Yamaha P105 Review

The Yamaha P105 is a very good digital piano. My brother who is also a piano/keyboard player bought one so I get to play it all the time. He was actually trying to decide between the P105 and P155 but finally chose the P105 because of the lower price of $599.99. We both felt that the features of the P105 were good enough to take the plunge, for a savings of as much as 400 dollars. 

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Having played the P95 as well, I can testify to the fact that the piano on the P105 sounds so much better. The P95 doesn't come close to the piano tone of the P105. And while the P-95 only has 64 notes of polyphony, the Yamaha P-105 has 128. This is so important and it means that notes won't cut off when playing, particularly when a dual voice is used. There are many more upgrades in this keyboard such as a USB to computer/iPad output, stereo 1/4" audio line level outputs, nice drum rhythm patterns, 14 watts of total audio power, assignable split or layering of two sounds, piano style patterns and other features. The piano cabinet looks better as well.

My only disappointment with the P105 is the absence of a Graded Hammer (GH) keyboard. Instead, it features a Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) keyboard so the key action is not as good as the Yamaha P155 for example, which has GH action. It would be nice to have a GH action. Clearly, you will have to spend more if this is a must-have for you. But some folks are fine with a GHS keyboard. It's a weighted keyboard anyway, with keys that feel heavier in the low end and lighter in the top. While the GH action is preferred by most people, some people actually prefer the GHS action. 

The 88-key Yamaha P105 digital piano has a total of 14 voices, including 2 grand pianos, 4 electric pianos, jazz organ, pipe organ, rock organ, strings, vibraphone, harpsichord, wood bass and electric bass, all easy to select. The best voice is the grand piano voice. After all, the piano is what it's all about. :-) 

The built-in metronome is great for practice. You also have the option of practicing with 10 built-in rhythms, namely 8 beat, 16 beat, triplet beat, swing, march, 6/8 march, bossanova, samba, waltz and jazz waltz. One feature you may like and find very useful, (not one of my favorites on a digital piano) is called Pianist Style. With this feature all you do is play a  chord with the left hand and you get a full piano accompaniment. 

Yamaha P105
Yamaha P-105

This digital piano is available in black and white. You have the option of buying it with an optional matching stand and pedal unit. 

Another good thing about the Yamaha P-105 is its portability. It's very light, weighing less than 26 pounds so its great for gigging. 

Overall, this is a very good digital piano. Go here to learn more about the Yamaha P105 digital piano, read reviews or buy one. 

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