(Updated September 17th, 2012)
It has been many years since Yamaha has released a new upright piano model in the U.S. and we’ve all been waiting for years for Yamaha to finally bring the popular Yamaha b1 upright piano to the states. The Yamaha b1 has been a hit in Europe and Japan for years and we finally received the first shipment of these pianos. They not only didn’t disappoint, but they amazed our staff of pianists and teachers.
The Yamaha b1 piano is a 43″ continental console which in layman’s terms means it has no front legs, maintaining a sleek profile that is well suited for contemporary settings and traditional settings alike. City folk will love it’s small footprint and narrow depth. It’s only 58″ wide and 21″ deep, shaving several inches off the size of most pianos, which will help prevent clipping passersby in narrow city homes!
The relatively short 43″ height of the Yamaha b1 is deceiving because it doesn’t rest on the wheels that boost wheel-borne piano models up two inches. This is most beneficial to those who want a small profile but big sound. The lack of wheels also helps with the transmission of sound from the piano directly into hardwood floors, creating an even bigger sound. Click here for more on the dramatic effects of hardwood floors on pianos.
The real value in the new Yamaha b1 console piano is the price — the Yamaha b1 has all the craftsmanship and performance you would expect from a Yamaha piano at an entry-level brand’s price. For years, buyers in North America have been searching in vain for the perfect used Yamaha upright piano — spending countless hours hunting online and in stores, often times becoming more frustrated at not finding the right balance of price and comfort level. Now there’s finally a choice — the choice to buy a new Yamaha piano at the price of a used Yamaha piano. That means new warranty, no risk, no scratches, no problems and most of all the piece of mind in not having to compromise.
The only thing we don’t like about the Yamaha b1 piano is that it’s going to hurt our used piano business! :)