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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.