Looking for a Piano this Christmas? Here’s our Top 3 to suit all budgets!
Have you watched the John Lewis Christmas Advert yet? We love it here in the office! It tells the story of Elton John, reversing chronologically back through his life and career to the moment it all began when, on one Christmas morning, a very young Elton John received a very special gift – a Piano! A gift that changed his life forever.
A Piano is a wonderful gift for anyone at Christmas, so in the lead up to the festive season, inspired by the mesmerising career of the great Elton John and the John Lewis Christmas advert, I thought I’d help you choose your piano gift this year by giving you my Top 3 pianos to suit all budgets and any level of player.
Yamaha P125 Digital Piano
The Yamaha P-125 Digital Piano is a fantastic keyboard for both beginners and experienced players. It is full size, just like a traditional upright, and has weighted keys so it feels like a real piano to play too (this is very important). Weighing at only 11.9kg, it’s super lightweight which makes it perfect for portability and taking to gigs/concerts and can easily be stored away if space is limited.
The P125 has 24 voices built in (that range from electric pianos and organs to strings and choirs) which make for a really exciting playing experience and are great extras to have if you’re songwriting or composing. Additionally, the keyboard has rhythms and backings too which allow you to play songs while a band follow you live, whatever you play (It’s really cool)!
Yamaha have an app called ‘Smart Pianist‘ which is specifically designed for the P125 (currently available on iOs devices only) which acts as a controller for the keyboard, as well as giving you some clever extra features too. I’ve actually filmed a video overview of the app which you might find useful. You can watch this HERE!
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If you want to learn a little bit more about the Yamaha P125, Chris has made some really useful videos which you’ll find at the bottom of the blog, or alternatively, you can have a look at the product page on our website which will give you some more details on spec and price.
Prepare to be amazed! The Yamaha CSP-170 is a new breed of digital piano which offers a completely unique playing experience and will get you playing, whatever level, in no time. Not only does it act as a high quality digital piano, perfect for those wanting an equivalent to a traditional acoustic, but its dedicated app Smart Pianist (similar but not the same as the one compatible with the P125) acts as a controller and incorporates a lesson feature which teaches you how to play! How cool is that?
The CSP-170 uses something called ‘Stream Lights’ which trickle down on a panel just above the keys, allowing you to follow along with ease; You’ll be surprised how quickly you pick it up and start playing all on your own!
It has nearly 700 voices built in, so if you like to experiment with sounds you’ll have plenty of choice and it has 470 styles which will play along with you, whatever you play! You choose your genre, whether it’s swing and jazz or R&B, and it will follow along with you as if you’re playing with a band.
If you’re interested in hearing a little more about the CSP-170, I’d recommend watching another one of Chris’ videos HERE! Or if you want to read about spec and pricing, you can view the product page on our website.
You’ve probably heard of Yamaha’s flagship digital piano range the Clavinova series, which has been dominating the digital piano market for over 35 years. The current series is the 600 range and the CLP645 is a midrange choice which offers an affordable option to those who want a really great piano with a limited budget.
The reason I picked the CLP-645 and not any lower model is mostly because of the keys. The CLP 645 has wooden keys with synthetic ivory keytops! This is such a big factor when playing a digital piano as, ideally, you want to bridge the gap between traditional acoustics and digital. If you’re having lessons on a real piano and are going home to practice on a digital piano that doesn’t have wooden keys – you’re going to feel a HUGE difference and it will prove a hindrance in the long run. However, with wooden keys you are guaranteed to have an authentic, realistic feel and the CLP-645 will give you just that.
It has 36 voices built in which range from piano and strings to electric piano and jazz organs – it’s not a huge selection but it’s enough to keep you interested.
Where the Clavinova range thrive is with it’s quality – the piano sound is sampled from Yamaha’s very own CFX Concert Grand (which are about £100,000 new) and their Bosendorfer Grand – both of which are two of the worlds finest grand pianos and they’re all at your finger tips!
There is a 16 track recorder built in to the CLP645 which means composing and layering tracks is just clicks away. It is USB compatible too so you can export the recordings as [either] an audio or WAV file, perfect for uploading straight into music software on your computer or laptop and easily burnable to disc if you so wish.
As you’ve probably expected by now, we have a video on this model (Chris is a busy guy) which I’m sure will answer any questions you may have – click HERE to watch.
You can view the CLP645 product page on our website which will give you specific details RE spec and pricing.
Something sparked in young Elton when his fingers touched those ivory keys of his upright piano for the first time on Christmas day, so hopefully you’ll feel the same on your new instrument.
As always, let us know if you have any questions and we’ll be happy to help. If you haven’t watched the advert, you should definitely check it out. You can watch it by clicking here.
Otherwise, if you have any questions either drop us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively give us a call 01295 266 788.