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Yamaha CP4 STAGE 88-Key Wooden Key Stage Piano

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Yamaha's finest digital piano.

The CP4 is simply the best stage piano Yamaha has ever made. The CP4 Stage features sounds from Yamaha's Premium Collection of hand crafted grand pianos including the CFX, CFIIIs and the S6. Vintage electric pianos complete with Virtual Circuit Modeling stomp box effects and a variety of Bass, Clav, Organ, Strings and Pad sounds from their flagship Motif round out the sound set so you're ready for any musical situation. Yamaha's Natural Wood Graded Hammer keyboard with Synthetic Ivory Keytops (with real-wood white keys) gives you the perfect piano touch and response. The CP4 Stage's slim, lightweight design (38lb.) combines portability with elegant style. Most importantly, an easy to understand interface with large lighted buttons for splits and layers gives you all the controls you need right at your fingertips and the easy to read, ultra-bright fluorescent display make the CP easy to use even on the darkest stage.

Premium GP
"Premium GP" features the authentic sound of Yamaha Premium Grand Pianos. As the largest acoustic piano manufacturer in the world we were able to hand select from our vast collection of hand-crafted grand pianos to create the sounds heard in the CP4 STAGE.

[CFX] [CFIIIS] The Evolution of Excellence
The new flagship of the CF Series, the CFX full concert grand piano represents the pinnacle of Yamaha's tradition of piano crafting. Beautifully made and with an exquisite tone that extends across the entire dynamic range, the CFX has the power to project its sound to the furthest reaches of any concert hall.

The CFIIIS is another superb full concert grand piano hand-crafted by Yamaha, with a full, bright sound and resonant, authoritative bass that make it perfectly suited to ensemble performance.

[S6] A Warmer More Delicate Sound
The S6 offers a lush tonal presence with a warm, subtle depth to its sound. Featuring select bridge materials and new refinements in the specifications of its copper-wound springs, the S6 delivers a rich, resonant tone with a perfectly pitched, harmonious bass, making it the idea piano for accompanying vocals or quiet ballads.

Vintage EP
The CP STAGE features an impressive selection of vintage electric pianos from different eras, enhanced by Yamaha's renowned Virtual Circuitry Modeling technology, which allows the reproduction of the classic stomp box effects that were such an integral part of their sound.

[CP80] The Electric Grand
Striking its strings with an authentic grand piano action and using pickups to convert their vibration into an electrical signal, the CP80 is an electric grand piano in the truest sense. The moment this instrument burst onto the scene it won immediate acclaim for its pronounced attack and unique harmonic overtones.

[DX7] The Historic DX Electric Piano
Operating on the principle of FM tone generation, the Yamaha DX Series debuted at the beginning of the eighties as the world's first digital synthesizers. The impressive variety of sounds that the DX made available left musicians around the world in awe, particularly the electric pianos, which quickly found a home in many different musical scenes.

[Rd I] [Rd II] Synonymous with the Electric Piano
Yamaha's Rd I and Rd II offer the timeless electric piano sound that helped define the music of so many artists in the seventies. The Rd I reproduces the tone achieved using tines and hammers, while the Rd II reflects the remarkable progress in musical instrument technology that occurred in the latter half of the decade. From the mellow modulation of a quiet ballad or jazz standard to the percussive attacking sound heard in countless rock classics, the warm resonance of the Rd I and the clarity and power of the Rd II will take you back to this inspiring musical era the moment you begin to play.

[Wr] A Pioneering Electric Piano
Perfectly emulating the distinctive hammer-and-resonator sound of another star of the sixties and seventies, the Wr voices in the CP STAGE offer everything from the thick, powerful tone of earlier models of these renowned electric pianos to the brighter clarity that later efforts achieved. These voices accurately reproduce the playing characteristics of the original instruments, so that a light touch will give a delicate tone, while playing with more force will result in a thicker, uniquely distorted sound.

Ease-of-Use
A simple and intuitive interface gives you instant access to all the controls that you need.

