Advantages Quality and cost.
Disadvantages Doesn't quite have the status of the similar size Steinway piano.
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|How well constructed is it?||very well|
|Range of tones||very versatile|
|how stable is the tuning?||very stable|
The Boston is identical, but about half the price of the Steinway, and has a lighter touch.The largest Yamaha upright is also identical, and has a lighter touch than the Boston. It is between a quarter and a third of the price of the Steinway.
Used Steinways and Bostons are rather difficult to locate, and if they have been reconditioned it is important to establish who has done the work, as a used piano is only as good as the technician who did the reconditioning - and the materials used - has made it.Recently there have been several piano companies in the UK who are importing Yamaha pianos from Japan, reconditioning them (the Japanese consumer changes pianos like we change our cars - and they also like a brighter tone that the average UK consumer - hence the need to replace or re-tone the hammers for the UK market). These dealers are selling them for about 50% of the new cost. This means you can get the largest and best Yamaha upright piano for under £3,000 from a dealer with delivery and a full guarantee. As the Yamaha pianos have serial numbers, it is possible for the dealer to date the instrument for you. If I give a small selection of dates and the serial numbers as a rough guide.
As pianos have a useful life of about 60 years, provided they are regularly tuned and maintained, the cost-per-year of ownership is really quite small. Whereas the Steinway can also be considered as an investment, the Yamaha is less likely to attract a higher selling price after a number of years. The case is not solid wood (I have seen one with a corner of the case chipped off, and this sort of damage would seriously affect the resale value.
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