Though closely modelled on Yamaha’s immensely popular U1, the YUS1 is refined in a number of ways, and which sets it apart in terms of tonal quality and overall appearance. Unlike the U1, for instance, the YUS1 uses premium hammer 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 U1, 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 U1), so the bass is far more resonant and rounded in character. The cabinet is also finished by hand, and so the casework boasts a higher level of elegance and refinement when compared to that of the U1.
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.