Yamaha YUS3SH upright piano review and information

The Yamaha YUS3SH is a YUS3 with a “silent” option fitted. It is a top tier piano that will satisfy even the most demanding professional pianist. It was replaced by the snappily-titled YUS3SH2. If you have any technical info or corrections for this article, please email mgpianos@gmail.com.

The pros of buying a YUS3SH

  • The YUS3SH is built on the YUS3 which is an upgraded version of the U3.
  • It has the very highest build quality and will last a lifetime
  • It has a built in silent system for playing with headphones on without disturbing others

The cons of buying a YUS3SH

  • It is a very expensive piano.
  • The Yamaha SH silent system was replaced with the SH2 in 2018.

When was it produced?

The Yamaha YUS3SH was made in the mid 1990s and was replaced with the Yamaha YUS3SH2 in 2018.

Where was it made?

The Yamaha YUS3SH was made in Hamamatsu, Japan. The CFX, which goes for £140k was made in this factory.

What differences between similarly named models?

The YUS1SH is smaller than the Yamaha YUS3, coming in at 121cm. This means it doesn’t have the same depth in tone. The YUS5 is the next upgrade, it is the same size, but has a slightly upgraded design. Any of these can come with the SH or SH2 silent options fitted.



Here is a quote I found on a Piano World forum

“ I would then spend a little more and get the YUS3SH” – http://forum.pianoworld.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/2031038/re-quest-for-digital-piano-or-silent-acoustic-piano.html

Who should buy them?

The YUS3SH will see any ambitious student through their grades and satisfy any concert pianist too. It’s a high-end piano suitable for the best pianists in the world.

Will I need to upgrade at some point?

No – the YUS3SH is good enough for professionals and will last a lifetime.


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

New and used prices.

The price for a new YUS3SH is around £12,000. If you find one secondhand you will probably pay around £8,500-£10,000

Alternative models to consider similar to this.

I always recommend similar uprights from the Yamaha U series, The U3, U300, U30A, U30BL or U3X are all wonderful pianos that also come from Japan.


The Yamaha YUS3SH is up there with the very best pianos ever made. If you find one, buy it, but it, buy it!

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