Growing up, I did not want to like Yamaha. For whatever reason I don't know. It was the brand I loved to hate. Possibly because their low-end guitars and band instruments were made really poorly, and growing up, that was my only exposure to the brand. But after teaching private piano lessons for 12 years, and having played and taught on many, many Yamaha pianos (grands and uprights), I can honestly say their pianos are some of the best playing and sounding I've seen. I put them right up there with Steinway, Bosendorfer, and Bechstein.