Yamaha C3X Grand Piano

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The pros of buying a Yamaha C3X

  • The Yamaha C3X has an amazing sound that will make any pianist happy.
  • With three pedals, it offers a full sostenuto.
  • It is a concert level piano.
  • The highest quality materials are used to make the it and it’s a piano that will last a lifetime.

What are the cons of buying a C3X?

  • It can cost a bit more then the Yamaha C3 and it may not be worth the extra money.
  • It isn’t small, 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 then this became the C3. In 2008 it was renamed to C3X and is still in production today. There are only slight differences between the models.

Where was it made?

All of the C series Yamaha pianos come from their famous factory in Hamamatsu, Japan. Here they also make the concert grand CFX, which sells for £140k. Any piano made in this factory is worth looking at.



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

“Go and play a C3X, you’ll want one.”

And another one…

“I played C3x in the showroom and it is absolutely an excellent instrument.”
- http://forum.pianoworld.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/2339535/yamaha-c3x-worth-it.html

This one is about the different models in the C3 range…

“It’s basically the model number. Every time they produced an upgrade, they’d change the letter. Basically it’s not important if you’re buying a second hand piano. The important thing is the condition, sound, and touch of the piano. Don’t worry too much about the letter. The earlier letters tend to be lower priced because they are older.”

Who should buy them?

Nobody would ever regret buying any piano from the Yamaha C3 range. If your find a Yamaha C3X for a decent price, you should snap it up, however, if you are struggling to find one, then any of the other C3 models would make you equally happy. Whether you are an ambitious student or a concert level pianist, this is a piano that will make you happy forever.

Will I need to upgrade at some point?

Never, BUT if you find yourself with room to spare and a huge budget, you may want to upgrade to a C5, C7 or CFX. The bigger you go, the happier you will be! 


The Yamaha C3X is 149cm wide and 186cm long.

New and used prices.

The current RRP of a C3X is around £23,000-£25,000. Used are around £10,000 to £18,000, but this will hugely depend on the age and condition of the piano.  

Alternative models to consider similar to this.

Alternatives to the C3X would be the C2, a smaller and less expensive piano, or the Yamaha C5 which is bigger and better. It all depends on how much of your budget and space you can sacrifice.


No musician ever regretted playing a C3, it may not be worth waiting to find a C3X if you are struggling, all the variations are so similar you’ll likely never notice a difference. Playing any of the models in this range everyday will definitely make you happy.

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