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5.0 out of 5 stars A thing of beauty........, 23 May 2014
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Probably a crazy reason to buy a piano but my son and daughter in law wanted a piano at their wedding reception and the hotel wanted several hundred pounds to provide one for the afternoon. I have long had a hankering to learn to play a piano, and thus this was seen as a way to indulge both my son and myself in one easy purchase, and to save what appeared to be a considerable waste of money along the way.

This instrument is absolutely beautiful. It comes with the stand requiring minimal assembly and then the keyboard section simply slides into place and is secured with 4 captive screws. It is very solid, and heavy, once assembled. Everything exudes quality, the cabinet, the full size keyboard, the keys themselves, and - of course - the sound.

The sound emanates from two speakers set underneath each end of the keyboard - they face downward and are not seen. It appears that the main difference between this instrument and the DP162 is the output power, though at 6w per channel the 142 would appear capable of meeting most needs (bearing in mind that an acoustic piano doesn't have an output power as such). If more amplification is required then an amplifier and speaker could be connected by means of one of the two headphone sockets provided.

There are a number of voices available but Yamaha have concentrated on making this a quality instrument rather than an all singing and dancing electronic keyboard, so you will probably only use one of the piano or harpsichord voices. With expert hands on the keyboard the sound quality is beautiful and, to my untrained ear, accurate. It just sounds as an acoustic piano and you forget that there are no strings and hammers inside, no tuning required. This is where the imitation starts to better the original (though I'm sure there are some musicians that I've horrified with that comment - sorry!). There are a large number of demo tunes also available, the music for which is supplied in an accompanying songbook to aid learning.

This now sits in our dining room and I find it difficult not to sit at it for at least a few minutes each day and simply play. Apart from that, it looks really nice as well. This is one purchase that I am so pleased that we made every single day. I don't have too many of those!

Post wedding note - the reason that we originally purchased this piano has now been fulfilled. At my son's wedding the piano was installed in a large ballroom - sufficient to seat well over a hundred guests - and was played by a very experienced professional pianist for over 3 hours. Providing background music, we were slightly surprised that the volume required was only about 60% of maximum and no further amplification was needed. The pianist said that the instrument was excellent to play - it felt right, the sound was excellent, and the keys felt nicely balanced. She played a very wide variety of music, from light classical to pop and really didn't want to stop playing. So if a professional pianist loves it, and a large audience also loved it, what better recommendation can there be?
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