Yamaha Digital Pianos
Yamaha digital pianos – what piano should I buy?
When asking yourself ‘what digital piano should I buy?’ consider that most Yamaha digital pianos will be suitable for all levels of ability, but there are of course certain features you may or may not want to take advantage of which are specific to the type of Yamaha piano you buy. We’ve designed this digital piano guide to help you choose the right piano for you.
Each series will offer varying key mechanisms and other innovations which will impact your playing experience greatly. Budget also plays a role too, and each of these digital or electric piano ranges will offer a more inexpensive ‘base’ model, featuring the core features of the range, all the way up to the premium flagship model featuring the very best technologies and design elements available.
Our advice is always to buy the best Yamaha digital piano you can afford – this gives you the best possible start and ensures you aren’t missing out on the best technology available to you.
What are the differences between Yamaha digital pianos?
Below in our digital piano guide we explain the differences between the four distinct ranges of Yamaha digital piano on offer to help you answer the key question: what piano should I buy?
The basic elements of the perfect digital piano, featuring 88 keys, a small selection of voices (sounds) and three foot-pedals like a traditional acoustic piano – this range is very similar in concept to the more advanced CLP series digital pianos
This is Yamaha’s flagship ‘Classic’ digital piano series, designed to recreate the feel and sound of some of the world’s finest pianos; lighter on features but rich in technology, build quality and sound quality
This is Yamaha’s flagship ‘Versatile’ piano series, offering much of what the CLP series offers with the added advantage of superb quality backings and rhythms to accompany you – the ultimate all-in-one performance instrument
The Yamaha CSP digital piano range is designed to work in conjunction with an iPad/compatible Android tablet, and offers a huge array of accompaniments and learning features such as ‘Stream Lights’ which patiently show you which notes and chords to play (even for songs in your own music library!)
Why a Yamaha digital piano?
Yamaha digital pianos are more popular than ever before, because using modern technology they so closely replicate the sound and feel of traditional pianos that most people cannot tell the difference anymore.
Then there are the practical reasons why digital pianos are proving more popular than ever today:
Digital pianos never go out of tune or need any maintenance (traditional pianos need tuning often and need regulated environments)
Digital pianos have volume control and can be used with headphones (traditional pianos cannot be ‘turned down’ so practice might disturb neighbours or family)
Digital pianos are easy to lift and transport (traditional pianos are very heavy and dangerous to move unless by experts)
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Digital piano FAQ
Before deciding ‘what piano you should I buy’, read our digital piano guide FAQ below.
How does a Yamaha digital piano work?
Most Yamaha digital pianos work by taking a recorded sample from a traditional piano and amplifying it through built in speakers.
But it’s not as simple as you might imagine. In order to accurately simulate the true sound of piano hundreds of samples must be taken, not just of the desired note being played but also the variations in strength and sympathetic vibrations of surrounding strings and the cabinet of the piano too.
Yamaha have a rich heritage in making world class grand pianos so they are experts at capturing the required sounds.
Are Yamaha digital pianos as good as “real” pianos?
Most people cannot tell the difference between traditional pianos and Yamaha digital pianos today. This is because modern technology is so advanced that digital pianos can replicate the touch and feel of ‘real’ pianos so accurately.
Do the keys feel real?
Yes. The keys on digital pianos are ‘weighted’ so the way they feel to play and react to your input is just like the real thing. Don’t think that digital pianos feel and sound like that old Casio keyboard you got for Christmas in 1986.
Do they need tuning?
No. Yamaha digital pianos never go out tune, so never need tuning.
Do they have the right amount of keys?
Yes. Most digital pianos have the standard 88 keys.
Can I wear headphones to practice?
Yes. When you plug headphones into a digital piano the speakers are disabled so only you can hear the sound. This is ideal for practicing late at night or when you don’t want to disturb anyone. Note: The standard jack socket for headphones is 6.35mm. iPhone headphone plugs are 3.5mm so you would need an adaptor. Most of our digital pianos come with headphones and the adaptor anyway.
Why do digital piano prices vary so much?
The price of a digital piano depends on a number of factors, for example whether the keys are plastic or wooden, whether the speakers are big or small, the amount of extra features it has like rhythms and backings or multi track recordings. The cabinet design and finish is a factor too. Small portable pianos tend to be cheaper than the more traditional looking non-portable ones. This digital piano guide is designed to help you spend as much as you need on the right instrument.
Can I connect my iPhone/iPad?
Many of the Yamaha digital pianos and keyboards allow connection to an iPad/tablet now for various purposes. Yamaha have developed a lot of apps for their instruments, you can read more about them on the App Store.
What about other manufacturers of digital piano?
We are an independent shop but choose Yamaha digital pianos exclusively because they are regarded as the best in the world. You will find Yamaha digital pianos in most music schools, colleges and universities, and teachers nearly always recommend Yamaha because of how authentic the touch and sound is.
Will a Yamaha digital piano help me pass exams?
Yes, Yamaha also manufacture some of the world’s finest concert grand pianos and have a rich heritage over 100 years making pianos. The technology they have developed is shared into the design of their digital pianos to make them the most authentic digital pianos in the world. Therefore when you practice on a Yamaha digital piano it will prepare your technique for passing exams.
Yamaha pianos are also endorsed by some of the most-established grading associations, such as Trinity Guildhall and the ABRSM.