Yamaha YDP-V240 Reviews
“It has enough going for it to satisfy my occasional foray onto the keys”
I bought the Yamaha YDP 240V last week and it is now up and running. It was the cheapest of the range. I chose that Clavinova as it replaces an older one of some 15 years. I have tried some of the cheaper PSRs but they turned out to be too toy like and were more suitable for small fingered children.
I ordered the Clavinova late in the afternoon and it arrived before noon next day. It is a heavy article when boxed but I managed to unpack it and assemble it in less than half an hour by myself. The most difficult part was lugging the heavy empty box upstairs for storage.
All though this model does not have all the bells and whistles of my old CP 95 it has enough going for it to satisfy my occasional foray onto the keys.
I am a 100% amateur whose only ambition as a retired pensioner is to knock out a few tunes. I mainly use the organ voices as my left hand only copes with the finger pointing chord method ala Kenneth Baker as that is easier than playing full left handed piano.
I should finish by saying that all these digital machines are just computers that play music the same as digital cameras are computers which take pictures and are a few steps away from the real thing.
Review by William Loughlin, Warrington (05/03/2012)
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“Would you say the Yamaha YDP-V240 is an okay choice?”
Thank you Graham, your book was really helpful. We haven’t bought the piano yet but we are looking to buy the Yamaha auris YDP-V240. I think this is the correct spelling. Would you say this is an okay choice? We are complete novices so as I said your book was really helpful. We have got a good price in a local shop too!
The Yamaha YDP-V240 has a good piano sound. It also
has many additional features (voices, styles, preset
But what lets it down is the key touch…
It’s only Yamaha’s basic GHS keyboard. The same
you’ll find on the cheaper model (YDP141).
Unfortunately, the key touch is lighter than an
upright piano. So it’s not suitable for anything
beyond grade 5 really.
If you want a digital piano that’s good for
learning on and ideal for playing up to grade
8, then there’s two pianos at a similar price
point to the YDP-V240 that I recommend for you:
Yamaha CLP430 and Classenti CDP2.
The Yamaha has a slightly brighter sound. It
also has more features.
The Classenti has a heavier key touch that
feels closer to playing a real piano.
The price is also less for the Classenti.
You can read more about them here:
To find out more, you can call me on 020 8367 2080.
“Any particular views on the YDP240?”
I’ve done a bit of research on the 2 you have suggested and whilst they look perfect for my daughter to learn they don’t seem to to fit my requirements for a keyboard functionality ie drums, rhythm, sequencer etc.
I was also recommend the Yamaha YDPV240 – have you any particular views on this?
Many thanks again!
Reply/ Hi Mike
The Yamaha YDP-V240 has the same quality of touch as
the YDP141… The key touch is not really heavy enough
for any serious playing.
It does have 2 x 20 watt speakers though. This improves
the sound considerably over the YDP141.
The YDP-V240 doesn’t appear to have percussion sounds.
So it may not be the right piano for you?
“If not the YDP-V240, what else?”
Hi Graham, me again – I keep coming back!
I purchased a Yamaha Arius YDP-V240 digital piano just 3 weeks ago however, this product has apparently been recalled by the manufacturer and was collected from me just over a week ago. I have just been told today that it has gone to piano heaven as Yamaha have pulled the whole range.
I wondered if you could offer something similar with a similar kind of deal?
Look forward to hearing from you – and who knows, I might actually buy one this time!
Reply/ Hi Pearl
I’ve heard Yamaha have had many problems
with their digital piano production lately due
to the Japanese earthquake…
One of their factories that produced some
electronic parts was destroyed.
I’m sure Yamaha will shift their production
elsewhere as soon as they can.
As an alternative to the Arius I recommend
the Roland RP301R.
This is Roland’s equivalent to the Yamaha
The sound of the Roland is also nice. And
the key touch is responsive.
The key weight is slightly lighter than the
Yamaha. This isn’t anything to be concerned
about. Some players prefer a heavy touch,
some get on better with a lighter touch.
You can read more about the RP301R here:
Another one I like very much is the Broadway B3.
This is great value for money at a few hundred
pounds less than the Yamaha and the Roland.
You can see it here: