When it comes to digital pianos, Yamaha really does have its place and is one of the leading brands.
Though I have a Roland at the moment, the Roland FP4, I have used Yamaha in the past and it does have certain qualities that may make you prefer the Yamaha over the other brands.
The most popular at the moment is the Yamaha P95 digital piano.
The Yamaha P95 has the full 88 keys, a grand piano sound, as well as a host of other sounds such as organ, electric piano, strings, chorus, harpsichord, vibraphone, etc. You can also combine sounds.
The sound of the Yamaha is very good in the treble.
This I feel is the strength of the Yamaha. The sound from a range in the treble and mid range sounds like an acoustic.
Here’s a video of the p95 in action, showing off its beautiful treble:
This is an appeal of the Yamahas that keeps many people strictly faithful to the Yamahas. After all, the area of the piano that sings like a vocal range is in the middle or treble range.
At times, the lower register is slightly brighter than other brands, but the overtones are certainly there.
Overall, a good solid Yamaha sound for sure.
Another video showing the beautiful singing quality of the Yamaha, due to its realistic grand piano tones:
And the other thing is that the price is low compared to other brands.
This is a huge drawcard for those on a budget. You can get an entire kit for around $750 instead of $1500-2000 that you are looking at for other brands.
The keyboard action is great, as in the typical Yamaha 88 keyboard actions. It is a Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) Keyboard similar to a traditional acoustic piano, with the weight slightly heavier on the lower end to simulate the heavier keys at that end of a real acoustic.
This is really important as it feels a lot more real.
People ask me often, Yamaha or Roland or Casio?
And I say, there are beauties in each brand. The Yamaha shines most in the natural, realistic sounds (probably from their experience in making acoustics!) that shines through to give the illusion of a beautiful quality acoustic instrument that really sings beautifully because of the naturalness of its sounds, especially the treble as I said.
Here’s a video of the Yamaha p95 in action:
The Yamaha has a good sound quality that makes them sound solid and realistic.
It includes bench, stand, triple pedal board, headphones and dust cover as well as a lesson book.
The price for this keyboard is now a very good bargain, as you can hear by the sound, compared to the price you have to pay for other brands.
There’s internal memory as well as MIDI in and out for recording your performances, 50 preset songs. There are inbuilt speakers and 2 headphone jacks perfect for playing duets or for sharing playing without disturbing others. Overall, all the features you need in a digital piano.
Would I recommend it?
Yes. For its very good price and its very good sound, as you can hear in these demos, it has that unmistakable Yamaha piano sound which because of its realism, makes the piano sound natural, and this is what you want in a digital piano.
When its natural and you can enjoy the playing, and just hear the sounds coming out of it and concentrate on your performance when you play on the Yamaha p95.
So if you’re a beginner or intermediate, this may suit your needs.
If you’re more advanced, then I would say go for the higher model such as the Yamaha p155 as your ears and demands may warrant even more improved sound.