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#3135020 07/06/21 09:41 AM
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Hello everyone,
So many people have been supportive and interested in this story that spanned a few threads, that I thought the final update deserved its own.
Clara is home!

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As I had posted before, I started out looking for a better digital (started out with a Yamaha Arius YDP-164). After going to the store, I found that even the high end hybrids couldn't reproduce the organic immediacy of the acoustics. I was bitten and there was no cure. And then with an incredible stroke of luck, the store had a 2018 U1 getting traded in the very day I was trying to make up my mind. The stars just aligned. The deal was essentially a new piano (for all practical purposes) for a used piano price.
When I went in to meet her (I had already decided on her name), I was confronted by what I understand is a normal phenomenon for a noob switching from learning the basics on a digital: it's a lot harder to make an acoustic sound good, and especially to make it sound even and controlled. After trying my few lines on it, the lovely store owner (a piano teacher and excellent pianist) played herself, and the sound was just marvelous smile My teacher thought it would take a couple of weeks to get the hang of better control on the real thing, but I think I'm already getting there faster than I thought.
The piano is of course just settling in, and we're learning each other's subtleties (she is more subtle, I more boorish, but she's very understanding). I scheduled the initial tuning for about 4 weeks from delivery. I am also having a "cabinet guru" as described by the store take a look at the small scratches and marks, mainly on the fall board. They really aren't very noticeable, and I understand they are very much consistent with the age of the piano, but my OCD kicked in and I want to see if he can make her look perfect smile
Other than that, all that's left is the hard part: actually learning how to play smile But I am looking forward to the years of enjoying that process.

Thanks all. Enjoy the music.


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Beautiful piano — thanks so much for sharing Clara’s pics😊 I’m glad she isn’t the shy type and didn’t mind. Hope you enjoy for many years


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Beautiful piano. I love the placement. Wishing you and Clara a wonderful musical journey together.


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A lovely story and new piano. Congratulations.

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CONGRATULATIONS!
Beautiful Piano
Beautiful Placement

best of times rocdoc for you and Clara!


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Beautiful piano! Nice looking metronome as well, which one is that?

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I played a U1 in the student union often back in my college days. Brings back fond memories. Beautiful instrument. Enjoy!


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Thanks for your kind words everyone. Re: placement, I need to put some art above it on that bare wall, still deciding among a couple of pieces I have. @Monoch, the metronome is a Wittner (816M), I thought a nice wood mechanical metronome would complement the piano much better than a phone app smile


Enjoying the journey and the delicious music.
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Beautiful piano! Clara is a lovely name. Congratulations on your new musical partner. I name my pianos and vehicles. My piano’s name is Amadeus. U1s are great uprights.


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Congratulations Rocdoc!!! Yay!!!!!!!!! Beautiful piano, and as everyone else is noting, it looks perfect there!!

My first ever piano was a Yamaha digital, a ydp 121, which is a precursor to the current Arius line. Then I bought a used U1 upright, so my progression was very much like yours!

I've very excited for you!!! Wishing you many years of happy playing!!


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Congratulations! I too, have a U1 and absolutely love her! Oddly enough, I also have the same model of metronome sitting atop of mine.

I play mostly jazz, standards and pop and find that the voicing and resonance of the U1 is perfect for my needs and space.


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Congratulations on your new Yamaha!

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Cool how the U1 just happened to arrive the day you were there.. Meant to be! Hope I get a chance to play a U1 some day.

I named both my acoustic and digital pianos. Otherwise, how would one talk to their piano? If I ever refinish the grand I'll have her name eloquently displayed

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Congrats and enjoy your journey with your new friend!

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Congratulations! 🎉🎊🎈
Clara looks fantastic and very much at home! Wishing you many wonderful years with her! I’m so glad the stars aligned.

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Beautiful lady! May you have a long satisfying relationship. My piano is black too. Nothing more beautiful imho.


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Congratulations! Now I'm wondering if I should name my piano as well :-)


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L’incontournable U1! Félicitations! 🍾🎊🎉


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Congratulations on your beautiful new piano! I am sure you will enjoy playing this one for many years.


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Looks great! Congratulations.


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