Yamaha Arius YDP-V240 Review

by Donna J. Lambert
(Defiance OH)

Yamaha Arius YDP-V240 Review

This instrument is as good as it gets, short of being a CVP Clavinova. Though it is the most expensieve Arius model thus far, it has Graded Standard Hammer action instead of Graded Hammer action. Consequently, there is a bit of a thudding noise when the keys are released. But the touch is good for my hands and the thudding doesn't bother me all that much. Because of the automatic accompaniment and the myriad of voices the YDP-V240 has to offer, one can play any type of music. I thoroughly enjoy playing and recording with the five-song, six-track recording feature. The instrument is a lot like the DGX-YPG models inside a lovely console-style piano cabinet, with sliding keycover, built-in music rack and three pedals--just like an acoustic piano.

I've had the instrument since October 15th, and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't play it for a good hour or so.

One thing I miss having, though, is continuous play, when playing songs from a USB device. One must advance to the next song manually, and that can be a pain.

All in all, I really like this piano a lot.

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Nov 18, 2010
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Thanks for your help on this.
by: Donna J. Lambert

Hi, Dick.

Thanks for the tip. My problem is, however, I am totally blind and cannot read the labels on the buttons on these instruments, let alone the display, so I don't know anything about the menus and am afraid of getting completely lost trying to figure out what I'm doing. Fortunately, the buttons are well-spaced and easy to count over, if someone tells me where the buttons are to press for basic use. My Yamaha dealer showed me where Start/stop was, and I found the four familiar skinny bar buttons for Song, Style, Voice, but I don't know for sure what the other bar button is. In short, I experimented around and found the buttons I needed to know to do what I wanted to do on this instrument. My computer is equipped with synthetic speech software so I can type this e-maiol. I only hope I submit the right word in the box that they say so cryptically one can't understand the word. I've had enough Yamaha keyboards in my 30-plus years of playing that I pretty much know what to expect. Nothing was said in the online manual about "Contin Play." I'll have to call my dealer. I don't know where the function button is on this instrument. I use the numeric keypad and the dial a lot to find voices and styles. I use no music, but play by ear.

Thanks for reading this.
Donna

Nov 17, 2010
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Continuous play
by: Dick Rector

Hi Donna,

Thanks for this review. I am not familiar with this piano and have only seen it in a shop.
Re the songs however,in most Yammies you are able to continuous play songs. You have to set it under function - song - contin play on/off.
Not sure this function is available in the Arius but would be surprised if it isn't.

Regards
Dick

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