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Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 20 reviews )
 13 reviews65 %
 6 reviews30 %
 1 user review5 %
Audience: Anyone Value For Money : Excellent
Ryan Corcoran08/16/2018

Ryan Corcoran's review"Fixed it, free stuff off craigslist"

Yamaha P-120
Application
I just wanted a digital keyboard that felt like an actual piano, that wouldn't take up to much space in the living room.
Context
I use it to pound, improvise, write, learn songs by ear
Other products
I have tried many digital pianos like this one at guitar center and other music stores.
Pros and Cons
Pro, It feels like a piano. There are some with weighted keys that don't feel like a piano, this isn't one of them. It's easy to operate. You plug it into the wall, press the red button and you can play immediately. All the sounds are immediately above the keys, well marked, easy to understand. It has a wide range of outputs, from midi, rca out, to 1/4 out. Cons? Well it was broke when I gathered it. I had to tear it apart with a volt meter to figure out what was wrong. I did some searching online, and in some forum somewhere a guy said, "It has no fuse, most problems are either the dc input jack solder on the feet got loose on the board or the AC adapter failed. So it does have known issues. However, It was easy to fix once I took a solder gun and just heated and reseated the dc jack back on the board. Luckily, I didn't need to buy any new parts. So if you are fixing one of these, don't make the mistake I did and try to take out the switch to test it. It was a huge pain screwing it back in. Imagine playing the game operation. Cons, it sounds thin. They could have put beefier speakers in it. Cons, Its kinda ugly with the wood finish.

Overall
It would not be my first choice if I were to actually purchase a digital piano. However, the price was right, and I will say this, I used to own a Casio Privia, which I like quite a bit better in terms of sounds and aesthetics, however, I would have zero reason to upgrade this Yamaha to a better digital piano no matter the cost. Why? It gets the job done. And in my use, the sound is good enough, the feel is quite good, and pianos are built to be listened to and played not looked at. I would have payed up to 150 usd for the keyboard.
matosaure04/28/2012

matosaure's review"Nice product, in terms of feel and touch"

Yamaha P-120
88-key practice piano to move on to the real thing!
Midi In Out
Audio RCA & Jack OUT
Sustain pedal connector
Double headphones output
Sounds can be edited in terms of effects, chorus, reverb...Bu that's not what this type of product is for, the effects are there to improve your listening experience.

UTILIZATION

This is the main strength of this digital piano, the keyboard is really interesting, rather hard, but you can obviously adjust it (hard, medium, soft) to make the sound come out easier with soft or have the sound respond to the keyboard with hard. I always use the latter, because the playing is more subtle, and it's also easier to play with another piano (if you can play the hardest, you can play the softest).

In terms of setup, the manual is very clear, but the interface on the piano doesn't allow for an intuitive approach of the parameters (MIDI channels), although it's better for sounds.

SOUNDS

I'm hooked to Afro-American music, blues, reggae, jazz. The expression is convincing for this type of product (which shouldn't be compared to an upright or grand piano). The sounds are good, I like especially the Piano1 sound and the organ, the rest is all right but I never use it.
I use it mainly to forget about my home studio and play standards. But that doesn't stop me from using it as a master keyboard with a MID USB interface to build my songs at home, the keyboard is truly YAMAHA!

The sound through the speakers is very good and also through the different outputs. I use it a lot with headphones in the evening (due to my neighbors) and it's impeccable.

OVERALL OPINION

I've used it for two years. I bought it secondhand and I am very happy with it. Compared to the more recent P85, the keyboard of the P120 for live applications is really good.
calim03/06/2012

calim's review"Reliable gear"

Yamaha P-120
Fairly comprehensive connections, possibility to deactivate the speakers with the switch on the side. The pedal included is of good quality (compared to others that go click clack).

