Yamaha UX50BL upright piano review and information

The Yamaha UX50BL is a fabulous piano that is almost never found for sale anywhere. If you have any technical info or corrections for this article, please email mgpianos@gmail.com.

The pros of buying a Yamaha UX50BL

  • It is part of Yamaha’s U-series, so it’s an upright worth having
  • It’s made from upgraded materials, so its tones are really clear.
  • It has longer strings than pianos of the same height; this gives more depth at the lower register..
  • It has a x-brace support at the back and ribs that extend to the soundboard, so its overall structure is that even more stable. This makes sure its tones stay good for a long time.
  • The Yamaha UX50BL has ‘windows’ at the front, allowing more sound to escape.
  • It will last you, so no need to upgrade.

What are the cons of buying a UX50BL?

  • It is rarer than other uprights, so it is more difficult to find. Demand for this model and push up prices too.
  • It is an upgraded model, so it is more expensive.

When was it produced?

The Yamaha UX50BL was manufactured in the late 1980s.

Where was it made?

The Yamaha UX50BL comes from Yamaha’s best factory in Hamamatsu, Japan. Yamaha makes all of its good pianos at this factory, including its concert grand, the CFX, which sells for £140k.

What differences between similarly named models?

It’s different from other U-models because it is made with better materials and has slightly different parts. There is no practical difference to the UX5.


 Yamaha UX50BL, Jim Laabs


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Who should buy them?

The Yamaha UX50BL should be bought by ambitious students who want to pass all their grades and continue well into the future.

Will I need to upgrade at some point?

No – the next step would be a medium to large grand.


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

New and used prices.

The higher-grade materials and better parts mean that the Yamaha UX50BL is more expensive than other uprights of a similar design.

Alternative models to consider similar to this.

Consider other U-series models, such as the U3, U300, U30A and U30BL. These uprights all produce wonderfully rich and deep tones at the base and have great touch.  


If you come across a Yamaha UX50BL and have the budget, you should buy one. It is a great piano because it is based on the much-loved U3 model but has improvements that make it that little bit more special.

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