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Yamaha U3 SH3 Silent upright piano

brand: Yamaha
Stock code: Yamaha U3SH3-PE
  • 131cm tall traditional style Silent upright piano
  • The industry standard practice and performance upright piano model
  • A refined design with 'floating' solid soundboard and soft close fallboard
  • Fitted with latest Yamaha SH3 Silent System for private practice via headphones
  • New silent system includes improved sensor system, Grand Expression Modelling and new piano samples
  • Advanced features including Bluetooth connectivity, onboard and USB audio recording, MIDI IN/OUT
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£11,666.67 ex. VAT
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Introducing the Yamaha U3 SH3 Silent Upright Piano

The industry standard upright piano for practice and performance and perhaps the most well known and recognised of all upright pianos. Yamaha's U3 is used all over the world in schools, colleges, studios, performance venues, dance studios, private homes, the list goes on!

Offering outstanding musical performance, the U3 is 10cm taller than the U1 and benefits from enhanced features such as a floating soundboard for improved resonance and a sostenuto pedal.

Fitted with the Yamaha's new SH3 Silent system, the U3 SH3 allows the piano to not only be played acoustically, but also with headphones making it completely silent to everyone but the pianist. With refined features including virtual resonance modelling, binaural sampling on Yamaha CFX and Bosendorfer Imperial concert grand piano sounds, Grand Expression Modelling technology and a better key movement detection system than ever before, the sound and feel is so authentic you will forget you are even wearing headphones!

Additional benefits of the SH3 system include a built in record facility, USB audio recording, MIDI connectivity for use as a controller or for connecting a sound module, 20 rhythm accompaniments and compatibility with apps including Smart Pianist.

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Practice in complete silence!

Activate the silent mode and a rail moves between the hammers and the strings to 'switch off' the acoustic piano. Yamaha's highly sophisticated non-contact sensor technology captures the precise movement of each key, a cleverly designed alagorithm precisely simulates the movements of the hammers as they strike the strings, accurately recreating the acoustic piano performance exactly as the pianist intended. The beautiful sound of the Yamaha CFX and Bosendorfer Imperial concert grands is delivered through your headphones.

SH3 Silent system

Select from a pallet of 25 high quality instrument voices to suit your musical genre. SH3 also features 20 rhythm styles, a metronome, 2 track record facility, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, all of which can be controlled via the sleek and intuitive control panel or by the Smart Pianist app. A bank of 480 XG voices are included for MIDI file playback, while the piano also benefits from MIDI IN/OUT ports enabling it to be used as a controller keyboard.

Binaural Sampling

Both main concert grand piano sounds in SH3 have been captured from the perspective of the pianist to create a truly spacial and immersive sound. The piano sounds like it is in front of you rather than in your ears, which also reduces fatigue and enables you to practice for longer!

Impressive modelling technologies

Virtual Resonance Modelling technology reproduces the resonance produced by the frame, rim and strings of an acoustic piano and brings the sound of both the fabulous Yamaha CFX and Bosendorfer Imperial concert grand piano to life. Newly developed Grand Expression Modelling authentically recreates the variations in tone produced by the internal components of the piano, the subtle differences in the movement of the hammers and dampers according to the pianists touch. It cleverly detects the acceleration and force of the keystrokes to constantly adjust the tonal output, giving the pianist the same control over the subtle nuances of the piano sound as they would in acoustic mode.

Download the Smart Pianist app

Smart Pianist connects your iOS or Android device to the piano, either via USB or via the optional UD-WL01 wireless LAN adaptor to remotely control the instrument's sounds, control the record facility and metronome and even display music notation on screen. The app will also scan your iTunes library and produce a basic score so you can learn to play your favourite songs!

Installation at the Yamaha factory

Unlike most silent systems, Yamaha's SC3 and SH3 Silent systems are installed during the manufacturing process. Yamaha piano actions are designed to accomodate Silent systems, so you can be sure of the highest quality performance and reliability. Nothing has been compromised!

Register your piano to claim an extra 5 years warranty for FREE!

Yamaha offers all acoustic piano customers 5 years warranty on a new piano and 2-year warranty on included electronics as standard. However, if you register your piano with Yamaha to increase that to 10 years warranty on the piano and 5 years on electronics. This extended warranty ensures your investment is protected for added peace of mind.

For more information, or to register your instrument and claim your warranty, click the link below.


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Spec Specification
DimensionsWidth153 cm (60 1/4")
Height131 cm (51 1/2")
Depth65 cm (25 1/2")
Weight Weight 250 kg (550 lb)
Keyboard Key Surfaces - White Acrylic resin Acrylic resin
Key Surfaces - Black Phenolic resin
Hammer TypeU Series Special
CabinetLid/Fallboard Locks Yes
Soft-Close Fallboard Yes
Sensor System Key Sensors Non-contact continuous detection electromagnetic inductive sensor
Damper Pedal Continuous detection sensor
Sostenuto Pedal On/Off detection sensor
Soft/Shift Pedal On/Off detection sensor
Silencing System MechanismHammer shank stopper operated by lever
Tone Generation Piano Sound Yamaha CFX, Bösendorfer Imperial
Forte Piano Yes
Binaural Sampling Yes (Yamaha CFX, Bösendorfer Imperial)
Grand Expression Modeling Yes
Key-off Samples Yes
Smooth Release Yes
Polyphony (max.) 256
Number of Voices 25
Stereophonic Optimizer Yes (piano Voices other than “CFX Grand” and “Bösendorfer”)
Songs (MIDI) Number of Preset Songs 25 Voice Demo Songs, 50 Classics
Recording (MIDI) Number of Songs 10
Number of Tracks2
Data Capacity(max.) approx. 550 KB/Song
FormatPlaybackSMF (Format 0, Format 1)
RecordingSMF (Format 0)
Recording/Playback (Audio) Recording Time (max.) 80 minutes/Song
FormatPlaybackWAV (44.1 kHz, 16 bit, stereo)
RecordingWAV (44.1 kHz, 16 bit, stereo)
Functions Rhythm Patterns 20
Overall Controls MetronomeYes
Tempo Range 5 – 500
Transpose-12 – 0 – +12
Tuning414.8 – 440.0 – 466.8 Hz (approx. 0.2 Hz increments)
Control Interface Display7-Seg
Storage and Connectivity Internal Memory approx. 1.3 MB
External Drives USB flash drive
ConnectivityHeadphones Stereo mini jack (x2)
AUX IN Stereo mini jack
AUX OUT [L/L+R][R] (Standard phone jack)
Power Supply AC Adaptor PA-300C (or an equivalent recommended by Yamaha)
Power Consumption8 W (When using PA-300C AC adaptor)
Auto Power OffYes
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