Though closely modelled on Yamaha’s popular U3, the YUS5 is refined in a number of ways, and which sets it apart in terms of tonal quality and overall appearance. Unlike the U3, for instance, the YUS5 uses premium hammers and hammer felt, with the hammers being made of mahogany rather than softer beech, and the felt being the same as that used in Yamaha’s flagship CFX Concert Grand.
The result of this is a sound which has a far wider dynamic range than the U3, with greater power, depth, and a wider range of tonal colours throughout the compass of the instrument. In addition to this, the bass strings are wound with copper by hand rather than machine (as with the U3), so the bass is far more resonant and rounded in character.
Further upgrades in this model include the inclusion of Yamaha’s Ivorite keyboard – which replicates the textured feel of white ivory keys, and has better moisture-absorption compared to standard keyboards – as well as a pull-out music desk. This is both larger than that found on most uprights, and also has sound holes behind it, which allows the sound to come through the front. The beautiful mahogany edges of the music desk really help to make this model stand out.
The cabinet as a whole is finished by hand, and so the casework boasts a higher level of elegance and refinement when compared to that of the U3, for instance.
Colin Smithers, Sales Manager at Richard Lawson Pianos
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