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Old 11th May 2015
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Yamaha Gray Market Pianos

I've been looking into buying a used Yamaha upright, probably a U1. Yamaha tries to warn people off of buying "unauthorized" pianos that weren't originally intended for the US market by saying they'll develop climate-related problems. But the US has all sorts of climates, so that doesn't make much sense to me. It seems more like a tactic to tamp down the used market and sell more new pianos in the US. Any of y'all have anything to share about this?
Old 11th May 2015
They do have a little bit of a point but honestly it sounds, as you said, like a marketing tactic. as long as you buy local you should be fine. You also could just ask the owner where the piano came from. for obvious reasons, most pianos have never been much more than 100 miles from their original place of purchase. If you are really worried about it, talk to a local piano tuner/tech and learn about acclimating a piano to a new environment. here's a place to start. How Long Should I Wait After Moving Before Having My Piano Tuned?
Old 12th May 2015
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Originally Posted by Ben Dial View Post
You also could just ask the owner where the piano came from.
Yamaha will tell you based on the serial number, as well. What I'm really curious about is whether anyone has any real-life stories about problems with "made for Japan" Yamahas. A factory rep I talked to was really laying the scare tactics on thick, but it all had an aroma that was a lot like horse****.
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