Are you looking for an honest Yamaha P71 review? If so you have come to the right place. We take pianos just as seriously as we know you, the musician does. The right instrument can be the difference between successful, fruitful practice, and constant frustration.
Naturally, you want to know what category the Yamaha P71 falls into. What’s more, you want the information from a source that you can trust.
This is where we enter into the equation. We look at every aspect of a piano, including the P71, when we make our reviews. We have looked at the good, the bad, and the ugly, and composed our findings in this review.
Now it is time to look at some of the key features of this piano. We will look at what it does well, and mention the things it struggles with. Read on for some information that will hopefully help to make your buying decision much easier.
Fully Weighted Keyboard
The keyboard is the most basic, but also one of the most important aspects of any electric piano.
Why is it so critical? Well for one thing, this is the only part of the instrument you really make direct contact with.
The way that the keys look and feel really does matter. These features can define the experience you will have with the piano.
There is also just the fact that many digital pianos get this feature very wrong.
Though there are many things that distinguish electric keyboards from acoustics, there is one thing that should be the same.
Many electric keyboards, especially on the lower end of the price spectrum do a couple of key things very wrong.
For one thing, the keys usually provide almost no resistance. They are as light as a piece of plastic covering, because that is really all that they are.
There is no natural reason for an electric keyboard to have weighted keys. The nature of the instrument does not mandate it, but best playing practices do.
Weighted keys play more naturally, and they also will help you transition to acoustic. Even if you don’t think that you will be playing an acoustic in the near future, you should at least be able to.
This keyboard takes things a step further and also grades the keys. This means that some keys are heavier than others just like you see on an acoustic.
The grading feature simply provides more realism to the keyboard. With this feature, you are going to be better equipped than ever to seamlessly go from acoustic to electric.
It is also worth mentioning that this is a full set of eighty-eight keys. This may sound basic and obvious, but many keyboards do not have a complete set of keys.
We should start by saying that in the world of electric keyboards, the term “voices” basically means sounds.
The sounds could be other instrument tones or some other effect. In the case of this piano, you get ten sounds.
These sounds include tone samples taken from real Yamaha grand pianos.
Granted, this is not to say this instrument will actually sound like a grand piano. If you want grand piano quality, you have to pay grand piano money, unfortunately.
Most people that have electric keyboards generally settle in on one tone that they like and stick to it.
Still, the option to play around and experiment is always appreciated, right?
Price is not necessarily a feature per say, but it is an important consideration of any purchase.
We have hinted at the price of this piano several times already. However, it may be helpful to state for the record now that it is indeed on the lower end of the price spectrum.
Though there are cheaper pianos out there, they don’t come with the same high-quality range of features.
If you want quality at a reasonable price, this is definitely a piano that is worth taking a serious look at.
Last but not least, it is also worth mention that this keyboard comes with pedals. If you are not familiar with the world of keyboards, you may be surprised to learn that this is not a given.
The unfortunate truth is that many keyboards don’t have pedals. They either need to be bought separately or just can’t be used at all.
Naturally, this is disappointing as pedals are pretty necessary.
You get two of them here. The inclusion of the pedals is a nice touch for an affordable package in which accessories aren’t always a given.
There aren’t a lot of cons that are worth mentioning. One thing that any buyer will want to keep in mind is that this is a pretty bare bones package.
You get the piano, and the pedals, but no stand.
Granted, the dimensions of the piano are compact enough to be played on a table. However, if you want the convenience of a stand, you will need to buy it separately
We also noticed that the keys make a clicking sound when you play hard on them.
This isn’t necessarily a huge con but if you are a perfectionist you will probably find it irritating.
This aside there isn’t’ anything worthy of report.
Pros And Cons
You’ve seen the ins and outs of the Yamaha P71 at this point. Now it is time to bring everything that we have learned home. Read on for some pros and cons that will help you make your buying decision.
Pros Of Yamaha P71
- Fully Weighted Keys
- Pedals Included
- Ten Voices
Cons Of Yamaha P71
- Keys are squeaky when played hard
- No stand is included
So what are our thoughts on the Yamaha P71? As you can probably see, there really is plenty to like here.
For the price, you would be hard put to find something that can beat this option. The Yamaha P71 is very affordable and comes with many of the features you would expect from a pricier piano.
Though not perfect, the flaws of this unit are pretty minimal, and won’t preclude the budget-minded buyer from adding this instrument to our home.
We won’t presume to tell you how to spend your money. However, we can say confidently and without uncertainty that this is a good piano that most will appreciate.