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What's the difference between these series?

I was told they are pretty similar, overall, but that the C series
was designed for more commercial use, which means heavily
used pianos in colleges, and for the concert circuit.

I'm mainly looking at a used C5 versus a used G5.

What do all you tuners think?

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The C series is the successor to the G series, and in turn has been succeeded by the CX series. In between there have been a number of incremental changes, some of which have been significant. For most people, the differences will affect the cosmetics more than the sound or touch, but not for everyone.


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Originally Posted by BDB
The C series is the successor to the G series, and in turn has been succeeded by the CX series. In between there have been a number of incremental changes, some of which have been significant. For most people, the differences will affect the cosmetics more than the sound or touch, but not for everyone.

Actually, the C and G series were manufactured at the same time, and sold side by side. The scaling is different, plates are different composition, and rims made of different material. The C series was designed to be better than the G series, not that the G series is bad.


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I do not believe that the G series of a particular size was continued after the C series of that size was introduced, although old Gs may have been available while Cs were being phased in. G1 and G2 were available when the C3 and up were available, but I do not think the G3 and up were, other than old stock.

I was most exposed to the transition of the concert grands. The CFIIIs was markedly better than the CFIII, much more than the CFX differed from the CFIIIs. I tune a G3 and a C3 at the same institution at the same time, and I doubt that the average person would notice any difference just from playing or listening to them. Looking at them, you can see differences, but you would have to look for them specifically.


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FWIW, here's a video from a dealer about the differences between Cs and Gs.



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Our university collection has a C3 from 1969, and I tuned a G2 last night from 1977. Apparently there was some overlap in the manufacturing years of these series.


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The G series was manufactured until about 1995.


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Well, after talking to a local piano dealer, it appears used Yamaha C pianos don't come through their shop on consignment very often.

We agreed that this is probably because people like their Cs, and don't want to sell them!

I tried a new C6, and it was fantastic! Easy and fast key repetition trilling, and very nice, and deep, bass end.

Too bad I don't have $60k lying around!

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