Yamaha P-115 88 Key Digital Piano (Discontinued)
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The P-115 is based on Yamaha's uber expensive CFIIIS 9' concert grand piano, recreating its heavy playing feel and its distinct clear piano sound in a compact and portable form factor.
It starts off with Yamaha's fully weighted "Graded Hammer Standard" action keybed, which emulates the feel of hammers hitting acoustic piano strings.
To get the sound right, the company employed their "Pure CF Sound Engine" which sampled the CFIIIS at different volume and dynamic levels, resulting in a more organic and responsive sound.
In addition to the CFIIIS sound, there are others available, which include different piano voicings, FM-style piano, electric piano, clavinet, vibes, strings and many more.
Other features include dual/split voicing, two headphone outputs, built-in reverb and onboard recording.
- Keys: 88 Fully Weighted Hammer Action Keys
- Touch Sensitivity: Piano Style
- Speaker System: 2 x 7W Amplifier and 2 x (4.5" x 1.5") Speakers
- Pedal: Sustain
- Presets: 14 Voices, 50 Piano Songs, 14 Drum patterns
- Effects: Reverb
- Polyphony: 192
- Functions: Recording (2 tracks), Assignable Split/Dual Voice
- Audio Output: 2 x Headphones (TRS), 2 x Line (TS)
- MIDI I/O: via USB
- Power Supply: 6W PA-150 Yamaha Adapter
- Stand: Optional Metal or Furniture
- Dimensions: 6.25" x 52.25" x 11.25"
- Weight: 26 lbs
Overall market sentiment continues to be positive, with many describing the Yamaha P-115 as an impressive and fabulous instrument. Most of the users rave about the authenticity of the piano sound, some even describing the P-115 as a 9' concert grand piano that they can carry around and fit into their cars. The feel of the keys also received a lot of praise, even from experienced pianists. What's surprising is that even those who are used to synth action keys found the P-115 a joy to play, and commented that it makes for an inspiring controller thanks to its USB MIDI capability.
The lack of an LCD display got some users complaining, although most of them still give perfect ratings. There are a few who found the action to be a bit on the heavy side, but this is to be expected since the P-115 is based on a 9' concert grand. Finally, there are requests for an Android version of its iOS only controller app, which makes adjustments and tweaks more convenient for Apple device users - although this would seem unlikely because Yamaha has discontinued the i-UX1 App.
For something this lightweight, the Yamaha P-115 is a true heavyweight in the Digital Piano market, and it should be your top consideration if you aspire for authentic acoustic piano feel and sound. Unfortunately it's difficult to find this selling new in stores these days so you might like to look at the alternatives in our guide to The Best Digital Pianos Under $1000.