Review of the Yamaha P85 digital stage piano

Another new addition to the popular P-Series, the Yamaha P85 digital stage piano is a strong contender for those looking for an affordable digital grand piano. This review will greatly help you discover everything you need to know about the P85, its pros and cons, and my final grade.

Despite its luxurious 88-key keyboard, the first thing you will notice is that the P85 piano comes in a compact body and a full-size GHS (Graded Hammer Standard) keyboard. It also has a total of 10 high-quality built-in voices (grand piano, organ, some great electric piano sounds, etc.) as well as 64-note polyphony and a speaker system that is an improvement over previous P-series models.

Visually, the P85 also has its controls strategically placed to allow you to operate the piano with just one key.

The Good Things:

Right from the start, you'll be impressed by the classic sound of a Yamaha grand piano. Real Yamaha concert grand pianos have been tested in stereo with advanced wave memory, making the sound of the P85 increasingly realistic and authentic. The action is fairly standard with Yamaha digital pianos, it's a bit heavy at first but you'll get used to it in a few days as your fingers and wrist develop more strength.

A tip for Yamaha here for the P85, which is lighter (very portable at only 25 pounds) and compact in design.

At the touch of a button, you can record and play your performances, making the P85 an incredible digital stage piano suitable for beginners. You can also play over your recorded performances with overlapping sounds - it's a very cool and fun feature!

It's also worth mentioning that the Yamaha P85 has a library of 50 built-in classical piano songs that you can play at the touch of a button. It's like having a classical pianist at your fingertips.

The bad:

The sound may not compare to the richness offered by a real acoustic grand piano, which can be a big disappointment for those looking for digital pianos that sound and feel like a real acoustic grand piano, but since it can be found selling for less than $500, you can't go wrong.

Some have complained that the speakers could be a little more powerful. When I auditioned the P85 at my record store, the power of the speakers seemed good.

I found that the lack of a screen could add a bit of confusion when setting the metronome if you're playing in a dark room. It can be a bit annoying if you have to constantly adjust the metronome, as it can be quite difficult to find the controls, but you'll end up memorizing the location.

This piano is perfect for:

  • Beginner piano students, as it has an excellent piano sound, a built-in metronome, and a solid piano action that will keep your fingers in shape when you play in your piano teacher's studio.
  • Semi-professional musicians who need a professional piano to play on tour or in church, not to mention its portability for touring.
  • People who live in apartments and small rooms because of its compact design.

My Verdict:

The Yamaha P85 digital stage piano is a good choice for beginners and professionals alike. The rich, authentic sound of Yamaha's grand piano, combined with its lightweight and compact design, makes it a worthy candidate when looking for a good piano keyboard at an affordable price. In short, the P85 is a highly satisfying and easy-to-play semi-professional digital stage piano that you can rely on for years to come.

Be sure to check out the stand and matching damper pedals. These two Yamaha accessories are a great way to enhance your piano and protect your investment.

-Bob Bloomberg

A P85 owner's report:

By Marlin Manson

The Yamaha P-85 is a well-designed digital piano with 88 keys at a price that's hard to beat. Ten different voices are included, which can also be superimposed in many different ways (e.g. with an octave shift). The voices of the grand piano and the first electric organ are in stereo (and there are two stereo headphone jacks on the front of the unit) and the sound is absolutely incredible .

Overall, the Yamaha P-85 looks and sounds great, is fun to play, and covers all the basics of piano playing, as well as some advanced features such as voice overlay. The quality, comfort (headphone jacks, easy recording) and price of the P-85 make it hard to understand why anyone would bother with the hassles of a real grand piano or upright piano. But I guess the vase has to go somewhere...