Two Amazing Yamaha Instruments for the Pianist on a Budget

March 15, 2021 Off By admin

These are unbelievable times for electronic musicians. Consider two Yamaha instruments for the pianist, high-quality instruments both of them, the YDP141 and the p95. The first one is an aesthetically pleasing classically-styled digital piano. It comes with a beautifully styled stand, three pedals, a music stand and a bench. And it sells for $1000, give or take. For those who need the functionality of the piano without the aesthetics, the tabletop P95 does the trick, for around $500. Both pianos have full graded-action 88-key keyboards, adequate onboard amplification, and a choice of 10 sounds. Both of them are basically the same piano. They have the same Yamaha GHS keyboard action, 64 note polyphony, 12 W amplification and a few effects. If you wish to install your P95 on a stand with pedals, that can be arranged for a $175 more. These are unbelievable prices going by what pianos used to cost you even a few years ago. Let us go in a little deeper and see if these are as good a deal as they appear.

Both pianos offer 64 note polyphony, effects, a one track sequencer to record your playing on, and MIDI I/O to help you connect to a computer. The keyboard action on these pianos is especially expressive. The manufacturer’ voice presets are amazing for the price, and you get sounds that

would be indistinguishable from the original to an untrained ear. Both models pass the “no-manual” test too – which means they are so logically the layout that you don’t need to crack the manual to do everything you need. Sit down, record a piano section, hit play, and admire. It really is that simple. With the P95, portability is just not an issue – it weighs all of 12 pounds. And finally, not an insignificant matter at all with home users, both pianos look just plain beautiful. The aesthetics of the YDF141 with its wood finish stand especially, you will find very pleasing.

So are both Yamaha instruments perfect? Aren’t there any painful compromises that have been made to bring them in under budget? There certainly are compromises. The most discussed shortcoming on both pianos is the keyboard action. In short, they are kind of clicky. Playing soft piano passages, the mechanical clicking can get a little distracting. Other than that, 128 note polyphony would have been useful when playing complex passages with the sustain pedal depressed. The fact that both pianos feature MIDI and not USB can be a bit of a problem with home users who may not have a MIDI interface on their computers. A card reader would have been a plus, too.