Yamaha P-120
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Yamaha P-120

P-120, Digital Piano from Yamaha in the P series.

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dinaiz 10/30/2011

Yamaha P-120 : dinaiz's user review

« Great digital piano! »
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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 ;) )