Yamaha C3B Grand Piano Review



In year 1902, founder of the Yamaha Corporation, Mr Torakusu Yamaha, built the first Yamaha grand piano. Two years later, the Yamaha grand piano won the Honorary Grand Prize at the St. Louis World’s Fair. 20202 Today, the Yamaha C series grand piano is easily the most recorded and recognisable piano in the world. 

Lets not get ourselves confuse as there are many version of C3 series,  the C3A, C3B, C3L and the latest C3 with 3 pedals. Today we shall be reviewing the C3B, two pedals most affordable C series grand piano ! (New C3 selling at RM98K in Yamaha Kelana Jaya)


The C3B is a 6’1″ grand piano and is commonly found at recording studios and conservatories all over the world. Its 6 foot 1 length, duplex scale, tone collector system, superb construction and finish make the C3 a fine piano to play and own. It was made in Japan Yamaha premier factory, where the most advance piano Yamaha CFX every made. The C3B grands regularly feature within performance and concert settings, which also makes it ideal for larger living spaces and practice studios. 

2. Specification

Size 101(H) x 149(W) x 186(L) cm
Action Yamaha Action
SoundBoard Material Solid Spruce
Back Post
Tuning pin Nickel Pin
Key Surface Yamaha Acrylic keytop
Hammer maple
Duplex Scale
Center pedal no center pedal, only 2 pedals
Music Rack Grand Style
Fallboard Grand Style

Starting from C series, the Yamaha’s uses their patented vacuum molding process to elimiate imperfections in the iron plate, pins having lathe cut threads for optimal grip in the pin block to protect against fluctuations from humidity. This has helped greatly in giving C3B a more stable tuning point. 

Grand piano style Music Rak and Fallboard

3. Tonality and Voicing

A Yamaha piano just isnt a Yamaha if it doesnt have clear, crips tones and a decent bass range, well this C3B grand piano delivers. At 6ft1, we got a taste of the real bass, feel found in larger grands and had excellent dynamics to allow a smooth transition from PPP to FFF comfortably. (U get me if you are an emotional pianist like me haha, we jump dynamics from time to time in a sudden)

The C3 is designed with a duplex scale—the non-speaking portion of the piano strings (located between the bridge pins and hitch pins). The purpose of the duplex scale is to add color and flavor to the sound. The metal tone collector is also worth talking about. It connects to the back posts and the iron plate of the piano allowing sound energy to transmit through the piano’s case for a fuller longer lasting tone.

4 . Conclusion – For the PROS . 

If you are looking for a grand that will not break your wallet, but fancy to collect C series rather than G series, then this is the perfect grand for you. So far we have never seen a C1B, but yes they do have C5B, the 6FT7 pianos. If you are looking for other option, such as the three pedal C3, yes we have it as well but the price will be a little higher. Do give us a call and we will let u know what grand pianos we have in stock as we kept around 50 units grand piano all year long. 



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