The Yamaha U1 is one of the most sought after used pianos on the market. We sell a couple dozen used ones a year and almost always have one or two in stock that will range slightly in price based on condition and the year model. We acquire used U1’s one of four ways: We purchase them from individuals, take them on trade, or on consignment, but the best used ones are the refurbished ones as these offer the best value. Refurbished U1’s will cosmetically look like new. The internal mechanisms have been gone through and put back to factory specification either by adjustments or by replacing worn parts. Think about this…an acoustic piano’s action alone contains about 8000 parts, many of which wear and deteriorate over time. Yamaha U1 pianos are the most popular of all the studio pianos purchased in the United States* as well as Japan. And just to clarify any confusion out there (ex. misinformation on the web): All Yamaha U1’s are made in Hamamatsu, Japan. (Other variations like the T1, M1, etc are made in other countries and are not famous for the quality that the U1 offers).
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Why buy a used piano??? Last year in the United States there were over an estimated 1 million pianos sold, of those, 30,000 were new, and the remainder of over 970,000 were used. It’s hard to compare a used piano to buying a used car or a used computer or almost anything else used. If you normally buy things new, there are lots of good reasons to buy a high quality used piano. Here are just a few: a piano soundboard improves with age, a new piano’s tone doesn’t start to mature until it’s five to ten years old, a piano’s action takes several years to break in, a well cared for top brand piano that’s 30 or 40 years old is virtually like buying new, but for about a third of the price. The Yamaha U1 pianos are designed and built to last 100+ years. We’ve been in business for 30 years and Yamaha is an amazing, awesome brand of acoustic piano, top quality, you are simply not going to have a problem with this piano. The Yamaha U1 pianos also have a proven track record of holding their value over time.
OUR PROMISE TO YOU: our pricing is so reasonably fair and coupled with the fact that the Yamaha U1 pianos have a proven track record of holding their value over time, we guarantee that at minimum we will give YOU what you paid US for the U1 piano itself when you trade up to one of our grand pianos within the next five years.
*NOTE: To put “most popular of studio pianos purchased in the US” in to perspective: According to latest Industry Data, combining ALL brands, in 2017 there were 5416 new 48″ to 52″ studio pianos sold in the U.S. at an average price of $10824 each. If you divide 5416 by 50 states = 108 per state, then if figured at a measly 10 cities per state, that is 10 pianos per city per year. By comparison there were 161,000 Digital Pianos Sold and an estimated 1,000,000 used pianos sold. Source: The Music Trades, April 2018