JUPA
JUPA & Most Asked Questions
Piano & Keyboard Center
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Q: What does a JUPA sticker mean?
A:" As a JUPA-certified inspector determines that certain piano is made in Japan, he/she attaches Inspection Certificate Sticker on the piano." - (JUPA.OR.JP) In other words, JUPA sticker certify if certain piano is made Japan, nothing more.

Q: Do you have to be a piano technician to certify if a piano is made in Japan?
A: No, personal with least one year piano sales experience can also become inspector for JUPA. -(JUPA.OR.JP)

Q: Does Yamaha , Kawai uses JUPA to inspect their piano?
A: We found no evidence to surport this idea.

* More info can be found on JUPA.OR.JP, JUPA did not disclose a phone number or address on their website.

Most Asked Questions
Q: How do I tell if a Yamaha piano is made in Japan?
A: Yamaha’s website teaches you how to read their serial number, Piano & Keyboard Center also write origin of the piano on the sale contract, therefore, you won’t have to sue some oversea company if the piano isn’t made in Japan.

Q: Yamaha & Kawai has so many different models, how do I tell how much it is worth?
A: Piano & Keyboard center can provide info on all models we sell, such as their list price in Japan when the model was introduced to the market, we then compare its price to popular models such as U1, U3, in order to determine its price.

Q: What is tubby sound?
A: A base string noise that makes the piano sound bad, it makes the piano “unplayable”, it is a sign a piano was not in good care, if you want to know if your piano has tubby base strings, we will check it out for free.

Q: I heard about the A, B, C grading on used piano, is this a standard everyone recognize?
A: No, Piano companies in Japan uses their own rating, and criteria, A grading does not mean the piano is new. In other words, one company’s B grading could be better than another company’s A grade piano, we recommend inspect the piano with your own eyes.