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Yamaha NP-V60 digital piano review


The 76-key Yamaha NP-V60 is a light-weighted digital piano that’s more piano-like and more contemporary than its younger cousins the Yamaha NP 11 and Yamaha NP 31.  The speakers are more powerful but at the same time it’s a really slim and highly portable digital piano.

Price at online retailers

Retailer Country Price from
gear4musiclogo usroundflag £255.00
musicroomlogo usroundflag £299.00
musiciansfriendlogo  usroundflag $329.99

About Yamaha digital pianos

Yamaha digital pianos are widely considered to be the best digital pianos in the market ahead of companies like Kurzweil and Roland.  They’ve been making a wide-range of digital pianos for an awfully long time.  What makes Yamaha digital pianos so popular in comparison to other makes is their quality of construction and tone-quality.  At the time of writing, their range currently comprises:

– NP-range: entry-level keyboard/synth pianos (of which the Yamaha NP-V60 is one)
– P-series:  a “compact and stylish” portable range
– Arius/YDP-range: a mid-range selection of static digital pianos
– Clavinova CLP-range: a top-end selection of static and grand digital pianos
– Clavinova CVP-range: a top-end selection of electronic-functions based “show” pianos
– MODUS-range: a top-end selection of digital pianos that focus heavily on design

For more information about Yamaha digital pianos, please click here: http://www.uk.yamaha.com/en/products/musical-instruments/keyboards/digitalpianos/

About Yamaha NP range

Yamaha describe their NP range or Piaggero Series as a range of digital pianos that are “slim, light and compact, yet with a multitude of sounds and features”.  These Yamaha digital pianos combine entry-level products suitable for beginner students with affordability: all digital pianos in this Yamaha range are under the £400 mark.

Tone

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Like the Yamaha NP-11 and the Yamaha NP-31 digital pianos, the Yamaha NP-V60 is more keyboard/synthesiser than digital piano.  From a tone point of view, the speakers are more powerful (6W + 6W) on the Yamaha NP V60 than the younger cousins and there are plenty more internal sounds (489 to be precise, although in reality it’s only 116 that are quickly accessible from the main panel).  Whilst the Yamaha NP-V60 does allow layering (playing multiple sounds together), the 32-note polyphony restricts this to simple passages and struggles for anything particularly chordal.  The piano sounds are adequate although they are quite bright and piercing towards the top notes.

Touch

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The 76-key Yamaha NP-V60 is a light-weighted piano – relatively common at this end of the price spectrum and whilst there is a “graded soft touch keyboard” that attempts to reflect the heavier-depression on low notes on the piano, you probably need to invest more in a fully-weighted or heavy-weighted digital piano to achieve true piano likeness.  The keys don’t depress as much as piano keys but the up-side is that there is a real smoothness moving between the keys.

Value for Money

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Colours

The Yamaha NP-V60 is currently only available in Black.

Yamaha NP V60

Further information

People who tend to buy pianos like the Yamaha NP-V60 are usually beginners, those looking for a synth to plug neatly into a computer or those who don’t have a great deal of space to put a larger instrument.  Specifically in Yamaha’s Piagerro range, the NP Vxx digital pianos are more slimline and weigh less than the Yamaha NP-11 and Yamaha NP-31 digital pianos.

Other pianos for consideration

Those who are considering purchasing the Yamaha NP-V60 may also consider the Korg microPIANO or Gear4Music PDP-220.  If you’re looking to upgrade to something a little more piano like, you may also consider the Casio CDP-120, Casio CDP-220 or Casio PX-130, the Yamaha P95 or the Korg SP170.

Technical specification

Full technical specifications can be found here: http://www.uk.yamaha.com/en/products/musical-instruments/keyboards/digitalkeyboards/dk_-_piaggero/np-v60/

Links

Questions and responses by members of keyboardforums.com might help you decide between this and competitor models: http://www.keyboardforums.com/threads/npv60-or-dgx230-ypg235.22162/

To hear Yamaha representatives go through some of the product features of the Yamaha NP-V60 digital piano, listen here – it’s a bit cringe…

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1 comment

  1. Amrit Shah says:

    We use our Yamaha NP V60 as the top keyboard in our stack when we’re gigging (pubs/clubs in the Swansea area). It’s more for effects than keys – we have a P155 on the bottom – but it’s great for this and has a bucket load of sounds. Definitely recommend.

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