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Yamaha P115 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano with Sustain Pedal, Black
- GHS weighted 88-key action is heavier in the low end and lighter in the high end, just like an acoustic piano.
- Amplifiers 7 W x 2.The Pure CF Sound Engine faithfully reproduces the tone of a meticulously sampled Yamaha's acclaimed 9' CFIIIS concert grand piano
- Pianist Styles turn your simple chords into exciting accompaniment. Play a chord and the Pianist Style gives you a full piano accompaniment.
- The Controller App for iOS devices adds a rich, graphic user interface allowing for quick and easy navigation and configuration.
- Includes PA150 Power Supply and a Sustain Pedal
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Pure CF Piano Sample
The Pure CF Sound Engine is the result of years of piano-making history combined with state-of-the-art sampling technology and expertise. Yamaha is the industry leader in digital piano technology, and you can hear this in the sound of digital pianos that utilize the Pure CF piano sample. The P-115 includes the sound of Yamaha's renowned CFIIIS 9' concert grand piano and is faithfully reproduced, allowing for incredible dynamics and expressiveness making Pure CF-equipped digital pianos worthy of the Yamaha name.
Authentic to the Touch
Yamaha's GHS (Graded Hammer Standard) weighted action has heavier touch in the low end and lighter touch in the high end, just like the hammers inside an acoustic piano. Great for the aspiring pianist, practicing on the GHS action builds the proper finger technique for when the time comes to perform on an acoustic piano. Plus, the matte finish of the black keys are less slippery when playing for extended periods of time.
The tweeter position has been improved in the P-115 to be in line with the ears of the performer. Melody lines and treble passages are brighter and more expressive as a result. This new configuration ensures that the instrument sounds sparkle and come alive across the entire tonal range.
Digital Piano App!
Our special free app, "Digital Piano Controller," allows you to control the many functions included in Yamaha digital pianos with your iPhone or iPad, for even easier operation. Voices, rhythms and other settings can be selected while looking at the screen, making it easy to enjoy new functions with ease. You can also save your favorite settings for quick recall at any time. Find new ways to enjoy your P-115, using iPad functions that only a modern digital instrument can provide.
The P-115 has on-board drum rhythms for practice or performance. There's a variety of rhythm patterns to choose, from basic rock to shuffle and swing beats. Use the rhythms to add an element of fun to your practicing, or simply use them as a virtual drummer for your performances.
Rock Solid Warranty
3-Year Parts/Labor Limited Warranty only when purchased from an authorized dealer including Amazon.com (indicated by ships from and sold by Amazon.com).
Power-up and get connected
AUX Out jacks allow audio to be sent to an external amplifier or powered speaker for powerful performances during live events, parties and a wide variety of situations. These professional 1/4" jacks connect without disabling the built-in speakers when using the headphone output. The USB TO HOST port allows the instrument to be directly connected to a computer or iPad.
Dueling piano partner
You can sound like two players all by yourself using Pianist Styles. Simply play the chords in your left hand and the Pianist Style will transform them into lush accompaniment patterns. This leaves your right hand free to play other melodies and chords, or add musical flare to your Pianist Style accompaniment. On the P-115, Yamaha has carefully selected 10 types of Styles for easy, piano-like accompaniment.
The P-115 digital piano carries on the tradition of the best-selling P-Series, with even more user-friendly features and improved sound quality. Available in black or white finishes, the P-115 delivers Yamaha piano touch and tone in a compact design and is ideal for home, home-studio or stage use.
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The first thing to note is its action. Yamaha calls this Graded Hammer Standard (GHS), which is the most entry-level of Yamaha's fully-weighted systems. The keys tend to be heavier than most uprights, and comparable to the average grand piano (a little heavier than Yamaha but lighter than Steinway). The lower keys are weighted more heavily to simulate the physics of a real piano. It took me a day or two to get accustomed to the weight, but now it feels totally natural. GHS is not going to be as good as GH/GHE/GH3 for repeated notes. For playing middle C as 16th notes, it starts to get muddy around 120 with somewhat sloppy technique (but is fine on good technique), becomes significantly more difficult to play around 160, and becomes almost impossible at 200 even with the best technique. I'm sure a higher-end keyboard will be better at this, but in practice there just aren't that many pieces that require 16th note repetition above 120, so it's not a dealbreaker.