Change Voices
Voice Category buttons lets you call up the sounds you need quickly and easily-you can even store your favorite sounds for each category. In addition to all the great piano voices, a variety of bass, clavinet, organ, strings, and pad sounds based on the sounds in our flagship MOTIF synthesizer round out the voice library, so you're ready for any musical situation.

Layer & Split
One touch is all it takes to layer and split sounds.
The large lighted buttons make it easy to split and layer sounds even on the darkest stages, allowing you to switch from a full piano, to a piano voice layered with strings, or piano with a split bass sound. The Main Solo function lets you go back to playing piano across the entire keyboard the touch of a button.

Wooden Keys
Yamaha's NW (natural wood) keyboard gives you the perfect piano touch and response

The CP4 STAGE features wooden keys with synthetic ivory keytops and a Graded Hammer action similar to that of a grand piano (the keys in the lower register are heavier and the keys in the upper register are lighter).

Yamaha's innovative GH3 keyboard has three sensors: in addition to two sensors to detect keystroke strength, it includes Yamaha's original Damper Sensor. This enables you to use advanced techniques such as playing the same note repeatedly with perfect articulation, previously only possible on a grand piano, which blends sounds without the use of the damper pedal. You also enjoy the keyboard touch of a grand piano, including keys with weight gradations - heavy in the lower end and lighter in the higher end. The NW (Natural Wood) keyboard, with the same structure as the GH3 keyboard, and synthetic ivory keytops also provide the feel of a grand piano, even the fingertip sensations.

Portable
The CP STAGE combines portability with elegant style in a professional package.

FEATURES
45 Premium Grand pianos including the CFX, CFIII and the S6
47 Vintage electric pianos (tine, reed, DX and original CP80)
341 Voices including Basses, Strings, Pads and more based on Yamaha's flagship Motif
62 Virtual Circuit Modeling effects, Reverb, Chorus, Master 5 band EQ and Compressor
Easy Splits and Layers with large lighted buttons
88 Note Graded Hammer Wooden Key Action with Synthetic Ivory tops
Slim, elegant lightweight (38.5 lbs.) design for portability
FC3 foot pedal for half damper and sound board resonance included

Exceptional stage piano.

SPECIFICATIONS
Keyboard		
Number of keys: 88 Key
Action: Graded hammer
Key: Natural wood
Aftertouch / Velocity: Velocity Sensitive
Key Type: Piano-style

Sounds
Number of voices: 433
Polyphony (max): 128
Layers: Yes
Split: Yes

Connectivity
AUX input: No
MIDI: I/O
USB: To host, to device
Bluetooth: No
Line output: Yes
Line input: Yes
Headphone jacks: 1
Pedal inputs: 2
Storage type: USB, SD

Onboard Features
Recording/Playback No
Accompaniment styles: Not applicable
Preset songs: 12
Display: LCD
Effects: Yes
Built-in speakers: 6-spkr system
Pitch bend/Modulation: Yes

Other
Width: 52.4 in.
Height: 6.3 in.
Depth: 13.8 in.
Weight: 38.5 lbs.
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YamahaCP4 STAGE 88-Key Wooden Key Stage Piano
 
4.2

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Responsive / good action (6)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Good audio (5)
  • Portable (4)
  • Easy to set up (3)

Cons

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Best Uses

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great stage piano

It's a great stage piano. I almost always prefer the new CFX piano to the CF, and find the older S6 nearly useless. As mentioned above, it's three sample sets, with several...Read complete review

It's a great stage piano. I almost always prefer the new CFX piano to the CF, and find the older S6 nearly useless. As mentioned above, it's three sample sets, with several variations on each. Damper resonance is supported; if you strike a note with the sustain pedal down, you hear all the strings on the harp respond (a bit like reverb), just as on a real piano.

"String resonance" is not supported. That's a much more complicated and subtle feature. On a piano, if you play a note, hold the key down and let it die out, and while still holding the first note play another note, you can hear the strings of the first note respond. Personally, I don't miss it.

The samples do NOT sound looped to me. For example, on Middle C, the tone develops for at least 5 seconds. It may be looped after that. This is vastly better than the static tone we remember from earlier pianos like the P80.

