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BUENA PARK, Calif. — Yamaha Corporation of America announces the United States debut of the b1 Acoustic Upright Piano,  the most affordable instrument  in Yamaha’s acoustic piano line. A favorite in Japanese and European  households for years, the Continental style b1 is designed for maximum  performance, incorporating exceptional craftsmanship, space-conscious  design and high-quality sound at a wallet-friendly  price.

According  to Yamaha Acoustic Piano Marketing Manager Ed Bezursik, the U.S. market  is primed for b1’s winning combination of looks, value and quality. “In  recent years, European-style  cars, such as the revived Fiat and Mini-Cooper brands, have captured  the imagination of American consumers,” said Bezursik. “For piano  lovers, the new b1 likewise meets those demands with style, offering  exceptional sound quality and superior materials.”

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The  sturdy contemporary design features back posts for added strength,  while the specially designed soundboard and high-grade hammers endow the  b1 with an unrivalled richness and  sound depth for a 43” piano. Yamaha’s renowned, pure, clear tone and  easy to play, responsive keyboard touch make this upright ideal for  beginning piano students.

Ideal  for small spaces, the b1 Continental upright measures 43 inches high  with a width and depth of 58 ¼ ” and 21 ¼,” respectively.

Seasoned  specifically for the U.S. market, the b1 features a laminated  soundboard that minimizes soundboard cracking. Yamaha reinforces the  crown of its soundboard to ensure that  the tone quality will remain consistent for years.

Yamaha’s  patented Extruded Aluminum Alloy Action Rail eliminates the common  fluctuations in wood and metal encased rails, that affect touch,  allowing for a more stable, long-lasting  action regulation. Yamaha only uses select Spruce for the keys on all  models of pianos. Like all Yamaha pianos, the b1 offers Uniform Key  Travel to ensure that regardless of size, type or model, Yamaha  keyboards will always feel the same.

Finally,  the b Series offers a Balanced Action. Each key of a Yamaha piano is  individually weighted, allowing all keys to play uniformly, ensuring a  lifetime of superior touch and  control across the entire keyboard.

Additional  products in the line – the b2 and b3 – will make their debut at the  Winter NAMM 2013 trade show in Anaheim, California. Available in an  elegant polished ebony finish,  the b1 upright carries an MSRP of $4,499.

For  more information about Yamaha products, write Yamaha Corporation of  America, P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, CA 90622-6600; call (714) 522-9011;  email infostation@yamaha.com; or visit http://4wrd.it/YAMAHAUSA.

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