YAHAMA

Yamaha Corporation of America
P.O. Box 6600
Buena Park, California 90622
714-522-9011
800-854-1569
[email protected]
usa.yamaha.com


For company background, see the Yamaha listing in the “Brands and Company Profiles” for acoustic pianos.

Yamaha Corporation is the world’s largest producer of musical instruments—from the obvious (pianos) to the slightly obscure (bassoon), Yamaha makes it. Yamaha entered the world of electronic instruments in 1959, when it introduced the first all-transistor organ. In 1971, because no manufacturer would develop an integrated circuit (IC) for Yamaha’s relatively low-volume demand, the company built its own IC plant. Jumping ahead to 1983, the introduction of the first Yamaha Clavinova, the YP-40, marked the beginning of what we now call the digital piano. Today, Yamaha’s three dozen or so models of digital piano (not counting different finishes) constitute the broadest range of any manufacturer. The downside is that deciphering the variety of options—slabs, verticals, grands, stage pianos, ensemble pianos, designer digitals, hybrids—can be a bit daunting. And then there are the sub-brands: Clavinova, Modus, and Arius.

Clavinova digital pianos include the standard CLP line and the ensemble CVP line, and are available only through piano dealers. The Modus models (model numbers beginning with F, H, and R), Yamaha’s series of designer digitals, are functionally similar to the CLP line but with modern-looking cabinets. (The Modus H01 and H11 are perhaps the most striking visual designs among digital pianos.) They are now available online through authorized dealers. Arius (model numbers beginning with YDP) represents Yamaha’s entry-level line of digital verticals, with the long-popular YDP223 now replaced by the YDP181.

The CP and CP stage models are intended for situations that require a portable instrument. Available at several price points, they are suitable for a wide range of applications, from live performance to studio recording. Some of the models in this line feature Yamaha’s new Spectral Component Modeling (SCM) technology, or a combination of SCM and Advanced Wave Memory (AWM) sampling. The model CP1 also includes the NW-Stage action.

Yamaha’s apps for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch are unique in the digital-piano world. The NoteStar app brings sheet music into the 21st century, and puts you in the band with real audio backing tracks that you can slow down or transpose. MusicSoft Manager lets you manage the content of your CVP Clavinova, while Repertoire Finder provides complete keyboard setups for songs you want to play.

Seven different actions are used in Yamaha digitals. In order of increasing quality, they are: Graded Hammer Standard (GHS), Graded Hammer (GH), Graded Hammer 3 (GH3), Natural Wood (NW), Natural Wood Stage (NW-Stage), Natural Wood Linear Graded Hammer (NW-LGH), and the grand piano action used in the AvantGrand models.

A few years ago, Yamaha introduced its AvantGrand hybrid piano. For more information about the AvantGrand, see the article on “Hybrid Pianos” elsewhere in this issue.



Digital Piano: Specifications & Prices

See the Introduction for an explanation of specifications and a key to the finish codes.

Prices in blue italics indicate MAP (Minimum Advertised Price). Other prices are our estimates based on normal retail margins. For more information on MAP and retail pricing, please see "Shopping Options" in our article "Buying a Digital Piano."

Click the Model link for additional specifications. Click the Product Page icon to go to the manufacturer's web page for that model.





