Yamaha C1L Grand Piano

The Yamaha C1L is the same underlying piano as the Yamaha C1 with some very slight design changes. If you have any technical info or corrections for this article, please email mgpianos@gmail.com.

The pros of buying a Yamaha C1L

  • It’s a C1. That means it’s great.
  • It’s nice and small
  • It’s a popular model that will hold its value very well

What are the cons of buying a C1L?

  • The small size means it has relatively short bass strings. Longer strings produce a better sound

When was it produced?

The Yamaha C1L pianos were made after the year 2000.

Where was it made?

The Hamamatsu factory in Japan is where the very best Yamaha Pianos are made, including the C-series grand pianos. Its here that Yamaha makes all of its professional grade pianos, including the concert grand CFX, which sells for £140k.

What differences between similarly named models?

The Yamaha G1 (and the G1L and G1X), C1 ( and the C1L and C1X) are all very similar pianos. The G1 models came first and were later replaced by the C models. They are all built to the same high standard



Don’t just take my word for it, this is a quote I found on a Piano World forum where the differences between the G1, C1 and their variations, was being discussed

“The C1 was an evolution of the G1. And the G1 itself had several evolutions as it progressed. Late in the run an extra plate crossbrace was added to the G1 that is still on the C1 and C1x (variations). So you might notice slight differences between your G1 and the C1. But basically they are the ‘same.”

Who should buy them?

Often people buy a C1L because they believe it to be an upgrade to the C1. If you can find one and don’t mind paying more for tiny differences, then that is great, however they are essentially the same beast. This range is great for those who don’t have the space or budget for a C2. The Yamaha C1 is very popular with piano teachers, ambitious students and discerning musicians – they know they are getting an amazing piano that will fit into smaller rooms.

Will I need to upgrade at some point?

With proper upkeep this piano will last a lifetime, but, you may eventually wish to upgrade to something with longer bass strings for a richer tone.


Width: 149cm
Length: 161cm

New and used prices.

A Yamaha C1L will be around £15,000.

Alternative models to consider similar to this.

If you need something with a smaller budget, you may also want to consider a Yamaha G1. For something with an even better touch and sound, you could look towards the C2 or G2.


The Yamaha C1L is a C1 with a few minor changes and a higher price. It is a great piano and will make any pianist very happy, but the same can be said for any of the C1 variations.