In this review we take a look at the Yamaha CP33 stage piano available as of June, 2006. Well if you're aware of what is going on in Yamaha world, you may know that Yamaha has released two brilliant additions to the CP series stage pianos, namely the CP33 and CP300. Depending on your budget you would choose either of the two, but the CP33 is the cheaper model, selling for about $1300 (now, $999.99). The CP series, first released in 1976, are known for their authentic sound and live performance convenience, and with now Yamaha has built upon this legacy.
If you're looking for first class piano sound and feel in a compact portable keyboard, the Yamaha CP 33 may be just what you're looking for. You can at least give it a try and see whether it meets your needs. It comes with several incredible features. These include an 88 key Graded Hammer keyboard, AWM dynamic stereo sampling, reverb and brilliance effects, dual, split, click, transpose and touch controls, sustain pedal, AUX pedal, pitch bend, modulation, MIDI, and a lot more.
At the end of the day it all depends on how much you're prepared to spend. Because if you've got the money, I'd say just go with a CP300. It's so much better and comes with so many more features. Take polyphony for example. The Yamaha CP33 has only 64 notes of polyphony. That is nothing compared to the CP300 which has 128 notes of polyphony. This means that during a heated performance, notes would begin to cut out on the Yamaha CP 33. It's up to you to decide whether you are prepared to go along with this digital piano bearing in mind its relatively limited polyphony. Normally, 64 notes of polyphony are not that bad - many keyboards don't even come close to that much.
The keyboard also doesn't have an internal sequencer, four pedal connectors, 50 original voices, plus 480 XG voices and 12 drum kits, five-band master equalizer, and so on. That's why it costs much less. The CP33 is a basic keyboard for someone looking for the expressiveness of an acoustic piano at an affordable price. With its Graded Hammer Effect you will be absolutely delighted.
Like the CP300, it comes with a Panel Lock Button. Just press that button and your settings stay fixed until you unlock the keyboard yourself, when you're ready to do so. That way if you or someone for that matter, accidentally press a panel button during a live performance you do not have to worry. Everything will go smoothly during your performance and your settings won't change.The Yamaha CP33
is just right for someone who wants an exceptionally compact, light and portable digital piano. Despite its 88 keys, you can carry it along easily.
Everything is relative, and so for the price, I'd say that the CP33 is worth it. But it all depends on what you are really looking for. Be sure to compare different digital pianos in its price range before making a purchase. Click here to learn more about the Yamaha CP 33.
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