Yamaha C7L Grand Piano

The Yamaha C7L is one of the best pianos ever made. The C7, C7L, and C7X are different variations of the same underlying piano, so anything about the C7 applies to the Yamaha C7L. If you have any technical info or corrections for this article, please email mgpianos@gmail.com.

The pros of buying a Yamaha C7L

  • It is the best of the best, a concert level piano of the very highest quality.
  • It will last a life time if it is properly maintained,
  • The Yamaha C7L is perfect for any pianist and will sound amazing in concert halls, studios, or rehearsal rooms.
  • It is a beast of a piano with lovely long strings, providing a very deep, rich and resonant tone that will make any musician smile.

What are the cons of buying a Yamaha C7L?

  • Musically, there are of course no bad points to owning any of the C7 variations, but it might be a bit too much for most houses. A Yamaha C3 or Yamaha C5 would be the largest grand that most people would consider having at home.
  • These pianos don’t come cheap, but that’s pretty obvious when dealing with an instrument of this quality.

When was it produced?

The Yamaha C7 began being made in 1967, it became the C7L in 1999 and the Yamaha C7X is still being made today.

Where was it made?

Hamamatsu, Japan is the birthplace of the Yamaha C7L. Yamaha makes all of its best pianos in there factory here, including its concert grand, the CFX, which sells for £140k.



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

“I don’t know anyone who would turn their nose up at a really good, well-sorted C7.”
- http://forum.pianoworld.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/2588156/yamaha-c6-vs-yamaha-c7.html

and another…

“The C7 is also one of my personal favorites as a technician. Both the Hale Arts Center and the Florence Events Center out here on the Oregon Coast have these as the primary performing instrument. The artists and accompanists who come in can be seen to visibly relax when they see these pianos on the stage.”
- http://forum.pianoworld.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/2056554/Used%20Yamaha%20C7.html

Who should buy them?

You’ll find C7L pianos in any venue that demands the very highest quality, they are a piano that many musicians long to own, so if you want the very best, you should consider a Yamaha C7. 

Will I need to upgrade at some point?

Nope, you will never ever ever EVER need to upgrade from a Yamaha C7L. It is the best of the best and will make you happy for a lifetime.


The Yamaha C7L is 149cm wide and 227cm long.

New and used prices.

You should expect to pay anywhere from £16,000 to £28,000 for a used Yamaha C7L. The RRP of the latest model (C7X) is £40,000+

Alternative models to consider similar to this.

If the Yamaha C7L is hard to find, any of the C7 variations will do the same job and you may struggle to spot the differences. If it is too large or expensive you could consider the Yamaha C5 or C3, both sound fantastic. If you have a very large venue and a huge budget, you could try and push for Yamaha’s full-size concert grand piano, the Yamaha CFIIIS or Yamaha CFX.


The Yamaha C7 and its variations have earned their reputations as one of the best pianos in the world. Don’t get bogged down in the extra letters, but if you can buy one of these pianos, you would never regret it!

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