Yamaha G5 Grand Piano

The Yamaha G5 is a concert level grand piano, and if you can find one in a great condition it will make any player very happy. If you have any technical info or corrections for this article, please email mgpianos@gmail.com.

The pros of buying a Yamaha G5

  • It is a perfect choice for concert pianists and ambitious students alike.
  • The Yamaha G5 will last a lifetime if it is well maintained.
  • It is a is 6.5ft long (198cm). This allows it to have long bass strings, giving it a wonderfully deep and rich tone.

What are the cons of buying a Yamaha G5?

  • As an older model it is very important to properly check a Yamaha G5’s condition before you buy.

When was it produced?

The Yamaha G5 was produced between 1971 and 1990

Where was it made?

The Yamaha G5 comes from the Hamamatsu factory in Japan. This is where Yamaha makes all their professional grade pianos, including the CFX, a concert grand piano which sells for £140k.

What differences between similarly named models?

Size and age will be the main difference in similar models. The Yamaha G3 is slightly smaller than the G5. The Yamaha G7 is the next size up. The C series is very similar in terms of sound and quality. The C series replaced the G series with only minor design changes and as an older piano the G series is cheaper.



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

“The Yamaha G5. A big piano with big sound and an imposing presence. Perfect for a large home or studio at an affordable price”

And another

“I sold many many many of the G5 model Yamaha … They have a very full tonal range”

Who should buy them?

The Yamaha G5 will suit ambitious students through to concert pianists and really is one of Yamaha’s top pianos. If you want a world class piano of the highest quality, with a great touch and tone, then this is definitely one to consider.

Will I need to upgrade at some point?

If it is carefully checked before you buy and is properly maintained, the Yamaha G5 will keep you happy for a lifetime. You could upgrade to a Yamaha G7 for an even bigger treat, but you certainly won’t need to!


Width: 146cm
Length: 198cm

New and used prices.

A used Yamaha G5 will cost around £12,000, but the price will depend massively on the condition of this piano.

Alternative models to consider similar to this.

An alternative model to the Yamaha G5 is the Yamaha C5, this is a newer model, with a lovely rich tone. The C5 is more expensive but will be easier to find in a great condition. Also, you may want to consider a G7 which is slightly larger than the G5, larger pianos mean longer strings and longer strings produce a better range of tone.


This is a fantastic piano that will make any musician very, very happy. With regular maintenance the G5 will never let you down! Go for it!

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