Discontinued May 2016, Replaced by YDP143, see here
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Yamaha YDP142 Reviews
1) “We will always remember the happy experience of buying from UK Pianos”
When we received the wrong colour Yamaha YDP142, I went to rant my disappointment in a review online at midnight. Before 9am, I received an email from Graham addressing the issue very professionally.
By mid-day, a staff member sent in replacement piano and to collect the previous package. He even offered to assemble the piano for us and cleared the boxes. We received our piano earlier than expected.
Graham and his team were genuinely interested in making their customer happy. I would strongly recommend doing business with UK Pianos.
And I would revise my review from 3 stars to 5 stars.
My experience in the way they address the mistake made in the delivery is a perfect textbook case study. They were in contact by phone and by email and in person.
To Graham and your team, may I wish you Great Prosperity in your business of creating lots of happy customers. Everytime we see the piano, we will always remember the happy experience of buying from UK Pianos.
And to Graham, thank you your token gift. Much appreciated.
Review by Connie Ng, South Bermondsey, London (12/09/2014)
2) “I would like to say what a fantastic service you provided”
I took delivery of my piano today and I would like to say what a fantastic service you provided. The price was good too. Many thanks.
Review by Julie Phillips, Southampton (27/09/2014)
3) “We would recommend UK Pianos and would definitely buy from them in the future”
We placed our order on Sunday for a Yamaha Arius ydp 142. Were contacted on Monday to arrange a suitable delivery date of our choice. We chose Tuesday and our piano was delivered by TNT as promised.
The Piano was quite easy to assemble, sounds fantastic and so far we have not had any problems. The chair and headphones that came bundled are of reasonable quality and look good.
Price wise we did actually see some slightly cheaper offers for the same piano but liked the advice offered by UK Pianos on their website, the 5 year guarantee and the fact that they had a shop too that we could visit.
We would recommend UK Pianos and would definitely buy from them in the future.
Review by Lee Tuppen, Ashford, Middlesex (04/12/2014)
4) “I am very pleased with this piano”
Thanks to your digital piano guide I decided to purchase a Yamaha YDP-142 from UK Pianos and I am very pleased with this piano.
Delivery was on time and we managed to assemble the piano in just about 30 mins.
I would recommend anyone to read Graham’s guide and I would definately recommend UK Pianos.
Review by Janice Walters, Newport, South Wales (05/01/2015)
5) “I am very happy with the performance of the piano”
I chose UK Pianos based on service reputation.
The delivery of my Yamaha YDP 142 was well-planned, communicated, and arrived at the time stated.
I am very happy with the performance of the piano.
Review by Michael Joyaker, Wallingford, Oxon (23/06/2015)
How does this piano rate against other makes? What’s its score out of 100?, check here
Alternatives to the Yamaha Arius YDP142:
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“The YDP142 is OK for beginners. It has a good sound and a touch sensitive, weighted key touch. On the downside the speakers are quite small (only 2 x 6 watts). This results in a thin tone. To get a nicer, fuller tone I advise going up to the YDP162, or as an alternative the Broadway B1. The YDP142 is recommended only up to grade 5”, Graham Howard, piano advisor: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Improvements over the previous model YDP141:
With the addition of USB, the YDP142 can more easily be connected to a computer, laptop or ipad. The previous model only had MIDI.
2) Acoustic Optimizer
The YDP142 has Yamaha’s new acoustic optimizer sound with intelligent acoustic control. The sound is marginally better than the previous Arius model.
The YDP142 has 10 voices. The previous YDP141 only had 6.
The polyphony has been increased from 64 to 128.
The Arius YDP142 digital piano provides authentic piano touch and tone suitable for any aspiring pianist. The Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) action builds proper fingering technique for an easy transition to playing on acoustic pianos. PureCF sampling delivers expressive recordings of Yamaha’s CFIIIS 9-foot concert grand piano. Damper Resonance digitally recreates acoustic piano depth when pedaling, while Yamaha’s exclusive Intelligent Acoustic Control ensures a full, balanced tone at any volume. Available in rosewood, black walnut or cherry finish, the Arius YDP142 lends a classic piano look to any home interior.
