Yamaha W102 in Satin Walnut
The Yamaha W series are very similar to the upper end U series. The “W” is for wood finish cabinet. The hammer and stringing scale in these models are usually the same material and design as what you find in Yamaha’s current top of the line upright pianos. The differences are usually the the cabinet design. Which one can see that this piano in particular has a modern style to it with legs that are protruding from the body and separate music desk. This piano has a beautiful walnut finish with just a satin finish to it. It is a different look from the more common high polish ebony or mahogany finish that you see on most modern pianos.
The inside design of this piano is the similar to the Yamaha U5 or U7 models. The 52″ Upright is a perfect size for the home, church, or studio space. Being one of the most popular size pianos in the world we always carry a large stock of these size pianos. As with any piano, each is slightly different from one another. Although the action of the Yamaha piano is widely known for being exact across the board, the tone of each individual piano will cater to a different ear. We highly suggest that any buyer should visit our store to experience the uniqueness of each piano.
“Grey Market” Yamaha pianos
We do like to carry Yamaha pianos made and once sold in Japan. We have had only excellent experiences with them as well. We import not only Yamahas, but also Yamaha made pianos like Eterna. Also we import Kawai, and their other names like Diapason, and many more. If there was ever a problem with any of these pianos like The Yamaha Corp., likes to claim that there is, we would have stopped importing these fine instruments years ago. But instead Yamaha and their dealers like to distort the truth, because when it comes down to it, the biggest competition to Yamaha’s new piano sales is not just Kawai, but their own used pianos.
Kawai has no problem with their used pianos made and once sold in Japan being sold in our shop along side with their own new pianos. They are confident in their new pianos, and we are too. The truth is these pianos (Yamaha, Kawai and their subsidiaries) are all made in air conditioned factories that set up each piano to withstand the extremes in climate from the dryness of the Arizona desert to the humidity of a New York summer. And being here in California, more specifically in the San Francisco bay area, we do not get much in the way of weather extremes. But still we encourage you to venture out on your own and research for yourself about what a grey market piano is. One place that everyone can start and is probably the most trusted of sources is “The Piano Book” by Larry Fine. Also there are plenty of websites as well. The bottom line is we are completely confident in ANY piano that we sell.