Yamaha P Series P35B 88-Key Digital Piano (Black)
- AWM (Advanced Wave Memory) sampling technology
- Simple one-button operation
- Compact and lightweight
- Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) weighted piano action
- Dual mode for layering two voices
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Graded Hammer Keyboard
Just as on a traditional acoustic piano, the keys of the lower notes have a heavier touch while the higher ones are more responsive to lighter playing. The keyboard's sensitivity can even be adjusted to match your playing style. This Graded Hammer technology allows this lightweight instrument to provide an authentic touch.
AWM (Advanced Wave Memory) sampling uses digital technology to record an acoustic instrument's sound. AWM Stereo Sampling creates a deeper, richer and more spacious sound by using pairs of waveforms (L and R) captured with two microphones.
Like other P-series digital pianos, the P-35 has a slim, contemporary and compact design. This allows for both easier storage and portability in a wide range of applications.
|Color Options||Black||Black or White||Black or White||Black or White|
|Action||Graded Hammer Standard||Graded Hammer Standard||Graded Hammer Standard||Graded Hammer with Synthetic Ivory Keytops|
|Speaker System||6W x 2||7W x 2||6W x 2||15W x 2|
|Matching Stand||L-85 (Optional)||L-85 (Optional)||Matching Stand (Included)||L-255 (Optional)|
|3 Pedal System||N/A||LP-5A (Optional)||LP-7A (Optional)||LP-255 (Optional)|
|Additional Step-Up Features||N/A||Pure CF Sound Engine, Duo Mode, Dual Headphone Outputs, USB to Host, Buttons for Voice Selection, Pianist Styles||Pure CF Sound Engine, Damper Resonance DSP, Large LCD Screen, USB Audio Recording / Playback, Smart Chord, Style Recommender, Yamaha Education Suite, XG-Optimized for "You Are The Artist" Song Books, Auto-Accompaniment||Pure CF Sound Engine, Damper Resonance DSP, USB Audio Recording / Playback, Key-off Sampling, Sustain Sampling, String Resonance, Sound Boost, Dedicated EQ Sliders, Speaker Cut-Off, Panel-Lock, USB to Host, Transpose Button, iOS Controller App|
The way a piano feels isn't just important, it's the difference between a good digital piano and a total piece of junk. Yamaha knows this, and so do you. Don't waste your time looking at worthless pianos that "sound good" but feel fake. You'll get the sound and the feel you demand, without going broke, from the Yamaha P-35 digital stage piano. Not only did Yamaha load the P-35 with a full set of their world-famous graded hammer action keys (a total must-have) but they also included some of their best sounds ever. From fantastic grands pianos, to EPs and other great sounds, the P-35 has everything you need to play, practice, and perform your best. Plus, there's a 12W speaker system built right into the P-35, so you don't need to bother with 'phones if you don't feel like it. And at just over 25 lbs., this is a great grab-and-go piano for gigs. Order your Yamaha P-35 today!
Top Customer Reviews
I picked up this model at a local store after testing different digital pianos on display. Since I wasn't able to find much review, I was a little hesitant, so hopefully this review helps someone to make their decision.
Great grand piano sound
Relatively light weight (25lb) and small size (But I am biased. I am thinking of real piano...)
88 weighted keys and reasonably priced
Touch sensitive sustain pedal (Not just on/off, but responds to pressure)
Plastic feel of the keys, and somewhat "gummy" response (again, compared to the real piano I am used to)
only 32 polyphony
not expandable to 3 footed pedals.
No recording function
Here's some other options I have considered before I made the purchase.
Williams Allegro 88-Key Digital Piano: I was going to pick this one up at the store, and after touching the keys I realized that it was not going to work for me. The keys were really "gummy". I don't know how else to describe it.
Casio CDP 120: It's the comparable model to P35. It was OK, but I did not like how the keys bounce back after they hit the bottom.
Yamaha P Series P105B 88-Key Digital Piano: The keys felt about the same as P35, and an online professional review says they use the same keys/sound. It has128 polyphony as opposed to 32 polyphony of P35, and takes the optional 3 footed pedal for more grand piano feel. It has more voices and options. It is also more expensive. ($599)
For someone who is a beginner/intermediate just wants to play it like a traditional piano, not playing multiple tracks simultaneously, I think this model works fine. If you are buying this for a child with a lot of room for growth, Yamaha P105 may be a better investment. As you advance, higher polyphony becomes a necessity.
Yes, the plastic feeling of the keys does bother me, but I am not about to spend $2000 for the real-piano-feel. For the price of $359.99, this is a great alternative to the real thing. Now I can play at midnight, and I don't have to worry about the consequences!
Edit: I realized that it is vague to say beginner/intermediate level. I consider myself beginner/intermediate, and I finished Burgmuller 25 progressive pieces, and was middle of Sonatine album and Czerny (Dont' remember which book.) I have not had any dropping notes that I noticed when I play (from the lack of polyphony). By the way, more I play this piano, more I am liking it. I must have over come the "plastic keys" thing, and got used to the feeling. I can't wait to practice!
I often am asked if a potential new student may start on a keyboard, and it's understandable that many folks would rather not make a major investment until they see if the student in the family is going to stick with it. The Yamaha P35B is the perfect choice, in my opinion; it's economical, it gives enough of a feel of a real piano to satisfy many people (let's face it... digital is here to stay), and the sound is excellent. As a piano teacher, I prefer fewer distractions (bells and whistles, blinking digital displays, a bazillion pre-programmed songs and weird voices.... ). This keyboard is simple, easy to use, and low-key in appearance. I've had students buy it, and then keep playing on it for years, rather than moving on to something else.
This P35B replaced my Roland HP-100 (an old 76-key digital piano from the mid 1980's.) The Roland has semi weighted keys which I have gotten used to for over 25 years, but after playing the P35 for just a few minutes, I knew I'd never go back to semi-weighted keys. I really like the key action of the P35B.
The piano has a couple of drawbacks... one minor, and one rather significant:
The minor drawback is that Yamaha's choice of sounds for this piano is a little on the antiquated and impractical side. All ten sounds are of top quality, but some of them are obviously just "fillers" with limited applicability. For example, you get two different harpsichords (isn't just one harpsichord enough when there are only ten sounds offered?) both of the organs are pipe organs (what? no rock or jazz organ?) and the second grand piano sound is just a monophonic version of the first. I know this is obviously not a keyboard you would buy for an array of sounds, but Yamaha could have easily made a better effort. Also, the strings and pipe organs don't remain sustained with the sustain pedal, which seems rather unconventional to me.
The more significant drawback is that the keyboard's keys are used to adjust the piano's various functions and features such as reverb, pitch transpose, touch sensitivity, demo songs, etc. There's nothing wrong with that, except Yamaha didn't label those keys' functions anywhere on the piano casing. They labeled the ten voices and metronome adjustments, but for all of the other functions, you'll either need to keep referring to the manual or else create your own labels and tape them to the piano casing. If you're on a gig somewhere and, for example, need to adjust the tuning of the piano to match an accordion, and you didn't bring the manual with you, you're screwed.
Despite the drawbacks, I still highly recommend this keyboard for its simple functionality, the way it feels, and its stunningly beautiful, warm grand piano sound. Even if this piano came with nothing but the grand piano sound alone, it would still be worth $450.