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.
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.
Colin Smithers, Sales Manager at Richard Lawson Pianos
The Smart Pianist App
Enjoy your piano more with the Smart Pianist app. This specially designed app provides a variety of music-related functions when connected to a compatible instrument. The app is Android and iOS compatible.
Features include easy voice selection, adjusting of parameters such as reverberation, layering of voices, transposing, backing band accompaniment*, hundreds of built-in MIDI songs with notation, piano lessons pieces, and the “Audio to Score” function** that automatically creates a piano accompaniment score from songs on your smart device.
*CSP Series only.
** CSP Series and CVP-805 / 809 / 809GP only.
Learn the piano with Yamaha and Flowkey
Flowkey is an exciting app for learning how to play the piano. The app offers a huge selection of interactive songs, tutorials and courses. These give you immediate feedback on your piano playing and support your progress. Combine your Yamaha acoustic piano, digital piano or Yamaha keyboard with Flowkey and you too will soon be able to play your favourite music.
The piano app is also a very intuitive way to learn for those returning to the piano after a break. Flowkey not only offers songs, tutorials and courses for beginners but also for those taking up playing again and advanced players – the app has a suitable exercise whatever your proficiency.
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Generous Part Exchanges Available
Get in touch with us if you have an existing digital or acoustic piano that you’d like to part exchange with us, and we’d be happy to let you know how much it could be worth.