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Yamaha YPG-235 76-key Portable Grand Graded-Action USB Keyboard
Style Name: YPG-235 KeyboardChange
Price:$249.99 + Free shipping with Amazon Prime
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2014
Many good things about this keyboard BUT everything I read led me to believe I would be able to play, record, and transfer my music files to my computer. There are 5 "slots" USER 031-036 where you can record and play back your own music. But there's nothing here to allow you to send these files to a computer. You can import music files from the computer to the keyboard, but to send your own files to the PC you need something like a Yamaha Audiogram 3 mixer and a music sequencing software program like Cubase on your PC. You then still have the hassle of figuring out how to connect all these things together so they'll work. Every time I ask a question about "connectors" I get a different answer. The only way to connect the keyboard to the audio mixer (another $100) is through the headphone jack or through some sort of adaptor connector. So basically if you want to play, record, and transfer your music files to a computer, be ready for more purchases and a nightmare of cables and adaptors ... none of which come with any of the Yamaha devices.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2013
I did tons of research on electric keyboards. The YPG-235, 76 Key Portable Grand Piano is everything and more than I ever could have wished for. It also has a great price point and is very affordable. Having been a musician my entire lifetime, and having played many acoustic pianos over the years, and having perfect sound pitch, it was important to me that the product I purchased would be as close to an acoustic piano as possible. Yamaha has delivered in this piano! The "sweet sound" that I hear is fabulous, the keyboard touch is excellent, and there are so many added possibilities for quality sound on this instrument, I could not ask for anything better. I would highly recommend this keyboard to any person who loves music, and loves the piano like I do. It would be a perfect gift for a young child who will be taking lessons from a teacher. And you can also take lessons on this piano because it has a USB port. And should I ever have to move from my home, I won't have to worry about finding movers to move a 500+ lb. acoustic piano! I can take this 18 lb. instrument and carry it myself. No more tuning and maintaining an acoustic piano either. I am totally satisfied and impressed with this product.

Update 6/23/14: This keyboard is simply fantastic. After owning it for 8 months, I had to come back and give this review. I truly never thought I would ever own a "keyboard" that would ever compare to my old acoustic piano. I simply "fell in love" with this instrument, and have enjoyed playing it most every day. I do not think there is any sound that can ever compare to the Yamaha brand. I am still finding new sounds each time I play this piano. This keyboard is appropriate for young and old alike. In my view, you will never regret bringing this instrument into your life and into your home.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2012
I am an amateur player, and I've been teaching myself how to play for the past 3-4 years. This was a huge upgrade over my last keyboard, and believe me when I say the sounds from this keyboard are awesome. The keys feel nice, and with the bundle coming with headphones, adapter, and the stand, this was a must buy.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2011
I was surprised by the size of the box this keyboard came in. First thoughts were about where to put it. I'm not sure some of the generic stands would work with this. It's equipped with special fixtures for what must be a dedicated stand. Because of the size it would probably be wise to get a dedicated one over a "fits all" version.

It takes a while to wade through the many voices. I like the ability to enter voice number or use the selector to spin through the choice. Some of the voice names are quite abbreviated and not clear. Also some voices are much better than others. One thing I noticed is that some of the voices are not loud enough compared with the accompaniment. Also the Dual Voice and Split Voice commands I sometimes mix up. The instructions for setting up Split Voice are incorrect. It says left of the split line when it means right (or something like this).

Saying all of this, this is such an excellent keyboard. It's feature packed enough to be fun, but looks really good, almost like a professional instrument. Some of the ones in the electronics stores look terrible in comparison. It's large and reassuringly weighty. I bought a power adaptor with it, but it can run off batteries. You'd need 8 or so D-Cells. But while not on the move, I'd recommend the PA-150 which amazon carries. It's apparently more energy efficient and that's a good thing because how many of us unplug these when not in use?

The basic functions of this keyboard are totally intuitive. However there's some great features which I haven't yet worked out, mostly because I'm having such fun with those I have. Also there's some terminology on the keyboard which doesn't make much sense to me. I'm quite technical but a bit out of date with the buzzwords. Finally if you want to use headphones with this keyboard, it needs a larger (1/4 inch) connector. Many headphones have a smaller connector than that, so you'll need an adaptor if you don't have one.

Yamaha is reputed for having some of the best sounds in electronic keyboards. Despite the very reasonable pricing on this, it's an excellent instrument that thrills totally. I imported it into Canada and the border guard completely failed to believe its value until I showed proof. If your budget is over $100 and you can't stretch to $500 or whatever the next model up costs, you won't regret getting the YPG-235.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2013
1 - Keyboard is good, Yamaha rocks.
2 - Everything else that comes in this "premium package" is a junk.

