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Yamaha YDP-135 and Yamaha YDP-141 digital piano review


The Yamaha YDP-135 and the Yamaha YDP-141 are, in all but the slight increase in the size of the recording memory on the Yamaha YDP-141, the same instrument. They combine Yamaha’s authentic sound and natural touch in a compact and light ‘furniture-style’ body.

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About Yamaha pianos

Yamaha digital pianos are widely considered to be the best digital pianos in the market ahead of companies like Kurzweil and Roland. They’ve been making a wide-range of digital pianos for an awfully long time. What makes Yamaha digital pianos so popular in comparison to other makes is their quality of construction and tone-quality. At the time of writing, their range currently comprises:
– NP-range: entry-level keyboard/synth pianos
– P-series: a “compact and stylish” portable range
– Arius/YDP-range: a mid-range selection of static digital pianos (to which the Yamaha YDP-135 and Yamaha YDP-141 belong)
– Clavinova CLP-range: a top-end selection of static and grand digital pianos
– Clavinova CVP-range: a top-end selection of electronic-functions based “show” pianos
– MODUS-range: a top-end selection of digital pianos that focus heavily on design

For more information about Yamaha digital pianos, please click here: http://www.uk.yamaha.com/en/products/musical-instruments/keyboards/digitalpianos/

About Yamaha Arius (YDP) series

The Arius (YDP) series digital pianos are Yamaha’s static ‘furniture-style’ range. They’re digital pianos that combine great quality piano sounds with a decent touch. They’re perfect instruments for beginners through to experienced players and range in price from around £650 through to £1,400.

Tone

three and a half star

The Yamaha YDP-135 and the Yamaha YDP-141 feature Yamaha’s AWM dynamic stereo sampling and it’s this quality of sound reproduction that set these instruments apart from their competitors. They produce a similar sound to the Yamaha DGX-640 and Yamaha DGX-650 digital pianos and have a richer, thicker tone than some of the competitor instruments.

With regards to output, the Yamaha YDP-135 and the Yamaha YDP-141 feature only 64-note polyphony (they might slightly struggle with particularly chordal passages compared to an instrument with 128-note polyphony) and the 6W+6W amplifiers with 2 x 12cmx6cm speakers mean the instrument is best as a practice instrument or in a smaller room. If you need something louder in this price range and don’t mind sacrificing the piano sound reproduction, you might consider the Casio PX-750 as it has a more powerful sound output (8W+8W rather than 6W+6W), a larger range of voices and 128-note polyphony (albeit without the ‘furniture-style’ casing).

Touch

three and a half star

Both the Yamaha YDP-135 and Yamaha YDP-141 have the full 88 keys and are medium-weighted digital pianos (see touch-weight in the terminology section). They both feature Yamaha’s “graded hammer standard” – Yamaha’s perfectly adequate entry-level ‘graded hammer action’ – meaning that keys in the left-hand are slightly harder to depress than those in the right. The touch sensitivity can be adjusted to 4 different settings depending on preference.

The ‘furniture-style’ Arius/YDP-range all feature full pedal-boards giving the digital pianos a very real ‘proper’ piano feel. Three stable pedals are mounted: a damper pedal, a soft pedal and a sostenuto (sustain) pedal and these allow for more expressive playing.

Value for Money

threestar

Colours

The Yamaha YDP-135 is currently available in Dark Rosewood and the Yamaha YDP-141 is available in Dark Rosewood or Light Cherry.

Yamaha YDP 141

Further information

People who purchase the Yamaha YDP-135 or the Yamaha YDP-141 tend to be entry-level pianists who have the space to put a full digital piano or institutions who buy them for practice rooms.

Both instruments have full MIDI connectivity and 2 headphone sockets.

The main difference between the two instruments is that the Yamaha YDP-141 has slightly more memory and you can record 2 tracks independently (say a left-hand part first then a right-hand part). This recording function certainly wouldn’t be the main reason to purchase this instrument!

Other pianos for consideration

Those who are considering purchasing either the Yamaha YDP-135 or the Yamaha YDP-141 digital pianos might also consider the Yamaha DGX-640 or Yamaha DGX-650 from Yamaha or potentially the Casio PX-750 if the ‘furniture-style’ casing isn’t important. The entry-level models of the Casio Celviano range might also come into contention, namely the Casio AP-220, Casio AP-245 or Casio AP-250. Finally, the Roland F-120 is also a consideration.

Technical specification

Full technical specifications can be found here for the Yamaha YDP-141: http://uk.yamaha.com/en/products/musical-instruments/keyboards/digitalpianos/arius_series/ydp-141

Links

The Piano World forum has a good thread comparing the Yamaha YDP-141 with the Yamaha YDP-161: http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/1787232/Yamaha%20ydp141,%20good%20choice%20for.html

And here’s a chap named Geoff doing an excellent tour of the Yamaha YDP-141:

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