The Yamaha YPG 235 76-key Keyboard is a budget keyboard for beginner students who need more than 61 keys and for experienced players who want a practice keyboard.
With 32 notes of polyphony, a full keyboard fingering mode, and several voices and styles, it is a fully featured keyboard, but it is not suited for someone looking for a performance keyboard with excellent sound quality, and/or piano like keys.
Pros 76 keys make it an inexpensive substitue for a piano, Good sound quality, 6-track sequencer
Cons The bundled accessories are of average quality
Who Is It For? This keyboard is apt for anyone who wants a keyboard with more than 61 keys, and also need rich instrument sounds (typical of most Yamaha keyboards) & features.
It is more of a Performance Instrument with 76 non-weighted keys and beautiful piano sounds, that will fit most budget.
You can play several piano pieces on this board and it comes with the Yamaha education suite.
More Benefits The keys come with different levels of resistance, which makes it easier for a budding musician to move to an acoustic or digital piano later.
The Yamaha YPG 235 76 Key Portable Grand Piano Keyboard is priced right between beginner's pianos and higher end performance pianos, so it can be used both by beginner students as well as seasoned players on a budget.
Features like 6-track recording sequencer, Yamaha Educational Suite, Pitch bend wheel, and USB computer connectivity ensures that beginning students can also use the piano for a long time to come.
Bundles Accessories The best part about the bundled accessories is that you really dont need anything else to help you get started. You will need the stand and the power supply. Headphones can be particularly useful for practicing during weird hours, without disturbing others.
However, don't expect the quality of the bundled accessories to be very good.
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Sound Quality This has always been the forte of Yamaha keyboards, and the sounds do live up to the expectations. The piano sound, in particular, is very good.
Overall, you have a decent number of voices and styles.
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Features The best part about this keyboard is that it lets you play many piano pieces, courtesy its 76 keys. The full fingered mode enables you to play chords across the keyboar, with the accompaniment on.
It also has many more features and controls, like those found on a synth. It comes with a 6-track sequencer and a mixer function, so it is designed to help you to create songs as well. It also has a pitch-bend wheel, in addition to the various voices, styles, songs and effects.
The polyphony is 32 notes, which is not bad, and you also have a USB midi port.
Ease of Use The keyboard is quite easy to use, because of the many tools that are provided such as Registration Memory and One Touch Setting.
You can easily select the various tones, accompaniments and built-in songs.
With the one-touch setting, the keyboard itself selects the appropriate sounds on your behalf, if you are not sure what sound goes with what style of music.
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Value for Your Money You can probably find a Yamaha ypg-235 keyboard for just over $200. This is a pretty good deal if you ask us, considering that you get 76 keys, and a 6-track sequencer.
It's fully functional and is quite effective both for learning as well as for practicing.