Thanks to a comprehensive redesign, these world-standard instruments are better than ever, with numerous advances in materials and construction. Refined scale designs and components improve tonal performance, while other modifications enhance strength and durability. Extra-wide music desks provide plenty of room for sheet music. The U Series sets extraordinary standards of elegance and excellence, incorporating concepts adapted from Yamaha grand pianos.
Being 10cm taller than the U1, the U3 has a fuller and more resonant tonal quality due to its longer strings, larger soundboard, and larger cabinet. And this is further enhanced by its use of a ‘floating’ soundboard, which the U1 does not contain. Another difference is the U3’s having a sostenuto middle pedal, similar to those found on most modern-day grand pianos. The U Series as a whole is rightly considered industry standard, and are incredibly popular the world over, being used in schools, institutions, private homes and so on. They are highly valued for their durability, reliability, and their tonal and tactile qualities.
SH2 Silent System
With Yamaha’s latest SH2 Silent System you not only have one of the most popular and highly-regarded upright pianos on the market, but also one that gives you the option of practising without disturbing others. It does this by activating a rail which stops the hammers from travelling all the way up to the strings. You therefore benefit from the normal weight and feel of the hammer action but without creating any acoustic sound.
Instead, optical sensors – located under the keys – detect all the various nuances of your playing and convert this into sound that has been sampled from Yamaha’s CFX Concert Grand piano through the included headphones, and you also have the option of hearing Bösendorfer’s Imperial Concert Grand (along with 18 other instruments). In the case of the CFX, the sound has been sampled binaurally, which gives you the most authentic, acoustic-sounding sample available. And Yamaha’s Virtual Resonance Modelling further replicates all of the natural resonance that acoustic instruments are capable of.