Monday, August 29, 2011

Yamaha P95 Digital Stage Piano Review

The Yamaha P95 Digital Piano is the replacement for the P85. There are many people who will have had a lot of fun with the P85 and are mostly happy with the sounds and the quality of the keyboard action. For the price it is certainly worth it.

The P95 was launched at NAMM in the USA and isn't yet available in the UK, but retailers should be receiving stock imminently. As always with any new replacement there are varying opinions on whether there is any improvement or not.

There are some people who are quite obviously disappointed that there is no improvement on the action or the piano sounds, but to make advancements on these would require a significant hike up in the price. The P95 will be aimed at the same market i.e. beginners, or players who are not so concerned with the amount of sounds and want to keep it simple - which is why a lot a churches use them. You'll find plenty of people happy with the P85, the action and quality of sounds and the Yamaha P95 digital piano will be upholding this tradition.

Yamaha have replaced two of the onboard sounds with two new ones namely the Jazz Organ and Choir. There are a few people who think Yamaha should have been additional. But hey, you can't please everyone, and if I was playing in a church I would like a choir sound. I'm also sure that the more contemporary churches will appreciate the Jazz Organ.

I haven't tested out the piano sounds yet, but it wouldn't surprise me one bit if Yamaha have made some improvements there. One feature they have definitely improved is the onboard speakers, which have increased power now. In a live environment you would probably still need to hook up to an amp, which I would recommend doing anyway.

In summary I would say that the P95 will be a great choice for beginners and players who aren't concerned with having a huge choice of sounds, but want a good action, a full size keyboard at a reasonable price. If you aren't convinced, or you don't like the new sounds you could always check for P85's being sold at a discount by retailers.

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