Skip to main content

The Yamaha P Series Reviewed

So, that's the while P series covered then! -  As you've probably heard me point out in each comparison video the 'P' stands for portable. Yamaha's aim is to produce a piano that you can simply tuck under your arm and take out to a gig. They've certainly achieved that because for a full length keyboard (88keys) all three of them are remarkably lightweight, only the P255 giving me slight trouble and causing me to make an involuntary groaning sound while lifting it.

The Yamaha P45 - Got a narrow boat? Get a narrow piano

The town that our store is based in (Banbury, Oxfordshire) has a canal running through it and we've supplied a number of these pianos to people who live on barges, particularly the P45 because it's so light and can be stored away so easily. Indeed a lot of people who are pushed for space at home find it handy as you can stand it up on it's end and put it in a cupboard.

It wasn't long ago that you had to pay well over £800 for a portable keyboard with weighted keys, but the prices have shot down recently but luckily the quality has not. The P105, the predecessor of the P115 was the biggest selling portable piano in the world and I'm not surprised. That template has been built on for the P115 and, as with previous upgrades, better features have filtered down and you get more for your money. The P115 is going to be a familiar site on stages for the next few years.

The Yamaha P115 - You'll be seeing this on stage a bit.
And to the P255, what a great piano! - OK it's more than twice the price of the P115 but you certainly get what you pay for. Most people have a budget to work to, that's life, but make no mistake the P255 is a top quality piano. It almost deserves to be in it's own class it's so much better than it's two lower priced companions.
The Yamaha P255 - A class above from the other P Series pianos
In summary I think that these are great instruments, there is something for everyone and they are fairly priced. I certainly don't think everything is perfect, for example the controller app for ioS devices (P115/P255 only) is a great idea but is not wireless, which makes it rather a pain to use. But apart from a few little things I think that these pianos are going to be very popular, not just for players but also for teachers who will be pleased to know that their students can afford something of such good quality.

The current prices are as follows:

Yamaha P45     £311
Yamaha P115   £469
Yamaha P255   £1009

If you would like to see our comparison videos you can click here to watch on YouTube.
To visit our website click here: ePianos.co.uk


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The Yamaha CLP525 vs the new CLP625- let's take a look at the changes 

CLP625

So the first model in the range is the CLP625, replacing the CLP525 this model now provides a much bigger jump up from the next model down in the Arius series, the YDP163.




The first thing to talk about is that the sound of the CLP625 compared to its predecessor, the CLP525 is a vast improvement now that the samples of the Bösendorfer Imperial and the Yamaha CFX grand pianos have been included. These offer rich tones to be played, and the brighter Yamaha sample compliments the much mellower Bösendorfer sound giving you a nice choice.

The CLP625 also offers the new GH3X keyboard which Yamaha have been developing, and it now included synthetic ebony black notes as well as the synthetic Ivory white keys.
These include 'escapement' an accuracy usually only found on grand pianos and Yamaha's 'smooth release' giving you a more realistic feel.

You'll find, being the authentic ebony and ivory the keys offer you a more grippy feel, and less sloppy like the textur…

Yamaha DGX-650 vs DGX-660 - What's the difference?

I recently had the pleasure of trying out the new Yamaha DGX-660. We're getting LOADS of people asking what the difference is between this and it's predecessor the DGX-650, so I made a video to try and clear things up.


As you will see in the video Yamaha have made a real effort to make this instrument more suitable for singer-songwriters, the DGX-650 was already very good if you wanted to write music, but it lacked a microphone input, that has been added in the DGX-660 along with a few more things that will be so useful for the singer-songwriters out there.

We have made a special DGX-660 bundle for singer-songwriters which you can see on our website below. If you're buying for yourself or as a gift for someone else it will include all you need to get writing and get performing. (Click image below).


Yamaha Arius YDP-143 vs YDP-163 digital pianos - What's the difference? A comparison.

These two pianos are from Yamaha's Arius range which is designed to offer a good quality instrument in a traditional style cabinet, at an affordable price for beginners.

Because these models look so similar we are asked all the time what the differences are between them and whether getting the more expensive one is a good idea.

Chris explained the differences in the videos below.