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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

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