The Yamaha YDP143R Digital Console Piano is geared towards individuals who aspire to become accomplished acoustic pianists one day. With its Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) action, it trains users in the correct fingering technique, to allow them to get acquainted with the weight of an actual acoustic piano.
Its Grand Piano instrument patch was recorded using PureCF sampling technology, from Yamaha’s own CFIIIS 9-foot grand piano. Its Damper Resonance function allows it to digitally recreate the depth of an acoustic piano’s pedals, and Yamaha’s Intelligent Acoustic Control feature gives users a constant balanced tone.
As for pricing, the Yamaha YDP143R is one of the most intermediate models in Yamaha’s Digital Console Piano line-up. However, it’s more than to make up for this pricing by delivering a rich, realistic sound and authentic playing experience. Not to mention, its stylish cabinet lends a classic piano aesthetic to any home interior.
- The Pure CF Sound Engine faithfully reproduces the tone of a meticulously sampled, acclaimed Yamaha 9' CFIIIS concert grand piano, allowing for incredibly dynamic and expressive playing.
- GHS weighted action is heavier in the low keys and lighter in the high keys, just like an acoustic piano.
- 50 classic piano songs are provided in the built-in song memory as well as in a music book, "50 Greats for the Piano."
- The Controller App for iOS devices adds a rich graphical user interface, allowing for quick and easy navigation and configuration.
- The 2-track song recorder allows players to practice one hand at a time, or record their next hit single!
Present in the YDP143R is Yamaha’s Graded Hammer Standard action system. This system emulates the weight of an actual acoustic piano’s keys, which are heavier in the lower keys and lighter in the higher keys. Practicing on a GHS action system builds up the pianist’s finger strength and technique, preparing him on when he has to perform on an actual acoustic.
As with an actual acoustic piano, the Yamaha YDP143R’s pedal system allows for slight increases and decreases in note sustain, depending on how hard the pianist steps on the pedal. With the Damper Resonance feature, the harmonics of the sustained strings blend with the sound of the notes you play as long as the pedal is depressed.
A Plethora of Functions
As with many other Yamaha Digital Piano models, the Yamaha YDP143R allows users to combine two instrument patches together to form an inspiring new sound. This Dual Layer feature can bring new life to a musical piece, allowing users to unleash their creativity by combining the YDP143R’s host of sounds. Additionally, it also comes with the Split voicing feature, letting users divide the piano’s key range into two different instrument configurations.
A 2-track song recorder also comes built into the Yamaha YDP143R. With it, users can record their performance, and play it back to themselves to take note of their progress. One can also record the left and right hands separately. This allows users to practice one hand as the piano plays back the other part. This feature is great for those who want to practice at a tempo they’re comfortable with.
Aside from the above features, the YDP143R also boasts 50 classic piano songs built into its internal memory. These pieces also come in the form of a music book that ships with the piano, entitled “50 Greats for the Piano”. An aspiring pianist can learn how to play each of these pieces at his or her own pace, by reducing the tempo or setting it so that they can play one hand at a time. Of course, one can also simply listen to these compositions as background music.
It is a Piano Powerhouse
With its 192-note polyphony, pianists can rest assured that this model will not falter in performances, even when playing a lengthy piece with dual-layering, two-handed playing, and heavy pedalling with sustained chords. As the user hones his skills at the piano further, the Yamaha YDP143R adapts accordingly to his or her skill level.
The YDP143R includes a touch screen graphical user interface, for easy access to functions and configuration settings. It also comes with 4 built-in stereo speakers, as well as an equalizer, reverb, and chorus functions.
Features and Specs
- 88 graded hammer action-enabled keys
- Dimensions are 53.5 x 16.5 x 32 inches; weighs 83 lbs
- Included piano stand frame and bench
- Wide range of functions, effects, and sounds
- Comes with a built-in stereo speaker system
The Yamaha YDP103R received a rating of 4.5/5 on Amazon. Users were generally very pleased with the product, with many of them stating that while digital pianos cannot really replace the feeling of a real acoustic, the feeling that this model gives is very close. Almost all reviewers think that for the product’s quality and included features, the price tag is quite reasonable.
Things to Improve
Many users of the product complained about the limited selection of instrument patches, as there are only 10 of these compared to Yamaha’s other, cheaper digital piano models; which deliver far lower quality sound but have much more options in terms of instrument voices. Additionally, while very accurate and much appreciated by seasoned pianists, the Graded Hammer System falls short of the real thing when it comes to delivering an authentic piano feel when pressing down the keys.
The Yamaha YDP143R Digital Console Piano is one of the best in Yamaha’s line-up for pianists who want something close to the sound and feel of an acoustic piano but are intimidated by its size and price tag.
For those who want a compact, semi-portable piano to grace your home interior, the Yamaha YDP143R is the right one for you.
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