Welcome to my Yamaha Digital Piano review! I have been playing a digital piano for many years now and it is by far my favourite choice. In a previous post I discussed the many options available when trying to decide what type of piano/keyboard to buy for a beginner. Click here to read that post. While writing that post it occurred to me that the digital piano I play daily is an excellent option for piano players of all levels. I, like so many others, had many factors to consider when making a decision and the final purchase. Today I would like to share those factors, as well as, my final choice which if you haven’t already guessed is a fine Yamaha digital Piano.
Todays post will include:
- My Story
- Factors I had to consider prior to purchasing
- My Favourite Yamaha Digital Piano
- Where to find it
My Piano Story
I started to play the piano at a very young age. Long before I was introduced to any other instrument. Throughout my childhood I played on a small electronic keyboard. Small enough to fit in my lap, but as my piano playing began to improve my grandmother decided to purchase me an old secondhand upright piano. I played that piano throughout my high school years and loved the old beast but it had some maintenance issues that would cost more to fix then the piano was actually worth. When I graduated from high school my old upright was given away, as it was not worth trying to sell it.
For my first few years of University I didn’t have anything to play at home, but lived on campus so continued to play piano at the music school after I had completed practicing my trumpet (my major in music school). In my fourth year my wonderful boyfriend (now husband) surprised me with an electronic keyboard, but this one was bigger. It brought me many years of enjoyment but lacked all of the keys and certainly didn’t have the same feel that I had gotten use to from my old upright and the pianos in the practice rooms at the music school. I longed to own a real piano again but knew I could never buy one due to a number of factors I had to consider.
It was apparent that I needed something to play. I was now graduated from music school and needed to be able to keep practicing my piano. As a music educator it was given that I would need to be able to play the piano proficiently in the classroom. Thus, I embarked on a journey to find the perfect instrument that would fit my current life style and budget. These are the factors I needed to consider:
As a renter and soon to be family of 3 I knew I would have to get something that didn’t take up too much space and was easy to move. It had to be light enough that I could move it alone, as my husband is rarely home (I have a tiny obsession with moving furniture).
I definitely wanted my new instrument to provide the feel and authentic experience that I had enjoyed when playing my acoustic upright piano as a teenager. The instrument I choose had to have the following features:
- All 88 white and black keys
- Weighted keys
- pedals for dampering and sustaining
- A sound that was almost identical to the real thing
- Volume control (There was a new baby on the way)
- Headphone jack (It would be placed in the living room next to the tv)
I wanted all of this for a fraction of the cost of an acoustic piano. As an expecting mother and new teacher it was crucial that I stick to an affordable budget. I certainly couldn’t break the bank account over this but still wanted quality that would last for years.
My Favourite Yamaha Digital Piano
You may have guessed from the heading above I found all of the things I was looking for in a yamaha digital piano. To be more specific I purchased a Yamaha Arius YDP-S31 without reading reviews. My purchase was solely based on the instrument that gave me all I wanted with the budget I had set. I sat and played many digital pianos in the music stores but seemed to always end up sitting at the Yamaha Arius YDP-S31.
I was amazed that I had gravitated to this particular model as it didn’t have all the extra buttons for choosing different voices or sound effects/beats. However, a recent article I read about this line of digital pianos said it perfectly. Yamaha focuses more on quality then quantity. This particular digital piano definitely illustrates that premise.
What it did have was all the features I was looking for packed into a sleek and eloquent looking digital piano. I actually love displaying my Yamaha Arius in my main living area. Below you will find a few pictures of my beloved digital piano, but please excuse the stickers on the keys. My four year old is currently learning to play.
Where to Find the Yamaha Arius YDP-S31
The Yamaha Arius YDP-S31 can be purchased through Amazon.com a long with many other models in the series. Below you will find a complete list of features, the price and what other customers has had to say.
- Product: Yamaha Arius YDP-S31 Console Piano With Folding Key Cover, 3-Pedal Cabinet
- Price: $2296.13
- Where: Amazon.com
- Rating: 3.3 our 5 stars based on 6 reviews (Only 1 negative and that was regarding the fact that it doesn’t take USB)
- A weighted keyboard featuring all 88 keys
- Built-in AWM Stereo sampled instrument voices (Provides quality and authentic sound)
- Key cover
- Damper pedal and Sustaining pedal
- Built-in metronome and Recorder
- Demo that plays 50 songs (And beautifully I might add. Put my daughter to sleep with these demos many nights. She still listens and dances to them.)
What Other Customers Say
- I was surprised to discover only 6 customers reviews on Amazon.com given the beauty of this instrument. However, you will notice that the customers who did leave reviews had owned the instrument for a considerable amount of time before discussing their experience.
- As noted above the only negative review was regarding the lack of a USB port. I do not consider this to be important as it is not meant to be a computer.
- All of the customers who left a positive review ranted about the sound quality. A feature that also attracted me to this particular model.
If you would like to learn more about the Yamaha Arius YDP-S31 simply click here.
However, I can’t end this review without noting that Yamaha has a fantastic reputation with regards to digital pianos. They have models that will fit into many different budgets. Click on the photo below to see the many other models available from Yamaha.
My Yamaha Digital Piano Review: An Authentic Experience
I am happy to have been able to share my experience with the Yamaha Arius YDP-S31 with you today. As I write this I am being serenaded by the demos. My daughter enjoys them almost everyday (Yes it is sturdy enough to take the abuse of a growing toddler). I certainly hope you find what you are looking for in this fantastic instrument. It sure has brought plenty of joy to my household and I believe it will continue to do so for many years to come.
Have you had any experience with a Yamaha Digital piano? If so I would love to hear your feedback. Please feel free to leave a comment below. As always questions are welcome too. Leave them below and I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you for reading and happy piano playing to all!