Yamaha YU30 upright piano review and information

The Yamaha YU30 is quite rare, but we have them in stock now and again, it is a wonderful piano. If you find a nice one that has been well cared for, you can’t go wrong.If you have any technical info or corrections for this article, please email mgpianos@gmail.com.

The pros of buying a Yamaha YU30

  • It is based on the popular U3 model, so you get great quality and value for money.
  • It has improved action parts and a refined soundboard
  • The YU30 has concert-grade hammers and individually weighted keys, so it’s very smooth to play
  • The “YU” means it’s been hand-finished, so its tone is that little bit more special

The cons of buying a Yamaha YU30

  • It is relatively new piano, and not many were made, so not many are about.
  • It’s more expensive than many secondhand Yamaha’s because it is so rare.

When was it produced?

The Yamaha YU30 was produced between 2002-2003.

Where was it made?

The YU30 comes from Yamaha’s best factory, which is in Hamamatsu, Japan. All of Yamaha’s first-rate pianos come from here, including their top concert grand pianos, the CFX, which sells for £140k.

What differences between similarly named models?

The “YU” models are some of the finest pianos Yamaha has to offer. The variation in model numbers mainly signals the difference between when they were made. For example, the YU3 was produced between 1997-2000, while the YU30 was made between 2002-2003. There are some minor design differences between each model. 


Quotes from the forum and blogs 

Here’s what others have to say: From Piano Outlet:

There is nothing not to like about this piano!”

Who should buy them?

The Yamaha YU30 is a quality piano suitable for aspiring students wanting to pass up to grade 8 and beyond. It is easily good enough for any concert pianist or professional musician.

Will I need to upgrade at some point?

You will not. It will last a lifetime unless you fancy upgrading to a nice Yamaha C3 grand piano.


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

New and used prices.

The YU30 is not made brand new anymore but we occasionally get them in stock with prices around the £6500 mark. 

Alternative models to consider similar to this.

It’s worth considering any piano from the U-series, such as the U3, U300, U30A, U30BL or UX3.  These pianos are still some of the best Yamaha produces. If you need something smaller consider a Yamaha U1, U100, U10BL or similar.


The Yamaha YU30 is a beautiful piano. It has a great tone and a wonderful action.  If you can get your hands on one that has been well cared for, you won’t regret buying it. 

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