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The Yamaha Piano Company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of pianos. It's parent company manufacturers almost every instrument in the orchestra in addition to guitars and studio electronics. Yamaha started sending pianos to the United States in the 1960's first as private label products and then under their own name. Initially there were some severe stability issues with their pianos. In short time they solved those issues and developed a reputation for decent pianos at a very low entry level prices point. (Today that mantle is carried by pianos from companies like Hardman and Ritmuller.) They were able to substantially under sell domestically made pianos . One of the early purchasers of Yamaha pianos in the 1960s was the LA Unified school district. Sadly most of those piano have been moved out, sold or placed on the junk heap because they just did not last back then. If for example the pianos purchased at that time were Baldwin or Steinway, they would still be going or be able to be rebuilt.
Yamaha started in 1887 as a maker of reed organs and in 1890 branched out into pianos helped by a young piano engineer named Koichi Kawai. Mr Kawai went on to found the Kawai Piano Company in 1927. Many people think of Yamaha for the motorcycles and jet skis but the company was founded as a musical instrument maker. Look closely at the Yamaha logo on the motorcycles and you'll notice it is three interlocking tuning forks. The company's greatest claim to fame was figuring out how to mass produced good pianos using a production line with conveyor belts. They created this manufacturing model and perfected it over the years. Granted there are some corners cut when doing it this way but the final result is consistent and generally good.
Yamaha today is a great multi-national conglomerate in the musical instrument business, the semiconductor business, the motorcycle business, appliance business and they even own resorts. The size of the Yamaha Corporation allow them to promote their pianos with deeper pockets than any company on the planet. They do this by getting endorsements, sponsoring orchestras, sponsoring competitions, paying to have their pianos placed on high profile tv shows and movies, providing all of the instruments including keyboards, guitars amps, etc. for high profile concert tours. Only a company of this depth and giant size can achieve what they have done in promotion. Elton John plays Yamaha!
Pianos made in countries like China and Indonesia were once considered a poor step child. Today the quality can be exceptional if controlled properly and quality materials are used. This is where a bit of nationalism comes in for Japanese piano companies. They could choose to make pianos in Indonesia or China as good as the care to. But if they made them too good who would buy their more expensive pianos made in Japan? This is their dilemma. Yamaha makes their non-Japanese manufactured pianos just "good enough". Characterized as pianos made for a price point and not for their musicality.
At Hollywood Piano we specialize in Yamaha pianos made in Japan only. These pianos are proven to be the best Yamaha pianos made. Used Yamaha pianos are graded on their integrity and quality from A to F. We only purchase A or A+ Yamaha pianos. All of our Yamaha pianos are sold with a Hollywood Piano full parts and labor transferable warranty that allows you to sell your piano to the next buyer with the warranty intact. Our staff of expert piano technicians thoroughly inspect, tune and adjust each pre-owned Yamaha piano verifying the structural integrity for your peace of mind. The Yamaha company in understanding the extreme competition it has from it's own pianos has conducted a misinformation campaign to dissuade and scare people from buying their own pianos used and have coined the phrase, "Grey Market Piano". A discussion ,investigation and purchase of a "Grey Market" Yamaha. Another great page on "Grey Market". Our Hollywood Piano 10 year warranty and our technicians verification of structural integrity is there to help the buying public purchase a used Yamaha piano with confidence from Hollywood Piano.
While Hollywood piano is not an authorized seller of new Yamaha pianos we provide the following information on the Yamaha piano line up as a service to the piano buying community.
Disclaimer: At this time Hollywood Piano only sells used Yamaha. To view a list of our used pianos please CLICK HERE. ****