Yamaha Corporation has been one of the leading manufacturers of acoustic and electronic musical instruments for many years. One of the products they have come to be most known for are their wide range of pianos. Their acoustic pianos are known worldwide and their lines of digital pianos have come to be known as some of the best products on the market as well. Their products are currently some of the most highly sought after, and the attention to detail and precision contained in each machine makes it easy to see why.
Piano Buying Guide
Below, please enjoy the interactive guide that was created to make your piano purchase easier. Compare some of the top Yamaha digital pianos to other notable pianos in the guide below:
|Yamaha YDP-144||GHS action, CFX Grand Piano Voice|
|Yamaha P-515||Natural Wood X Key Action|
|Casio PX-870||Redesigned Cabinet, Speaker System|
|Yamaha YDP-164||GH3 action, CFX Grand Piano Voice|
|Roland RP-102||Works w/Roland Piano Partner 2 app|
|Casio AP-470||256 Note Polyphony|
|Yamaha YDP-184||Graded Hammer 3 Action (GH3)|
Benefits of a Yamaha Digital Piano
Yamaha pianos are very reliable, sturdy, and time tested products that are always guaranteed to satisfy the customer. Their engineers have spent countless hours working on specific technology such as graded hammer action key sets, proprietary wave sampling technology, a wide variety of tone and voice selection, along with many other features. The variety contained in each instrument coupled with the value in price due to the combination of features makes Yamaha pianos easy sellers on the market.
The benefits to owning a Yamaha portable keyboard, digital piano, stage piano, or workstation can be long lasting and enjoyable. Yamaha pianos contain high value and own a special place in the market, so you can always be sure if you want to part with your machine you should be compensated. Yamaha pianos also have the latest technology on the market, so you will never feel like your digital piano is somehow behind the times as far as music technology is concerned. In fact, in many cases Yamaha pianos are the leaders in the field concerning innovative technology, and engineers from other companies have studied and mimicked the expertise found in their products.
Below, please take a look at some of the best selling Yamaha pianos currently on the market:
|1) Casio PX-S3000|
|2) Casio PX-870|
|3) Roland RP-102|
|4) Alesis Prestige Artist|
|5) Korg D1|
Yamaha Digital Piano Reviews
Each one of these pianos brings a different set of features and styles to the consumer, and the final purchase all depends on what the consumer is looking for. The digital piano may be able to offer more portability and a higher selection of voices. Another may be able to offer affordability but a lower range of selection and quality. Other pianos may rely on the quality of the technology and hardware combined with the quality of the tone to present the overall package. No matter what the case each piano has its own characteristics.
The P-105 has been one of Yamaha’s bestselling digital pianos for years. It is most commonly seen as the best pound-for-pound package Yamaha has to offer as far as electronic pianos are concerned. The piano has a full range of 88 weighted keys, with amazing 128-note polyphony to ensure any kind of piano piece can be played. The keybed features Yamaha’s Graded Hammer technology, which replicates the hammer action found on a real piano, along with the graded touch and feel of the keys along the bass to the treble. There is also its Pure CF sound engine, which brings the pure sampled sound of Yamaha’s own CFIIIS concert grand piano as a first to the P-series. The build, style, and connectivity features top off the characteristics of the P-105, but the price range of $600-$700 is the icing on top of the cake.
- NOTE: The Yamaha P-105 has been replaced by the Yamaha P-115, which we have reviewed here. We have also reviewed the Yamaha P-125, as well.
The Yamaha DGX-650 isn’t far behind the P-105. Yamaha touts it as their “most piano-like Portable Grand ever”, and after messing with it for a while, it’s easy to see why. The DGX-640 brings a real feel of an acoustic grand piano first of all with its matte black key finish. That’s followed up with Yamaha’s Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) keybed, which contains Yamaha’s graded hammer action technology to give you the touch of keys striking the strings. With a flashy LCD screen and over 500 tone and voice selections, many are amazed to find this piano at around the same price range of the P-105.
- NOTE: The Yamaha DGX-650 has been replaced by the Yamaha DGX-660, which we have reviewed here.
The Yamaha NP-11 features lightweight and compact design, weighing in at an amazing 9 pounds, possibly the lightest digital piano in the world. It packs a punch as well, with high quality voice selections and advanced wave memory sampling technology. It can amazingly be battery powered and features a trendy eco-mode which allows the piano to shut off after prolonged inactivity.
- NOTE: The Yamaha NP-12 has been replaced by the Yamaha NP-12, which we have reviewed here.
Beginner vs. Advanced
Pianos within the Yamaha catalog of digital pianos can range from a variety of expertise levels. There are digital pianos that are more suited for the beginning piano player, and there are those that are geared toward the more advanced and elite players. However, regardless of what instrument is chosen the consumer should never feel as if they are overwhelmed by a machine or underwhelmed by it. Each piano has its own transient ability to cater to the needs of any piano player, but some pianos suit certain players more than others.
A beginner digital piano tends to focus more on simplicity and quality rather than massive selection of features and fancy characteristics. Some of the Yamaha pianos that would fit under this category include the NP-11, NP-31, and the YPT-230. The NP-11 and NP-31 are brothers in the same family, with the NP-11 being a mini version of the NP-31. They both emphasize portability and affordability, with a nice set of keys and good polyphony. The YPT-230 has a much larger range of sounds, but comes with the same kind of portability and affordability.
More advanced pianos offer a much wider range of options. Yamaha pianos in this category would be the DGX-640, P-155, YDP-V240, and the Motif XF8. The DGX-640 and the P-155 both emphasize quality tones embodied in a contemporary digital piano frame, with hammer action and wave sampling technology. The YDP-V240 brings all of that and more to the frame of an upright piano and the Yamaha Motif XF8 opens up a whole new world of studio production.
- NOTE: You can read our review of the popular Yamaha P-255 here.
A Yamaha digital piano can be found at a wide range of prices, so there is certainly a piano that each consumer can afford. There are digital piano prices at the lower end of the spectrum, from $200-$400, such as the NP-11, NP-31, and YPT-230. Then there are the intermediate level pianos, which can range from $400-$800. Digital pianos in this category include the P-105, DGX-640, P-35, and YPG-535. The advanced level digital pianos can range anywhere from $800 to sometimes even $4,000-$5,000, depending on the machine. These include the CP-33, P-155, YDP-V240, and the Motif XF8.
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