The Yamaha B2E is a compact traditional style upright piano. Competitively-priced and aesthetically pleasant, B2E offers a moderate improvement in tone over the B1, mainly due to the improved soundboard and greater mass in cabinet structure. However, the keyboard and action are the same as the B1, so there is no improvement in touch.November 2013: Yamaha B2 became new Yamaha B2E featuring a solid spruce soundboard as standard vs 3-ply laminated.As with all things, there is a bigger, better option – of course commanding a higher price! It is fair to mention, if a further improvement is of consideration for a fair premium, we are big fans of the taller and much better Yamaha B3E. The B3E looks, sounds and feels both better and more different to the B1/B2E models. Otherwise, there is little else to consider as the Yamaha B2E is a tempting proposition of affordable new Yamaha piano ownership with a fusion of compact and traditional-styling, with a positive and melodic tone.