The Yamaha YPD140 is an entry level digital upright piano from Yamaha's Arius line. Despite being entry level it has the authentic concert grand piano sound that made Yamaha famous. Not only that, it comes with nice looking, sturdy stand and a comfortable padded bench. These nice bonuses will save you at least $150 in accessories that you'd otherwise have to buy yourself.
This particular Yamaha model can provide you with different features and advantages that other entry level digital pianos cannot offer. Moreover, there are also some important facts that you should be aware about before you decide to purchase this particular model so keep on reading to find out more.
Like most digital pianos from the Yamaha, expect strikingly realistic and high quality voices from the YDP140 as the piano sounds have been sampled at three velocity levels using their Advanced Wave Memory stereo samping technology – which will provide you with a sound that is very similar to a real acoustic grand piano. Yamaha consistently provides the very best in authentic concert grand piano samples – even for their entry digital pianos like the YDP140.
Expect a real acoustic grand piano feel with this digital piano through its 88 GHS or Graded Hammer Standard keys. This is a great feature that allows you to realistically feel the weight of the keys that lessen from low to high notes.
The dual mode operation and the built-in reverb effects processor can both add depth and texture together with the combination of different available voices which is great if you want to experiment with more modern sounds like electronic piano and strings.
The built-in MIDI sequencer allows you to record your performance for review or for playback as it allows you to store almost 11,000 notes in just one track. This is a great feature for beginning piano students as they can listen back to their performances and improve their technique.
As someone who's really into computers, another cool feature which I really appreciated are the MIDI IN and MIDI OUT connections available also enable you to connect to MIDI capable devices and of course your PC or Mac.
Since this model is considered entry level, you might get quite disappointed with the limited number of features it has to offer you compared to the higher priced models aimed at the professional musician. Sure, the speakers could be a bit louder but I found them pleasing nonetheless. Also, after you've exhausted all of the available features like the number of available voices and the track recording limitation, you might be wishing that you could have a bit more and upgrade to its big brother the Yamaha YPD161.
Overall, the Yamaha Arius YDP140 digital piano complete with free stand and padded bench is definitely a great buy for an entry level model. I never fail to be impressed by the value that Yamaha offers. With the YPD140 they consistently deliver the classic Yamaha concert grand piano sound *and* realistic piano feel all at an affordable price. Not to mention, it looks great too and will be a nice addition to any home or apartment.