Yamaha P-45 88-Key Digital Piano
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Yamaha has a strong reputation for producing student instruments and the P-45 is an affordable digital piano that consistently rates highly.
It comes with 88 full-size keys with Yamaha's Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) weighted action, which mimics the uneven key weight distribution of acoustic pianos, where the keys get lighter as the notes go higher. There are also three levels of touch sensitivity to match your playing style and preference.
To keep the production cost low, features are streamlined to meet the needs of piano students, so you won't get as many different sounds as you would on a workstation or arranger keyboard - but what's included is up to par with more expensive units in terms of quality.
It has enough power and volume to fill the average room size.
- Keys: 88 Fully Weighted Hammer Action Keys
- Touch Sensitivity: Hard/Medium/Soft/Fixed
- Speaker System: 2 x 6W Amplifier and 2 x 4.5" Speakers
- Pedal: Bundled Sustain Pedal, 1/4" Pedal input
- Presets: 10 x Demo, 10 x Piano
- Effects: 4 Types of Reverb
- Polyphony: 64 Notes
- Functions: Metronome, Transpose, Layer, Split
- Audio Output: 1 x TRS (Headphones)
- MIDI I/O: USB
- Power: DC IN 12V
- Stand: Optional
- Color: Black, White
- Dimensions: 6" x 52.25" x 11.5"
- Weight: 25.35 lbs
While the price is not the lowest, many consider the Yamaha P-45 as the best digital piano for beginners. Sound quality and playability gets commended a lot for surpassing the expectations of a good number of users. While most of the reviewers are students, there are also teachers who share good experiences, many of whom feel strongly enough to recommend it to their students.
There are some who wish for the price to be a bit more accessible, especially when considering its lack of features. Speaking of features, there are a few who wanted more sounds and student friendly functions like a built-in metronome.
If you're not into extra bells and whistles, and you just want to focus on improving your piano playing technique, then the Yamaha P-45 is highly recommended.
NB: This was on our recommended list for Digital Pianos Under $500 but was later removed due to a price increase.