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Hello;

i am buying an upright piano possibly this week, and I have two good options. I would like to know some opinions about them. They go for about the same price, and they both are in "like new" condition, so I am left with the question: What it better regarding sound and playability? An Upright Yamaha U1 (48"?) Made in Japan, or a Steinway Essex EUP111 (that is 44")? I hope to get some insight from you guys. Thanks a lot.

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It all depends on what tone you prefer.

I think the Yamaha is a higher quality piano and better build, with Essex you pay for the Steinway connection but it is build in China. (not saying that Chinese pianos are bad!)

As you will be playing it for the next decade or more you should try to find out which one has the best tone and the nicest action to play on.

It doesn't hurt to play some other brands,makes you more aware of all the differences!


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Hi Omar

I owned a Yamaha U1 until very recently. My experience was that I had to try a lot of U1s in order to find the one I wanted - many sounded too harsh or glassy and a few were actually too mellow. The one I did find however, was a really nice-sounding and playing instrument. So.. if you're going for the Yamaha, do shop around and try plenty of them. The U3 is a good option also, often not much difference in the price - but it just depends on the sound you prefer between the u1 and u3. The U1 does tend to have a good even touch which is nicely balanced.

I don't have experience with Essex pianos, but the point is that you are definitely going to need to give BOTH pianos a really good play before you can judge. I would say however that if Essex sound like Steinway pianos, there's a good chance you can expect a more complex sound than the Yamaha. But try both!

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Not really an apples to apples comparison...if they are the same price, the U1 has got to be the choice!


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The different sizes should be rather noticeable in terms of bass response, volume, and smoothness between registers. In most cases that would give the U1 an advantage.


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You have to trust to your impressions about that two pianos. You will play the one you choose, so your opinion is the most important. Both pianos are good, just play them, feel them, listen to them, and make your own choice. Do not listen too much to another people. Pick the one you like better, and that is all. Good luck.


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4" on an upright is a pretty significant size difference. A strong majority of blindfolded players will prefer the presence and fullness of the larger instrument. The U1 has generally higher build quality. But the look of the console Essex may suit your taste better. A piano is an instrument & a furniture piece, so try to satisfy both of your wants. Most people need to be happy with the look to be really happy with the piano, whatever your preference.


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Hello guys... just want to say BIG THANK YOU for your time and advice. I am new to acoustic pianos and just trying to make a good decision. I can't try the pianos myself for where they are right now, but they both seem to be in very good condition with light use (maybe a bit more on the Yamaha), and I want the better sound indeed, with more bass and if it is loud and has a hard action I like that too. Anyways, your comments are very helpful and give more insight into my feelings about my new music companion. Bach bless you all smile

Sincerely:
Omar.


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