Review: The Yamaha GB1K carries the classic lines of Yamaha’s famous G and C series grands. While the new models ending in X (ie C2X or S7X) have the newly designed cabinet, the GB1K carries on the traditional style lines. Measuring in at 5′ long, this baby grand is considered the entry level. But make no mistake about the fact that it still embodies everything Yamaha ~ from its characteristic tone to incredibly even touch. In my mind, what made Yamaha the famous company it is today is its consistency. From one piano to the next, the tolerances of Yamaha are so close, it’s difficult to tell pianos apart. So too, the GB1K, albeit the starting piano in the line of many, it still is characteristic of Yamaha touch and tone. I feel that the touch is ever so slightly heavier at higher dynamic levels but the mezzo forte and pianissimo levels are comfortable to play. The pendulum has swung the other way regarding tone in the last decade. While pianos used to be incredibly brassy and bright, manufacturers are leaning more towards softer, warmer sounds. This piano was surprisingly and pleasantly warm in tone, especially in the upper register. If you’re looking for an upgrade to a grand action, you’ll never go wrong with Yamaha touch. ~ Glen Barkman

Piano Name: Yamaha
Website: Yamaha
Model: GB1K
Made in: Indonesia
Parent Company: Yamaha Corporation
Company Location: Japan
Length: 5′ 0″

History: In 1887 a watchmaker by the name of Torakusu Yamaha founded Japan’s first reed organ company. By 1899 he traveled to the USA to learn how to build pianos and started making grand and upright pianos under the name Nippon Gakki meaning “Japanese Musical Instrument”. These humble beginnings have developed into a multinational manufacturing operation with sales into the billions annually, a work force of nearly 20,000 and product lines ranging from motors to electronics to musical instruments. Yamaha is revered as one of the largest piano makers in the world, trendsetting in manufacturing and musical technology.

Dimensions: 5’0″x57″ or 1m 51cm x 146cm

Available Finishes: Polished Ebony, American Walnut or Mahogany, French Provincial Satin Cherry, Georgian Satin Mahogany

Features: Solid spruce soundboard and ribs ~ Solid maple capped bridges ~ Aluminum alloy action rails ~ Yamaha balanced action ~ Solid spruce keys with hardwood buttons ~ Yamaha designed hammers with T-fasteners ~ Reinforced keyframe pin with adjustable guide ~ Hardwood reinforced keyframe ~ Bass sustain pedal ~ Cut thread tuning pins ~ Solid brass casters ~ Vacuum Shield Mold Process (V-Pro) plate ~ Seasoned for destination ~ 10 year warranty

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