Yamaha SE132 upright piano

The Yamaha SE132 is a full-size piano, crafted by piano builders who are usually reserved for the concert grand CFX programme. A newer model, with all of Yamaha’s knowledge behind it. If you have any technical info or corrections for this article, please email mgpianos@gmail.com.

The pros of buying a Yamaha SE132

  • It is a full size piano with long strings, giving it an amazing sound quality and full range of tone.
  • It is a wonderful piano for those who want a piano made by the very best piano builders.
  • The Yamaha SE132 has been crafted in Yahama’s famous factory in Japan from quality European materials.

What are the cons of buying a Yamaha SE132?

  • They are a rather expensive piano, and as a newer model it can be hard to source a used one.

When was it produced?

The Yamaha SE132 is a new model and is being manufactured in 2021

Where was it made?

The Yamaha SE132 is a Japanese piano, made in the same factory that makes Yamaha’s professional grade pianos, including their concert grand, the CFX, which sells for £140k.

What differences between similarly named models?

A similar model to the Yamaha SE132 is the U3, a similar sized piano that also comes from the Hamamatsu factory. The main difference is the age and the materials used in manufacturing, both are premium, concert level models. There is also the Yamaha SE122, a smaller model in the SE range.



Don’t just take my word for it, here a quote I found on a forum on Piano World.

“If there is a Yamaha SE132 on the shop floor do play that”
- http://forum.pianoworld.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/2981008/yamaha-kawai-high-end-uprights-vs-baby-grands.html

and another…

“I really liked one (SE132) particular example I played”

Who should buy them?

The Yamaha SE132 is perfect for those looking for a piano of the highest quality that will last a life-time and see any ambitious students through their grades. The only downside is that they can be expensive to buy, and you will find it difficult to source a used one to lower the price.

Will I need to upgrade at some point?

Absolutely not. This is a top-range piano that will keep any musician happy for a lifetime. The only way to get better, would be to upgrade to a grand piano like the Yamaha C3, C5 or C7.


Height:  132cm
Width:    152cm
Depth:    65cm

New and used prices.

As a new model, it is almost impossible to source a used Yamaha SE132 and a new one will set you back around £17,000.

Alternative models to consider similar to this.

An alternative model to the Yamaha SE132 is the U3, which is a much better option for those who still want a concert level piano, but don’t have the budget for an SE132. If size is an issue, you could also consider the U1, similar in size to the SE132, but easier to source if looking for a reconditioned model.


This piano is fantastic for those who have the budget, but don’t despair if you don’t because there are other fantastic models that you can consider, like those from the U-series.

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