UTILIZATION

You need to have the manual close at hand during setup.
With time you end up remembering which menu corresponds to "F8," etc. But, to be totally honest, it's not easy, it's not well-designed at all! But you get used to it all the same.
Very clear user's manual.
The keyboard is very good. A bit heavy for my taste and the key travel is very long.

SOUNDS

The main piano sound is great. Just like the Rhodes. The harpsichord is really amazing! The organs are OK, but the rest is pretty bad!
It remains a digital piano. And it's pretty good at that.

OVERALL OPINION

What I like best is:
- The connections on the side!!
- The sturdiness.
- An adequate music stand!! Sturdy and big enough!

The piano is heavy but it's easy to understand why.

I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again to play at home or on stage if I can't have a real piano.
dinaiz10/30/2011

dinaiz's review"Great digital piano!"

Yamaha P-120
Regular piano sounds, plus some "additional" sounds (guitar, bass, etc.) There are 14 sounds in total, each with 2 variations. You can split and layer the sounds.

It can be connected via MIDI. For audio it has TRS, headphone and RCA outputs. In short, it has all you need. Unlike other models of the P series, it has its own speakers, which is practical.

It has some modest but nice effects: reverb, chorus, tremolo, phaser, and delay.

UTILIZATION

Clear user's manual. However, it's not easy to set up: Everything has to be done with the 3-digit display and, unless you have the manual at hand, you have to remember what the numerical functions do. But, on the other hand, it's not something you do often.

The most useful functions (tempo, transpose, etc.) have their own dedicated buttons.

The keyboard is simply awesome. It is heavy enough to let you "work," meaning you won't have any problems if someday you play a real piano, even if it's a bit less heavy, which, in my opinion, makes it more pleasant to play than a real piano. Having tested quite a few, this is the only one that gave me that feeling.

Moreover, it can be used as a master keyboard with a DAW.

SOUNDS

The piano sounds are excellent and realistic. The jazz organ and the clavinet are not bad either. I don't use the other sounds. That isn't my intention with this type of instrument. This instrument is meant to replace a real piano for people who don't have too much space, money or who want to control the volume. And it is very good at that. The sound is excellent, the expression is great (and adjustable) and you can actually add all the nuances you can with a real piano. Finally, it responds very well to the different pedals (sustain and soft)

However, I don't know the models that have come out in the past 4 years, so I don't know how it compares to more recent models, but I have never had the need, because it suits me perfectly.

OVERALL OPINION

I tested quite a few models before this one (among which were some Yamaha, like the Clavinova, for example, Technics, Roland, etc.), including much more expensive ones. This one was my favorite. I've had it since 2005 and it has no single wrinkle.

For what I use it (to replace a real upright piano AND have a decent master keyboard), it is absolutely perfect in every sense.

Other users (if you want 500 sounds, for example) better go for something else, in my opinion.

The only thing that is annoying is the setup, but like I said before, it's of minor importance.

I'm 200% positive I'd buy it again (although I'd give a look at newer pianos, you never know ;) )
Davy7810/25/2011

Davy78's review"Very good digital piano"

Yamaha P-120
This portable digital piano is a very good instrument, comprehensive, versatile and rather compact. Each sound has variations, you can split the keyboard, the effects are simple but effective enough.

UTILIZATION

An 88-key Yamaha piano is no surprise, it will satisfy both budding and experienced pianists.

SOUNDS

The piano sound is sampled on 3 layers with the resonance of the pedal.

OVERALL OPINION

After several years using it for very different styles (jazz, blues, pop, classical), it is still relevant.
moosers07/11/2010

moosers's review

Yamaha P-120
The Yamaha P120 is a full size electric piano with 88 weighted keys. It is easy enough to transport if you wanted to, and is big enough to provide you with the full flavor of a real piano without actually having one. It’s got all sorts of different sounds, but the grand piano ones are definitely the most realistic sounding. Other sounds that it has include electric piano, organs, harpsichord, strings, guitar, choir, and a number of others. It also has built in reverb and other effects, as well as a metronome and a couple of built in tracks including a demo.