The sound quality is very good. Turning up the volume to max with touch sensitivity set to normal produces a response which is most similar to an acoustic piano. If you use headphones, you might want to turn it down a bit, or it will hurt your ears. Throughout the range, the response is very realistic, down to a pianissimo, though fortissimo could be louder and have a more brilliant timbre. You can choose from a regular grand piano or a mellower or brighter version of it. Initially I found the default to be a bit too mellow, but I eventually got used to it; it's only a matter of personal preference. There are other voices but I don't know if I'd ever use them (except perhaps the harpsichord). If you want tons of voices and fancy features then get the DGX650 instead.
As for accurately recreating the sympathetic effects of an acoustic piano, it has the basics down. A note played and held without pedal sounds different from a note played and held with pedal. With a good pedal like the LP5A, half-pedaling is supported. If you press the pedal, play a note, release the note, press the note again without making a sound, and release the pedal, the note will still be sustained. However, if you hold down one key without making a sound and play the same note an octave away (and release), the key will not sound, suggesting that sympathetic resonance is only simulated locally without regards to other keys which are pressed.
This keyboard is for beginners who want a piano with realistic action but don't want to shell out thousands for an acoustic before deciding whether to continue learning piano, or advanced amateurs who used to play piano growing up but have now moved out and can't fit a real piano in their new place or justify the expense. I'm the latter case, but I wish I had such a piano when starting out. We got an upright piano about 2-3 years into my learning, and before that I was playing on an unweighted Yamaha that couldn't even produce dynamics. If you're considering a $100 piano, I highly urge you to get this one instead. If you can afford the tuition, then you can afford the $400 difference in price to get a vastly different learning experience.
The weight is substantial but still portable. The best way to describe it is: I wouldn't want to drag around all the time to perform, but it is very easy to set up in a small apartment and put away in storage when it is not needed.
EDIT: I stopped by Guitar Center the other day and tested out some other pianos for fun. Compared to the P-115, the Casio PX-160 (its main competitor) has somewhat heavier action and synthetic ivory/ebony keys which some people prefer, but the sound quality of the P-115 is better in my opinion. The pedaling effects are quite similar. Ultimately there are many more similarities between the two than differences and you can't go wrong with either.
I bought the Yamaha P115 after torturing myself by reading tons of reviews here and across the web.
Some of my main concerns:
1. sound. Would it sound great, like reviews said, or pretty bad, like the digital piano I heard at a friend's house some years ago?
2. key action. I got mixed messages, but mostly I was worried about action that was too heavy.
3. midi interface. I would have preferred traditional midi output connections, because I have a small home studio with some synth modules.
4. reliability. Would the piano break in a couple years and be expensive to repair?
I'm super-pleased with my purchase. The piano feels and sounds great to me. (Caveat: I love piano but it's not my main instrument.) I love being able to reduce the volume if it's late at night.
Too early to say about reliability, but I've bought tons of Yamaha gear over the years (guitars, a bass, amps, recorders, etc.) and I think the company tries to make quality products.
I bought the Yamaha mostly to address my concerns about sound and reliability. I've bought tons of Yamaha gear over the years and have confidence in the quality of their products.
I haven't tried the midi interface yet.
My only regret is that I didn't buy the bundle that includes a stand and a cover for the instrument. I have a fairly cheap keyboard stand, and the Yamaha gets a little wobbly on the stand.
I love the built in metronome which is essential for practice on so many instruments. Now that my daughters are taking guitar, drums, and piano I am super appreciative of this feature. You can also change it to drum rhythm which is more fun than the metronome sound.
This lacks synth features like pitch wheels and crazy synth sounds. The built in instruments are limited, but that is good thing for what this is. It helps stay focused on piano.
I am slightly annoyed there isn’t an old school midi port, but that is because I have an old midi module.
The built in speakers aren’t half bad. I am OCD about speakers and amps, but happy that they do just fine. Less space and easier setup this way for bedroom practicing.