Hybrid Pianos

NU1 Upright

NU1 Upright“People come in here looking for an acoustic upright they can afford, but often leave with this thing.” So said more than one piano dealer we spoke to when doing research for the affordable acoustic piano roundup in this issue. “This thing” is the NU1, the latest Yamaha piano to take the hybrid concept introduced in the AvantGrand and aim it squarely at your living room. “Hybrid” refers mainly to two ideas: a real piano action married to a sophisticated sample playback engine, and designing the speakers and cabinetry as a whole in order to project sound more like a real piano would. Having reviewed the five-figureAvantGrand N3 in August 2010, I was curious to see how a piano as compact and relatively affordable as the NU1 stacked up. To make a long story short, it exceeded my expectations on nearly every level. -from Keyboard Magazines 6/5/2013 article.

Featured in Keyboard Magazine and sold by Bill Jones Music. East Tennessee’s only authorized Yamaha Dealer.

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