Yamaha P105 ReviewUPDATED REVIEW -October 2, 2014 - I recommend the Yamaha P105 portable digital piano ($599US internet discount price) which is the updated replacement for the Yamaha P95 in this price range. The lightweight P105 which weighs only 27lbs is a huge improvement over the former P95 ($499 internet discount price...and it's about time Yamaha made that happen. I have personally played and carefully listened to the P105 and the deficiencies that I have talked about in the past on the P95 have almost all been taken care of on the P105. There is now a much better piano sound in this new model along with 128 notes of polyphony instead of 64 for smoother playability. Essentially (with a few exceptions) the P105 uses the higher priced P155 ($999 internet discount price) sound and polyphony technology and puts it into this lower priced model...and that's a very good thing. Copyright AZPianoNews.com 2014
However, if you would like to get a realistic piano sound and a better key action and are willing to give up a few of the new fun features of the P105 to save some money, then you might consider the Casio Privia PX150 (left pic) or the higher priced PX350 (lower left pic) portable digital pianos. The Casio PX150 is priced at a lower $499US internet discount price which is $100 less than the Yamaha P105, and the upgraded Casio PX350 is priced at $699US internet discount price. The slightly higher priced Casio PX350 has all of the features of the Yamaha P105 plus many, many more and allows you to do wav file audio recording too on USB flashdrive...very nice. The key tops on both Casio's use a new synthetic ivory & ebony material (typically reserved for higher priced digital pianos) for a nice feeling key surface as your fingers play on the keys, as well as a more realistic piano key action with 3-key sensors for faster piano sound repetition which the Yamaha P105 does not have. I have played the keys on the new Casio's and they look & feel good and move quite realistically more like a real acoustic piano, in my opinion. The Yamaha's don't have the synthetic ivory & ebony keytops on their current digital pianos until $1499 for the YDP162. The Yamaha P105 internal speaker system sounds somewhat fuller and richer than the internal speaker system on the Casio PX150 so that is a big plus in its favor. The Casio PX150 does not have the drum rhythms or piano styles of the Yamaha P105, but...when you connect to a laptop computer or iPad/tablet you can use some very helpful music/piano apps & programs that allows you to interface and interact with exciting music technology that will exceed the technology in the Yamaha P105 or Casio PX150...and your kids will love that too.
With all these new models out (or just coming out) in the lower price range under $1000, it may seem a difficult task to pick one out, but I can help you with that and give you the right advice based on your musical goals and piano playing experience.
If you want more info on these and other pianos and lower prices than internet or store discounts, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me direct at 602-571-1864.
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