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Serious pianists should avoid this instrument!
on 1 May 2015
I bought this after having had two Yamaha YDP 142 pianos develop a fault very shortly after purchase and thought I'd try a different brand. I bought it based on the other reviews here on Amazon as well as other ones on the internet. I simply cannot understand the numerous five star ratings of this piano. I was very excited when it arrived based on the reviews, but the first thing I noticed was that there was damage to the keyboard casing which someone had very clumsily tried to repair. This was a tremendous disappointment, I contacted Amazon and they agreed to supply me with a replacement. However, they also advised that I continue to assemble the piano and then I would only have to change over the keyboard part (which of course is by far the heaviest part) when the replacement arrived. I have to say that Amazon were extremely helpful in this regard.
However, it was after full assembly that I realised that I would not want a replacement after all. The thing sounds horrible when compared to a Yamaha, let alone an actual acoustic piano. Really horrible. The notes sound shallow, 'tinny' and have absolutely no 'song' in them at all. I fiddled with the settings for some time, plugged in some Bose speakers and even an acoustic amplifier but nothing made this instrument sound good.
Another thing I did not like was the feel of the keys when playing. They feel clunky and heavy and the weighting action is laughable. If you press lightly you play soft, if you press just a little heavier it is loud. Those are the two choices. Expression and mood cannot be achieved with this instrument.
The finish of this instrument is described as "rosewood". It is most certainly not rosewood. My adult daughter and I were looking at it and I commented that it was black although it had been sold as rosewood. She immediately responded "Mum, it's not even black. It's grey". She was right. The cabinet is dull, cheap, ugly and looks old faded black-turned-grey furniture that's been left in sunlight for too long. Frankly it's an embarrassment to have it in my home next to my good quality rosewood piano stool which highlights the inferior quality of the piano.
On reflection, I do notice that many of the reviews state that they purchased the instrument for a beginner, for their children or for someone else. If you are an experienced high intermediate or advanced pianist I would strongly suggest you heed my advice and avoid this instrument. I would MUCH rather have a Yamaha where one key is defective than have this. Now I have to go through the process of re-boxing another heavy piano and returning it. What will I do next? Something I previously said I would not do: go back to Yamaha and purchase an Arius YDP S51 in the hope that it proves more reliable than the YDP 142 models and knowing for certain that it will be a great deal better than this Axus digital piano.