Yamaha P116SH2 upright piano

The Yamaha P116SH2 is a smaller piano for those who are looking to save on space. The SH2 means it has a ‘silent’ option fitted. If you have any technical info or corrections for this article, please email mgpianos@gmail.com.

The pros of buying a Yamaha P116SH2

  • It is a compact piano that can work in smaller spaces.
  • It is a mid-range budget piano.
  • It has a silent option fitted, which is great for those who want to play without the distractions of family life and without bothering those around them.

What are the cons of buying a Yamaha P116SH2?

  • Shorter pianos mean shorter strings, and shorter strings affect the range of tone that a piano can produce.
  • When using the silent option you can hear the ‘thud’ sound from the pressing keys.
  • You may eventually wish to upgrade it for a piano that has a better sound quality.

When was it produced?

The Yamaha P116SH2 is a fairly new piano and is still being made today.

Where was it made?

The Yamaha P116SH2 is made in Yamaha’s factory in Indonesia, here they are able to keep production prices low. Yamaha’s best pianos come from Japan.

What differences between similarly named models?

The P116SH2 is a slight upgrade to the Yamaha P116, which doesn’t have the silent option fitted. There is also The Yamaha P121, which is a little bit bigger.



Don’t just take my word for it, here is a quote from Piano World says about it -

‘not a bad piano, but the U series is better in just about every spec.’

Who should buy them?

The Yamaha P116 is aimed at beginners. It will get the job done for those starting out, and the silent option can be helpful, but may not last them very long. There are other models that have the silent option fitted and I would recommend careful consideration if you are looking for something that will really satisfy you as a musician.

Will I need to upgrade at some point?

You may soon wish to upgrade to a full-size model with a greater range of tone.


Height:  116cm
Width:    153cm
Depth:    58cm

New and used prices.

A used Yamaha P116SH2 will cost around £5000 – £6000, and a new one will cost around £8000. You can get a used Yamaha U1 for around the same price, which would also suit a smaller space, but has a slightly better quality.

Alternative models to consider similar to this.

An alternative models to the Yamaha P116SH2 is the Yamaha U1, which can also come with a silent system fitted. You won’t have to talk to many piano players to be told that the U1 is a superior instrument. If you have more space and can stretch your budget, you could also look at the Yamaha U3, which is a much better option for those who want a concert level piano that will never need to be upgraded.


This piano’s best feature is the silent system that is fitted, but this also comes on other models. The Yamaha P116SH2 can work as a starter piano if you get it, but we would recommend looking at a U1 or even a U3.

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