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5.0 out of 5 stars Considerably better than anticipated!, October 11, 2008
After having played the Yamaha YPG-535 88-key Portable Grand Piano Keyboard in a showroom and loving it, I was torn, wondering what all I would be missing out on if I went with the more economically priced YPG-235. I now own the 235 and it appears as if I am missing out on twelve keys. That is, I am not experiencing even an ounce of buyer's remorse after opting for the cheaper 235. This is a lovely keyboard with more beautiful voices than I will ever know what to do with and extremely user friendly functionality. Of course, my opinion should be taken with a grain of salt as I will be the first to admit that my experience with other products of this variety is extremely limited. As such, it might be best to say that, for a novice, one could not ask for a better instrument for the price.

So what is the difference between the 235 and the 535? Based on my previous comparative shopping, I have come up with a few differences. First is the obvious fact that the 535 possesses 88 keys, while the 235 has 76. The 535 also includes a stand, sustain pedal, and power adapter, which must be purchased separately for the 235. While I am unaware of the specifics, the 535 also has greater storage capacity and capability as well as a few more voices. Beyond these definitive differences, having now played both models, the 535 also wins out with regard to aesthetics in that it looks and feels to be of a slightly higher quality, from its display to the apparent craftsmanship in assembly.

Why buy the YPG-235? If price is not an issue, go ahead and get he 535, it is a beautiful instrument. However, for those on a budget or for those who simply do not need 88 keys, purchase the 235. Like the 535, the 235 possesses piano style Graded Soft Touch (GST) keys, which are not exactly weighted but occupy that perfect gap between pure synth keys and weighted. The feel is perfect for one who is used to standard synth-style keyboard keys yet longs for a little more control without sacrificing playability. The 235, like the 535, also features USB connectivity and general MIDI compatibility, as well as almost all of the same high quality voices, which separate both the 535 and the 235 from many other models in their price brackets (besides the pianos, the multitude of stringed instrument voices are amazingly realistic). While it is unfortunate that Yamaha decided to not include a power adapter with the 235, the Yamaha Survival Kit D - Accessory Kit for Yamaha YPG-235 & YPG-235 Keyboards which includes a power adaptor, extended warranty, and a couple of other low quality extras can be purchased relatively cheaply. In my opinion, the YPG-235 offers the buyer more bang for their comparative buck. Again, the 235 sounds great, feels great and is hard to beat for the price!
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Initial post: Nov 27, 2008 1:59:13 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 27, 2008 2:00:35 PM PST
Deb says:
Thanks for the review and appreciate your insights. Wondering though, on the YPG-235, when using the Dual voice feature, how easy is it to adjust the volumes on the 2 individual voices when playing? For the price, the multiple voices/pads and drum kits/rhythms on the keyboard could be great, especially for our small worship band. Any thoughts or further comments (especially on Dual voices volume adjustments) are appreciated! Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2008 9:10:40 PM PST
Thanks for the thanks. Honestly, I believe that there might be an easier/quicker way to adjust either voice while utilizing the dual voice function than the way that immediately comes to my mind. Nonetheless, even the method that I have used is as simple as selecting either voice, visiting the function menu and selecting the desired volume. Now that I think about it though I am not confident about how easily this could be done on the fly, once the primary voice has been assigned. Unless the volume would need to be adjusted while playing, the process is still simple enough to not make it a hassle.

As for additional comments, after now having this instrument for a while I can definitely say that it is worth every penny. I have even come to appreciate and enjoy the recording functions that I originally thought were a little cheesy. They are nothing compared to having production software, but they are great means to quickly keep track of some basic compositional ideas. It is hard to imagine that there is a better instrument for the price.

Posted on Jan 31, 2009 10:36:53 AM PST
Thanks for the excellent review!
It should be noted that this keyboard is identical to the DGX-230, which comes with a power adapter. I believe the case color is slightly different between the two models as well, with the YPG having a slightly more golden color and the DGX being more silver (at least it looked more golden in the music store, but it could have just been the lighting). Functionally, the two models are identical. So, if you are considering purchasing this model and want the included power adapter, purchase the DGX-230. I bought the DGX-230 and love it!

Posted on Feb 11, 2009 10:43:44 AM PST
miditrax says:
I expected Amazon's product description to have more info on the specs. Specifically I need to know if it has line outputs in the back in addition to the usual headphone jack...

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2009 3:46:22 AM PDT
Davey H. says:
None of the listings I've seen for the DGX-230 have included an adapter. Where did you get yours?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 27, 2009 9:20:21 AM PDT
Aside from the midi control/USB output, there is only the headphone out. The quarter inch (headphone) output actually runs beautifully directly through a mixer of even the lowest quality.

Posted on Nov 22, 2009 5:02:39 AM PST
Can you use the LP-7 pedal with this?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2009 7:20:14 PM PST
I apologize, but I don't know. There is a 1/4 inch pedal input; however, I have only ever utilized the single pedal. You might want to check out Yamaha's website, or call the service center. I am sorry that I can not be of greater assistance.

Posted on Feb 19, 2011 3:00:39 PM PST
Giuseppe C. says:
76 keys is to be preferred by the "gigging," working pianist. That's sufficient even for walking bass lines in addition to playing piano in the right hand. 88 keys in these "economical" models is a consideration only for programmers who like to divide a keyboard into 4 zones, assigning different sounds to each zone. But for players (as opposed to progammers) 76 is plenty. However, I have yet to see a piano for under $500 that's much more than a plastic toy. The E-Music Pro-Keys hammer-action 88 comes closest to a pro's instrument--but the price, in this case, is the heavy weight. It's not a piano some of us like to carry with us every week. At present, the most promising new keyboard for quality, value and practicality is the Kurzweil SP2-76.

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 11:44:47 PM PDT
mindtour says:
I found this same keyboard with headphones (Great), stand and adapter on Amazon for $200...at the same time I could have paid as much as $249 for this YPG-235 and as much as $349 for the DGX-230 (silver version) without stand, adapter and great headphones (NADY Audio)...
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