Yamaha Arius YDP-143 Review – Grand Piano Feel at a Fraction of the Cost

Yamaha is one of the best known brands in the music industry with both professional musicians and amateurs who simply enjoy playing in their spare time. One of the things that Yamaha really excels at is the piano. They have a huge range of digital keyboards and upright pianos for the home and on the road.

If you are thinking about purchasing a Yamaha digital piano then you will already be well aware that there are a huge number of different models that are worth considering. We are here to help. We have tested and reviewed a number of Yamaha models so that we can bring you honest, helpful reviews of each one.

The model that we are going to be reviewing for you today is the Yamaha Arius YDP-143. We have to say that we were incredibly impressed with this digital piano. Please read on below to find out why.

Features: Rosewood – 88 Keys – Graded Hammer Standard – Touch Sensitive Keys – Damper Pedal – Sostenuto Pedal – Soft Pedal – 192 Note Polyphony – 10 Demo Voices – Track Recording – Dual Mode – Duo Mode – USB – Speakers – Amplifiers – Accessories – 135.7 x 42.2 x 81.5 cm – 38kg


  • Beautiful elegant design with matt black finish on the keys.
  • Package comes with a range of brilliant accessories.
  • Full size piano with 88 graded hammer standard keys.
  • 3 pedals which allow you to really get a grand piano feel.
  • Touch sensitive keys which are great for composing your own pieces.
  • Duo mode is fantastic for teaching students.
  • Speakers and amplifiers are incredibly high quality and great for emulating the grand piano.


  • This piano is a rather expensive option.
  • There are only 10 demo voices to choose from.

The Yamaha Arius YDP-143 Review

As we usually do; the first thing that we are going to talk about is the design of the Yamaha Arius YDP-143. We have to say that we really were blown away by the beautiful, elegant design of this digital piano.

All in rosewood, it really does look fantastic. The black keys of the piano are finished in matt black which allowed us to get a much better grip when playing faster pieces. One of the things that really impressed us was the sheer amount of accessories that you get with this piano.

Not only do you get a piano stool, but you also get headphones, a CD, a DVD and several instructional booklets with beginners pieces and all of the tips and tricks that you could need to get started. We thought the accessories pack was a great added bonus and it was all of a really high quality.

This is a full size digital piano with 88 Graded Hammer Standard keys which really do feel incredibly realistic in comparison to a grand piano. Below the Yamaha Arius YDP-143 you will find three pedals; a damper pedal, a sostenuto pedal and a soft pedal.

We tried all of these out and found them especially helpful for emulating the grand piano sound whilst performing live. Another thing that we really liked is the fact that the keys are velocity sensitive. This means that they can be played harder or softer for different effects.

If you are a piano teacher, or you are a student who is planning on hiring a piano teacher, then you will really benefit from the duo mode. With this mode, the 88 keys are split identically down the middle so that the student can play along with the teacher.

We tested out all of the different sounds that the piano can produce. Whilst we were very impressed with the 192 note polyphony; we did find that the 10 demo voices were a little limited. However, we were very impressed with the sound quality that was produced via the built in speakers and two amplifiers.

The only real downside with this piano is that it is one of the more expensive options. However, if you are trying to get the feel and sound of a genuine grand piano then this is definitely one of the better options on the market and we would certainly recommend it.

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