Yamaha U1 SH3 Silent Upright Piano

Yamaha U1SH3 Silent Piano

  • First & Foremost an Acoustic Piano
  • New CFX / Bösendorfer Concert Grand Piano Samples
  • Built in BlueTooth Midi/ Audio
  • 2 Wired Headphone Inputs
  • Professional level input and outputs
  • Record your Performances
Yamaha U1SH3 Silent Piano Prices
Yamaha U1SH3 PE Polished Ebony $16,899
Yamaha U1SH3 SE Satin Ebony $16,899
Yamaha U1SH3 PM Polished Mahogany $19,199
Yamaha U1SH3 SW Satin Walnut $19,199
Yamaha U1SH3 PW Polished White $19,199
* Yamaha U1SH3 List Prices Subject to Change


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Yamaha U1 SH3 Silent Piano

The Yamaha U1 SH3 Silent Piano is an acoustic piano with a factory installed SH3 Silent Piano System.

The Silent Bar Replaces the Middle Practice Mute, an interface is on the keybed underneath the bass strings and you will have to plug your piano into an electrical outlet.

These small additions opens up a traditional Acoustic Piano into an instrument with Unlimited Potential!

Connect your piano to your Phone, Tablet, Laptop, keyboard, studio monitors and More!

Yamaha u1sh3 silent piano interface






Yamaha U1 SH3 Silent Piano Specs and Info


The Yamaha U1SH3 is the perfect home piano for a serious piano player.  This instruments features an under felted hammers and larger backposts.

The sound Board and Ribs are produced by Yamaha and feature Premium tonal woods and Spruce for the Sounding Board.

A Yamaha V-Pro Vacuum Casted Plate or “Harp” enhances tuning stability and is complemented by Yamaha’s back post which undergo Yamaha’s top of the line wood drying process.

The Bass strings are hand wounded and individually scaled for each Yamaha B series.

To complement the Premium parts every Yamaha U Series Upright Piano Features a unique hammer design for each Particular scale.

Yamaha U1Sh3 Silent Piano Dimensions
Height 48″ 121 cm
Width 60 1/4″ 153 cm
Depth 24 1/2″ 62 cm
Weight 511 lbs 232 kg

Yamaha SH3 Silent Piano Features


The Articulation System

Yamaha SC3 and SH3 Silent System Sensor

The 88 note Keyboard Features a newly designed non contact electro magnetic articulation sensor system.

This systems measures the key travel speed, timing and release to mimic what the hammer would of been doing if it hit the string instead of the silent bar.

The Keys Feature a Continuous detection electromagnetic inductive system.

The Sustain or Damper Pedal feature a Continuous detection optical sensor and the Left pedal or Soft Pedal has an On/Off Optical Sensor.

The Mute Rail

Yamaha SC3 and SH3 Silent Piano Mute Bar for Upright Pianos
Yamaha U1 SH3 Silent Piano Mute Bar

On a regular acoustic upright piano the middle pedal is usually a mute pedal.  This brings a piece of felt between the hammers and the strings and lowers the keys velocity thus “muting the sound”.

The Yamaha Silent Upright Pianos has the Mute Rail Catching the hammer before it hits the string to prevent unwanted sound and to give the musician the feel of an acoustic piano.

This is only done in the factory to ensure proper feel, proper installation and to guarantee product longevity.


The Voices

Yamaha Silent Piano Samples

The Yamaha SH3 Silent System features 25 Built in Voices.

The First 2 Piano voices are the Yamaha CFX &  the Bösendorfer Imperial Grand Piano.  These pianos feature a Binaural Sample which when wearing headphones immerses the piano player in as if they were in front of the acoustic piano that was sampled.