The action is the best digital piano action I've played, by a good measure, and I've played just about all except for Kawai MP's. If action is a big issue for you, be sure to try this piano. It would make a great studio controller for your favorite software piano.

At 38 lbs, it's nicely portable, but a good deal heavier than the lightest 88 hammer-action digital pianos. In 10 years, I may want to replace it with a lighter one.

For internal sounds, it is multitimbral up to three: "main", "layer", and "split". That is, you get at most one split point, one sound below it, and one or two sounds (layered) above it. There is NO way to use 4 zones for internal sounds.

As a controller, you can configure up to 4 separate zones, all controlling external modules. However, the keyboard always uses three consecutive channels (by default, 1 2 and 3) for the internal sounds, so your external MIDI channels are limited to the other 13 channels. The internal sounds either respond the normal way, or are disabled (local off). So, it's difficult to set up multiple zones where some are external and some are internal. You can assign each zone's MIDI volume to any of the three panel sliders, which is very useful. But the CP4 doesn't have enough panel sliders, knobs, and buttons to use it as a full-featured MIDI controller in a sophisticated rig. It's not a full-featured controller; it's a stage piano with a nice simple set of controller features, and very limited support of up to 4 zones as controller.

The electric pianos are modeled (with models based on samples; you can hear the divisions between samples as you walk up the keyboard). These are some of the best electric pianos available in a hardware keyboard, and are especially lively and dynamic, responding perfectly to touch. For EPs, I generally prefer samples to models, but the dynamics on these is so great it's getting me to reconsider.

The rest of the sounds are a nice grab-bag of useful bread-n-butter patches. Yes, Virginia, you can play a decent rendition of Jump on this keyboard. You can dial up a few hot mono lead patches and Emerson your heart out. They won't fool a vintage analog fanatic, but they'll get you through a gig where you need it for a few tunes. Plenty of lush strings and pads, etc., and good enough vibes, marimba, and steel drum, if you're not actually in a real Latin percussion band.

You can't edit the underlying patches (called "voices" in Yamaha parlance). You can edit a "performance", which has three "parts" (main, layer, split), master reverb, master chorus, and up to two insert effects each for main and layer parts. The controller MIDI zone setups are also part of the performance, along with the key split point and volumes for each part.

It's a great stage piano. It's not a full-featured brain center for a complex rig, but has features that can take you partway there.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Disappointing

I spent over an hour with this in the store. On paper it looks pretty nice: Wooden keys, lightweight, 5-band equalizer, 128-note polyphony, plenty of sounds, 4 zones for...Read complete review

I spent over an hour with this in the store. On paper it looks pretty nice: Wooden keys, lightweight, 5-band equalizer, 128-note polyphony, plenty of sounds, 4 zones for splits, tweakable effects including reverb + one other(chorus, delay, etc.) and a wide though short alphanumeric display for controlling the features. It also plays well enough. The action response gives you more control where you need it at the extremes, particularly at the 'wide2' setting.

While its feature list is nice, I don't think its worth what they generally ask for it. To start, it seems like they skimped on components to bring down the price. The display is white lettering on blue background, as opposed to the more pleasing teal on black on the CP5/CP50. The controls and casing also feel cheap compared to the CP5/CP50.

The thing that annoyed me most as a traditional piano player was the metronome. It puts a bell on the first beat which cannot be turned off. I tried putting the time signature to 1/4 in hopes that this would turn the bell off, but no such luck. All that does is turn the click to be purely bell. I scoured the menus and later the manual. There's no way to turn the bell off or change the click tones.

Another strange choice that I admittedly have seen on other higher-end digital pianos is the burying of the touch settings within the utility menu instead of having a dedicated touch button, with no apparent shortcut. On top of this, instead of the usual hard-medium-soft labeling, the menu lists the settings as normal, narrow2, narrow1, wide1 and wide2. A look through the documentation reveals that narrow=soft and wide=hard, but there was no reason to rename these settings to the more technical response-curve-oriented and less familiar terms.

