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Yamaha U1  1967 "Grey or Not to Grey" (Read 5473 times)

Offline PianoG

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Yamaha U1  1967 "Grey or Not to Grey"
« on: June 14, 2002, 04:29:42 AM »
Any feedback would be appreciated......

Just recently purchased a Yamaha U1,  approx 1967
issue, Plays beautiful,  just a couple sticking keys,
will get it home in a couple of days....and have it tuned.
for about 2100.00 U.S. dollars.

One of my concerns is that in looking up the serial number on the yamaha serial check number sight, it appears that this piano was not made for the North American Market.  

Is this a really big deal?  Am I going to experience cracking, or seasonsing problems?  I purchased the piano in  LA  from a used party advertising a group of pianos, the piano will be housed in California.

And for the Sticking keys is that just something the Technician can fix on the spot?  

Or am I facing a rebuild soon?   Guess that is the
next question when to rebuild????

Outside from the serial number lookup, I was not aware that it was made in approx 67, the cabinet look like new.

I'm new to this forum, and any advice or feedback would
be appreciate.

thanks all,


Offline Brian Lawson, RPT

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Re: Yamaha U1  1967 "Grey or Not to Grey"
«Reply #1 on: June 14, 2002, 10:42:16 PM »
I've seen it debated how Yamaha US won't touch non US made pianos because they were not made for the US market. But, point which have been raised are the huge diiferences in climate and humitiy in the US of A  - such as Alaska to Arizona!  So, basically a technician can't get parts from Yamaha for your piano, but he can get Yamaha parts from a supply house - go figure.

I'm in South Africa, in Joburg the humidity is dry and in Durban it is wet - the Yamahas we get  survive.
Brian Lawson, RPT
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