Yamaha P71 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano Review

Electric pianos have been available for a long time - so is this one worth your attention when so many others are on the market?

Well, don't be fooled by the simple design. Yamaha put quite a lot of work into the overall sound quality of the P71, and the added controls can help to create an impressively wide variety of sounds.

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5


Pros

  • Advanced sampling provides deep, rich sound
  • Easy to configure and use

Cons

  • Simple, relatively basic design
  • Intended to be more of a training tool and home device

Specifications and Features

Feature

Details

Keys

Full 88 set

Configuration

Digital

Voices

10

Modes

Standard and Dual (allows combining two voices)

Connections

USB to Host, Sustain Pedal, Headphones

Weight

25 lbs.

Items In Box

Digital piano, rear music stand, sustain pedal, power adapter

This unit is a fully-featured digital piano, complete with simple controls that allow you to quickly configure it for the way you want to play.

Physically, the P71 honestly isn't much to look at, and that's probably because it's a training piano. This isn't really meant to be onstage, but the Graded Hammer Standard of the keys (where low keys are heavier than lighter ones) match the feel of a real acoustic piano and help train the right finger movements.

With a list price of $419.99 (although discounts are usually available to bring it under $400), the P71 is also in a comfortably affordable range. It's not the cheapest digital piano around, but it's far from the most expensive - there are options four times its price, and that's not even considering how expensive a real piano would be.

The P71 is entirely usable as-is, but it also comes with audio outputs to connect it to external speakers. This is an important feature, both for getting surround sound in your home and for setting the proper volume if you decide to use this keyboard for any performance.

Physically, this unit is 52 and 1/4" wide, and 11 and 1/2" deep. This makes it reasonably easy to fit into most houses, mainly because a good digital piano honestly can't get much smaller than this. The size is dictated mostly by the keys, after all, and those have a broadly uniform size across all units.

This unit has a relatively limited number of options and configurations, including its adjustable tempo, beat, and volume. With Yamaha's technology, it wouldn't have been hard to add in more options, and that's part of what makes the P71 an introductory unit rather than a professional instrument. Instead of burdening you with more options than you know what to do with, it focuses on the fundamental controls you need to adjust the piano for your setting.

This digital piano comes with a sustain pedal for added control of the unit's sound - this is actually something of a hit-or-miss on digital pianos, but it's usually better to have one so you can better replicate the sound of an acoustic piano. In the end, that is the primary goal here, and the P71 has an impressive sound despite its simple looks.

The P71 is an Amazon exclusive model. At the time of this review, Amazon was also offering a 3-month trial membership with Skoove.com for online piano lessons, which is probably worth taking advantage of if you'd rather not pay for the lessons.

A four-year accident protection plan was also available for $70 (or $52.73 for the three-year version). Most buyers expressed that they were quite pleased with the purchase, but defective models have shown up, so it's probably worth getting the extra coverage if you're planning to play the piano for a long time. That's true for every digital piano, though, and shouldn't be considered a mark against this particular unit.

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The Good

  • Sound Quality: Digital is never quite as good as analog, but the P71 comes close thanks to Yamaha's extensive understanding of sound and how to recreate the noises. All of the sounds on this piano were recorded with a form of advanced wave sampling to provide the deepest, richest possible tones
  • Multiple Voices: Each 'voice' is a distinct style of sound, allowing this one unit to provide a much wider variety of sounds than most people expect. Even better, the Dual Mode of this piano allows you to mix multiple voices together to help create newer and more interesting sounds.

The Bad

  • No Stand: If you want this piano to be by itself instead of on top of a desk somewhere, you'll need to purchase a stand separately. A basic adjustable stand will run you about $30, though some people have gone as high as $100 for a nice, high-quality stand. If you're planning to use this keyboard for a performance or recital, it may be worth getting a nicer stand.
  • Primarily A Practice Unit: Despite its many positive qualities, the P71 is essentially a training piano and should be purchased as such. It does not have the acoustic quality of a true piano - but it doesn't have the cost, either. This makes the P71 a good choice if you want to try playing the piano without committing to a full unit, but if you stick with it, you'll ultimately want to replace it someday.

Is The Yamaha P-71 Right For Me?

Best Suited for…

If you’re closer to the beginner side of the spectrum, but want a digital piano that can carry you through a handful of learning phases, this will be a good fit for you.

Not So Great for…

If you’re already well-beyond the novice stage of things and are looking for something more advanced, odds are you’ll be better off choosing a different model.


The Final Verdict

This is a solid introductory piano, offering a high level of sound quality at an affordable price. It's not the best unit you could get - in fact, it would be hard to call this a professional instrument - but everyone starts somewhere, and it's good for its intended role. If you're looking to start playing the piano and don't want to invest too much, the P71 is an excellent place to begin.

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