Finally, I was originally interested in this and the CP40 over the CP33 because of the display. I am looking to replace a P80 and have always been a bit bothered by the user-unfriendliness of a three-digit display. After spending a while with the CP4, I've decided that the added cost isn't justified. The menu on the CP4 isn't that extensive, and some of the settings are still cryptic and require referencing lists.

Don't get me wrong, this thing(and the CP40) has great features, but so does the CP33, which is why that's what I'm going to be getting.

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(16 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

I think I've been duped.

By JDC

from Lenox, MA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Portable
  • Responsive / Good Action

Cons

  • Cheap Build
  • Dated Sound Technolgy
  • Difficult to Use
  • Lifeless Acoustic Pianos
  • Limited Dynamics
  • No String Resonance
  • Noticeable Looping
  • Over Priced
  • Poor Functionality
  • Silly
  • Silly Wood Keys Gimmick
  • Sound Stretching
  • Unrealistic sound
  • Useless Drum Sets

Best Uses

  • Stage

Comments about Yamaha CP4 STAGE 88-Key Wooden Key Stage Piano:

I wanted a lightweight stage piano that has it all. It's not the CP4. And no, there is NOT 45 Premium Grand pianos. There are 3 pianos with 15 EQ'd versions of each. The marketing hype of the CP4 is really a shame... shame on me for buying it. Yes it has nice action and the ONE extra piano sound is ok, and few other nice features. The acoustic piano sounds are dated and can be found in Yamaha's lowest end digital piano as well as pianos from the 90's. The samples are average with very noticeable looping and stretching. No string resonance makes for lackluster sound and character. The positive is that it the EP's sound good and the overall sound is good live as it should be which is the only reason why I "might" not send it back. I would not advise that its suitable for detailed recording and studio. The CP4 is crazy overpriced for what is being offered with it's old technology. The wood inside the GH action does not make this any better. It's just as good as GH action in my opinion. ok, 3 sensor gives advanced control. If you really like the Yamaha sound I would suggest you save some money and buy the the CP40, P255, or P105. If you have the money go look at Kawai, Roland, and Nord. They are in a whole other league above and not much more expensive than the absurdly priced CP4.

(16 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Disappointing

By Simon the Ear

from New York

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Pros

  • Decent Screen
  • Easy to Use
  • Portable
  • Realistic Sound
  • Responsive / Good Action
  • Touch Sensitive Keys
  • Wooden Keys

Cons

  • Annoying Metronome
  • Clunky Interface

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment
  • Chamber Music
  • Concerts
  • Electronic Music
  • Learning
  • MIDI
  • School Bands

Comments about Yamaha CP4 STAGE 88-Key Wooden Key Stage Piano:

I spent over an hour with this in the store. On paper it looks pretty nice: Wooden keys, lightweight, 5-band equalizer, 128-note polyphony, plenty of sounds, 4 zones for splits, tweakable effects including reverb + one other(chorus, delay, etc.) and a wide though short alphanumeric display for controlling the features. It also plays well enough. The action response gives you more control where you need it at the extremes, particularly at the 'wide2' setting.

While its feature list is nice, I don't think its worth what they generally ask for it. To start, it seems like they skimped on components to bring down the price. The display is white lettering on blue background, as opposed to the more pleasing teal on black on the CP5/CP50. The controls and casing also feel cheap compared to the CP5/CP50.

The thing that annoyed me most as a traditional piano player was the metronome. It puts a bell on the first beat which cannot be turned off. I tried putting the time signature to 1/4 in hopes that this would turn the bell off, but no such luck. All that does is turn the click to be purely bell. I scoured the menus and later the manual. There's no way to turn the bell off or change the click tones.

Another strange choice that I admittedly have seen on other higher-end digital pianos is the burying of the touch settings within the utility menu instead of having a dedicated touch button, with no apparent shortcut. On top of this, instead of the usual hard-medium-soft labeling, the menu lists the settings as normal, narrow2, narrow1, wide1 and wide2. A look through the documentation reveals that narrow=soft and wide=hard, but there was no reason to rename these settings to the more technical response-curve-oriented and less familiar terms.

