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The Yamaha YDP-143 is housed in a normal looking cabinet made to improve the décor of any room without taking on too much space.
The sliding cover could keep the keyboard from dust and dirt when you don’t play it.
In comparison to an acoustic piano, the YDP-143 is a lot simpler to maneuver around, which is a huge plus for many who have to transport it occasionally.
The pianos is 53.4″ wide and 16.6″ deep, which is pretty standard for instruments of such a design.
Digital pianos with a far more modern look (e.g. Yamama YDP-S, Casio Privia line) are generally a few inches slimmer and even easier match smaller rooms.
Check out the comparison table below to observe how the YDP-143 comes even close to other popular digital pianos with regards to size:
Yamaha is known because of its excellent quality control. There were very few problems with their digital pianos, and it’s an undeniable fact.
Their built quality is always great, and the instruments usually last for a long time.
The YDP-143 is no exception. Although the YDP-143 is a mid-range model, I was happy with the grade of this piano.
Increase this a 3-year manufacturer’s warranty, and you get yourself a very good value here.
The piano arrives unassembled in a major well-packaged box.
In the box, you’ll find the keyboard itself, 3-pedal bar, bench, and all of the parts that you’ll have to assemble in to the base.
Understand that the piano weighs around 83 lbs and the box you get has ended 100 lbs, so be aware that you may need someone else to assist you with unpacking and assembling.
Having said that, the assembly isn’t too complicated, and the instructions are incredibly clear.
You basically have to assemble the base, and screw it to the keyboard itself by using a Phillips-head screwdriver.
The YDP-143 includes 3 piano pedals that operate exactly like sustain, soft, and sostenuto pedals on an acoustic piano.
The sustain pedal also supports half-pedal function.
The piano is made from particleboard, but it’s of very high-quality and doesn’t feel cheap at all.
The piano is covered with a grain wood finish and obtainable in two colors: Dark Rosewood (YDP-143R) and Black Walnut (YDP-143B).
Both colors look nice and elegant, which means you can’t really fail with either. It’s worth noting that Dark Rosewood is indeed dark that it appears almost black when you consider it from a distance.
Gleam White matte finish, but, unfortunately, it’s unavailable in the US.
The control panel is pretty standard. There are 7 buttons on the left side of the keyboard and a Volume knob + a Power button on the proper.
The YDP-143 doesn’t have a display, so it’s not necessarily simple to find out what setting has been used.
Moreover, most functions and settings are accessed through the use of “button + button” or “button + key” combinations, that are not necessarily intuitive.
So in the beginning you’ll need to look them up in the manual until you memorize the combinations you utilize most often.
To create things easier, the piano will create a confirmation sound once you change a setting (could be disabled).
There is also a choice to hook up your iPhone or iPad to the piano and utilize the Yamaha controller software with an intuitive interface to navigate the YDP-143.
We’ll speak about that in greater detail in the ‘Connectivity’ portion of the review.
The Yamaha YDP-143 has a full group of 88 fully weighted keys, which feel similar to real piano keys.
It’s the same Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) keyboard that people saw on the YDP-103 aswell as on the P-45 and P-115 (portable models).
I’ve said a whole lot about the GHS in previous reviews, so I’ll be short here.
As I said in the YDP-103 review, to my taste, there are more realistic keyboard actions available today, including kinds from Kawai and Roland.
Having said that, the GHS continues to be a good, reliable action, which feels sufficient for some beginner and intermediate players.
Another good thing about the GHS keyboard is that it’s pretty quiet, and doesn’t make loud clicking noises when you play it.
The keys are weighted with a heavier touch in the low end and a lighter touch in the high end, exactly like an acoustic piano.
The touch sensitivity of the keys could be adjusted according to your playing preferences.
Depending how much force you intend to apply to be able to produce the loudest sound you can pick a softer or harder touch.
There are 4 preset settings available: Soft, Medium (default), Hard, Off.
The GSH doesn’t offer synthetic ivory keytops entirely on even more expensive models just like the YDP-163.
The white keys on the YDP-143 are constructed of smooth plastic, the black kinds have a matte black finish on them, which enhances playing control and prevents mistakes.
The main distinction between your YDP-143 and its own smaller brother (YDP-103) is tone generator.
The YDP-143 has the Pure CF sound engine, which is a huge step of progress from the AWM sampling technology.
The Pure CF sound engine can be applied to higher-priced pianos including the YDP-163 and P-255 .
The Pure CF offers a rich natural piano tone sampled from the Yamaha CFIIIS 9′ concert grand piano.
Each note was recorded many times at different velocity levels to recreate a broad dynamic range entirely on a grand piano.
There are 3 different piano tones on the YDP-143.
The first one is a Concert Grand tone, which, for me, sounds the most full and realistic.
It has Yamaha’s somewhat mellow character and will be offering a fairly good dynamic range with deep reverberation.
When listening through headphones, the sound becom