UTILIZATION

If you’re familiar with the general make up found on electric pianos, you’ll definitely feel at home here. Nothing about the P120 is difficult to understand, as everything is pretty straight forward. Choosing the different sounds is as easy as hitting a button, as is the same with the built in reverb and other effects, which include chorus, a phaser, tremolo, and delay. You can also change the sensitively on the touch and transpose. I haven’t had a need to use the demo or the built in recording features, but certainly they are nice to have there just in case. The overall feel of the P120 is definitely realistic and is about as close as you’ll find to a real piano. A manual won’t be necessary to use most of the features, but if you’re looking to learn it inside and out, you might as well have it handy.


SOUNDS

As I stated earlier, the grand piano sounds are definitely the most realistic sounding tones on the Yamaha P120, but I can’t complain too much about the way the other sounds come across. Some of them are a bit cheesy sounding, as is the case with the electric piano sounds, but others are pretty realistic like the harpsichord. The effects are nice to have, but I haven’t really used them other than the chorus. While the effects do sound pretty good, you don’t have any parameters for them, so what you hear is what you get…



OVERALL OPINION

The Yamaha P120 is a very solid electric piano. While you would think that this would be a bit cheap, I guess the real feel and body of the piano make it a bit more expensive. The price still isn’t too bad when you consider what the price of a real piano costs, but at the same time you could put together a better sounding collection of sounds on your computer with a MIDI controller for the price of the P120. Still, if you’re interested in a portable electric keyboard with a very good feel and sound, the P120 is fine choice.
Estebanpiano03/10/2012

Estebanpiano's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha P-120
Keyboard 8 Octaves

Connectors:
- 2 Headphone Outputs
- 2 to exit. (L and R)
- RCA (L and R)
- Pedal not included.
- Pedal to.
- Power
- Midi out / in
- "To host"?

4 effects of reverberation (Room, Hall 1, Hall 2, Stage) (Graduated from 0 to 20)
4 basic effects (chorus, phaser, tremolo, delay) (Graduated from 0 to 20)
Hit on four levels
Transposition (From -12 to 12)

28 different sounds

UTILIZATION

Heavy touch very nice and quiet.
The options are numerous, complex, but the manual is very explicit, they will have no secrets for you if you help.

SOUNDS

The sounds are numerous and well imitated. You can adjust the brightness of the sound, which suits all users of this piano.
My favorite sounds are piano and violin.

OVERALL OPINION

I use the piano for a few months, but I'm not about to leave unlike the other models I've tried before.
Le Groove03/25/2011

Le Groove's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent"

Yamaha P-120
88 keys, hammer action, etc., etc. ... Said before

UTILIZATION

The classy keyboard. I am a pianist by trade (concert), we mean well, it will never replace a piano, but then he does the job well. Very good feel heavy (usually digital after a while hurt my tendons because too light), beautiful piano sound, not too squeaky treble. The configuration is very simple, you plug and go.



SOUNDS

I play in the classic (not recommended anyway, but its not at the level of investments, etc.), in jazz - pop - rock as well. Nickel, nothing wrong, he has power. Well, except for the sound of a piano that is top, the rest is not great. You really have to think like a digital piano quality.
Good velocity, realistic ...

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 4 years, nothing wrong, I made plans with sacred number, I carted all over France, it does not move, never crashes, it's solid. Well ... it is heavy, hell for me who hates to wear, but at the same time that says quality ... Value for money, it's worth much.

I would do without hesitation that choice
Neruo04/06/2008

Neruo's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha P-120
7 Octaves compltes, 14 sounds with 14 variations not editable.
Dark oak finish, complte connectors: 2 Midi (in - out), 1 RCA Jacks 2 amps (L - L + R), 2 headphone jacks, making Host PS / 2, 2 Jacks pedals, controls PC ( mac - pc1 and 2, midi-in), control sound output (on - off - auto)

UTILIZATION

I have a p120 since September 2005, and I do not change before long, both his touch and sound (in only 2x12 watts!) Remind me of a real piano ...
Many functions are (9 in total, the backup car user configuration tuning 427-457 kHz) and the manual is clear and prcis.

