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Yamaha U5 #58933
03/21/03 01:04 PM
03/21/03 01:04 PM
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Northville, Michigan
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Greetings one and all. New guy on the block here. Would appreciate any constructive or destructive criticism concerning my soon to be purchase of an acoustic upright...I'm only looking at 52-inchers, and yes, the Steinway K52 was nice, but the keys a bit light. The Kawai had a spongy feel to the keys. The Schimell had a very smooth keyboard, but the tone was almost too clear. Now I've checked out the latest Yamaha U5...a new one that was in a large church, and a new one out of the crate in the piano store. I place Bach and Spanish repertoire mostly...the U5 was pretty nice. $10,000 out the door, including tax, delivery, 2 more tunings, and an artist bench. Two questions here...is there much difference between the U3 and U5 musically (there's a definite price difference but they have the same dimensions), and secondly is this piano made totally in Japan, or does it have chinese parts, etc. in it? Well...a third question...should a piano this size have it's back close to the wall or further from it for best sound?

Thanks to all who reply, and those who don't as well!

Ciao!


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Re: Yamaha U5 #58934
03/21/03 03:04 PM
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The U5 differs from the U3 in that the U5 has a true sostenuto pedal. The U3 has a mute/practice middle pedal. Also, the U5 has other "upgrades" like agraffes and I believe duplex scale. The U5 has a BIG music stand, whereas the U3 has that little ledge that folds down from the fallboard.
These differences are from the spec sheets.
Whether the U5 sounds better is up to you.
I have a U1. It is slightly on the bright side, as Yamahas are known to be. I stilll love the sound, power, and projection. The Yamaha touch is awesome.

Re: Yamaha U5 #58935
03/21/03 03:05 PM
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And yes, the U series is totally made in Japan.

Re: Yamaha U5 #58936
03/21/03 04:12 PM
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there are other great choices to play, of course.

If you can find a Mason 50 or a petrof 135, play them. Also S-Ps are nice as well. I say play more and if you wind up back at the Yamie, it was meant to be. smile


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Re: Yamaha U5 #58937
03/21/03 10:08 PM
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How does the U5 compared to the Kawai K80?

Re: Yamaha U5 #58938
03/21/03 10:19 PM
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Northville, Michigan
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Thanks all for your replies. As for the Kawai K80...there isn't one in my area to try out...but I was at a recent piano sale, and played on a Kawai 50-incher, and didn't really like
the keyboard...it had some resistance to it that made me feel uncomfortable.


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