The only new piano that Yamaha came up with this year (2012) in their Arius series was an attractive polished ebony cabinet finish of their YDP161 which they call the YDP-C71PE at $1799 original internet price (upper left pic). The YDPC71 is otherwise the identical digital piano to the Arius YDP161 ($1499 internet price) which has a nice piano tone and fairly nice and solid piano key action (GH). However, the YDPC71 is somewhat basic in most every other way when it comes to its limited control panel where all controls on the left side of the piano which is a bit inconvenient in my opinion. It is also limited in amount of instrument tones & educational technology and has no USB output or USB flashdrive input unlike other digital pianos in this price range.
With regard to the Yamaha Arius model YDPC71CE, the upside to this instrument at this price point is that if you are a "minimalist" kind of person who wants to keep it very simple with minimal functions, and you really want that polished ebony high gloss look in a digital piano (and you don't mind spending the $1499 to get it), then this piano may be just perfect for you. It really doesn't matter which piano you get, because at the end of the day you'll be able to make great music on any of these fine pianos and have something that should last you many years. Yamaha has always had good quality and I have played them for many years and you will likely be very happy should you choose to buy one. However, I recommend you do your digital piano research and contact me for advice before you make any buying decisions.
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