The Yamaha U1 Upright Piano:
The Yamaha Music Corporation started building reed organs in 1884 and later on moved into the business of building pianos. The first models were primitive but over the years the quality of manufacturing improved. By the 1970’s Yamaha and Kawai were considered by most to be the best value pianos on the market. Most people would agree that by 1980 these pianos were twice as good as the least expensive pianos from the US or Canada, and still half the price.
The Yamaha U1 model has been built since the 1960’s and is the most popular upright piano model ever made. Over the years the price of the Yamaha U1 has risen to above $7000 with has had a dramatic decrease in the sales of new Yamaha U1 models. Still the Yamaha U1 is the #1 selling used pianos in the world and is often reccomended by teachers and technicians as the best cheap choice.
MERRIAM pianos is the largest retailer of used and rebuilt Yamaha and Kawai pianos and is rated as the #1 pianos store Toronto.