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#3141097 07/27/21 09:45 PM
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Hi guys,

I’m researching pianos and it’s still very much wide open at this point. I’ve been considering a U3 but I’m wondering what are some comparable (in terms of quality) uprights to try out? I’m aware of the K500 and that’s also on my list to try.

Can you tell me about other comparable uprights, especially ones with a MELLOWer, WARMer tone and nice bass?

Also I love that the U3 has the practice pedal that kicks left to lock it in, I see myself using that function quite a lot, so I’m curious if other uprights have this (or can it be installed)?

Thanks!!

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If you're planning to purchase new, definitely given Hailun a look. They are good quality pianos and about half the price of Yamaha. It would probably to true to say that Hailun has a mellower tone than Yamaha.

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Most non-institutional modern uprights have a practice pedal. It works acceptably well, so long as it’s properly adjusted and the felt isn’t too thick—definitely worth checking when you inspect a piano if you think you will use this feature. The ones with too thick a practice mute tend to brush adjacent strings and make the sound messy, but quiet.


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check out the Charles Walter uprights. they are only 43-45 inches tall, but don't let that fool you, they have exceptional build quality and the way they are engineered they have longer strings than the U3. the tone tends to be on on the warmer, richer side. not sure if you can still buy one new (I heard rumors they might be out of production?), but there are many used in the wild. definitely worth looking in to

the right tech can install a mute rail in most any upright

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In my experience with W. Hoffmann vision and traditional line, they have warm tone and have great touch; which you can consider. Ensure to try out more.

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Thanks for the suggestions so far guys. In summary of your recommendations, I’ll check out:

1) Hailun
2) Charles Walter
3) W. Hoffman

Please keep em coming and let me know of other warm/mellow brands/models to try. Thanks again!

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The vast majority of 52" uprights I've tried aren't voiced mellow from their factories, to be honest.
Also, some (not all) 52"+ can start to exhibit issues with staying tonally balanced from top to bottom as the bass registers become more voluminous. For example, I've liked more of the 50" HU-5P Hailun verticals than the 52" HU-7 (full disclosure: only played a couple of the tallest model).
The Charles Walter is a very nice piano that punches above its weight, but I it's more comparable in performance to the 48" size class than larger sizes (of good quality, anyway); they were planning a larger upright model that never ended up being produced.
Have not spent more than 15 minutes playing Hoffman verticals, but we did have a well-qualified professional reviewer look at them recently:
https://www.pianobuyer.com/article/w-hoffmann-pianos-enticing-alternatives-in-the-mid-level-market/


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Depends on how much price enters in. Bluethner uprights have a lot of potential-- I heard a small one in the US that was quite good, and I'd be very interested in the medium/large ones.

Bechstein isn't warm and mellow, necessarily, but does have a beautiful glow about the sound. Academy line is really pretty good (124), Concert line much better (124, 8).

Grotrian is another that has a deep tenor range and a very clear, lovely bass. Not just in the largest model.

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Depends on how much price enters in. Bluethner uprights have a lot of potential-- I heard a small one in the US that was quite good, and I'd be very interested in the medium/large ones.

Bechstein isn't warm and mellow, necessarily, but does have a beautiful glow about the sound. Academy line is really pretty good (124), Concert line much better (124, 8).

Grotrian is another that has a deep tenor range and a very clear, lovely bass. Not just in the largest model.

Thanks, to my knowledge these are higher-end brands and more expensive as such. Although I’m not ruling anything out yet, I was thinking something more in the realm of a U3 price-wise, give or take a little (just maybe not like, twice the price of a U3 or something). However that being said, I wouldn’t be opposed to stretching the budget a little for the piano that just resonates with me. I think it would be worth me at least poay9jg those models you mentioned regardless, to get a feel for them. Cheers.


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