40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on 27 December 2012
I recently bought a Yamaha YDP-S51 digital piano, and am very pleased with it. I have a real piano too, but wanted a digital one to practice on at night without waking up the household!
* Nice action - the Yamaha GH one - not the cheaper GHS. Not exactly the same as the real one of course, but close enough that skills are easily transferable.
* Grand piano sound is great. It has a few other voices too - Organ, Strings, Harpsichord etc. , but the piano's the main thing.
* It's very compact, much smaller than the other Yamaha digital pianos. But it's the right height, with a full size keyboard, so it never seems cramped.
* USB Midi works very well. I can plug it into my Mac & use it to control Logic, with no hassle. No noticeable latency.
* Good pedals, with half-pedalling.
Cons: None so far. Highly recommended!
Edit - 2.5 years later the piano still gets played daily and is working well. The only slight drawback I've found is the shiny plastic keys can get a bit slippery which can compromise accuracy in fast complicated passages. I see Yamaha have recently introduced the YDPS61 which specifically addresses this by providing 'Ivory feel' keys
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 13 November 2013
Desigen and quality of this piano are excellent , and perform like a an acoustical grand piano and feel like one. I love it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 April 2015
Excellent piano, sounds and feels like a real piano (actually it sounds better than many affordable uprights). Ideal for youngsters to learn to play on, it has duo mode, and many recorded piano greats to help with the enthusiasm (or just to listen to). Very easy to setup and well packaged – the setup instructions could be a little clearer though, but it is actually not that difficult to setup at all. Very glad I made this purchase and Amazon provided a good price.
12 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on 23 April 2013
With a proper baby grand costing as much as an expensive car, most punters will be going for digital pianos like this.
Mostly we're paying for the action and patents here. At £800 that strikes me as quite expensive, but then Yamaha has captured the market here.
So what exactly is it? Well, it's a digital piano, a sophisticated keyboard, but Yamaha is determined to make it look like an ordinary piano. With that design constraint bang goes the interface, no touch pad LED screens here thank you very much, and instead you're reduced to counting keys and squinting at a quick start guide to work out exactly which key ups the tempo by 10 on the metronome. It's not helped by Yamaha naming middle C as C3 instead of the C4 every musician calls it (computer nerds count from 0 see, because that's what the great Donald Knuth recommends - but what's good for numbering dynamic arrays doesn't make sense for counting piano notes). I guarantee you will get pretty pissed off pretty quickly with that.
The computer interface is a joke, as clumsy and as hard to work as it possibly can be (the great Donald Knuth should take a squint at it and chuckle). When you finally work out how to export one of your measly ten allowed songs to the piano, you have absolutely no idea which of the ten keys it's assigned to it will be. You just have to experiment. And that's right, you get just 10 songs of your own. Plus 50 preset songs you very probably don't want but just have to learn to live with and love, the usual suspects "Furry Liza" and so on you would be better served listening to infant prodigies playing on YouTube. Almost all of these are at a considerably advanced standard were we to have attained we would indeed probably have graduated to a baby grand costing the price of a small car by now. Perhaps Yamaha has in mind we should go on YouTube and fake it, which incidentally I strongly suspect at least one of their infant prodigies does with "Furry Liza" (no she's not Chinese).
Yamaha need to get their design and marketing folk together, find out what people actually want from a digital piano and deliver it.
Still it's a pretty good imitation of a grand piano - got to give them that. What a pity it's a travesty of a digital instrument.