>> Compare with Broadway B1
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“I was lost in the jungle of digital piano brands”
Dear mr Howard,
I find that was my big luck to know your book when I was lost in the jungle of digital piano brands and models looking for a good one for my daughters, who are beginning their first piano lesson soon. Very good book, I would no doubt recommend it to my friends, sure that they will have a good guidance to get the best one for their need.
Thank you for offering further help, I actually have a question, which I would very much like to hear the answer from an expert like you. I have two daughters, 5 and 6 year old, who very much want to learn to play piano. I plan to let them start as soon as I get them a piano to practice at home.
I studied your book and checked around for prices and availability, and the two models that come in mind are Yamaha YDP 142 and YDP 162. I don’t want to spend money on more expensive models, thinking of replacing this by a acoustic one when my girls can play better or are getting more serious of learning to play.
The Yamaha 142 is nice, but I like YDP 162 best, but unfortunately it is not available here in Indonesia where we live. I would very appreciate, if you would kindly help me to compare those two and give me your advice what to take.
Thank you very much in advance.
Nguyen from Indonesia
Reply/ Hi Nguyen
The main differences between the Yamaha YDP142
and YDP162 are the key touch and sound.
The YDP162 has a superior key mechanism – that’s
the keys and their connecting parts. When you play
you can immediately feel a heavier weighting
(more resistance) on the keys compared with the
YDP142. This heavier weighting makes it feel closer
to a real, upright piano.
What’s more, the YDP162 has synthetic ivory key tops.
This feels so much nicer under the fingers than the
plastic key tops of the YDP142.
The YP162 also has a fuller, more resonant sound.
This is due to its better sampling and larger speakers.
One more difference is the cabinet. The YDP162 has
a slightly taller top than the YDP142. I prefer the look
of this because it gives it more character.
It certainly is worth the extra money.
I was considering buying the Broadway B1 or Yamaha YDP142.
Do you think that the Broadway EZ-102 would be suitable as well?
It looks like it has good functions for that price.
Thank you very much.
Reply/ Hi Nikola
The Broadway EZ-102 is actually quite similar to
the Yamaha YDP142…
Its key touch has the same weighting and the
sound is of a similar quality.
It’s OK for learning on, but you’d need to upgrade
the YDP142 or EZ-102 much sooner than if you
bought the Broadway B1.
Hi, If you could give me your opinion on the Yamaha arius ydp 142 and the p105 models and perhaps compare the two.
Reply/ Hi Ciaran
The YDP142 and P105 have the same keyboard,
so the key resistance and the way the keys
react are the same… however, the keys make
more of a clunky noise in the P105 because
of its lightweight body and plastic casing.
With the YDP142 you do get a better sound.
The tone is warmer with more resonance.
The YDP142 is a more solid construction. It’s
more stable and looks nicer in the living room.
Will you buy a piano from us, Ciaran?
Many thanks for your speedy reply and the replacement adaptor, everything ok again, I really appreciate the service you have provided.
“You will be disappointed with the YDP142”
I would like to have some information about the different Yamaha Arius / YDP series.
Indeed, I played piano (classical pieces) on a daily basis for ten years when I was in France, and I haven’t played since I have been in the UK for one year.
Before moving to the UK, I was in Germany for one year where I was sometime playing on an Arius S31.
Although I did enjoy to play on this piano, I think that the feeling I had while playing on it was not as powerful as playing on a “real” piano.
Therefore, could you please tell me a bit more about the YDP 142, YDP S 51 and YDP 162? From what I have read on the internet, it could be an ideal solution.
Thanks in advance,
Reply/ Hi Bastien
You will be disappointed with the YDP142. The key
touch is too lightweight and the tone is really thin
The YDP-S51 and YDP162 are far superior pianos
in every way.
There’s not much between them, but I give the
edge to the YDP162 on sound. It has a slightly
fuller, rounder tone. This is due to its larger body.
Also, what I prefer about the YDP162 is its new
synthetic ivory key tops. They feel silky smooth
under the fingers. Much nicer than the plastic
key tops of the YDP-S51.
Will you buy a piano from us, Bastien?