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If you grew up loving jazz music, you possibly are also a good pianist. Perhaps piano played a large role in your life. Some people have even taken their passion for piano to the level where they teach others to play piano. These avid pianists are always looking for high quality pianos. Some want a higher quality piano so that they can provide top-notch lessons to their students. The Yamaha P45 fills all these niches and is truly an instrument to rave about. You might wonder if it is really worth the cost. The following review will convenience you that it is.
The newly improved P45 replaces its predecessor, the P35. Of course, the new model brings some added improvements. The first thing you will notice is increased polyphony. In fact, the polyphony has doubled when it is compared to the previous model. The voices have increased to 64. With this new model, you will notice a full, saturated sound and improved sound quality. And to end the list is the included USB to HOST port that supersedes the DIN MIDI found in the P35.
Outside the Yamaha P45
All Yamaha pianos feature a convenient, simple design. As soon as you look at this piano, you notice its nice, sophisticated appearance. The power button is tastefully placed on the front of the instrument, however, it is shielded to prevent it from accidentally being powered off. Along with the power button, you notice a knob for controlling the volume, and a button to allow the pianist to select the desired functions. The piano has a very streamlined appearance and measures 58.2 x 16.1 x 11.7 inches.
Another advantage of the Yamaha P45 is its weight. At only 25 pounds, it is very portable for a keyboard that is weighted. This compact piano will be very useful for piano performances. The piano is easy to carry to a lesson in a student’s home or to a performance in a concert hall.
Quality of Sound
The natural, realistic sound produced by this digital piano is phenomenal. The sound of this piano closely mimics Yamaha’s grand piano. The P45 includes 10 voices:
- Piano (x2)
- Grand Piano (x2)
- Pipe Organ (x2)
- Harpsichord (x2)
Every voice feature allows the piano to use two of them simultaneously. Additionally, the Duo mode supports two pianists. So the teacher and student may play together on the same keyboard. One pianist will play on the right side while the other plays on the left side within the identical octave range. A few reverb effects are included with this piano.
You do not have to be concerned with external speakers because this piano has its own built right in. The piano’s sound will fill an average room because there are two 6-watt speakers included. If a more boisterous sound is desired, attaching an acoustic system or headphones are two good options.
Review of the Keyboard
Whether a pianist enjoys a traditional piano or just enjoys using a keyboard for pleasure, everyone knows the value of weighted keys. This model features a keyboard with 88 weighted keys. The keys are graded hammer standard (GHS). These keys make playing the piano more enjoyable. The Yamaha P45 is strongly recommended for students as the weighted keys train the students’ fingers and make them stronger and more proficient.
One other unique feature of the P45 is the ability to adjust the touch sensitivity. If you want to, you can even turn it off.
Ability to Connect
The Yamaha P45 has just the basics when it comes to connectivity. After all, it is the budget model. However, the included connections should be enough for your needs. The connectors are located on the piano’s back side.
- USB to host
- Sustain Pedal jack (optional FC3 half pedal can be attached)
- Headphone/Audio out (Stereo jack).
The P45 can also be connected to an iPad or iPhone using the adapter. When connected, you have the ability to control your piano with special Yamaha application.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- This keyboard is budget friendly making it a great choice for beginners.
- This piano model includes a sustain pedal, a sheet holder, and a power adapter.
- The keyboard is very lightweight. It is just 25 pounds or 11.5 kg.
- You will find that this piano very closely resembles a real piano.
- The velocity with which you press the keys does not change the timbre, it just changes the volume.
- This Yamaha piano lacks a LED screen.
- The location of the headphone jack makes it difficult to connect.
- The included sustain pedal lacks the half press function. When you use the sustain pedal, it is either full pressed or not pressed at all.
When considering the big picture, this is still a good investment. The minor setbacks are not significant when compared with all this piano has to offer. Purchasing this Yamaha digital piano is worth trying it.