  Model Form
Slab, Vertical, Grand
Ensemble Finish
See finish codes
Est. Street Price Voices Rhythms / Styles Polyphony Pedals
H = half-pedaling support
Speakers / Watts Recording
MIDI Tracks / Digital Audio (DA)
Bluetooth Vocal Support Educational Features Product Page
CP1 S Bk 4,999 17 128 3 H 0 / 0 No No No External Website Link
CP300 S Bk 2,499 50+480XG 128 3 H 2 / 60 16 No No No External Website Link
CP4 Stage S Bk 1,999 433 128 1 (2) H 0 / 0 DA No No No External Website Link
CP40 Stage S Bk 1,699 297 128 1 (2) H 0 / 0 DA No No No External Website Link
DGX660 S E Bk&R / Bk&Wt 800 151+388XG 205 192 1 (3) H 4 / 12 6 No Yes Yes External Website Link
P115 S Bk / Wt 600 14 14/10 192 1 (3) H 4 / 14 2 No No No External Website Link
P255 S Bk&EP / Wt 1,300 24 10 256 1 H 4 / 30 2 / DA No No No External Website Link
P45B S Bk 450 10 64 1 H 2 / 12 No No No External Website Link
CLP625 V EP 2,400 10 256 3 H 2 / 40 2 No No No External Website Link
CLP625 V Bk / R 2,000 10 256 3 H 2 / 40 2 No No No External Website Link
CLP635 V EP 3,200 36 20 256 3 H 2 / 60 16 / DA No No Yes External Website Link
CLP635 V Bk / R / W 2,700 36 20 256 3 H 2 / 60 16 / DA No No Yes External Website Link
CLP645 V EP 4,000 36 20 256 3 H 4 / 100 16 / DA Yes No Yes External Website Link
CLP645 V Bk / R / W 3,500 36 20 256 3 H 4 / 100 16 / DA Yes No Yes External Website Link
CLP675 V EP 5,300 36 20 256 3 H 6 / 210 16 / DA Yes No Yes External Website Link
CLP675 V BK / R / W 4,700 36 20 256 3 H 6 / 210 16 / DA Yes No Yes External Website Link
CLP685 V EP 6,600 49+480XG 20 256 3 H 6 / 300 16 / DA Yes No Yes External Website Link
CLP685 V WtP 7,600 49+480XG 20 256 3 H 6 / 300 16 / DA Yes No Yes External Website Link
CLP685 V Bk 5,800 49+480XG 20 256 3 H 6 / 300 16 / DA Yes No Yes External Website Link
CSP150 V E Bk 3,500 721+480XG 470 256 3 H 2 / 60 16 / DA No Yes Yes External Website Link
CSP150 V E EP 4,000 721+480XG 470 256 3 H 2 / 60 17 / DA No Yes Yes External Website Link
CSP170 V E Bk 4,700 721+480XG 470 256 3 H 4 / 180 18 / DA No Yes Yes External Website Link
CSP170 V E EP 5,300 721+480XG 470 256 3 H 4 / 180 19 / DA No Yes Yes External Website Link
CVP701 V E W 4,127 777+480XG 310 256 3 H 2 / 50 16 / DA No Yes Yes External Website Link
CVP701 V E EP 4,636 777+480XG 310 256 3 H 2 / 50 16 / DA No Yes Yes External Website Link
CVP705 V E W 6,455 984+480XG 470 256 3 H 6 / 140 16 / DA No Yes Yes External Website Link
CVP705 V E EP 7,245 984+480XG 470 256 3 H 6 / 140 16 / DA No Yes Yes External Website Link
CVP709 V E W 10,091 1270+480XG 600 256 3 H 9 / 200 16 / DA No Yes Yes External Website Link
CVP709 V E EP 11,087 1270+480XG 600 256 3 H 9 / 200 16 / DA No Yes Yes External Website Link
F02 V EP / BlP / RdP / OrP 5,000 20 128 3 H 4 / 80 1 No No No External Website Link
F11 V EP / BlP / RdP / OrP 7,500 20 128 3 H 4 / 80 1 No No No External Website Link
NU1 V EP 5,816 5 256 3 H 4 / 160 1 / DA No No No External Website Link
R01 V Wt 4,900 1 128 3 H 2 / 24 No No No External Website Link
YDP143 V BkW / R 1,100 10 192 3 H 2 / 12 2 No No No External Website Link
YDP163 V BkW / R 1,500 10 192 3 H 4 / 40 2 No No No External Website Link
YDP181 V R 1,700 14 128 3 H 2 / 40 2 No No No External Website Link
YDPS52 V Bk / Wt 1,350 10 192 3 H 2 / 40 2 No No No External Website Link
CLP665GP G EP 5,500 36 20 256 3 H 4 / 70 16 / DA Yes No Yes External Website Link
CLP665GP G WtP 6,300 36 20 256 3 H 4 / 70 16 / DA Yes No Yes External Website Link
CVP709GP G E EP 15,224 1270+480XG 600 256 3 H 9 / 200 16 / DA No Yes Yes External Website Link
H01 G AG / VR / DB 7,500 10 64 3 H 4 / 80 No No No External Website Link
H11 G AG / VR / DB 10,000 10 64 3 H 4 / 80 No No No External Website Link
N1 G EP 8,453 5 256 3 H 6 / 175 1 No No No External Website Link
N2 G EP 12,635 5 256 3 H 12 / 500 1 No No No External Website Link
N3X G EP 18,816 10 256 3 H 12 / 500 1 / DA No No No External Website Link

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