Finally, I was originally interested in this and the CP40 over the CP33 because of the display. I am looking to replace a P80 and have always been a bit bothered by the user-unfriendliness of a three-digit display. After spending a while with the CP4, I've decided that the added cost isn't justified. The menu on the CP4 isn't that extensive, and some of the settings are still cryptic and require referencing lists.

Don't get me wrong, this thing(and the CP40) has great features, but so does the CP33, which is why that's what I'm going to be getting.

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great stage piano

By learjeff

from durham, NC

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Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Realistic Sound
  • Responsive / Good Action

Cons

  • Limited As Controller
  • Zones

Best Uses

  • Stage
  • Studio

Comments about Yamaha CP4 STAGE 88-Key Wooden Key Stage Piano:

It's a great stage piano. I almost always prefer the new CFX piano to the CF, and find the older S6 nearly useless. As mentioned above, it's three sample sets, with several variations on each. Damper resonance is supported; if you strike a note with the sustain pedal down, you hear all the strings on the harp respond (a bit like reverb), just as on a real piano.

"String resonance" is not supported. That's a much more complicated and subtle feature. On a piano, if you play a note, hold the key down and let it die out, and while still holding the first note play another note, you can hear the strings of the first note respond. Personally, I don't miss it.

The samples do NOT sound looped to me. For example, on Middle C, the tone develops for at least 5 seconds. It may be looped after that. This is vastly better than the static tone we remember from earlier pianos like the P80.

The action is the best digital piano action I've played, by a good measure, and I've played just about all except for Kawai MP's. If action is a big issue for you, be sure to try this piano. It would make a great studio controller for your favorite software piano.

At 38 lbs, it's nicely portable, but a good deal heavier than the lightest 88 hammer-action digital pianos. In 10 years, I may want to replace it with a lighter one.

For internal sounds, it is multitimbral up to three: "main", "layer", and "split". That is, you get at most one split point, one sound below it, and one or two sounds (layered) above it. There is NO way to use 4 zones for internal sounds.

As a controller, you can configure up to 4 separate zones, all controlling external modules. However, the keyboard always uses three consecutive channels (by default, 1 2 and 3) for the internal sounds, so your external MIDI channels are limited to the other 13 channels. The internal sounds either respond the normal way, or are disabled (local off). So, it's difficult to set up multiple zones where some are external and some are internal. You can assign each zone's MIDI volume to any of the three panel sliders, which is very useful. But the CP4 doesn't have enough panel sliders, knobs, and buttons to use it as a full-featured MIDI controller in a sophisticated rig. It's not a full-featured controller; it's a stage piano with a nice simple set of controller features, and very limited support of up to 4 zones as controller.

The electric pianos are modeled (with models based on samples; you can hear the divisions between samples as you walk up the keyboard). These are some of the best electric pianos available in a hardware keyboard, and are especially lively and dynamic, responding perfectly to touch. For EPs, I generally prefer samples to models, but the dynamics on these is so great it's getting me to reconsider.

The rest of the sounds are a nice grab-bag of useful bread-n-butter patches. Yes, Virginia, you can play a decent rendition of Jump on this keyboard. You can dial up a few hot mono lead patches and Emerson your heart out. They won't fool a vintage analog fanatic, but they'll get you through a gig where you need it for a few tunes. Plenty of lush strings and pads, etc., and good enough vibes, marimba, and steel drum, if you're not actually in a real Latin percussion band.

You can't edit the underlying patches (called "voices" in Yamaha parlance). You can edit a "performance", which has three "parts" (main, layer, split), master reverb, master chorus, and up to two insert effects each for main and layer parts. The controller MIDI zone setups are also part of the performance, along with the key split point and volumes for each part.

