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Yamaha CP4 STAGE 88-Key Wooden Key Stage Piano  

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      OVERVIEW

      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

      SPECIFICATIONS

      CP4 STAGE 88-Key Wooden Key Stage Piano

      • Keyboard
      • CP4 STAGE 88-key Natural Wood Graded Hammer (NW-GH) keyboard with Synthetic Ivory Keytops (with real-wood white keys)
      • Voices
      • Tone Generation
      • Tone Generating Technology SCM (Spectral Component Modeling) + AWM2
      • Polyphony
      • Number of Polyphony (Max.) 128
      • Preset
      • Number of Voices 433 (CFX:15, CF:15, S6:15, Rd:15, Wr:6, CP80:8, DX:18, Clav, Organ:67, Strings, Choir, PAD:86, Others:174, Others(Drum):14)
      • Effects
      • Types
      • Reverb 11 types
      • Chorus 9 types (46 presets)
      • Master Compressor 1 type (7 presets)
      • Master EQ 5 bands
      • Insertion Effect 62 types (226 presets) × 2 Parts
      • Performances
      • User 128
      • Parts 3
      • Connectivity
      • Connectors
      • Line Out UNBALANCED [L/MONO] and [R] OUTPUT jacks (standard mono-phone), BALANCED [L] and [R] XLR OUTPUT jacks
      • Headphones [PHONES] jack (stereo-phone)
      • Foot Switch [SUSTAIN] and [ASSIGNABLE] FOOT SWITCH jacks
      • Foot Controller 2 jacks
      • MIDI [IN] and [OUT] MIDI terminals
      • USB [TO HOST] and [TO DEVICE] USB terminals
      • Size/Weight
      • Dimensions
      • Width 1,332mm (52.4")
      • Height 161mm (6.3")
      • Depth 352mm (13.8")
      • Weight
      • Weight 17.5kg (38.5 lbs.)
      • Other
      • Controllers Pitch bend wheel, Modulation wheel, Part slider × 3, [MASTER VOLUME] dial, Data Dial, MASTER EQUALIZER slider × 5
      • Display 40 characters × 2 lines, Character LCD with back-light
      • Power Consumption 18W
      • Additional package contents Power cord, FC3 foot pedal, Owner's Manual, Online Manual CD-ROM (containing Reference Manual, Synthesizer Parameter Manual, and Data List)
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      YamahaCP4 STAGE 88-Key Wooden Key Stage Piano
       
      3.8

      (based on 9 reviews)

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      67%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

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

      Cons

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      Best Uses

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      1.0

      DO NOT RECOMMEND!

      By mwheavner

      from Little Rock, AR

      Verified Reviewer

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

      Okay, the CP4 is not at all what it's advertised to be or what you would expect from YAMAHA'S professional keyboard line.

      After creating all of my performance banks as instructed YAMAHA support. I got to venue, thinking alright.. the direct performance setup is the fix. NOT..Here are the same and latest issues:

      The Performance Button Flashes constantly and the Courser Flashes constantly and not even at the same time.. this is SO DISTRACTING IN A LIVE PERFORMANCE and SEEMINGLY NOT WELL THOUGHT OUT BY YAMAHA. None of my other YAMAHA gear does this.YAMAHA P200, EX5, TG 77, MOTIF8, MOTIF-RACK XS, CS1X... (I also have 3 YAMAHA acoustic guitars) OF COURSE BLACK TAPE WOULD WORK... BUT REALLY YAMAHA....

      Ease of use as advertised is by far a stretch...While in Performance Direct Mode, if you select voice mode you end up with unwanted layers, re-assigned FC ports and effects from your last performance patch. .. which very unrealistic and impractical as a live performer and FOR SURE NOT EASE OF USE, ESPECIALLY if you are going from performance to voice or voice to performance.. When going from voice mode to PERFORMANCE DIRECT the Yamaha CP4 DOES NOT RECALL THE LAST PERFORMANCE PATCH LIKE ANY OTHER YAMAHA MODELS. IT STARTS AT THE 1ST PATCH AND YOU MUST re-navigate to the desired performance patch, every time.. GET READY TO DO SOME SERIOUS PROGRAMMING ON YOUR NEW YAMAHA CP4.

      My FC7 pedals drop out as well. (STOPS WORKING) That is, if the FC 1 and 2 ports are not programmed on the performance patch you were last on.. when going to voice mode. THE ONLY THING YOU CAN DO IS HIT THE RESET BUTTON! NO MATTER HOW YOU HAVE PROGRAMMED YOUR CP4 GLOBALLY!
      ANYONE WHO SAYs THEY LOVE THEIR CP4 OBVIOUSLY HAS NOT DOVE INTO THE PERFORMANCE MODE THEN BACK TO VOICE..OR USED OR ASSIGNED THE FC PORTS 1&2 OR HAVE A NEED FOR MANY PATCHES ON THE FLY..
      PLEASE, I MEAN NO OFFENCE TO ANYONE....HAVING SAID, I WILL SAY THE SOUNDS ARE OKAY..not the MOTIF FAMILY SOUNDS AS ADVERTISED... BUT THE ACTION IS THE BEST! That's Why I've played Yamaha keyboards since the 80's!

      I WOULD HAVE RETURNED MY YAMAHA CP4 AFTER PLAYING it on one SHOW! But, because of my past experience with all of my YAMAHA keyboards and rack modules, not to mention the awesome support and customer service, I held out hope that YAMAHA support would fix my issues. While emailing YAMAHA support back and forth, finally me making videos of my problems that led to the discovery of the 1st CP4's flawed firmware, I missed the 2 week return date at my local YAMAHA dealer.

      I appreciated YAMAHA's attempt to work around the downfalls of the CP4 and the explanation, the CP4 is just different.. However, my CP4 is no better off than the day I bought it. See the videos I made at home and during a live performance.

      HERE YOU WILL NEED THIS TIP QUICK RESET lol (ENTER AND SHIFT)

      SEE FOR YOURSELF https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpcoiaZ1bDQ
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBdoQyzd-dA

      NOTE: THE ONLY THINGS RESOLVED SINCE THE VIDEOS WERE MADE, IS THE DIRECT PERFORMANCE NAVIGATION VIA THE BUTTONS... and a firmware update that fixed the horrible midi stuck notes..

      YAMAHA: PLEASE RELEASE A NEW FIRMWARE UPDATE THAT ADDRESSES ALL OF THE ABOVE ISSUES

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      4.0

      First Impressions - favorable

      By Weekend Warrior

      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.

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      4.0

      great action, lightweight

      By td

      from nyc

      About Me Experienced

      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.

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      5.0

      Great Piano

      By 88keys

      from USA

      About Me Professional Musician

      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.

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          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.

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          (6 of 7 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.

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          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.

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          (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Sound and Action

          By Coker

          from Connecticut, USA

          About Me Professional Musician

          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.

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          3.0

          Disappointing

          By Simon the Ear

          from New York

          About Me Experienced

          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.

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