Yamaha C3 Grand Piano

The Yamaha C3 is a very special piano. Many musicians dream of owning one but very few do. If you have any technical info or corrections for this article, please email mgpianos@gmail.com.

The pros of buying a Yamaha C3

  • The Yamaha C3 has a truly stunning sound.
  • It has three pedals, including full sostenuto.
  • It is a concert level piano.
  • It’s crafted from the highest quality materials and is made to last a life time.

What are the cons of buying a Yamaha C3?

  • The C3 is an expensive piano, be prepared to save up for a few years.
  • It is relatively large and your family might not appreciate losing their dining room to a piano.

When was it produced?

First, there was the G3 which dates from the 1960s or 70s. The G3 was later renamed C3 and has more recently been renamed to C3X and is still in production today.

Where was it made?

All of the C series Yamaha pianos come from Yamaha’s best factory in Hamamatsu, Japan. Yamaha makes all of its professional grade pianos at this factory, including its concert grand, the CFX, which sells for £140k.

What differences between similarly named models?

The Yamaha C3, G3 and C3X all have the same underlying quality, the name changes reflect occasional design changes. These really are all exceptional pianos.



Don’t just take my word for it, here are some comments I found on Piano World…

“I have a 7 year old C3 and love it. The bass is full and can growl when I want. The sound in my greatroom can fill the home but the C3 can be made to whisper quietly.”

And another one…

“There is a friend of mine who’s a concert pianist and professor in Glasgow and she bought a 1990 C3 after it had spent ten years in a practice room and she still uses it every day for hours


“The Yamaha C3 grand pianos are known for its high quality engineering and they are meant for professional piano performances. It is an instrument which matches the requirements of all the level of piano players”

Who should buy them?

You don’t have to be a great pianist to appreciate great sound. I’m not a great pianist myself but I really love sitting at a C3 and plodding through my favourite ditties and enjoying listening to the amazing sound it produces. That means they are suitable for any pianist of any standard.  The C3 is also very popular with music recording studios and concert piano hire companies.

Will I need to upgrade at some point?

You will never NEED to upgrade this piano but if you find yourself with a huge spare room and a massive budget you could be forgiven for upgrading to a C5, C7 or CFX


Width: 149cm
Length: 186cm

New and used prices.

The current RRP of a C3 (the C3X) is around £23,000-£25,000. Used prices typically range anywhere from £10,000 to £18,000 depending on age and condition. 

Alternative models to consider similar to this.

The alternatives to the C3 would be the smaller and cheaper C2 or the larger and more expensive C5. It all depends how much of your living room and bank balance you are prepared to sacrifice.


A fantastic piano for those who want something special. No musician ever regretted playing a C3 every day.

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