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Hi all,

I'm in the market for a grand piano, and have what I hope is a simple question... I liked a Yamaha G2 that I played, but I wasn't quick enough on the trigger. The store mentioned they now have a GH2... My question is, is a GH2 a different product line altogether than a G2? Higher end, lower end, different name for the same piano?

Apologies if this has been answered before; I searched this forum and more broadly, and it was surprisingly hard to find really any info on anything called a GH2 and where it fit in the Yamaha lineup. (Or I'm terrible at searching!)

Obviously my decision will depend on seeing what shape it's in, etc. Just trying to understand if it's a different line than the G2 or not.

Appreciate any wisdom!

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Do you mean Yamaha GH1? To my knowledge, there has never been a Yamaha GH2 in their acoustic line. At least I have never heard of it.


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The GH1 had a long run (including the GH1B). I think the GH2 was a shorter run in production. It was definitely a tier below the G2 within Yamaha's line, but for the few GH2's that I've seen, it was a reasonably good instrument design. The GH1 is generally recognized as technically flawed and appropriate for more limited use. I would expect the same, lighter duty out of a GH2, making it more critical the mechanical condition of the used example you are considering.

I hope others with first-hand experience can weigh in.

Are you considering other brands besides Yamaha? It would be in your interest to learn and broaden your search if you can. Good luck in your search.


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Agreed.

There's a GC2 (a more recent model which is their least expensive 5'8" grand), but no GH2...at least not in the US market. The GH1 was a reduced-cost version of the 5'3" G1 or C1, that is not my favorite Yamaha grand, particularly with heavier use or more challenging humidity environments. They did improve it a bit later, the GH1B. And eventually it evolved into the better-regarded low cost 5'3" model GC1.

Wait-- just saw Sam's post. I learned something new today...

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The last time we had a used GH2 for sale was 6 years ago, and I would guess that it was a similar period of time since the one before that.


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Others here would know more that I do, but I'm thinking the Yamaha GH series grands are a newer series, but lesser quality piano than the original "G" series.

And, ebonyK, I did a quick Google search, and did see a couple of Yamaha GH2 grands listed for sale. So, I guess they made a GH2. The G2 was a 5'8" grand, and the G3 was a 6'1" grand. So, I assume the GH2 is 5'8".

Of course, this is just speculation on my part.

What really matters is what you think of the GH2 and how well you like the way it plays and sounds to you. I'm not sure the GH2 is the same piano the G2 is/was.

Good luck!

Rick

P.S. Well, I guess I was slow on the draw/post since I see Sam and Owen have chimed in. But I wasn't too far off base... smile


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Originally Posted by terminaldegree
...but no GH2...at least not in the US market.
FWIW, I found a photo of the last one we had for sale. Made 1990 and, according to Yamaha's serial number lookup, it was "manufactured for the US market." I do not recall what we sold it for back in 2015.


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The GC1 is a reduced-cost version of the C1; the GC2 is a reduced-cost version of the C2, but the GH1 was a different design than the G1 as well as being lower cost.

Looking at my photos, the GH2 does not strike me as a reduced cost version of the G2 either. It seems to be its own scale design, with an altogether different plate casting. It's a Yamaha, but you can only compare it to other GH2's.


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Originally Posted by Rickster
And, ebonyK, I did a quick Google search, and did see a couple of Yamaha GH2 grands listed for sale.
I saw those, too, Rick! 👍 I assumed it was a typo, to be honest, since there were only 3 hits on all of Google that I could see. You’d think that, if it was in the Yamaha line at some point, there would be many more hits than that. Weird, huh? Never heard of one!


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Originally Posted by terminaldegree
...but no GH2...at least not in the US market.
FWIW, I found a photo of the last one we had for sale. Made 1990 and, according to Yamaha's serial number lookup, it was "manufactured for the US market." I do not recall what we sold it for back in 2015.
That’s so interesting! It must have been a very short run, indeed! 😳


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Originally Posted by terminaldegree
Wait-- just saw Sam's post. I learned something new today...

Right?? 😂😂😂

Now I’m super curious!


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This could be the rarest Yamaha grand, ever…


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Originally Posted by terminaldegree
This could be the rarest Yamaha grand, ever…
We've just doubled the total number of Google references with this thread. wink


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Take in another one, Sam. Maybe finish the lid uniquely. Put it on a plinth behind a velvet rope. Charge admission. The Georgia National Fair is a "go" for this year, right?

"step right up!"


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Originally Posted by terminaldegree
Take in another one, Sam. Maybe finish the lid uniquely. Put it on a plinth behind a velvet rope. Charge admission. The Georgia National Fair is a "go" for this year, right?

"step right up!"
🤣🤣🤣


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