It's a great stage piano. It's not a full-featured brain center for a complex rig, but has features that can take you partway there.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

great action, lightweight

By td

from nyc

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Pros

  • Key Action Lightweight

Cons

  • No Rhythmic Accompaniment

Best Uses

  • Gigging Practicing

Comments about Yamaha CP4 STAGE 88-Key Wooden Key Stage Piano:

I considered this instrument along with the Roland RD800, and Kawai MP7.
I liked the action on the CP 4 best. Personal pref here
The Roland piano sounded somewhat better with it's sympathetic resonance, but I didn't think this was going to be important gigging with a 70's rock band. Also, all the roland sounds were like too sweet, like somebody had poured maple syrup on everything. Once again, personal pref. The CP4 piano sounds if anything could use a little bit of fattening up, but both boards are editable, so tweak away. Although I like the CPX voice the best of the 3 piano sounds, it didn't impress me as much as the hype had led me to believe. It still sounds a bit too electronic to me. But this is not to say it is in anyway inferior to anything other than a true piano, or a boutique type software sample.
The EP's on this board are top notch. Best in class, IMHO. The organs will get me through a rock gig all right, but that's about it. I seem to remember being more impressed with the competition on this count. I always preferred Roland's organs, but I'm more of a piano guy.
No rhythmic accompaniment on the CP 4 other than a basic metronome. This disappointed me somewhat. I don't know about the RD or the MP7, but I'll bet they might have something.
The CP4 was lightest by almost 10 lbs. Unfortunately, at my age, this is a major plus. I can remember carrying around a Rhodes stage by myself in a different lifetime - that ship done sailed a long time ago.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Yamaha CP4 BEST OUT THERE !

By John Alfieri

from FAIRFAX VA

About Me Power User

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up
  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • No Dvd Instuction Demo Av

Best Uses

  • Great Stage Piano

Comments about Yamaha CP4 STAGE 88-Key Wooden Key Stage Piano:

This is the best stage piano to date ! I have played just about all of them. The wooden key action is THE MOST REALISTIC of any keyboard and the piano sounds are fantastic ! It is very easy to layes sounds { all very impressive } and switch from layerd back to one sound while playing a song, and back again !! I could not be happier with this piano. Very dissapointed that they do not have a complete intruction DVD demo. Even though it is easy to use. The manual is not, and I know there are so many more features I will benefit from.Don't get me wrong, I could perfom with it tonight,and sound fantastic, but there are some features that I know it has, that will take some time to figure out because of the poorly written manual. Overall the piano itself is a stong 5 STARS !!!!! GREAT JOB YAMAHA !

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  • Business
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Sound and Action

By 20Fingers

from Old Lyme, CT

About Me Professional Musician

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Realistic Sound
  • Responsive / Good Action

Cons

  • No Speakers

Best Uses

  • Gigging
  • Playing At Home

Comments about Yamaha CP4 STAGE 88-Key Wooden Key Stage Piano:

The CP4 replaced a Roland FP4 because its action began to get rattly and broken. The CP4's action is superb, with a wide range of control from ppp to fff. Piano sounds blend well, sound more mellow than the Roland. I do miss onboard speakers, which acted for me as a personal monitor when I played out. Had to buy a new case, which was a challenge in trying to keep the weight down like to keyboard. Overall I am very pleased.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic

By Kourosh

from Chicago, IL

About Me Enthusiast

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up
  • Quality Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Replacement
    • Upgrade

    Comments about Yamaha CP4 STAGE 88-Key Wooden Key Stage Piano:

    The CP4 is an upgrade from a P80. I've also used the Grand 3 VST plugin.

    The CP4 sounds absolutely fantastic. I am only speaking for the piano as it is the only sound I use from it.

    In addition, however, I have a unique scenario where I also control an external synth using the MIDI Channel 2. I needed to really dive into the manual and contact support (who were very helpful). Ultimately, I was able to make the arrangements needed - play the CP4 piano and external synth (though I use a DAW to make it all work together).

    This is all to say that it is an excellent precision piece of equipment.

    To fully get what it offers, you'll need to do some reading of the manual. But if you just want a very nice sounding piano as well as several other patches, it is very easy to get going quickly.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Very organic sound and feel!