Yamaha U1 SH3 Silent Piano Voice List 

Voice Number Voice Name Description Touch
Key Off
Regular Acoustic Piano When System Not Activated
Acoustic Piano Sounds
PF1 CFX Grand The CFX concert grand piano from Yamaha offers a remarkable sound quality, boasting a wide dynamic range
that allows for unparalleled expressive control. This makes it a suitable choice for musicians of all genres and styles.
* * *
CFX Grand
(Head Phones)
Experience the incredible sound of Yamaha’s CFX concert grand piano, captured through their advanced Binaural Sampling technique.
Specifically designed for headphone use, this method allows you to feel completely immersed in the music, as if the sound is truly coming from the piano itself.
* * *
PF2 Bösendorfer The illustrious sound of the Bösendorfer Imperial concert grand piano, crafted in Vienna, is renowned for its exceptional quality.
The warm and expansive tones evoke the grandeur of the instrument, making it the perfect choice for conveying tender emotions in musical compositions.
* * *
(Head Phones)
Experience the legendary sound of the Vienna-made Bösendorfer Imperial concert grand piano with the revolutionary Binaural Sampling technique, specially designed for headphone use.
Immerse yourself in the rich tone of this iconic instrument, as if you were sitting right in front of it.
* * *
PF3 Pop Grand A vibrant and lively grand piano tone, perfect for contemporary genres. – Comparable to a Yamaha C7x 7’6 Semi Concert Grand * * *
PF4 Ballad Grand A grand piano tone with a beautifully soft and warm tone, perfect for playing ballads and classical pieces. – Comparable to a Yamaha S7x Semi Concert Grand * * *
PF5 Yamaha
SU7 Upright
Experience the rich sound of the Yamaha SU7 upright piano through high-quality sampling. Revel in its distinct tonal quality and effortless playability for a more relaxed and intimate performance. * *
Forte Pianos – Early Piano Sounds from the 18th & 19th Century
FP 1 Scarlatti Piano The exquisite sound of a piano crafted by a renowned musical instrument maker from Florence during the early 18th century. This maker gained fame for inventing the piano.
It is a widely accepted belief that Scarlatti favored the piano crafted by this particular maker. The resulting sound is characterized by its vibrant and dazzling qualities.
* * *
FP 2 Mozart Piano The sound of a piano crafted by a renowned instrument maker in Vienna during the late 18th century. Esteemed composers such as Mozart and Beethoven were known to favor and praise the pianos created by this manufacturer.
The distinct tone of these pianos is characterized by its clarity and delicate quality, making it a joy to listen and play.
* *
FP 3 Beethoven
The sound of a piano crafted by a renowned manufacturer in London during the early 19th century. This manufacturer’s pianos served as the inspiration for masterpieces composed by the likes of Haydn and Beethoven.
With a deep and resonant bass, shimmering high notes, and a powerful fortissimo, this piano truly stood out among its peers of the time.
* * *
FP 4 Chopin Piano The exquisite sound of a 19th century Parisian piano, crafted by a skilled manufacturer, evoked deep admiration from the renowned composer, Chopin.
Its keys, ever-responsive to his delicate touch, produced a musical tone akin to that of a beautiful singing voice – at times rich and alluring, and at other times, melancholic and sorrowful.
* *
Electric Pianos from the 1960’s – 1990’s
EP1 Stage E.Piano The electric piano produces a distinct sound with its hammer-struck metallic “tines.” When played gently, it emits a soft and soothing tone, while a forceful touch produces a more intense and aggressive sound.  Warm, Creamy, Saucy Sound * *
EP2 DX E.Piano An FM synthesizer with a contemporary electronic piano sound. The tone adapts to your playing touch, making it perfect for popular music.” *
EP3 Vintage EP The electric piano produces a distinct sound, created by the striking of metal reeds with hammers. This instrument is commonly utilized in both rock and popular music genres. * *
TA3/SH3 Harpsichord & Acoustic Keyboards
HS1 Harpsichord 8′ The harpsichord is a commonly used instrument in baroque music, known for its distinct sound. Unlike other instruments, variations in playing touch do not affect its volume, but rather create a unique sound when the key is released. * *
HS2 Harpsichord 8′ + 4′ An enhanced harpsichord with an additional upper octave produces a richer and more vibrant sound. * *
HS3 Vibraphone The Vibraphone has a beautiful and expansive tone, providing a spacious and crystal-clear sound. By pressing the left pedal, the Vibrato can be easily switched on or off. * *
HS4 Celesta The celesta, a unique percussion instrument producing sound through hammers striking metallic bars, is most famously recognized for its enchanting role in Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Sugar-plum Fairies” from the beloved “Nutcracker Suite.” * *
OR1 Organ Principal The Voice combines the pipes of a principal (brass instrument) organ, consisting of 8′, 4′, and 2′ pipes. It is perfectly suited for Baroque church music. *
OR2 Organ Tutti This Voice boasts a complete set of couplers from a pipe organ, renowned for its distinctive sound famously featured in Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue”. *
OR3 Jazz Organ The electric tone wheel organ is a commonly used instrument in jazz and rock genres. Its distinct sound is often heard in these musical styles. By pressing the left pedal, the Rotary Speaker effect can be switched between a slow and fast speed.
Pad – Keyboard Layering sounds with the Acoustic Piano
Pd1 Strings Multiple Stings Instruments with a slow attack * *
Pd2 Choir A big, spacious choir Voice. Perfect for creating rich harmonies – not well suited for fast pieces * *
PD3 Synth Pad Warm and mellow Synth Sound commonly used in 1980-1990s music *
Layer – Digital Piano + Pad Sound
LY1 Piano + Strings Combination of piano and strings ensemble Voices, giving you a richly textured sound as if you were playing the piano with a string orchestral accompaniment * * *
LY2 Piano + Pad Combination of piano and Synth Pad Voices. – I love the 80’s * * *
LY3 Piano +
DX E.Piano
Combination of piano and DX E. Piano Voices. – Think Phil Collins * * *

The Connectivity

Yamaha SC3 Silent Piano Connections








With the Yamaha SC3 Silent System on can connect a number of different devices and instruments.

For Wired Devices:

2 x mini stereo head phone jacks

1 x Usb B – used to hook up to a computer or other midi instrument – sends midi and audio data

1 X USB to Device – To record on a USB Thumb Drive or play back midi or audio files

Midi in – Out – Thru

1/4″ stereo line outs

For Bluetooth Devices:

Bluetooth Audio – Send music to the Silent Piano to Play along With your Favorite Tracks

Bluetooth Midi – Connect your IPad, Computer or 2 other Midi Devices

The Built in Rhythms

Rhythm tracks








Play along with 20 different Rhythm Drum and Bass Tracks that follow what key you are in!