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YAMAHA

GB1K

The GB1K, Yamaha's most compact and affordable grand, is a popular choice for locations where space is somewhat limited, with full resonant tone comparable to that of many substantially larger models.

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THE ULTIMATE EXPRESSION
Unparalleled in their beauty and musical range, grand pianos are the ultimate expression of the piano maker's art. Embodying over 100 years of accumulated expertise, these instruments epitomize the quality, performance and value for which Yamaha has long been renowned, as we enter the second century of Yamaha grand pianos.
 
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The Yamaha Baby Grand

Yamaha designers, engineers and craftsmen were challenged to bring out the expressive tone, subtle colors and dynamics of a conservatory grand from a more compact instrument. The GB1K and GC Series put the unmistakable sound of a Yamaha grand piano in more places, and in reach of more people, than ever before.



Crafted with uncommon care and integrity

Yamaha grand pianos have earned a global reputation as instruments of outstanding quality and value. Renowned for their eloquent expressive range, and for their reliable performance over time, they play an important role in the performing arts and music education. They are consistently among the pianos most highly recommended by piano tuner/technicians and a leading choice of pianists at all levels, all over the world.

The Yamaha reputation rests on a century-long tradition of uncompromising care and craftsmanship, supported by an unmatched range of integrated expertise, top-of-the-line production facilities, and an exceptionally skilled, knowledgeable and dedicated workforce. Our strength in the full range of relevant technologies allows us to produce virtually every part of every piano ourselves – an approach that has helped us initiate significant advances and set what has long been recognized as the industry standard in quality control.


An open dialog with professional musicians generates invaluable input that, in conjunction with sophisticated research facilities, has led to continual advances in each new generation of Yamaha pianos. Our global network offers Yamaha customers additional advantages, from cost-efficient regional manufacturing to the ready availability of sales and support throughout most of the world.

Balancing cutting-edge technology and innovation with the timeless skills of expert artisans, Yamaha pianos have come to represent an unsurpassed standard of affordable excellence. It is a standard that continues to generate ever-higher acclaim and make Yamaha grand pianos the first choice of many of the world's most discriminating pianists.

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Review of the Yamaha GB1K
5’-0” Baby Grand Piano

By Pianist/Composer John Ryan
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The size (length) of a grand piano has a direct effect on both the quality of sound and the power (volume) that the piano is capable of producing.  That is not to say that a smaller grand is always going to sound inferior to a larger grand; the quality of materials and craftsmanship also play a major role.  All things being equal, however, it is definitely more challenging to design and build a small baby grand that sounds great than it is for larger grands.
Most professionals in the piano industry, including myself, will agree that baby grands in the 5’ and under size-range will generally lack the tone and power of pianos just a few inches longer, but many individuals are forced to sacrifice that superiority when faced with size and space requirements.  Generally speaking, the cost of a piano also goes up accordingly as size increases, therefore those on a budget will usually opt for the smaller-sized baby grands for this reason.
For many years I have performed on entry-level Yamaha baby grand models in the 5’ range.  Although they were designed primarily for the home market, they are most often the choice for hospitality and institutional purchasers due to their cost-to-value ratio.  They are built with quality parts, perform well, and hold up much better than other brands in this class.  Yamaha pianos are also known to have higher resale values when it comes to buying and selling preowned pianos.
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THE VALUE

In 2009, Yamaha introduced their current entry-level baby grand, the model GB1K.  The GB1K has been in production for over a decade now and is Yamaha’s smallest grand piano at only 5′ in length.  Despite its diminutive size, there appears to be no obvious compromises in the quality and richness of sound.  Combined with an exceptionally responsive action that Yamaha is so well-known for, this piano has earned its reputation as a rock-solid choice for those seeking a brand-new baby grand piano that offers incredible value and is economically priced.

Retail price starts at 15K for a new Yamaha GB1K in polished ebony, and at that price it is definitely a winner for many reasons.  It is a terrific starter piano that’s surprisingly affordable with great appeal to both decorators and design-conscious buyers. 

THE BUILD

Among the impressive build quality features of the GB1K stated by Yamaha are its advanced scale design, solid spruce soundboard and ribs, solid maple bridge and caps, solid copper wound bass strings and aluminum alloy action rails. In addition, the model offers Yamaha’s balanced action, solid spruce keys with hardwood buttons, premium Yamaha designed hammers with T-fasteners, a reinforced key-frame pin with an adjustable guide and a hardwood reinforced key-frame.  Yamaha GB1K’s are manufactured at their piano manufacturing facility in Jakarta, one of Yamaha's six musical instrument production facilities located in Indonesia.  Because these factories are 100% owned and operated by Yamaha, the company is able to maintain its high standards of quality while remaining competitive with entry-level pianos produced by other manufacturers.

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TECHNICIAN INQUIRY

I asked several well-established and experienced piano technicians for their opinion of the Yamaha GBK1 and received very favorable comments.  I was told that the build quality is superior to other brands and that these pianos are extremely stable instruments when it comes to tunings.  The consensus seems to be that the GBK1 is the best entry-level baby grand that Yamaha has produced in decades and that it is at the top of the list for pianos in this category.

PLAYABILITY

As far as playability goes, I love the action on this model; it feels great, and it responds to fast repetitions and complex arpeggios with ease.  If you have ever played Yamaha pianos and have been impressed by the ease and response of their keyboards, you most certainly will not be disappointed. 
These pianos come from the factory fully-regulated and ready to perform without additional preparation by the dealer before placement on the showroom floor.  Entry-level pianos from other companies often require a substantial amount of regulation of the action and voicing of the hammers in order to sound as good as a brand-new piano should sound straight from the factory.  This does not seem to be an issue with Yamaha GB1K pianos, and it appears that Yamaha’s reputation for maintaining quality and consistency carries over to even their most inexpensive models like the GBK1.

SOUND

Besides playability, the other most important factor when judging a piano is its sound.  The Yamaha GBK1 has a surprising amount of power for a small baby grand and the tone is pure, rich, and pleasing, as well.  The overall sound is substantially better, warmer (not quite as bright), well-balanced, and more expressive than previous entry-level Yamaha grands such as the GH1 and GA1 (both discontinued).  The transition from the treble to bass strings is also much improved over previous models.  These improvements helped bring the entry level GB1K much closer to the next level offered in Yamaha’s lineup, the 5’-3” GC1, which lists for about 10K more than the GB1K.

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THE FINISH

The fit and finish of the structural components on Yamaha pianos are excellent and the finish on their cases are always impeccable.  These are just several of the reasons why Yamaha pianos are always in-demand and retain higher resale values.

IN CONCLUSION

I have played many hours on GB1K pianos and would say without reservation that I would be more than pleased to own one myself and would recommend these models for home and studio use to professional musicians, composers, and pianists. 

THE ENSPIRE

It should be mentioned that the Yamaha GBK1 is also available in two models of the Yamaha Disklavier Enspire Player Pianos, the DGBK1 ENCL (playback only) and the DGBK1 ENST (playback and record).  Both of these models include Yamaha’s ‘Silent Piano’ feature which allows quiet playback and performance from an acoustic piano by engaging a mechanism that prevents the hammers from actually striking the strings and instead activating a high quality digital piano sound audible through headphones.

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One Zen Place Art & Piano Gallery (home of Vero Beach Pianos)


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ONE ZEN PLACE
Art and Piano Gallery

4005 43rd Avenue
Vero Beach, Florida 32960

772-907-5000

JOHN RYAN
Pianist  | Composer
john@verobeachpianos.com

AMY DYSON
Art Historian | Etiologist
amy@verobeachpianos.com