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Good piano for learners but possible problem with screen
on 5 November 2011
My 12-year-old son has been using this for about three and a half years to learn piano and practice his grade pieces at home. For that purpose it was perfect until recently. The weighted keys mean that he can move between this and a real piano with no difficulty. The keys do produce a noticeable "thunk" when played, so even when used with headphones, the piano is not completely silent.
There are a lot of different voices you can use - this is useful when my son gets bored with the standard voice (though it also invites some messing around!). My son hasn't used the tuition programs yet, though a slightly older boy we had staying with us for a while found them useful.
We've never used it with an external amplifier or reverb, nor does it seem to be designed for this. If that's your aim, this is probably the wrong piano for you.
Two criticism criticisms have led me to give it only three stars:
1. It's not at all intuitive to adjust the settings on the piano. My son is one of those kids who'll spend a long time on gadgets trying to get them to do what he wants - he gave up on this. The thickness of the manual shows that there are lots of possibilities but also that taking advantage of them is a significant challenge.
2. The LCD screen has recently developed a fault and the text is so feint that it is illegible. In the Yamaha UK forum, there are others who have posted the similar problems with the screen. Yamaha have repaired the fault free of charge for at least one, but others have poorer experiences. As with our piano, the faults developed when the piano was beyond its two year warranty. I will update my comments here when I have contacted Yamaha myself.
In summary, I would have had no problem giving this piano a whole-hearted recommendation for learners, until it developed the fault.