Yamaha P45 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano Review

Like most people who play the piano, I learned on an acoustic. I still love old wooden uprights and shiny black pianos but these days a digital piano just makes more sense for me. They are easier to move around, they don't need to be tuned regularly, and they have some extra features that you just can't get with the acoustic version.

Things to consider before buying a digital piano

I was worried that both the sound and the feel would be disappointing on a digital piano. I discovered the feel is almost identical when you go with weighted action. The sound is surprisingly good, but it definitely isn't exactly the same. However, I found that many digital pianos offer a sound quality that is pretty convincing and comparable to the real thing.

The Yamaha P45 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano

Yamaha is a trusted leader in the music market and is especially known for making quality digital pianos. This digital piano has weighted action keys and offers the full 88-key range. Some fun extra bells and whistles are also included.

  • real piano feel with 88 weighted action keys
  • bonus sounds like organ and strings
  • option to connect with other music applications via USB
  • you may have to buy stand and bench separately
  • you may have to buy stand and bench separately

Features and benefits

Real Piano Feel

Yamaha P45 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano

The full 88-key keyboard and the weighted action feel make for an experience that feels exactly like a real piano. Playing this after playing on a digital keyboard without weighted keys is life-changing. Once you've tried weighted action keys, you'll never go back. The matte finish on the keys also adds to the great feel. With glossy keys, it can be easy for the fingers to slip off.

Great Sound

The sound isn't exactly like a real piano, but it has more depth and richness than I was expecting from digital. The various voice sounds are also pretty convincing. I like the strings sound the most, but organ and vibraphone are also nice. The 64-note polyphony also ensures that you'll hear everything, even when playing a real dense passage of music. Listen to how great this piano sounds: 

Bonus Options

Something you definitely can't get on an acoustic piano is the ability to connect to other music applications. It's great to be able to plug in to use the piano as a composition tool. You can also connect to educational programs for learning how to play or to programs for music creation.

Another great feature is the built in metronome. My first piano teacher always said that practicing with a metronome was the fastest way to improve so it's nice to have one built right in.

It's also fun to play around with the dual voice option. You could play piano with one hand and strings with the other. It's a bit of a gimmick but it's definitely fun to play around with.

Rating

Design

4

Performance

4.5

Construction

4.5

Value for the Money

5

User Satisfaction

4.5

Alternatives

There are some other weighted action digital pianos on the market also worth considering.

Alesis Recital 88-Key Beginner Digital Piano 

Alesis Recital 88-Key Beginner Digital Piano

At a much lower price point, this is a good option for beginners. The keys are only semi-weighted so the real piano feel isn't as good as on the Yamaha, but it's better than non-weighted. The sound is also surprisingly decent.

Compared to Yamaha P45:

  • suited for total beginner, unlike the Yamaha P45 which works for beginners through professionals
  • less expensive
  • feel not as good since keys only semi-weighted
  • sound is decent but not as good as Yamaha P45

Korg B1SP 88 Weighted Key Digital Piano

Korg B1SP 88 Weighted Key Digital Piano

At a higher price point, this digital piano from Korg is a nice instrument. It has a great sound and ideal weighted action feel. It comes with all three pedals (damper, sostenuto, and soft) and has a pretty impressive sound. In addition to piano, there are other voices like harpsichord and organ.

Compared to Yamaha P45:

  • similar touch and sound quality
  • has 3 pedals as opposed to one
  • more expensive
  • can't connect to other applications

Yamaha P115B 88 Weighted Keys Digital Piano

Yamaha P115B 88 Weighted Keys Digital Piano

If you like Yamaha and have a little more room in your budget, the P115B is worth looking at. It offers everything the P45 does with the addition of all three pedals, the ability to set different levels of touch sensitivity, the ability to connect to app on iOS devices, and even better sound.

Compared to Yamaha P45:

  • more expensive
  • similar feel
  • better sound
  • has 3 pedals as opposed to one
  • more options for connecting to apps

Final Thoughts

If you're like me and want the conveniences of digital without sacrificing the feel and sound of an acoustic piano, you should try a weighted key digital piano. The Yamaha P45 digital piano is ideal because it has perfect touch and great sound, along with some cool bonus features.

Stephanie Su
 

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