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YAMAHA DIGITALS

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 and Arius.

Clavinova digital pianos include the standard CLP line and the ensemble CVP line, and are available only through piano 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 Modus models — model numbers beginning with F, H, and R — Yamaha’s series of designer digitals, functionally similar to the CLP line but with modern-looking cabinets, have recently been discontinued.)

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. See here for a good explanation of the different kinds of actions used in Yamaha digitals.

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: Prices and Specifications

Click any Model link for an expanded list of specifications for that model.
Prices in blue italics indicate Minimum Advertised Price (MAP). Other prices are our estimates based on normal retail margins.
For more information on MAP and retail pricing, see our article on Buying a Digital Piano.
For explanation of features and specifications shown, please see the Key to Specifications and Prices.

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
P45 S Bk 550 10 64 1 H 2 / 12 0 No No No External Website Link
P121 S Bk/Wt 630 24 192 4 / 0 No No No External Website Link
P125 S Bk/Wt 700 24 20 192 1 (3) H 4 / 14 2 / DA No No No External Website Link
P515 S Bk/Wt 1,600 40+480XG 40 256 1 (3) H 4 / 40 16 / DA Yes No No External Website Link
CP300 S Bk 2,500 50+480XG 128 3 H 2 / 60 16 No No No External Website Link
CP40 Stage S Bk 1,400 297 128 1 (2) H 0 / 0 0 / DA No No No External Website Link
CP4 Stage S Bk 2,000 433 128 1 (2) H 0 / 0 0 / DA No No No External Website Link
CP1 S Bk 5,000 17 128 3 H 0 / 0 0 No No No External Website Link
YDP144 V BkW/R 1,200 10 192 3 H 2 / 12 2 / DA No No No External Website Link
YDPS34 V BkW/R 1,100 10 192 3 H 2 / 12 2 / DA No No No External Website Link
YDP164 V BkW/R 1,600 10 192 3 H 4 / 40 2 / DA No No No External Website Link
YDPS54 V Bk/Wt 1,450 10 192 3 H 4 / 40 2 / DA No No No External Website Link
YDP184 V R 2,400 24 256 3 H 2 / 60 16 No No No External Website Link
CSP150 V E Bk 3,700 721+480XG 470 256 3 H 2 / 60 16 / DA No Yes Yes External Website Link
CSP150 V E EP 4,200 721+480XG 470 256 3 H 2 / 60 17 / DA No Yes Yes External Website Link
CSP170 V E Bk 5,000 721+480XG 470 256 3 H 4 / 180 18 / DA No Yes Yes External Website Link
CSP170 V E EP 5,600 721+480XG 470 256 3 H 4 / 180 19 / DA No Yes Yes External Website Link
CLP725 V Bk/R 2,000 10 0 256 3 H 2 / 40 2 / DA No No Yes External Website Link
CLP725 V EP 2,400 10 0 256 3 H 2 / 40 2 / DA No No Yes External Website Link
CLP735 V Bk/DW/R/W 2,900 38 20 256 3 H 2 / 60 16 / DA No No Yes External Website Link
CLP735 V EP 3,400 38 20 256 3 H 2 / 60 16 / DA No No Yes External Website Link
CLP745 V Bk/DW/R/W 3,700 38 20 256 3 H 4 / 200 16 / DA Yes No Yes External Website Link
CLP745 V EP 4,200 38 20 256 3 H 4 / 200 16 / DA Yes No Yes External Website Link
CLP775 V Bk/DW/R/Wt 5,000 38 20 256 3 H 6 / 184 2 / DA Yes No Yes External Website Link
CLP775 V EP 5,600 38 20 256 3 H 6 / 184 2 / DA Yes No Yes External Website Link
CLP785 V Bk 6,200 53+480XG 20 256 3 H 6 / 300 16 / DA Yes No Yes External Website Link
CLP785 V EP 7,000 53+480XG 20 256 3 H 6 / 300 16 / DA Yes No Yes External Website Link
CLP785 V WtP 8,000 53+480XG 20 256 3 H 6 / 300 16 / DA Yes No Yes External Website Link
CVP701 V E Bk 4,200 777+480XG 310 256 3 H 2 / 50 16 / DA No Yes Yes External Website Link
CVP701 V E EP 5,000 777+480XG 310 256 3 H 2 / 50 16 / DA No Yes Yes External Website Link
CVP805 V E Bk 7,800 1315+480XG 525 256 3 H 4 / 130 16 Yes Yes Yes External Website Link
CVP805 V E EP 8,500 1315+480XG 525 256 3 H 4 / 130 16 Yes Yes Yes External Website Link
CVP809 V E Bk 12,500 1605+480XG 675 256 3 H 7 / 260 16 Yes Yes Yes External Website Link
CVP809 V E EP 13,200 1605+480XG 675 256 3 H 7 / 260 16 Yes Yes Yes External Website Link
CVP809 V E WtP 13,800 1605+480XG 675 256 3 H 7 / 260 16 Yes Yes Yes External Website Link
NU1X V EP 6,362 15 256 3 H 4 / 180 1 / DA Yes No No External Website Link
NU1X V WtP 6,635 15 256 3 H 4 / 180 1 / DA Yes No No External Website Link
N1X G EP 9,453 15 256 3 H 6 / 180 1 / DA Yes No No External Website Link
N2 G EP 12,362 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
CLP765GP G EP 5,900 38 20 256 3 H 4 / 184 16 / DA Yes No Yes External Website Link
CLP765GP G WtP 6,700 38 20 256 3 H 4 / 184 16 / DA Yes No Yes External Website Link
CLP795GP G E EP 8,000 53+480XG 20 256 3 H 7 / 300 16 / DA Yes No Yes External Website Link
CLP795GP G E WtP 9,000 53+480XG 20 256 3 H 7 / 300 16 / DA Yes No Yes External Website Link
CVP809GP G E EP 17,100 1605+480XG 675 256 3 H 6 / 260 16 / DA Yes Yes Yes External Website Link
CVP809GP G E WtP 18,200 1605+480XG 675 256 3 H 6 / 260 16 / DA Yes Yes Yes External Website Link

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