If you are just taking your first steps towards learning the piano and need a high-quality instrument that delivers great value for money, then the Yamaha b1 is the piano for you. As an entry level piano, this model ticks a lot of boxes and will set you up for a successful learning experience. With its beautifully compact form and sweet, pure tone, this piano will grace even the smallest of flats.
What we like
• Great entry level piano
• Easy for beginners to learn and master piano
• Clear sound
• Quality build specification for the price
• Value for money
Drawing on a hundred years of accumulated knowledge, Yamaha’s entire entry level range, the b series, is made under high standards of construction in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Because quality control is of the highest level, the benefit to any owner is that maintenance costs are low. The build quality is every bit as good as you might find in some more expensive models, and is supported by four sturdy wooden back posts and a strong cast iron frame.
The model is a favourite amongst piano teachers as Japanese piano actions can be a little heavier. It is therefore easier for beginners to play, as they often find they lose control with a lighter touch piano. The extra strength in the key action (the mechanism that causes hammers to strike the strings when a key is pressed) is ideal for building dexterity, and makes examinations on different pianos much easier. It nevertheless remains easy to play, with an extremely responsive and consistent touch.
Not only is the B1 an excellent choice for beginners, it is also ideal for those in small spaces. The most compact model of the B Series pianos, it measures just over a meter, (or three foot six) in height. It is so unobtrusive that it will find its place in any home. The softer sound profile is also ideal for more limited spaces as you’ll find the sound won’t carry as far as some of the more expensive pianos.
The piano is a stunning combination of art, craftsmanship and tech. With its minimalistic and chic look, it will look good anywhere.
In short, we think this is not just a good piano, but an excellent piano at this price point.
Concert halls, recording studios and places of worship around the world resonate with the distinctive Yamaha sound, owing to more than a century of acclaimed piano-making. Torakusu Yamaha made his first up-right piano in 1900 after finding great success as an organ maker. Since then, with the advice of world-expert piano technicians, Yamaha have been working tirelessly on achieving pioneering quality in their instruments.
Arthur Rubinstein took favourite note of Yamaha in the roaring 20s, and half a century later, Glenn Gould recorded his all-time classic Goldberg Variations on their CF grand piano. In 2016, for the third consecutive year, Yamaha was awarded the prestigious ‘Top 100 Global Innovator’.