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The Yamaha U1J is a design based on Yamaha's acclaimed U series upright acoustic piano line. Complementing the U series excellent tonal characteristics with exterior refinements, this U1J Polished Ebony model features a finish that maintains the beauty of the instrument over a lifetime.
Our U1J series customers are delighted with their pianos, and piano technicians who maintain these pianos at schools have reported excellent tuning stability and impressive overall durability in the heavy use testing area of the school music room.
It’s no wonder that these are the most popular pianos in the market, and one of the most popular instruments we sell here at the Musikshack.
The guiding principle in Yamaha’s crafting of pianos is the desire to provide players with instruments of the highest quality. If comprehensive after-sales services is not provided, even the best instrument will lose its quality advantage and become unable to deliver its full potential. All new Yamaha pianos sold in by Musikshack comes with 2 free in-home tunes, to assist the new instrument to settle-in to its new surroundings. Every pianist has a unique musical persona. That’s why Yamaha maintains a network of highly skilled technicians, making up the Yamaha Artist Services network, who know how to fine-tune and voice a piano to match a player’s style and preferences.
Yamaha’s longstanding philosophy on piano making—to provide customers with high-quality musical instruments—extends far beyond its manufacturing processes and factory walls to its outstanding after-sales service.
Yamaha has developed innovative techniques and materials to manufacture pianos, including radio frequency bonding (frames), flow coating (cabinet finish), Vacuum Shield Mold Process (iron frames), Ivorite® (white key surface) and Ecsaine® (action parts and music rest). These materials have been developed for their superior performance, efficiency in manufacturing or environmental credentials.
Cut thread tuning pins, made in-house at Yamaha
Pinblock made in-house at Yamaha
Solid spruce soundboard and ribs
Solid copper wound bass strings
Hard maple bridges
Aluminium alloy action rails
Spruce keys with hardwood buttons
Yamaha designed hammers with underfelt
Vacuum Shield Mould Process (V-Pro) plate
Seasoned for destination
At the Yamaha lumber mill and wood processing facility, the finest spruce is quarter sawn; and less than 10% of the total is selected and reserved for Yamaha piano soundboards. Solid spruce, rather than laminated spruce or poplar, is the choice in all fine pianos for the best amplification of sound, best tone and sustain.
Yamaha specifically seasons this piano for the Australian market using a proprietary technology. The tuning stability, finish and overall musical integrity are enhanced over the long life expected of a fine piano.
Made in-house at Yamaha, Yamaha tuning pins are made to exacting specifications to ensure stability and durability.
Yamaha pinblocks are made in-house to ensure that correct materials and procedures are used. This is vital for long term tuning stability.
Yamaha uses Spruce for the keys on all models of pianos. Spruce is very light and possesses a very high ratio of strength to weight. It is ideal for key construction, even though its cost is greater than either sugar pine or bass wood. Yamaha keyboards respond quickly providing fast repetition for the most intricate piece of music. Yamaha keyboards withstand heavy use over years of fortissimo passages.
Yamaha uses V-Pro (Vacuum Shield Mold Process) in casting the iron frame (plate). V-Pro plates are stronger and visually more appealing. Critical dimensions are produced more accurately than before.
Yamaha engineering developed a unique Extruded Aluminum Alloy Action Rail (bearing a Yamaha patent) that is one of the best innovations for improving a piano action in the last 100 years. The usual fluctuations in wood rails that effect touch, caused by periodic weather changes, are eliminated allowing stable, long-lasting action regulation.
Each key of a Yamaha piano is individually tested and measured for the corrections needed to obtain uniform "down weight" pressure. Yamaha actions play correctly and uniformly. This balancing helps ensure a lifetime of superior touch and control across the keyboard.
Yamaha designs all grand and vertical pianos to have the same key travel. Regardless of size, type or model of Yamaha piano, the keyboards will always feel the same.