Yamaha’s U3 is a very well-known piano that has been playing an important role in the music world for many decades due to its great sound and beautiful looks. These upright pianos are the most famous and the most sold all over the world in the last 40 years, they are preferred by conservatories and music schools.
The 131cm high Yamaha U-3 piano is characterized by a high assertiveness and the incomparable tonal characteristics. The Yamaha U-3 has a rich sound with balanced and even sound throughout the keyboard.
The Yamaha U-3’s special rib design gives the soundboard more power, while new detents and other enhancements increase its strength, resonance and overall stability. For the hammers of the Yamaha U-3H, each model uses specially selected materials that provide optimum sound, sound and durability.
The well-deserved prestige enjoyed by the Yamaha brand is due in large part to this mythical series. The main virtues are the extraordinary robustness of its woods, the stability of the tuning, the agility and dynamism of the keyboard, and a deep and clear sound, are also the pianos with less expense in repairs and maintenance.
Although these pianos are the most suitable for high level students and professionals, they are also very advisable for beginners, since they acquire a good technical and expressive base from the beginning.
Yamaha U3 Price
This model achieves the best quality and price ratio.
MSRP starting from: $14,559.00 (new piano)
Yamaha U3 Pros:
- Delivers great clarity tone.
- Responsive touch as well.
- Ideal for both practicing, teaching and performances as well.
Yamaha U3 Specs
|Speaking Length of #1 bass string||47.5″|
|Hammer Weight||22 lbs.|
|Soundboard||Dimension||2369 square inches|
|Back Post Material||Spruce|
|Bridge Material||Hard Maple|
|Pinblock Material||Hard Maple|
|Tuning Pins||Cut thread|
|Metal Action Rail||Yes|
|Seasoned for Destination||Yes|
|Number of Keys||88 keys|
|Pedals||Soft Pedal, Mute Pedal, Damper Pedal|
|Finishes||Polished Ebony, Polished Mahogany|
Differences within the Yamaha U3
Yamaha U1 and Yamaha U3 are built in so-called building series. Each series has a certain construction period that is indicated by a letter, eg D, G, H, M or A. Behind the letter Yamaha always mentions a serial number, with which the construction year can be determined .
In principle ALL the U3 have been made in Japan.
Yamaha U3F (1960)
The older U3F has a deeper and much elegant tone than the newer generation U3, but they are too old to be safe and trustworthy in my opinion. They date from the 1960s and the author of this guide has yet to try one he likes. They tend to have a “woolly” or muffled sound and no depth. Many piano vendors have them because they can get them very cheap and get good benefits, but I would suggest that from the point of view of the buyer you avoid the 1960s completely.
Yamaha U3G (1970)
The U3G date from the early 1970s and although they are better than the U3F I would still recommend avoiding them if your budget can stretch a hair more. Normally, the U3F and U3G stores are very established because they trust their local reputation and can have them in stock knowing that people are going to enter and buy the piano there and at that moment without investigating the date of the piano or if that Period was Good or not. They simply decide to trust the seller and the brand and go for it. The U3G often sound fuzzy and fluffy in the last octaves, although well reconditioned the rest of the keyboard may sound very good. In general, my opinion about the U3G is that you should try to stretch your budget and go for a U3H if possible.
Yamaha U3H (1970-1980)
The U3H come from a time when Yamaha had perfected what a modern piano should be. Strong, reliable, consistent, with a warm tone, a magnificent action and, most important, materials of a maximum quality and a manufacturing of a maximum quality that (in my opinion) you will not find in any of the modern pianos that they do in the countless piano factories that appear all over the world producing more and cheaper pianos. The U3H comes from between 1970 and 1980 and I think that from 1975 onwards the quality is very high. Some of the U3H pianos of the early 70s can be very good, but I recommend staying with the latter.
A U3H of 1975-19879 will always have a serial number that starts with a 2 and will have 7 digits. For example, 2,465,289 would be an example of a serial number of a U3H made in 1975-1979
Yamaha U3M (1980-1982)
You can be confident that a Yamaha U3M has a very high standard of manufacturing quality. My favorite period of the manufacture of Yamaha is between 1975-1985, when they are neither too bright nor too serious, they are simply perfect. You still have to make sure that a complete reconditioning process has been done before buying a piano from this era, but if this work has been done with the proper standard then you will get a great piano at a very good price.
The Yamaha U3M typically has a positive tone without being too hard or too bright as it may be with any of the younger U3’s.
Yamaha U3A (1983-1984)
The U3A are in many ways the same as the U3M. I still have to find differences between these two models. The U3A can sometimes have the last 2 octaves a bit stronger, but this only happens occasionally and I do not say it to define a rule. I fully recommend this model together with the U3M.
I think this particular model COULD have been done in the UK. This goes against what I previously believed (that all U3’s have always been done in Japan).
The other very similar models that appeared and then disappeared in favor of U3 are U30A, U30BL, and UX. All made in Japan, U series which is the best of Yamaha.
U30A – I really does not understand why it was made, since except for some difference in the furniture is practically identical to a U3 Well, with a medium tone between too bright and too dark and with great quality of materials and manufacturing.
U30BL – it hardly notices differences with the U3, except for minimums in the piece of furniture. It concludes that if a U30A or a U30BL emerges, it will simply be considered a good U3 and do not worry anymore.
UX – The big difference is the harmonic table, the pillars are X-shaped, which supposedly improves the sound. The seller says that frankly in his opinion this was just a publicity stunt like those “new and improved formula” but without anyone being able to confirm it. He has tried and sold several and in his opinion there are no differences with a U3 with a harmonic table with vertical pillars. In fact, if it were really much better, Yamaha would have adopted it for its U-range or kept this UX series.
Like the whole family of “U series” this u3 piano evolves constantly and this piano already enjoys the latest technical developments at Yamaha. Overall, this piano is very pleasant to play and has a warm sound.