Yamaha Grand Pianos

Yamaha Grand Pianos at the Piano Gallery

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Amongst our vast array of pianos, we pride ourselves in stocking one of the best selections of used Yamaha grands in the country.  

We stock both new and used Yamaha grand piano, however, with rising production costs and expensive international shipping, we believe that you can get so much “more piano for your money” when buying a second hand Yamaha piano.

It is likely that some used Yamaha grands have been through hard use, they are workhorses after all.  However, every used piano that arrives with us, undergo thorough checks and are fully regulated an prepared prior to sale.  

Sometimes you will hear that “Yamaha’s lack character” or “They have a very bright, harsh tone”. This is not always the case.  No two pianos are ever the same, and no two Yamahas are either.  It is important to judge each piano on it’s own merit, and whatever you do, don’t rule out a Yamaha because of things you’ve heard or read online.  

New Yamaha Grand piano models & sizes

Yamaha grand pianos come in varying sizes.  The new models can be seen in the diagram opposite.

Below is a list of New Yamaha grand models, and their relevant length in centimetres and feet & inches:


GB1K151 cm
GC1161 cm
GC2173 cm
C1X161 cm
C2X173 cm
C3X186 cm
C5X200 cm
C6X212 cm
C7X227 cm
S3X186 cm
S5X200 cm
S6X212 cm
S7X227 cm
CF4191 cm
CF6212 cm
CFX275 cm

Used Yamaha Grand piano models & sizes

Yamaha A1151 cm
Yamaha G1161 cm
Yamaha G2173 cm
Yamaha GH1161 cm
Yamaha G3186 cm
Yamaha G5200 cm
Yamaha G7200 cm
Yamaha S4191cm
Yamaha S400191 cm
Yamaha S6200 cm

Yamaha Baby grands

YAMAHA GB1K (current model, 2009 to date) – The GB1 is made in Indonesia.  This does not make it a bad piano, just a budget model that has been produced at an affordable level.  Sliding music desk.

YAMAHA GA1 – 4’11”. Made in the Hamamatsu factory in Japan.  Simplified casework. Fixed position music desk.  The GA1 had a short production window, manufactured between the late 1990s and early 2000s.

YAMAHA GH1 – 5’3″. Similar spec to the GA1.  Made in Japan. Fixed position music desk.

YAMAHA A1 – 4’11”.  Made in Japan.  Higher quality spec, similar to the Conservatoire range (C range) It was produced between 1988 and 2002.

YAMAHA C1X (current model 2012 to date) – 5’3″.  Made in Japan.  Newest and highest spec model.

YAMAHA C1 – 5’3″.  Japanese model. Conservatoire range.  Produced from the early 1990’s and 2012 when the CX range was introduced

YAMAHA G1 – 5’3″. Japanese model. Conservatoire range. The Yamaha G1 was produced between 1984 and 1994.

If you can stretch your budget then it may be worth considering a Yamaha C1 or G1.  These are Japanese pianos, built to a  higher quality.  When looking at baby grands that are around 5ft in length, it is worth also consider a large (tall) upright piano, as musically they are often superior to some of the smaller baby grands.

Yamaha Grand Pianos

YAMAHA G2  – 5’8″ – Made in the Hamamatsu factory in Japan. 

YAMAHA C2– 5’8″. Made in the Hamamatsu factory in Japan.  Part of the Conservatoire range. 

YAMAHA C2X – 5’8″ (current model 2012 to date) 

YAMAHA G3 – 6’1″.  Made in the Hamamatsu factory in Japan.  The G3 dates from the late 1960’s-70’s , the G3 was later renamed the C3

YAMAHA C3  – 6’1″.  Made in the Hamamatsu factory in JapanPart of the Conservatoire range. 

YAMAHA C3X– 6’1″.  (current model 2012 to date) 

YAMAHA G5 – 6’7″Made in the Hamamatsu factory in Japan between 1971 and 1990. Part of the Conservatoire range.  Later updated to the C5

YAMAHA C5 – 6’7″Made in the Hamamatsu factory in Japan between 1979 and 1994. Part of the Conservatoire range. 

YAMAHA C5X – 6’7″. (current model 2012 to date) 

YAMAHA C6 – 6’11”.  Made in the Hamamatsu factory in Japan. Conservatoire range. The Yamaha G1 was produced between 1984 and 1994.

YAMAHA C6X – 6’11” (current model 2012 to date) 

YAMAHA C7 – 7’4″. Made in the Hamamatsu factory in Japan. Conservatoire range. The Yamaha G1 was produced between 1984 and 1994.

YAMAHA C7X – 7’4″ (current model 2012 to date) 

Yamaha Grand Pianos Currently for Sale

Yamaha Grand Pianos Currently in stock

Yamaha Brand History

1900 – 1949

The first piano to be made in Japan was an upright built in 1900 by Torakusu Yamaha, founder of Nippon Gakki Co., Ltd. — later renamed Yamaha Corporation. Just two years later, the Nippon Gakki factory resonated with the tones of its first grand piano. During this early period, the company focused on manufacturing instruments for the Japanese market, where interest in Western classical music was still relatively new. Even so, Torakusu did send one of his pianos to the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, where it received an Honorary Grand Prize.

