190 of 194 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oustanding
I've been playing the acoustic piano for around 10 years, but when I started going to university I became heavily out of practice. When I went home during the holidays I would often find myself drawn back to the piano. For my 21st birthday my parents asked if I wanted a keyboard - something I'd wanted for years, but never quite gotten round to it.
Published on 26 Sep 2011 by Josh V.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for the price
It is a very good digital piano for the price, absolutely no doubt! But don't expect this instrument to last more than a couple of years if you are playing it everyday!! also, when u play very fast some notes do get confused and even lost, the touch is a little plastic as well....
Published 13 months ago by Alice Krupski
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190 of 194 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oustanding,
This review is from: Yamaha YDP141 Digital Portable Piano (Electronics)I've been playing the acoustic piano for around 10 years, but when I started going to university I became heavily out of practice. When I went home during the holidays I would often find myself drawn back to the piano. For my 21st birthday my parents asked if I wanted a keyboard - something I'd wanted for years, but never quite gotten round to it.
The problem is, most keyboards have two issues:
1. They don't have properly weighted keys - the keys feel 'floppy', cheap and plasticky. Acoustic pianists will know what I mean.
2. They're feature laden and designed for gigging. I'm not a performer, I'll happily play for myself and whoever happens to be in the house while I'm practising, but I've never been into joining bands.
The result is that to buy a keyboard that has a good touch response means you're looking at around £1000. £400 will get you the P90, a reasonable keyboard, but the keys are still not up to par in my opinion. Fine if you're a beginner, but if you're used to heavy keys it just doesn't feel right. The reason you're paying £1000 is because they're designed for either stage work, with extra voices, synths and extra loud speakers; or they're for studio work with lots of recording gizmos and MIDI tools.
It quickly becomes apparent that for the same price as a mid-range keyboard, you can get a low-end digital piano. So enter the YDP-141. £600 gets you a proper wooden cabinet, full size 88 keys, metal pedals and huzzah, properly weighted keys.
It's not a small device. If you're planning to take this to and from somewhere it may not be for you. I'm fortunate in that my room has a good deal of space - you'll need 1.4mx0.5m free - and I don't need to transport it very much. It's also heavy, with the package weighing in at around 60kg. That said, it arrives flat packed and you can unscrew the back and sides for transportation.
Feature wise it's pretty basic, but for me it's more than enough. You have a metronome function, record and playback, midi out, headphone sockets, 3 pedals and various voices (piano/organ/harpsichord/strings/e-piano). It's got a really nice feel, the keys are good quality and the roll top is great. As looks go, it looks very well built and professional.
The 50 demo songs it comes with are a nice touch - you also get a book with the sheet music for them. You can play back either the right or left hand (or default, both) so you can practice the pieces with a virtual accompaniment. The book is actually pretty good, with lots of classic pieces ranging from Maple Leaf Rag and the Entertainer, to Claire de Lune and Fur Elise. Not necessarily for the beginner, but a good range of show pieces. It's also not spiral bound, as another reviewer mentioned, so it can be tricky to keep it open.
Similarly you can record either the right or left hand of a piece selectively and then play over the top to practice a piece.
Sound wise, the samples are good. That's about it. The lower registers sound a bit electronic, but oh well, it's nothing to cry about. If you want a good sounding piano, buy an acoustic. I think it's perfectly good, the polyphony (number of notes that can be played simultaneously) is large enough and the sustain/damp pedals work as expected.
Headphone sockets mean you can practice at night without waking up everyone, and there are two jacks in case you're duetting. Bear in mind these take the big quarter-inch jacks, not the more familiar 3.5mm you get with MP3 players/computers. Fortunately you can pick up adaptors for under £3 these days so you can use your old headphones.
It also has MIDI out for those into composing and you can send it files from your computer to play along to. I haven't used this so I can't comment, but if you need MIDI out, it's there.
The downsides? The metronome is good, but there's no BPM readout so you have to judge the beat for yourself. A lot of the internal settings are accessed via a frankly weird system of holding a function button and then pressing a key on the keyboard - e.g. selecting a particular demo song involves simultaneously pressing the "DEMO" button and "C-Sharp 2". It's actually a reasonable way of hiding a lot of settings that you never normally need to play with, but still, read the manual!
The stand is fine, though it'd be nice if it had some way of holding books open as some pianos do.
Ultimately, you shouldn't be buying this as a performance piano. Its purpose is to allow people to practice in a small space or where noise is an issue. Those things it does admirably and you won't find a better digital piano at this price point. Personally if I ever do a performance, the venue will likely have an acoustic so sound quality isn't a problem - it's still better than comparatively priced keyboards, though.
60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value,
This review is from: Yamaha YDP141 Digital Portable Piano (Electronics)We recently bought this piano for my daughter to study.She is a begginer so we didn't want to spent a fortune for a 'real piano' for now..We did a lot of reaserch and we decided to go for this one mainly because of the price.I'm really glad with our choice.It does not have a lot of 'buttons' meanning a lot of electronic functions which is total usefull for someone who studies classic piano and it is 'loud' enough to enjoy playing and listening to it.It's like having a real piano and my daughter loves it !!
89 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An honest view from an older player,
This review is from: Yamaha YDP141 Digital Portable Piano (Electronics)Yamaha YDP 141
I purchased this Yamaha earlier this year. I had been looking at second hand pianos but as we wanted to keep it in a bedroom we were mainly concerned about the weight problem and getting it upstairs. My husband and I are in our late 70's so portability was paramount, and the Yamaha 141,which is in virtual kit form, our only answer. We ordered it from Amazon and it was delivered by a van a few days later after a telephoned advice of delivery day and time, An enormous well packed box contained everything and we unpacked it downstairs, carried all the bits and pieces up stairs and assembled it using the easy to follow instructions,in less than an hour. I was playing it by lunchtime.
