Now with that being said, the Piaggero low priced keyboards do have enjoyable stereo piano sound, lots of cool digital features (depending on the model) including drums, multiple instrument sounds, ensemble chord arrangements & accompaniment tracks, multitrack recording & playback of songs, as well as intuitive controls, USB in/out connectivity (depending on model) and are lightweight, easy to carry instruments with good internal speakers. The key action on the NP31, NPV60, and NPV80 which are all 76 key keyboards (not full 88 key) have what is described by Yamaha as "graded soft touch keyboard." Although the key action feels quite nice as keyboards go and the key weight is slightly graded or graduated, it is not a acoustic piano type weighted key action and the difference is noticeable. The Piaggero's also are not offered in 88-key versions. Playing piano with only 61 or 76 keys, especially in the beginning, is not an issue but it's the way the key action feels and the way it moves that is the important factor. I really do like this series of Yamaha keyboards but my main goal is to see people play on more realistic feeling key actions so they can play piano music correctly. The Piaggeros will let you play, practice, and have fun, but there are better alternatives if you want to experience real piano playing.
Unfortunately there are people out there who would suggest otherwise including those people who are obviously sponsored by Yamaha. One of those people is a piano playing guy named Jamie Cullum who says in a video (by Yamaha) and I quote "for me I'm probably going to take it into my dressing room before a show... it's just right for rehearsing before a show." I definitely do not agree with that statement and the Piaggero not only won't give you the dynamics and feel of a real acoustic piano, it doesn't even have 88 keys! Also, you cannot transition properly to a regular acoustic or digital piano because of the pedals and big differences in key weight.
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