Yamaha B1SC2 upright piano

The Yamaha B1SC2 is one of the smaller Yamaha models. It’s a Yamaha B1 with a silent system added, meaning that headphones can be used. If you have any technical info or corrections for this article, please email mgpianos@gmail.com.

The pros of buying a Yamaha B1SC2

  • It is shorter than other models at only 109cm tall.
  • It is a budget piano.

What are the cons of buying a Yamaha B1SC2?

  • It is a very small piano which means it has short strings and short keys. Long strings sound better and long keys feel better to play.
  • It has a laminated plywood sound board, which can affect its tone.
  • You may soon want to upgrade to a slightly larger piano such as a Yamaha U1 with a silent kit installed. 

When was it produced?

I struggled to find out when the B1SC2 was first manufactured, but they are still being made today.

Where was it produced?

All the B series pianos are manufactured in Yamaha’s factory in Indonesia where they are able to keep manufacturing costs low. However, this does affect the quality of the piano. We find Pianos made in Japan are best.

What differences between similarly named models?

The B1SC2 is a slight upgrade to the B1, which doesn’t have the ‘silent’ option fitted. The B2SC2 and B3SC2 are the next upgrades. Each of these pianos are slightly taller than the last and they also have the silent option fitted, with the B2SC2 coming in at 113cm, and the B3SC2 coming in at 121cm.



Don’t just take my word for it, here is what I found on a forum on Piano World…

‘I liked a same-priced used U1 much more than a new B’ – http://forum.pianoworld.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/2985260/casio-gp-510-vs-yamaha-nu1x.html

Who should buy them?

You should buy a B1SC2 if you really must have a brand new piano and you need it to be silent. If at all possible, you should pause a moment and consider a Yamaha U1 with silent kit added as you will then have a much higher quality piano.

Will I need to upgrade at some point?

Yes, probably. You might find that you quite quickly wish you had chosen a better acoustic piano than this, the silent system might keep you happy for a few years longer before upgrading because the sound samples you hear in the headphones sound much better than the piano itself.


Height:  109cm
Width:    148cm
Depth:    54cm

New and used prices.

You can buy a new Yamaha B1SC2 for around £4500.

Alternative models to consider similar to this.

An alternative model to the Yamaha B1SC2 is the Yamaha U1 with silent kit fitted, which is a much better option for those who wish to progress to the upper grades and want a smaller piano.


We feel that any ambitious student will outgrow the Yamaha B1SC2 so we recommend that you consider going for a Yamaha U1. If you really need the silent system as found in the B1SC2 you can have a silent kit fitted.

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