It has a good tone and really not much more expensive than a second hand and heavier piano with the added advantage, apparently, of not needing any maintenance. I use it as a piano, not an organ. The enclosed music book is excellent but I wish this had a spiral back as I find it difficult to keep the pages open when on the piano shelf and have resorted to using a bulldog clip. I am renewing my pleasure in playing the piano after many years.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yamaha YPD141 Digital Piano,
This review is from: Yamaha YDP141 Digital Portable Piano (Electronics)Excellent quality product. As one would expect its not the same as a "real" piano, but perfect for practise where noise or access is an issue, or for use in a flat. Recommended.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, practical and a joy to play.,
This review is from: Yamaha YDP141 Digital Portable Piano (Electronics)Really, very pleased with every aspect of this item, from assembly to playing, it is perfect in every way and highly recommended. It just feels like a real piano, without the need to tune or for lots of space. It also matched my furniture nicely. Love it!
71 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality, good value, but still not a real piano,
This review is from: Yamaha YDP141 Digital Portable Piano (Electronics)I've been playing piano for over ten years and this is the first digital piano I've bought, and so far it lives up to expectations.
The main bonus to this piano is that it is an excellent piano for its price, you will be hard pressed to find a much better one for cheaper at the moment. (I was researching other pianos for a while)
Being digital it is of course, also much smaller than the real thing and much easier to place within a room, the sound is fairly good and headphone jacks allow me to play late at night without irritating my housemates.
However,having played an actual piano for the mostpart of my life there are several things I dislike about this piano;
First the damper(sustain) pedal doesn't work very well. It's good enough for practice but I wouldn't play for people with it.
My second major problem is with the sound, it works fine and technically I can't really fault it, but it doesn't have soul. Slightly pretentious description but there is a slight deadness to all the notes if you compare them to a real piano
All in all, If you're looking for a good quality, cheap piano to practice on this is definately a good bet; it will last. Still, in my opinion, nothing beats the real thing
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy.,
This review is from: Yamaha YDP141 Digital Portable Piano (Electronics)I bought this recently for my daughter. She is delighted with it. She says it feels like a real piano and it certainly sounds like a real piano. It is perfectly in tune and she can play along with recordings or other instruments. Excellent choice.
35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!,
This review is from: Yamaha YDP141 Digital Portable Piano (Electronics)To prove that I know a little what I'm talking about, I have been playing piano for around 12 years and I reached grade 7.
I have played acoustic piano's before, and I had a digital piano for around 7 years before purchasing this one.
My old digital piano (Technics P50) had a very impressive sound that, quite honestly, took some beating. However, anyone who knows the P50 will know that it's a "gigging" piano. It sits on a stand and transmits its sound through and amp rather than built in speakers. Therefore, as good as it sounded (through headphones), it was never really meant for home-playing pleasure and, quite frankly, looked a bit ugly in the living room.
Bring on the Yamaha YDP141. This is a digital piano that sounds as good as it looks! It is a digital that probably comes as close as can be expected to an acoustic. As I said at the beginning of this review, I have played acoustics (including a full concert grand), so I know what to expect from acoustic pianos. Truly, I'm not sure that any digital piano will ever be able to mimic exactly the sound of an acoustic, however, this comes very very close. Not only that, but the properly weighted full size keyboard, and elegant look, make it look as much like the real thing as it sounds like the real thing.
The "proper" pedals also give it a professional look and feel that makes the YDP141 an almost replica of an acoustic with obvious exceptions (like having to plug it in and, of course, never having to have it re-tuned).
This is for a pianist of any ability. In fact, whilst it is great for experienced pianists, it's arguably better for beginners as it gives you a great start to grade 1 by introducing the feel of weighted keys (which, at first, take some getting used to), and the pressure it requires to create full dynamic range from ppp to fff.
On that last point, if I had one very minor criticism (and it is a minor one), I feel that it is relatively hard to create a real dynamic range (i.e. from pp to ff). It feels like you really have to wack the keys to get anymore than forte out of it. Having said that, I have been used to depressing relatively light keys on my old digital piano and it could just be a case of getting used to the feel of my new Yamaha.
Amongst the obvious benefits of having a digital piano(such as never having to re-tune, moveability, modern look, etc.) it has several different sounds which all equally produce a beautiful tone for whatever style you want to play in or whatever period you want to play from.
Overall, this is a highly recommended instrument and it is nothing short of genius. The makers of the YDP141 have obviously put a lot of work into creating a true piano sound and feel and, in my opinion, have done a near perfect job! At the price it is on Amazon, it's well worth getting.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ticks Most of the Boxes,
This review is from: Yamaha YDP141 Digital Portable Piano (Electronics)I am very pleased with my recent purchase. The assembly instructions were very clear and made it a straightforward operation for 2 people, though. The piano itself has a lovely tone and touch, with very good foot pedals to boot(!), sounds like a traditional upright. I find the only drawback to be the music rest, which is nothing like tall enough to hold some of my music - OK with hardback books, but not very good with soft sheet music, which tends to fall over.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yamaha YDP141,
This review is from: Yamaha YDP141 Digital Portable Piano (Electronics)Really pleased with my piano. Assembly was relatively easy and finished item looks very good. Tone is excellent and keys respond just as acoustic piano. This was bought as a replacement for my last digital piano which was over 20 years old and I wasn't sure if at the price it would be as good. I needn't have worried it is an excellent buy and I'm very happy with it.
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