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The ydp 131 is great piano for beginners, complete with three foot pedals, fully weighted keys and great piano sound. Not only that but it also acts as a great piano for music producing too, if you choose to use it that way, it is mdmi compatible. It is difficult piano to fault, as an owner of this, i know i have had great value for my money out it, especially when you can stick your headphones in, and carry on playing it through the night and not annoy the neighbours! Obviously the features are only limited, you have a number of different voices to choose from, and a 1 track recorder, if you are looking for something more professional, then maybe this isn't for you. But when it comes to great value instruments from a reliable company then this nice piano can only be recommended. I paid £700 for this piano from a local dealership four years ago it's a fantastic and money saving alternative to buying acoustic.
The Yamaha YDP-131 is a budget electric piano that is good enough for a beginner to an advanced player. The quality is not the same as the Yamaha Clavinovas - they are much superior quality. The quality is lacking in the feel of the keys, they feel light and are not hard wearing. If you play heavy music, the keyboard will depreciate and wear within a year. It's still good value for money, with the piano sound being realistic and the reverb really adds quality to the sound, but you must appreciate that you are not getting top quality from Yamaha. For a budget piano, it's great; for a real professional instrument, do not waste your money. However, the piano I'd strongly recommend for the beginner. Certainly as price comparison to a new acoustic to a new electric piano, this piano is half the price. Also there are space saving advantages to electric pianos and they are very portable and can be moved with relative ease. The YDP-131 includes a sostenuto pedal (the middle pedal: you can sustain selected notes with it). This feature was usually only available to mid to high-end range electric pianos. It's a bit of a gimmick because this gives the impression that the instrument is a higher quality than what it actually is.