SOUNDS

I use it live recently, and live sound output is equivalent that of a real upright piano! It poustouflant! Other sounds are remarkably synthtiss, because of 127 samples of each voice for each key, or 312 928 DIFFERENT sounds recorded a total ...
The shades are archibien respected, means noise jusu'au key is released !!!!!!

OVERALL OPINION

3 years, this piano has never been wrong-bond. Only small BMOL: at concerts with other instruments, and the output jack to the volume should not be put at more than 1 / 6 of his power, and the piano, and on the table mixage.Autrement of the volume covers the other instruments! His power is absolutely not a question !!!!!
Instrument only feature pianists and claviristes express.
Enjoy it ...
Pianistiquement05/13/2007

Pianistiquement's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha P-120
[Now sold]

88 heavy keys, keyboard GH2.
14 sounds, I'm only interested in pianos, especially "Grand Piano 1" breathtaking. The "2" is the earlier, and the other sounds are present almost as anecdotal than anything else! The piano sounds are accompanied by additional samples for return to best this huge creature that is living near the acoustic piano. The result was ok but it is much better now.
Connectivity is comprehensive, but placed on the left of the keyboard. Bizarre ... Note the presence of a "To Host" but I do not use.
Comes with a progressive pedal.
Comes with a desk, elegant but I do not use it.
The integrated amplifier is not transcendent but enough for a small room. It also allows for this small luxury increasingly absent in today's electronic music, such as "I turn, I play!" Moo it's good! ;-)

UTILIZATION

Two uses for me. Fake piano and keyboard master of my Triton Studio.
The general configuration is very simple, so in two cases brilliant, impeccable.
Minor drawbacks:
- The keyboard is so heavy that recording a guitar part with you bruised hands for a week, but hey ...! There are no free lunches!
- At noon, we have to go through functions such as the screen (but quite sufficient riquiqui) the offers, codes such as "F3.1". You can not Squizz the manual but it holds fast the numbers from those used the most. So it goes!
The selection of midi channels could not be easier, once you are on the menu, an arrow to go up, a down arrow.
Manuel essential, therefore, for functions, and clear enough.
Word of advice if you use your P120 to record sequences: Use the pedal Damper / Hold your workstation rather than delivered with the piano. It is "too" progressive and sends crowds of data in your sequencer, bringing to the same result in the ear, your understanding of 90 kb to about 200! A pedal type "DS-1H" Korg is more than enough!

SOUNDS

Its use as a fake piano was very good, I learned a lot of hard parts on it (especially Chopin).
There are some effects summary, but I do not use them. The only switch that works is his "Grand Piano 1" and the piano, all necessary effects into place automatically. What more?
GH2 The keyboard is definitely too heavy to be completely realistic, but here is a golden opportunity to work on his fourth finger! (The pianists will understand me!)
There is no aftertouch! Wonderful! No need to disable this function horrifying parasite that causes a myriad of trills and vibrato that I do not necessarily want by registering with my Triton! That there is great, that!
Do not buy the P120 to its sound of strings, it is as bad as my CVP-30 for almost 15 years ago!
Rhodes superb organ correct vibraphones classical choirs friendly ... Anyway, it's a fake piano or keyboard master pianist ... What we do not care for other sounds??

OVERALL OPINION

I kept a little over 30 months. It is a choice that was good at the time the list of pianos that were available. In "S" version, cherry finish / silver, the camera takes a mouth Infinia more upscale than the natural finish, and at the same price.
Currently, there are much better but hey, 5 years have elapsed since its sale, all the same! Maybe interesting occasion.