Yamaha C1 Grand Piano Review



The Yamaha C1 was made in Japan in Yamaha’s Headquarters factory in Hamamatsu which is where all of Yamaha’s finest pianos are made including their monstrous CFIIIS (sometimes called CF3S and now apparently replaced by the CFX) concert grand piano.

The C1 is a well regarded instrument from Yamaha’s Conservatoire series range. The C series are specifically designed for advanced & professional players which built to the finest level to withstand the rigours piano performance.


the elite assembly of Yamaha C Series grand pianos has always been recognised for their pure, rich tonality and exceptional range of emotional expression. With the redesign and incorporation of numerous new advancements, the Yamaha C1 has got a very superior clarity, responsiveness and expressive control are sought after established planist. 

2. Specification

Size161 x 149 x 101 cm
ActionYamaha composite action
SoundBoard MaterialSolid Spruce
Back Post
Tuning pinNickel Pin
Key SurfaceYamaha Acrylic Ivorite
Duplex Scale
Center pedalfull sostenuto
Music RackGrand Style
FallboardGrand Style

3. Tonality and Voicing

The C1 is 161cm long, 149cm wide and weights around 290kg. This puts it a 10cm longer than most 5footers which will certainly help it produce a good tone in the bass. The C1 incorporates a warm, clear tone with an extraordinary responsive keyboard action in an instrument that can fit into any home or studio. The C1 shines in the treble region, where one can appreciate it when it is positioned in the center of a large enough room or just a small living room for its 5foot3 size. 

Although its only 5FT3, we loved the fact that when played, the C1 had more of a deeper, powerful bass compare to the G series. The tone is beautiful, crisp and clean as expected by a YAMAHA piano. 

The C1 Is designed with a duplex scale – the non speaking portion of the piano strings, which located between the bridge pins and hitch pins. The purpose of duplex scale is to add fullness and color to the sound. The metal tone collector connects the back posts and the iron plate of the piano allowing sound energy to transmit through the soundboard for a longer lasting tone. In layman terms – sounds more beautiful than those who dont have duplex scale. 

4. Touch 

The C1’s keytops are fabricated with Ivorite, a synthetic “Ivory” substitute. We liked the Ivorite touch for a couple of reasons: First Ivorite, like Ivory, is porous and gives the pianist better grip over the plastic keytops found on smaller pianos. Second, again like Ivory, Ivorite has a dull finish and won’t reflect light nearly as much as white plastic keytops do—a bad thing especially during a recital or performance.




5 . Conclusion – For the PROS. 

Overall, i personally love C1 so much that i have one at my own condo in subang. My C1 comes with pianodisc system which allows it to auto play, (i installed it for RM35K). I love the way it sounds, feels and looks. The craftsmanship was excellent and it is very well price in our store and fully refurbished to like new by our skilled technician which i am very sure it will provide enjoyment for generations to come. 



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