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Hi, I recently saw an AD online for selling used piano. It's a Yamaha  U1 upright piano. The piano was refurbished by a professional Yamaha technician on February 2014. Serial number: 1430374 It was manufactured in 1972. Would you let me know the market price? Thanks.

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Hi Philoa:

First of all, this piano was NOT made for the American market. I put the serial number in the Yamaha data base and that was the information returned. http://www.yamaha.com/ussub/piano/serialnumberlookup.html

Second, I know of NO manufacture that certifies technicians...NONE...careful here.

Third, go here: http://www.ptg.org to look up the technicians name. If it doesn't come up, they are NOT registered.

Fourth, if there is a parts problem, Yamaha will NOT support your piano since it was not made for the American market; they call this a "grey" market piano.

So the determining price will rest on the fact that you are willing to take a chance on all of this.

I would want a report on tuning pin torque, action viability, a list of what was done to the piano, and some pictures.

Let' see if I can print what I found on the Yamaha site. This will be the literal text but not the literal "look":

Yamaha Piano Serial Number Search
    
       
Input your Serial # to determine whether the piano was made for the US market.

(Please enter the entire serial # including letters and leading zeros.)


Where are my Serial# and Model# located?
 

The entered serial number 1430374 was not made for the US market.


Due to years of piano building before this database was created, and possible human error in the maintenance of the database, Yamaha Corporation of America cannot guarantee its accuracy.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Piano Service at 714-522-9980, or see frequently asked questions, at: What's the main issue with used Yamaha pianos not made for the US market?  

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I am a Registered/tested member of the Piano Technicians Guild (RPT) with 49 years of experience in all phases and levels of the acoustic piano. I will answer any questions regarding acoustic pianos only. All questions and answers are to remain public. Please to not include sensitive material! If they are marked private, I will change them to public. My answers may be of assistance to others. If privacy is an issue, please contact me through my web site: http://www.onestipiano.com Electronic keyboards, organs, and player/reproducing piano mechanisms are outside of my expertise. Anything to do with: Construction, Service, Tuning, Climate Control Systems, Piano Disc, Purchasing, Selling, Insurance Appraisal, Rebuilding, Repairs, Legal issues, Maintenance, Environmental issues, Finish issues with acoustic pianos. My full resume can be found at: http://onestipiano.com/pages/history.html You can like us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/onestipianoservice

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