Stand does not fit the keyboard.
It is just useless, I'm thinking to use it as a dryer or throw it away.

Headphones are very cheap and basic, to me they worth no more than 10 bucks.
They must have been made for the dwarfs, they don't cover my average size ears very well.

Also I'm not using AC adapter because it is much more convenient to put 6 batteries in and enjoy the instrument without wires hanging around.

Resolution - I'd rather buy this instrument alone, save 25 bucks and don't have a bunch of junk in my house
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 22, 2014
Great keyboard for those that are starting out as the keyboard comes with useful learning aides not found in other keyboards. Sound quality can make or break someone's interest in learning any instrument. The instrumental sounds are impressive unlike many of the other sub $250 that sound like an "80's electrical" toy box. The GST keys are okay as the faster/harder the keys are pressed the higher the sound, the slower/softer you press the key, the lower the sound. The speakers are well balanced in range and doesn't distort on high/lows. The included headphone is garbage so I recommend purchasing a separate headset or use one you may already have lying around. I think the included 3.5mm step up adapter is worth more than the actual headphone. The world tour keyboard stand is just a basic stand, it's height adjustable by pulling a pin, however, it's not stable enough for outside use where a gust of wind could blow it over. It does not come with a USB cable so you might want to add one of those to your cart. If you want it louder, like many electrical music instruments, you will need to feed the output to an external amplifier/speaker but personally, I think it's loud enough and plenty loud through the headphone jack. It has 76 keys so, your going to be 6 keys short on each side of a full 88 keys but you will be able to play most pieces with 76 keys. Do not purchase 61 keys even though it's cheaper, you'll only get frustrated from not having enough keys.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2014
This was a Christmas gift for our daughter who is in college and lives in an apartment complex. She loves playing our Roland keyboard at home, which has 88 weighted keys, but is significantly heavier and more expensive, so we bought her this as a more portable, less expensive option. With the 76 keys on this keyboard, she is able to play all the Advanced level music she likes. The sound is very good, it is lightweight (relatively easy to carry up a narrow, winding flight of stairs), and it was easy to pack it and the accessories (stand, headphones, pedal, adapter, keyboard cover), along with all our luggage, in the back of our minivan to transport to her university. After spending quite a while reviewing accessory reviews on Amazon and specifications on the Yamaha website, I ordered the following through Amazon and am happy with the selections: stand: World Tour Double X Keyboard Stand sold by zZounds (thru Amazon); headphones: Yamaha RH5MA Monitor Headphones; pedal: M Audio SP-2 Sustain Pedal with Piano Style Action for Keyboards; adapter: Yamaha PA-150MM Keyboard AC Power Adapter sold by GearNuts (thru Amazon); keyboard cover: Gator 61-76 note Keyboard Cover (GKC-1540).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2011
Our first Yamaha keyboard which replaced a couple of lesser brands. The weighed keys act just like a true piano. The instrument selection is very vast and they all sound like the real thing. This was a present for my bride and she has been playing the darn thing for four days straight now...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2012
Bought a used CASIO PX120 on a popular Internet auction site that came DOA. I do not live in the US and it would have costed me a small fortune to return the item. I took it to a technician who said it requires a motherboard that would cost in excess of $200.00 plus an unknown additional sum to cover shipping, duty and labour. I decided instead to purchase the Yamaha-235 given the very attractive price and have not regretted my decision. The sound is great and the voices are so many that I know I won't be using the majority of them. I'm very happy with this instrument which I bought for pure entertainment. I have started playing again after a very long time. My mom who was a music teacher taught me piano as a child, but I have not played for over 30 years. I'm thoroughly enjoying myself with the YPG235. Some of the voices are not very strong, but there are lots of good ones to choose from. As another reviewer said though, be sure to search the packaging well as the music stand , manual and CD are concealed at the bottom of the box. I discovered this after almost a month of fretting at the absence of a stand and contemplating purchasing one and downloading the 100 plus page manual and paying to have it printed and bound. A very good thing i had not discarded the packaging box.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2014
The price is toooo cheap for the quality you get out of this Keyboard! It has everything I need as a songwriter/ Singer/ Producer. There are other keyboards out there, that are twice as expensive but fail to measure up to this instrument. Also, the speakers sound great, they deliver a really really nice quality and the Default Piano sound, really does sound like a Grand Piano. If you need you can even hook it up to your Computer via USB, which is awesome if you want to make music or use other cool piano sounds that are on your computer.

PS. The price is just right lol don't raise it. I can imagine this thing sells like hot hops. Quality hops.
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