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Yamaha U3 Upright Piano

Yamaha U3 Upright Piano

Regular price $ 6,999.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $ 6,999.00 USD
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TYPE: Upright
COLOR: Ebony Polish
YEAR: 1981
SIZE: 52"
COMPARE TO NEW: $15,699.00

INCLUDED: Warranty | Bench | Piano Preparation

In Stock! As music teachers and professional players the world over know the Yamaha U3 piano might be the best upright piano ever made. They are one of the most sought-after pianos of all time. With a powerful bass, singing treble, and sensitive keyboard, this piano will not only serve students needs but will also satisfy much more advanced pianists as well. The Yamaha U series pianos are requested by more teachers shopping with their students than all other pianos combined. Completely built in Japan, it is 52 inches tall and finished in ebony polish that doesn’t have a scratch on it. A full regulation job from a top Yamaha technician was just performed not just a quick tuning like everywhere else. It also has a brand-new matching padded top duet bench included. Extremely hard to find in this kind of condition and a new one is priced at $15,699! We always have a dozen or more U3s available, each with its own unique touch and tone. Come over and find yours.


Coming in at less than half the price of a new Yamaha U3 piano, this 1981 Yamaha U3 upright piano is an excellent example of Japanese piano making. Built with the finest quality materials, it stood the test of time, producing the same satisfying sound generations of music teachers and professional pianists have come to love.

What makes them so special? Why do so many pianists request a U3 by name? Well, in a word: consistency. What made the Yamaha U3 piano so revolutionary was the ability to mass produce pianos while maintaining quality. Most pianists will detect the subtle graduations in the piano's dynamic response. It's what makes them so satisfying to play. A little pressure always produces the desired results. 


Standing at 52 inches, this Yamaha U3 piano 1981 contains a solid spruce soundboard and ribs. Yamaha selects the wood by hand, milling it at their Kitami Mill in Hokkaido. That is responsible for the richer, more resonant voice and balanced timbre. 

You can also thank the solid copper wound bass strings, the hard maple bridges, and the overall rigid construction. People have remarked that a piano is like an orchestra. Here, the components work in synchronous concert, delivering delicate melodies or powerful bass. 

As with all Yamahas, this Yamaha U3 piano 1981 edition comes with aluminum action rails that never changes its feel, regardless of humidity or heat. Overall, the Yamaha U3 piano 1981 is a reliable, affordable, and delightful piano for all.


The origins of Yamaha began in 1887 when a watchmaker named Torakusu Yamaha founded Japan's first reed organ company. After visiting the US in 1899, he learned how to build pianos, transporting back this knowledge to Japan. In the century or more since Yamaha grew into one of the most revered piano makers in the world. The popularity of the Yamaha U3 is a culmination of their efforts. 

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