Yamaha WX-1 Piano (better than U1)
This is an amazing deal on a rare Wx-1. 'The Yamaha 'X' series Professional Upright Pianos are for those who want a serious replacement for their small grand pianos. These pianos are a significant jump over the U1 and U3 pianos. They have a star shaped back frame to better balance the overall tension. Hammers are made of a higher quality felt from both Yamaha and Renner of Germany, and the scaling of the strings are a slight improvement from the U series pianos. The action has a more precise feel to it, contributing to a more lively and controlled response. There is a tone escapement slot in the front cover of the cabinet for increased clarity.'
I've provided the full professional appraisal below. The piano is a little out of tune. Please let me know if you have any questions, and I'll answer them to the best of my ability. Thank you!
'February 27, 2011
Dear Mr. Randell,
On February 26th, 2011, I examined your Yamaha Piano model WX-1, # 4,626,557 (1988), and found it to be in excellent condition, with the exception of cosmetic damage to the key cover. It is a relatively rare model, and it was intended for the American market. It is the size of a model U-1 (48'), but of superior design and quality. There is extra bracing in the back of the piano, and there is a larger perimeter plate on the inside. Both of these are intended to make it hold a tuning longer.
The hammers show very little wear for the piano's age, and the tone is excellent. The regulation of the action is also excellent. The structural elements of the piano ( the pinblock, soundboard, and bridges) are also in excellent condition, showing no cracks or deterioration. The tuning pins are tight. The pitch is 10-15 cents below standard pitch, so it would need slightly more than a minimal tuning, in the range of $125.
Because this piano is rare and above average quality for its size, the value lies in the appreciation of the potential buyer. Therefore, I am placing a range of value on the instrument of $x,xxx - $5,500.
Thank you for the opportunity to evaluate this interesting instrument.