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Astonishingly realistic upgrade of the stage pianos of the pros.
Yamaha has introduced the P250 Professional Stage Piano, the next member in the legendary P series family of Professional Stage Pianos. Ever since the P200 was first released over 5 years ago, musical legends like Michael McDonald, Keith Sweat, Tim Carmon (Eric Clapton ), Clifford Carter (James Taylor), and Steve Hornbeake (Faith Hill) have used it onstage and in the studio when they needed the absolute best piano sound available.
The P250 features 3 levels of Yamaha CFIII Grand piano stereo samples for dynamic selection according to your touch on the keyboard. The result is a delicacy of tone and expression that emulates the experience of playing a real piano. And to give the P250 an even more richly detailed sound, note off samples, string resonance samples, and sound board samples simulate the acoustic interaction among different notes.
The sound is unmatched, and so is the touch, thanks to the GH (graded hammer-effect) keyboard. The GH keyboard uses weights and mechanical linkages to achieve an entirely new level of realism. And to go even further, the key weight is graded from heavier in the lower registers to lighter in the higher, exactly the same as a grand piano's.
To deliver the sampled instrument voices and 128 notes of polyphony with all the power and authority they deserve, the P250 features a new speaker system and high-power stereo amplifier. With 16cm polypropylene woofers and a 30W per side stereo amplifier. The result is astonishingly lifelike power.
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Most Liked Positive Review
Great Piano, Poor Synth, Decent Controller
Pros: I've tried most digital stage pianos on the market and P250 has both the best grand piano sound and the best, most realistic piano touch. Note if you don't like anything, such ...Read complete review
Pros: I've tried most digital stage pianos on the market and P250 has both the best grand piano sound and the best, most realistic piano touch. Note if you don't like anything, such as key response, if sound is too bright, too soft, pedal not working as expected etc., all of this and much more is adjustable to your liking. Just read the manual, change the settings and enjoy.On-board quality speakers provide adequate sound for in-home use (the competing Roland, Korg, Alesis, Kurzweil models have no speakers).Cons: Nothing is upgradeble. If you will ever want to expand your keyboard with more or better quality voices, look at Roland RD 700SX. If you want to record your compositions and performances, consider new Alesis Fusion 8HD with both the 40GB Hard Drive and a Flash Card. Yamaha P250 has neither. Another P250 drawback is that their very fine proprietory XG MIDI (Extended General MIDI) set on P250, has no fast access to any of their 360 or so voices and effects. You have to keep pressing the up or down button forever, until you may get lucky to access the voice you need. A simple numerical pad, like on other Yamaha keyboards, including the cheapest ones, would have done wonders. But it's not available on P250, so you just keep pressing that button for a few hundred times, 'till you get that sound!Still another Con is an outdated USB-1 computer connection, together with even more outdated MIDI and Serial (To Host) connectors. I haven't tried to run it as a MIDI Controller with my computer, but hey, is it possible to push a 128-voice polyphony at once through the USB-1, MIDI or Serial I/O, without creating a bottleneck and some serious latency? We'll see...Conclusion: Fantastic, the best digital piano anywhere. Very limited Sequencer (no arpeggio, auto-arrangement, styles or anything like this). Questionable Controller for your PC-based sampler or sequencer. Recommended? Maybe yes, maybe no. It depends solely on your needs.
Most Liked Negative Review
A fine instrument
This is a quality piano. Touch, tone, and features. One BIG negative is the manual, which doesn't even begin to explain the midi functions. One of the main reasons I bought this ...Read complete review
This is a quality piano. Touch, tone, and features. One BIG negative is the manual, which doesn't even begin to explain the midi functions. One of the main reasons I bought this piano is it's ability to store midi files right on the piano, eliminating the need to bring a laptop. It took three calls to Yamaha to get it going. It doesn't seem as if they are very familiar with this procedure. At one point, they said it was a problem with MY COMPUTER! When all else fails, blame the customer. Now that it's working, however, I wouldn't change it for anything. A fine instrument.
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Some people may be put off by the size and weight of the P250, but I love it. It feels like playing a real piano. The keyboard feels great and the touch response is adjustable from very light to super heavy touch. True, the xg voices are only accessable through a laborsome process of scrolling up and down, but I don't think anyone would need them when there are so many great voices in the "main voice" section of the piano.The B3 sounds are amazing. I have used them on a few recordings and none has ever suspected that I wasn't using a B3. The P250 is a miricle!!!!
A few years ago, I had my mind set on getting the Roland 700 for church. Then Roland came out with the 700SX and I was even more excited about getting the Roland.Until...I laid my eyes on the Yamaha P-250 in the store one day and started playing. It just felt natural. The sounds were just awe inspiring and the touch was just so true. I even saw the Roland 700 at the store and started playing it as well. But everytime I try another instrument, I'm right back on the P250. This is a great keyboard for any church musician or anybody else looking for that unique sound quality that other keyboards fall short of.
i spent yesterday at my local music store, and this is the piano of my dreams. sounds and feels completely like a grand piano. i am not one who uses the effects, but the grand piano setting number 2 was amazing. this is what i'm saving up for.
The touch and sounds are great(I personally thought the touch response was not much better than their P120, which I recently purchased,as well). But there is NO transpose key on the P250 - a deadly flaw for people doing choral music! Sure you can transpose the entire keyboard via the menu, but you can't convieniently save it as a "performance/preset", and even if you do, you lose the setting as soon as you switch to another instrument sound. I have been considering RETURNING this product for this very reason...not sure I can live with this deficit. Their cheaper models(P-120)have this feature. The music stand - this may seem trivial, but it attaches to the back of the keyboard, which is VERY deep. This puts your music a good foot(12"/30cm)+ farther away than on a real piano or most keyboards. Funny thing is, there IS lots of room on top of the keyboard, away from the menu and buttons(which are on a gently angled front face. The manual is very brief - not much better than playing around by trial & error;particularly in regards to using the MIDI hookups.
Yamaha has great sounds and for the piano player it feels great under the fingers.
I was going to invest in a Fender Rhodes and a Wurlitzer Electric Piano. I had played them before and they were heavenly. However, I had heard horror stories of bringing them on tour, part replacements, dealing with storage and electronics; it just didn't seem worth it to me. This keyboard is the closest you can get to those sounds. I bought it for those sounds and what I received was more than I could have imagined. The sounds are sometimes just TOO good, and running directly in when recording is mind-blowing. It is an incredible keyboard to work on, tour with, compose with and I shouldn't have to buy another keyboard for a long while.
The best period. Only action better is Kurzweil Midiboard from late 80's if you can find one but does not come with sounds. These samples are UN-PARALLLED.
Who cares about the weight or size. If I wanted portable, I'd play a flute :). This is bar none the best grand sound out there. Every other instrument(and they are incredible) is just an added bonus. We own 2 and are picking up a spare soon (just in case). The look, the feel and hey, if Michael MacDonald loves 'em, why shouldn't we?
After 24 years of playing, I have never heard any digital piano that sounds as REAL as this baby!!! So glad that I got one!
This is a very fun keyboard to play and it has some great sounds in it. The pianos are rich and full close to that of a real piano. The chorus voices are nice especially the scat voice, it,s like you can actually make the keyboard sing. The organs are nice also, but there still not a Hammond.