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Yamaha P45 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano with Sustain Pedal and Power Supply
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- GHS weighted action is heavier in the low end and lighter in the high end, just like an acoustic piano.
- Advanced Wave Memory Stereo Sampling recreates natural instrument sound in stereo.
- 64-note polyphony allows the player to perform moderately dense piano passages, even using heavy sustain pedal, with few or no dropped notes being cut off.
- Dual Mode lets you combine two Voices together, like piano and strings, for an inspiring new playing experience.
- The USB to HOST port allows you to connect and interact with a wide variety of educational, music creation or music entertainment applications on a computer or mobile device.
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The P-45 is the lowest-cost, 88-note, weighted-keyboard digital piano that Yamaha offers. This digital piano has a basic set of features, ideal for the needs of the beginner piano student.
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.
Yamaha's Classic Sound Engine
AWM (Advanced Wave Memory) sampling uses digital technology to record the sound of an acoustic piano. AWM Stereo Sampling creates a deeper, richer and more spacious sound by using pairs of waveforms (L and R) captured with two microphones. The P-45 uses AWM to play one sample per key at varying levels of volume and timbre.
Simple, Single-Button Operation
Various P-45 settings can be changed with a single button. Hold down the "GRAND PIANO/FUNCTION" button and press the keyboard to change Voices, play demo sources, configure the metronome and more.
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The P-45 digital piano has 10 voices, 88 weighted keys, and features that are ideal for the needs of the beginner piano student.
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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.
**UPDATE** In the middle of lessons and recital season, our piano is currently being held captive by a local repair shop. Yamaha would neither accept a return or make a trade, nor would they send a loaner; taking the piano to our local repair shop was the only option. We are now in for the cost of the piano and the transport to the repair shop, out for the cost of lessons and have a child with a recital looming who cannot practice. The local shop has been disparaging about Yamaha products and customer service and has no date for return of the piano as they "wait for parts." I will be calling Yamaha again today to plea my case for a replacement or refund as I'm souring to the consumer treatment. They could have resolved this easily. If this had happened sooner, we could have just dealt with Amazon's amazing return policy. Instead, we are here.
Yamaha customer service is abysmal. I empathize with anyone who goes through what we did trying to get our piano repaired/replaced. Re: the above update, I called Yamaha that afternoon as promised. Again, I was met with a snotty attitude and ridiculous remarks. The Yamaha representative told me a) I never should order from Amazon as they would have dealt with this differently if I'd bought directly from them (I'm sure Amazon will be thrilled to hear this) and b) it's very common for consumer products to be sent out for repair before replacements. Fair enough. But the example he used was a car---if your car needs a repair it has to go into the mechanic. I would argue that most car companies offer a loaner when they are remiss. It's not called a courtesy car for nothing.
But in Yamaha's world, there is no courtesy and there is certainly no courtesy piano. The CS rep transferred me to the parts department to see if they could determine "if" the parts (of which I still have no clue what they were) have been ordered and if so, how long it will take to ship them for repair to my local store. I received a voicemail, left a message and as you can probably tell where this is going, never heard from them again.
I dropped it at this point. My sanity wasn't worth the constant huffing and puffing from Yamaha and I couldn't bear to argue anymore. 7 weeks after our piano stopped working, it returned home. Minus the cost of transport in a hired car x4 (we are in a major city and walk everywhere), minus our child's prepaid piano lessons (she made due on a janky old keyboard with missing keys in the interim---thank goodness we happened to have access to that, thanks friend) and minus time and effort dealing with a pretty crabby company.
Our piano works fine now. If I ever have to go through this again, I don't know how I will react. Honestly, I just don't get it. I don't need companies to bow to my every whim, but this is 2016, and money talks. And so do poor reviews. I will never recommend this product to anyone. In fact, I will likely never recommend ANY Yamaha products. It's kind of like that pretty girl/handsome guy that has such a bunk personality you quickly realize they aren't attractive at all. And you end up falling in love with the person who treats you right. Yamaha: treat your customers RIGHT.