“I received the Yamaha Arius YDP162 in rosewood this morning and I am delighted.”
I have been in the UK for 1 year and was looking to buy a piano since I have been there. I have been playing for 13 years and was therefore looking for a piano that would be a suitable match between my budget and my skills.
After talking with Graham, by Email and then in the shop it was crystal clear for me, I knew which digital piano was the more suitable for me. I received the Yamaha Arius YDP162 this morning and I am delighted.
I would recommend UK pianos to anyone who’s planning to buy a piano.
Review by Clement Bastien, South London
“Thanks UK Pianos – you have made me a very happy customer”
Graham Howard gives EXCELLENT advice
I am so glad I came across Graham Howard’s informative digital piano review. Once I had researched and read it all, I decided to purchase the Yamaha 162. I felt I made a very well informed purchase and my family is now enjoying this superb digital piano. I also ended up purchasing from UK pianos as I searched everywhere and found the best deal online. UK Pianos was able to match the best deal I found. The store was professional and efficient – I received my yamaha piano only a few days from ordering. Thanks UK Pianos – you have made me a very happy customer. I would recommend UK pianos any day!
Review by Anna
“The Yamaha YDP162 looks good and sounds great”
First impressions of the Yamaha YDP162 Arius digital piano.
Downloaded and consulted your very good Seven things you must know…
Made a short list and thought about Yamaha YDP 141 and 161. Read many reviews, including those on UK Pianos and decided on 161. In the meantime Yamaha introduced model YDP 162 and we chose this after giving it the once over at a local music warehouse.
We decided to purchase from UK Pianos since they were offering a good deal and delivery time.
This YDP162 exactly suits our purpose: one expert, one reasonable and one beginner and three interested toddlers. The YDP162 is good looking and sounds great, especially when played through the hifi amp and speakers. In the experts opinion it is a delight to play on.
The YDP162C (light cherry) came bundled with stool (rosewood) and the contrast is very nice. The headphones were delivered by post a few days later. they appear to be of good quality and quite comfortable to wear, though I am no expert in these matters.
The service from UK pianos was good. Although my purchase was acknowledged immediately by email there was only mention of the extended warranty on the UK pianos website. We were advised of delivery time and this was confirmed by a telephone call, so full marks for that. Love the YDP 162, and a very pleasant experience so far.
Review by Michael Nutbrown, Barton Upon Humber, North Lincolnshire
“The winner was YDP 162”
I had to buy a piano for my wife who started to study a school for kindergarten teachers – they have 2 years of obligatory piano lectures. I wanted something relatively cheap as I am not sure that she will continue learning piano after the final exam. On the other hand I wanted the piano to be good enough to allow her to learn proper technique. I cannot play piano myself, so I had to scan Czech musical forums for opinions.
The most praised piano types in the forums were the Yamaha Clavinova and Arius types. Given my budget (an average monthly salary in my country) and the price in Czech shops I decided to narrow my search to YDP 141, YDP 161, YDP 142 and YDP 162 types.
Afer trying them in a local shop I found that the keyboards of the lower types (YDP 141 and YDP 142) were displeasingly soft, so I decided to focus only on YDP 161 and YDP 162.
The newer YDP 162 type has nicer cabinet, “ivory” keytops, and generally feels better. Also its piano sound is more realistic. Unfortunately, I found its sound rather unpleasant. It is not a problem of the loudspeakers, but rather a problem in the sound generation. I guess it is omitting or blurring some frequencies I am used to hear in the real instruments. Nevertheless, the winner is YDP 162.
Review by Petr Luk, Czech Republic
“I am amazed at the quality of sound”
Good morning Graham.
It’s been just over a week since I received my Yamaha YDP162R, thank you for the delivery promise.
I haven’t played the piano for about 25 years, I got to grade 7 all that time ago and intend to get back there! I find this piano extremely pleasing and I am amazed at the quality of sound. I have got stuck into practicing using the default setting and haven’t even touched any of the other functions yet! I guess I will try these out when I get more competent. The default setting sounds very close to the piano sound I was used to years ago, I have considered softening the keys but don’t want to do this and then find playing an acoustic would be too tough (considering I am building the strength back into my fingers and its getting easier). So I have left the setting on the default which I think is medium
I can’t fault the YDP162 so far and cant praise it enough!
Review by Jo Hodson, Worcester
“Yamaha have done a remarkable job in making a lovely instrument”
After a close study of your free, unbiased literature on the subject of digital pianos, I received my Yamaha YDP162 a few days ago, and I’m greatly enjoying the experience of getting to know it, and slowly ,but slowly improving my playing skills from a modest base.
The piano arrived as a flatpack on the day expected.This was only the day after approval of the interest-free loan was given. The substantial packaging was eminently suitable, and no transit damage had occurred. I must say that, if I needed ever to return the instrument, I would find it almost impossible to fit it back in its box- despite there being pictorial instructions printed on the box itself! The packaging was also voluminous, so storing it would have been a problem, too! Assembly was very straightforward, and the instructions were clear and easy to follow. My electric screwdriver came in most useful, saving an awful lot of twisting…..
The assembled instrument (YDP162PE in polished ebony finish) looks a beautiful piece of furniture. The only downside I can find lies in the cheap construction of the plastic feet. Although the piano will not be subject to a great deal of shifting about my flat, the feet do not take kindly to being moved across a smooth laminated floor. I needed to cut a pair of suitably-shaped pieces of old carpet to place under the feet. I feel that Yamaha could have spent a few extra pounds in providing more substantial feet, perhaps of wood or ply, finished in the same way as the rest of the instrument. Failing that, then at least in providing flat soles to each foot to allow some felt pads to be stuck in place.
Musically, the piano sounds very like the real thing; less realistic are the other sounds it is capable of producing- but these are of minor concern to me.The most important point I wish to make is that the weighting of the keys is just about right. Getting used to the touch sensitivity will take a little more time, and the more esoteric feature of damper resonance I feel I could leave to more expert players.
I am minded of the early days of hi-fi sound reproduction, when manufacturers fell over backwards to convince us that listening to their particular brand of equipment was like being in the concert hall with the performers. Nonsense, of course, but just as there is no substitute for a live concert, there is also no substitute for a proper grand piano.To my ear, I have found no digital instrument that comes close to the real thing- both in terms of touch and sound.
As you hintede in your most helpful literature, Yamaha have done a remarkable job in making the YDP162 a lovely instrument, and one with which I hope to enjoy many years of acquaintance and musical experience.
Many thanks, Long Life to UK Pianos!
Review by Derek Thomas, Southampton
“What can I say? Absolutely amazing!”
I purchased the Yamaha YDP162 from your store. I have always wanted to learn to play the piano. Recently a range of events lead to me deciding to go for it and the quest to find a good piano commenced. An acoustic piano was very tempting, but quite a risk as I had never played before. The large sum and costs of tuning and maintenance was also a factor. Through the UK Piano’s website (and your book) I was able to learn/understand what all the fuss was about with digital pianos. You certainly convinced me! I initially chose the classenti CDP1, but then through further research chose the YDP162. What can I say? Absolutely amazing! I have been playing for at least an hour every day since I received the instrument, and I am still loving it! Even to play scales is an absolute joy. I will certainly consider possibly even upgrading in the future