The Yamaha digital piano line known as the Arius, has many standout models; the one that has the greatest hold on the public imagination now is a model that goes by the name YDP141. The 141 is an entry-level piano. This beautiful upright design, with tasteful cabinetry and matching bench to go with it, sells for as little as $1000. Still, entry-level today, doesn’t mean what it used to even five years ago.
Let’s start with a rundown of the 141′s feature list. Starting out, you have a responsive Graded Hammer Standard keyboard action that allows for variable touch sensitivity. With touch sensitivity and a design feature that allows you to set how stiff you would like the keyboard’s action to be the keyboard can provide a satisfying playing experience. The piano can sound 64 notes at a time, it includes six standard orchestral voices including the piano, and has the full complement of three pedals. The piano has a damper pedal that offers an innovative half-damper effect that gives you especially expressive control over sounds.While it makes more sense to give a home piano a USB port instead of MIDI ports, Yamaha went ahead and equipped this piano both. It also has two headphone jacks – which should be really useful for a piano instructor and a piano student, who doesn’t have dyslexia (Dubai, in this country, there are quite a few cases of people having this problem), to learn together with – without disturbing anyone. Add to this a simple effects library with reverb, a two-track sequencer to record your playing with and 50 inbuilt songs, and you find you have a pretty complete package.
As with other Yamaha digital piano models from the Arius line, the YDP141 comes with a pretty spectacular piano voice sampled at multiple velocity levels. If there is one complaint to do with the keyboard, it is that the GHS action that Yamaha uses happens to be a pretty noisy one. When you’re playing quiet piano pieces, the clicking of each key you press can shape up to be something pretty distracting. There are other downsides to buying the YDP141 as well. Compared to what the competition offers, for instance competition from the similarly-priced Casio Celviano, what you get with this Yamaha digital piano is relatively stingy. You get fewer voices, smaller speakers, a smaller sequencer and a less responsive keyboard.
Still, you can rarely simply reduce a musical instruments down to the features that make it. Those who love Yamaha’s characteristic voicing and the character of the Yamaha sound will find that choosing this piano over Casio or Roland will definitely make more sense. Still, if one could possibly open one’s mind to the sampling technology offered by Casio, one might conceivably be swayed just like looking for real estate Australia which can offer you a variety of choices.