Hello Piano Society! This is my first post since becoming a member, but I have been a loyal listener for almost a year. I'm not sure if someone has already discussed this before. I recently traded my old U1 in for a Yamaha U1 silent and I'm in love with the "silent" function. I'm curious to know if anybody else has a U1 silent and how they like it. Here are some pro's and con's in my opinion... Pros: Great for apartment living - you can play all night long without bothering your neighbours! Sampled sounds are pretty high quality. Recording functionality (in midi format if you are just using a USB key, but you can connect the audio output to your computer and use a program like Audacity to record..) It's still a regular U1 when you take the silent function off. So if the electronics malfunctions you still have a good quality accoustic piano. Cons: Since volume is adjustable while the piano is in "silent" mode, I had to make some adjustments when I take the "silent" mode off. The recording functionality is rather limited. Recording speed is very slow and you can only record one piece at a time with a USB key. However if you have the right cable connection to a computer this problem goes away. Sometimes when I play fast repeated notes, the optical sensor gets confused and makes the sound really loud (startled me once or twice). I had to get used to the fact that essentially I'm playing on two different pianos all the time. Pedal sensitivity is different; sound is different.. etc. However I feel the touch is pretty consistent so that is a big plus! All in all I think it is worth every penny I spent on it. The biggest thing for me is that now I can practice much later without worrying about waking up half of the town. And I still have a decent quality accoustic piano!