An antique grand piano on a small elevated circle display.

Yamaha grand piano c. 1902

By the 1920s, Yamaha craftsmen were regularly traveling overseas to gain knowledge of the latest European piano production techniques. In 1926, the company invited Ale Schlegel, an expert piano technician from Germany, to visit with the craftsmen at the Nippon Gakki facilities in Hamamatsu, Japan and discuss piano making in exhaustive detail. Schlegel’s advice yielded a much improved product. Before long, well-known European pianists were taking favorable note of Yamaha instruments, among them Arthur Rubinstein and Leo Sirota.

1950 – 1959

In 1950, Yamaha released the FC concert grand piano to great acclaim. Spurred on by that model’s success, the company built one new facility after another in its continuing quest to make an even better piano. In 1956, the company completed work on Japan’s first computer-controlled artificial drying room, where the moisture content of wood — a vital factor for any piano — is adjusted to the optimum level after the natural drying process is complete. In 1958, Yamaha set up a grand piano assembly line at its Hamamatsu headquarters.

Man in scrub coat with hard hat sitting at an older computer panel.

Computer-controlled wood drying in the Yamaha factory.

1960 – 1969

At the start of the 1960s, Yamaha made a major move, creating a new company in the U.S.A. to import and distribute its pianos: Yamaha International Corporation. By 1965, Yamaha was producing more pianos than any other manufacturer.

In that same year, Cesare Tallone, one of Europe’s most respected piano technicians, came to Japan and visited the Yamaha factory. Deeply impressed by its facilities and employees, he elected to work with the company on the development of a new world-class concert grand. Over the next two years, Yamaha craftsmen-built prototypes that were evaluated by several highly regarded pianists; their feedback was then incorporated into further new designs. Finally, in November 1967, the CF concert grand piano was unveiled during a banquet at Tokyo’s Hotel Okura. Playing the piano on that occasion was Wilhelm Kempff, who went on to call it “one of the top pianos in the world.”

The CF, along with the simultaneously introduced C3 grand piano, took the world by storm — with a little help from an all-time great. Sviatoslav Richter’s first encounter with a CF occurred at a January 1969 concert in Padua, Italy. The Russian maestro chose to play one again later that year at the Menton Music Festival in France, after testing several pianos from different manufacturers during rehearsal. Richter played (and praised) Yamaha pianos from that point forward, marking the beginning of a relationship with the company that would last for the rest of his life.

1970 – 1979

During Sviatoslav Richter’s first Japanese tour in 1970, he performed at the Osaka World’s Fair on a CF bearing the serial number 1000000 — the one-millionth piano manufactured by Yamaha. One by one, European music festivals adopted the CF as their official piano, including the Antibes, Saint Tropez and Menton Festivals in France. Samson Francois, Tamás Vásáry, Byron Janis, Lívia Rév, Alexis Weissenberg and Georges Cziffra were among the many pianists who favored the CF, as its fame around the world continued to spread.

1980 – 1989

Another legendary pianist was drawn to Yamaha in 1980. Glenn Gould purchased two CFs that year and used them on the final three albums he made before his tragically early death in 1982 at the age of 50, including his second reading of J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations, now regarded as an all-time classic.

With new concert halls springing up all over Japan at that time, Yamaha craftsmen were inspired to develop a concert grand piano for a new generation. Building on the CF’s successes, they again went to work developing a series of prototypes, each of which was evaluated by top pianists. Krystian Zimerman was so pleased with his that he took it with him on a European tour. After further improvements, Yamaha craftsmen unveiled the CFIII in 1983. It was an instant hit, designated as the official piano of East Germany’s International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition, Poland’s International Chopin Piano Competition and the Soviet Union’s International Tchaikovsky Competition.

Yamaha also created a new kind of piano in the 1980s with the Disklavier, which made its American debut in 1987 (an earlier model called Piano Player was introduced in Japan in 1982). Originally designed as an acoustic piano outfitted with electronic controls for recording and playback, it has been updated and refined as technology has evolved in the decades since.

1990 – 1999

In 1991, Yamaha reached the impressive manufacturing milestone of five million pianos. The company also introduced the successor to its CF and CFIII concert grand pianos: the CFIIIS, which underwent two further upgrades in 1996 and 2000. At the Moscow Conservatory in July 1998, a young Russian pianist named Denis Matsuev took the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition’s top prize performing on a CFIIIS.

2000 – 2009

The Japanese music world celebrated in 2002 when Ayako Uehara won the 12th International Tchaikovsky Competition. She was both the first Japanese winner and the first female winner in the contest’s history — and she did it on a Yamaha CFIIIS. A decade that marked the 100th anniversary of Yamaha’s piano production also saw the CFIIIS become the official piano of more than 20 major international competitions.

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