't mean any good in home environment, and bright in case of old Yamaha uprights means at least for me unpleasingly harsh.

U3 should sound fuller (so less bright) than U1, just by size difference.

BTW, do you have only Yamaha pianos to choose from? And if so, it looks like she already made the decision, so the topic is.closed. just get the piano inspected and it's her choice, not yours in the end.

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This video may be helpful. I think the gist is that individual pianos may have different voicing.


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Could it be that your daughter yearns for a silent option? Perhaps she wants to play some music that only she would appreciate.


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Originally Posted by Beemer
Could it be that your daughter yearns for a silent option? Perhaps she wants to play some music that only she would appreciate.

I think both pianos have a silent system.

Normally I’d prefer the U3 but since both are used I’d have to play them and then ask my piano tech about each one’s condition. Since your daughter prefers the U1, get a tech to check both. If the U1 checks out, let your daughter decide.


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U3s are better than U1s because they are taller and have longer strings, leading to better tone especially in the bass. Also that U3 is much younger than the U1. But I can't comment on whether that particular U3 could have something wrong with the touch. Perhaps you could ask a technician to give his opinion.

Keep in mind that U1s and U3s are among the most popular and common pianos, so if neither of those is to your liking you can keep looking.

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Sounds like they like the sound of one, but the action of the other. Maybe keep looking a little while longer. Is the silent system desirable to you? The “stop rail” used by most of these systems usually affects the letoff parameter of the action…which can make dynamic control more difficult.


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