Yamaha have done it again, and produced a fine portable piano which is difficult for us to categorise! Why? Well, at this price point, the P125 retains a lighter GHS key action, but with a level of flexibility that allows the novice to practice via the (7w) built-in speakers, but also gives the 'live' performer the option to connect to amplifiers and mixers via a pair of stereo line outputs.
Available in a black finish (or white if you prefer), and, with a sturdy chassis, the P125 is an extension to Yamaha's world popular 'P' series digital pianos, and has soaked up some of the more significant digital piano technologies from Yamaha's portable models higher in their range. For example, the P125 provides an uprated 192-note polyphony as well as Yamaha's acclaimed 'Pure CF' voicing engine, with pianos 'sampled' from a top end Yamaha Concert Grand! Damper resonance and Intelligent Acoustic Control also makes an appearance for further piano voice enhancements. The level of detail for the piano voices include damper resonance, stereo sustain samples, keyoff samples and string resonance, whilst the other onboard voices include JUST the essentials, such as electric pianos, clavi, bass, organs and strings (spund can be split and layered too).
With 192-note polyphony, the P125 certainly won't 'drop notes' when performing across its (lighter) Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) key action. To some live performers or accomplished players, this may seem a little too light, but to the novice, it is an ideal weight for those who need to develop strength of hand.
This 'medium' weighted action also has an effect on the overall weight of the instrument, which is just 11.8Kg and is therefore easily transported in one of our optional soft keyboard case (see below).
With adjustable touch sensitivity to make playing this 88-note (USB compatible) model comfortable, Yamaha clearly are looking to cater for many end users, including those who require an ideal 'weighted' instrument for computer music application programming.
For Music Teachers in a busy classroom where space saving, portability can be an issue, two headphone sockets are provided for Teacher & student to practice and even duet in silence. Students can take this a step further too with a helpful song recorder (2 tracks) which saves any composition as SMF (Standard MIDI File) format.
Standard issue tuning/transpose features are onboard and for fun factor, Yamaha have gone a step further with a built-in rhythms and bass 'styles'. Rather than play along to a metronome 'click', why not practice to an 8-beat, 16-beat, Bossanova or March rhythm for example. This together with auto bass give an exciting piano accompaniment and is controlled by fingering chords in the bass registers.
The P125 would have been selected for our next gallery (Stage Pianos), as it does have stereo outputs for connecting to your PA system or external amplifier when performing on stage or in a hall. However, the lighter GHS keyboard action is primarily designed for beginners and we therefore feel that this section is where it's home should be.
Please see the video below for a super example of the piano tones, and schools can contact us (or click Request Quote above) for special educational discounts!
Weight and Dimension
Weight: 11.80 KGS
Size (WxHxD): 132.6 x 16.6 x 29.5 cm