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Yamaha P-95 digital piano review


The Yamaha P-95 combines a rich Yamaha piano sound with a gentle “springy” key action and a high build quality that help propel it to the top of its competitor set.

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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-95 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.

Tone

three and a half star

In comparison to competitor models, it’s the sound quality (particularly that of the piano voice) that sets the Yamaha P-95 digital piano apart.  Like its ‘stripped back’ younger brother the Yamaha P-35, the Yamaha P-95 has 10 instrument sounds but houses more powerful 6W x 6W amp speakers.  The Yamaha piano sound has a richer and thicker tone than that of its nearest competitor the Casio PX-135 although the Rhodes piano sound on the Casio is arguably more realistic.

Touch

three and a half star

The 88-key Yamaha P-95 is a medium 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.  There is a gentle “springy” touch sensitivity to the keys and the build quality of the instrument is certainly of the highest amongst its immediate competitors.

Value for Money

fourstar

Colours

The Yamaha P-95 is currently available in Black and Silver.

Yamaha P 95

Further information

People with a whole range of requirements from their digital piano purchase the Yamaha P-95, from those who are beginners right through to experienced gigging musicians and concert pianists who use it as a warm-up instrument.  Its durability and light weight (c12kg) make it a great digital piano prior to getting into the realms of more static digital pianos.

Other pianos for consideration

Those who are considering purchasing the Yamaha P-95 may also consider the Casio PX-135, the Korg SP170 or the Casio CDP-220.  If you’re looking for a more stripped back version of the instrument, you might consider the Yamaha P-35 digital piano.

Technical specification

Full technical specifications can be found here: http://www.uk.yamaha.com/en/products/musical-instruments/keyboards/digitalpianos/p_series/p-95_color_variation

Links

Bietorissa have written a nice little review of the Yamaha P-95: http://bietorissa.com/musical-instruments/yamaha-p95

Haydock Music have also written a simple ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ review of the Yamaha P-95: http://www.haydockmusic.com/reviews/yamaha_p95_review.html

Here’s an introduction to the Yamaha P-95 piano:

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1 comment

  1. Jamie Ranson says:

    We got our P95 delivered about a month ago and are really impressed with it. Does anyone know what the best cover to get for it is?

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