Yamaha UX5 upright piano review and information

The Yamaha UX5 is a wonderful piano that we’ve only managed to stock 1 or 2 times over the years. If you have any technical info or corrections for this article, please email mgpianos@gmail.com.

Quick summary

The Yamaha UX5 is a fantastic piano, with improved parts on the inside and an x-shaped back brace. It’s a bit of a special one.

Pros and cons of the Yamaha UX5?


  • The Yamaha UX5 is part of Yamaha’s U-series, which means it is one of the best-made uprights you can get.
  • The UX5 can be thought of as an upgrade to the U3 because it has been made from better materials to a higher standard
  • The Yamaha UX5 has a curved bridge which means it has longer strings than the standard U-series pianos (longer strings is a good thing)
  • The UX5 has an x-brace for support at the back, so the structure is that little more stable
  • The Yamaha UX5 has ribs that extend to the soundboard edge
  • The Yamaha UX5 has carefully weighted keys which should make for a more responsive touch.
  • The Yamaha UX5 has ‘windows’ in the front panel front, allowing a more direct sound.


  • Expect to pay around 30% more than a U3.
  • The Yamaha UX5 is very rare. Don’t pin any hopes on ever finding one. Try the UX or U30BL instead which are great pianos and much easier to find

When was it produced?

The Yamaha UX5 was made in the mid-late 1980s.

Where was it made?

The Yamaha UX5 comes from Yamaha’s best factory in Hamamatsu, Japan. Yamaha produces their very best pianos at this factory including the CFX concert grand piano, which sells for £140k.

Yamaha UX5 videos

Here is a video of a Yamaha UX5 that we had in stock in 2019. Sounds great, doesn’t it?

Who should buy them?

The Yamaha UX5 would suit students who are ambitious and want to pass all their grades on a piano that will last a lifetime.

Will I need to upgrade at some point?

No. You’ll be able to keep this piano in the family for generations.


Height: 131cm
Width: 153cm
Depth: 64cm

New and used prices.

The UX5 is not made new anymore and you should expect to pay around £6000 for a professionally reconditioned 2nd hand one.

Alternative models to consider similar to this.

The UX5 is so rare that you should definitely consider considering other premium models such as the U300, UX, U30A or U30BL. These models, all made in Hamamatsu, are great too and are slightly easier to find.

If the UX5 is out of your budget or too big you could consider the cheaper Yamaha U3 or the smaller Yamaha U1. Both are suitable for beginners right through to performing concert pianists.

The UX5 is a rare beast so snatch it up if you find one that has been cared for and properly reconditioned.

Looking to buy?

See our current list of pianos for sale
I hope this summary was helpful. Feedback, thoughts and questions are welcome.
Mark & Julie Goodwin

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