    By Doc Barnes

    from Ossining, NY

    About Me Adult, Professional Pianist

    Pros

    • Authentic Vintage Eps
    • Inspiring Acoustic Pianos
    • Lightweight
    • Organic Keyboard Action

    Cons

    • Hammer Hardness Omitted
    • No String Resonance

    Best Uses

    • In The Studio
    • On Stage

    Comments about Yamaha CP4 STAGE 88-Key Wooden Key Stage Piano:

    I love the organic feel and response of the keys. The sound of the acoustic pianos are very inspiring when tweaked to your personal tastes. I really do wish Yamaha would include an OS update that can include their VRM (Virtual Resonance Modeling) DSP so that the acoustic pianos would have an even more "livelier" sound when the damper pedal is NOT depressed. I do enjoy the damper resonance DSP when I depress the sustain pedal, but I miss having string resonance activated when I'm holding notes and chords that are harmonically related. It simply makes a more "livelier" sound. I also don't know why Yamaha omitted the hammer hardness parameter for both the acoustic pianos and the electric pianos that were present on the CP5. The vintage electric pianos are absolutely perfect! The weight of the CP4 is also perfect for gigging. If Yamaha could address some of the issues that I've mentioned, I would certainly give the CP4 five stars and agree that it is "Simply The Best Stage Piano We have Ever Made".

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    I've tried many stage pianos, CP4 wins!

    By Luke

    from Slovakia, Central Europe

    About Me Power User

    Pros

    • Great Action
    • Great Ap-ep-dx Sounds
    • Great Wurli-clavi Sounds
    • Handy Layersplit Control
    • Low weight

    Cons

    • Other Sounds Not Great
    • Xlr Pop-noise Problem

    Best Uses

    • Live Gigging
    • Practicing Piano

    Comments about Yamaha CP4 STAGE 88-Key Wooden Key Stage Piano:

    I am a gigging musician. After years of searching for an all-round stage piano I finally got what I was after. Absolutely the best choice for me. Important - Great connection of touch and sound!!! Low weight. Split and Layer great to use. I don't get the other reviewers, construction is alright and so the looks of it.. It is a musician's tool, doesn't need to be shiny like a ferrari.

    100 things about it are great. Three things I came across so far need to improve>

    1. Other sounds than Ac.Pianos, El.Pianos, DX pianos, Wurlis, Clavinets.. are just complementary. Even sounds with the same name as sounds in the Motif line sound lesser and emptier. They might do for a stage piano use, though and there is an acceptable range of them. Bass sounds work quite well in live situation splits.

    2. I would prefer the wheels more on the side, and a master volume slider vs. a pot. But not really a problem unlike what comes next.

    3. XLR outs almost always make pops on different PAs, in different venues. Usually because of 48V Phantom power, but I've had it happen without it also. Makes them unusable.

    I am actually writing this review for Yamaha folks to read and take care of this problem!!!!
    1 star down because of that only.

    • Primary use:
    • Business

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Super Piano when set up right............

    By Coop

    from SoFla

    About Me Performing Professional

    Pros

    • Samples Touch Action

    Cons

    • Swimming In Reverb

    Best Uses

    • Onstage

    Comments about Yamaha CP4 STAGE 88-Key Wooden Key Stage Piano:

    I play Dueling and Solo piano, aimed at the sing-along and party crowd. I also play jazz. The samples in this instrument are superb, and the weighted wooden action while a bit light for my taste is accurate and precise. After owning several CP 300's there were some things I really liked and some not so much. The numerous onboard sounds require a performance mode to manage this many sounds, but you need to pre plan and set up what you want. Out of the box, the instrument has put off a number of my friends in the DP community due to both the complexity of set up and also due to the default sounds. Yamaha has done themselves a huge disservice by having the 12 foot grand swimming, and drowning in signal processing. I don't understand why they would feel the need to do so, since the samples by themselves re pretty much the best available as far as I can see. Turn off the reverb and you can really hear what a phenomenal instrument you have. With the reverb on it sounds just like any cheap piano keyboard. Once you get past this initial flaw, you will find an extraordinary instrument at your beck and call. Setting up at first is a pain, but once you get past the learning stage, it works well. All and all I am glad to own two of these, and actually prefer them to my CP 300s.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Very Versatile

    By RiconaVic

    from Somerset, PA

    About Me Adult

    Pros

    • A Lot Of Options
    • Portable Rugged

    Cons

    • Lacks Internal Spkrs

    Best Uses

    • Anytime

    Comments about Yamaha CP4 STAGE 88-Key Wooden Key Stage Piano:

    We use this every Sunday in our contemporary worship service, it's been a great addition

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent service! Great price!

