The 88-key Yamaha P-35 digital piano is essentially a ‘stripped back’ version of some of the more advanced models in the P-Series range and is specifically designed to appeal to the entry-level pianist in emerging markets.
About Yamaha 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
– P-series: a “compact and stylish” portable range (of which the Yamaha P-35 is one)
– 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 P series
Yamaha’s P-series digital pianos are their portable stage pianos that combine a good quality piano sound with a decent touch: they feel more like ‘proper’ pianos than the Piaggero range. They are digital pianos suitable for competent performers right through to advanced pianists and range in price from around £350 through to £1,050.
The Yamaha P-35 digital piano is essentially a ‘stripped back’ version of some of the more advanced models in the P-series range. Targeted to compete with the Casio PX-135, the Yamaha P-35 has 10 instrument sounds including a decent piano sound (featured on the one “grand piano” button. The 6W x 6W speakers are slightly less powerful than the Casio PX-135 (which features 8W x 8W) and the 32-note polyphony is less too (than the 128-note polyphony on the Casio PX-135) but the piano sound is really rich and the other 9 voices aren’t bad either.
The 88-key Yamaha P-35 is a ‘weighted’ piano (see touch-weight in the terminology section) and whilst the keyboard is “graded hammer standard” – Yamaha’s entry-level ‘graded’ hammer action meaning that keys in the left-hand are slightly harder to depress than those in the right – clearly you need to invest more in a fully-weighted or heavy-weighted digital piano to achieve true piano likeness. The Yamaha P-35 has been specifically designed to capture demand in emerging economies for entry-level digital pianos and where space within properties is at a premium: it’s an unfortunate consequence that you can’t attach a traditional 3-pedal unit to the Yamaha P-35.
Value for Money
The Yamaha P-35 is currently only available in Black.
People who tend to buy pianos like the Yamaha P-35 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. As mentioned previously, this style of digital pianos are specifically designed to appeal to the entry-level market in emerging economies.
Other pianos for consideration
Those who are considering purchasing the Yamaha P-35 may also consider the Casio PX-135, the Korg SP170 or the Casio CDP-120 / Casio CDP-220. If you’re looking to upgrade to something a little more piano-like, you may also consider the Yamaha P-95.
Full technical specifications can be found here: http://www.uk.yamaha.com/en/products/musical-instruments/keyboards/digitalpianos/p_series/p-35/
AZ Piano News have recently done a review of the Yamaha P-35 versus the Casio CDP-120: http://azpianonews.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/review-yamaha-p35-casio-cdp120-digital.html
There’s also some interesting discussion about it on the PianoWorld forums too: http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/1972917/New%20Yamaha%20P%2035.htm
Here’s Yamaha’s own introduction to their Yamaha P-35 piano:
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