    By ProfD

    from Charleston, SC

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Portable
    • Realistic Sound
    • Responsive / Good Action
    • Touch Sensitive Keys

    Cons

    • No Speakers

    Best Uses

    • Jazz

    Comments about Yamaha CP4 STAGE 88-Key Wooden Key Stage Piano:

    The CP4 has amazing action and excellent sounds. Wish it had on board speakers and an audio line-out.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    First Impressions - favorable

    By Widespreadtrumpet

    from Canton, GA

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Realistic Sound
    • Responsive / Good Action

    Cons

    • Pricey Without Rebates

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • MIDI

    Comments about Yamaha CP4 STAGE 88-Key Wooden Key Stage Piano:

    It's only been a week since the piano arrived, so please keep in mind these are first impressions: Aesthetically, the CP4 is no stylish work of art; however, for its purpose as a portable professional stage performance piano, it promises to be a well designed, highly functional, no nonsense instrument. This guy replaces a twice-the-weight cheesy Baldwin electric piano I carry along with my synth to high profile gigs (aka good paying gigs); so, I'm excited about having a quality 88 key board with piano action that won't break my back to lug around. My first public performance with the CP4 is next weekend and I'm looking forward to hearing it through the band's PA. Hopefully, the authentic acoustic piano sounds I hear in my studio will come through the live show mix. You can hear comprehensive demos of the CP4's sounds on YouTube and the Yamaha website. Action, on the other hand, is subjective and I highly recommend you find a display model to test drive at your music store. For me, I find the action to be reminiscent of our old Wellington-Cable upright and somewhat bouncier than our Church's 9' grand. Compared to an acoustic piano action, the CP4 lacks the nuance feel of a felt hammer hitting a string (those of you who play acoustic pianos may likely know what I mean). This aside, I find little if any fault with the CP4's action and widely diverse sounds. Now, the cost - without the various rebates and promotions which bring the net cost to an reasonable amount in my opinion, I feel the CP4 is a might expensive, hence the 4 of 5 stars. If not for the incentives, I would not be able to justify the cost considering the CP4's limited features compared to other stage pianos in the same price range. Other reviewers comment on the cheapish plastic case and the small display; I'm guessing these reflect the effort to keep the cost and weight to a minimum...so, a good quality road case and careful handling are essential if taken out of the studio. In summary, if you're in the market for a very practical portable performance stage piano with great sound, good action and enough features to get you through most gigs, I'm betting the CP4 will easily fill your needs. When at all possible though, try to find it on sale or when rebates are available to avoid paying full price.

    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Piano

    By SYT

    from Honolulu

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Yamaha CP4 STAGE 88-Key Wooden Key Stage Piano:

        I upgraded from a CP33 and it was well worth it. It is the same size and weight as the CP33 but it addressed all the shortcomings of the 33. The CP5 was good too, but to bulky for gigging. One note: if you do not have a stereo monitoring/PA system, stick with what you already have, because you won't get the full benefits of the CP4 (or any kybd for that matter) unless you are in stereo.

        (1 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        About best as it can get these days!

        By GA

        from Beumont,Ca.

        About Me Casual User

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Low Power Consumption
        • Sound Close To An Acustic

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use
        • Manual Is Not In Depth
        • Manual Is Not Thourgh

        Best Uses

        • Just For Enjoyment

        Comments about Yamaha CP4 STAGE 88-Key Wooden Key Stage Piano:

        Not the Greatist but it's the closist to an Acustic Piano. Little Cheap Houseing/SHell. quility has gone down with all amnufactures most likely because on the Recession. Quality Control down! I'll still go out and buy a Real Grand in the future but for now this will do.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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