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Yamaha YPG-235 76-Key Portable Grand Piano 

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The Yamahas Portable Grand legacy is continued in the YPG-235 through the expanded range of features, upgraded action, and simple-to-move form. The 7...Click To Read More About This Product

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Affordable and portable grand piano sound and touch.

The Yamahas Portable Grand legacy is continued in the YPG-235 through the expanded range of features, upgraded action, and simple-to-move form. The 76 piano-style keys with Graded Soft Touch action enhance the wide selection of Yamaha voices available on the YPG-235. The dedicated portable grand button allows you to return to the grand piano voice instantly while playing. Built-in USB/MIDI port and 6-track recorder let you add additional songs, play along, and save your musical compositions.The Yamaha YPG-235 is battery powered or uses the PA 150 power adapter (Not included). See Yamaha Survival Kit D (701589).

FEATURES
  • 76 semi-weighted keys
  • 166 tones plus 14 drum tones
  • Built-in speaker system
  • Built-in accompaniment

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SPECIFICATIONS

YPG-235 76-Key Portable Grand Piano

  • Keyboard
    Number of keys: 76
    Action: Graded Soft Touch
    Key size: Full
    Aftertouch: Info not available
    Velocity sensitive: Yes
    Key Type: Piano-style

    Sounds
    Number of voices: 116 +12 drum/SFX
    Polyphony (max): 32-note
    Layers: Yes
    Split: Yes

    Connectivity
    AUX in: Not applicable
    MIDI: Not applicable
    Line out: Not applicable
    Line in: Not applicable
    USB: Yes
    Headphones: 1
    Pedal: 1 (sustain)
    Storage: Internal (373 KB)
    Expandability: Not applicable

    Onboard Features
    Audio recording: Yes
    Accompaniment styles: 160
    Preset songs: 30
    Display: Custom backlight LCD
    Effects: Yes
    Speakers: Yes
    Pitch bend: Yes
    Other controls: Not applicable

    Effects
    Reverb: 9 types
    Chorus: 4 types
    Equalizer: 5 settings
    Arpeggio: Not applicable

    Other
    Width: 46.38 in. (1,178mm)
    Height: 5.39 in. (137mm)
    Depth: 16.22 in. (412mm)
    Weight: 18 lbs.
    Power adapter: Sold separately
    Sustain Pedal: Sold Separately
    Batteries: 6 x "D" (sold separately)
    Stand: Sold separately
    Bench: Sold separately
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YamahaYPG-235 76-Key Portable Grand Piano
 
4.5

(based on 80 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (54)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (47)
  • Good audio (43)
  • Portable (39)
  • Responsive / good action (35)
  • Touch sensitive keys (32)

Cons

  • Heavy (7)

Best Uses

  • Learning (32)
  • Accompaniment (23)
  • Electronic music (13)
  • Travel (12)
  • School bands (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (31), Novice (15), Professional musician (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Second Purchase

This is my second review on this keyboard. I just purchased a new one to replace the old one. I wore the first ypg235 completely out, no fault of the keyboard. Just to...Read complete review

This is my second review on this keyboard. I just purchased a new one to replace the old one. I wore the first ypg235 completely out, no fault of the keyboard. Just to clarify: I play in churches and when I do I take the best that I have which is a Korg Kronos or my Motif XF. The ypg235 I keep in a different location where I spend a lot of time working. When this keyboard began acting up after a long life I began looking to replace it. I could have had any board I wanted. I began thinking of how much I enjoyed my time playing this little thing and I honestly felt I couldn't live without it. What a great keyboard for a great price. Musicians Friend sent me an invite to review this board again so I took the time to pay back this little thing for all the pleasure it has given me. If you are an experienced musician and you just want something to goof around on, this is it. Five second startup time great onboard speakers, not every voice is perfect however you will find at least one great voice in every genre. Piano is fantastic. In conclusion, I highly recommend this to anyone. Don't let the price fool you, the ypg235 is a great keyboard.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Don't Be Misinformed...

Okay, so the "Graded Soft Touch" detail was rather ambiguous, to me anyway, so I had to check it out at my local music store.

THIS IS NOT...Read complete review

Okay, so the "Graded Soft Touch" detail was rather ambiguous, to me anyway, so I had to check it out at my local music store.

THIS IS NOT A WEIGHTED KEYBOARD, which was what I was looking for (I ended up going with the Casio CDP-100...a little pricey and lacking a huge bank of sounds, but weighted action.) The GST means that you push faster, the sound is louder.

And it claims to have the best "grand piano" sound in the industry, but I wasn't really impressed.

So yeah, if you're looking for a SYNTHESIZER with a lot of great sounds and the over-hyped velocity sensitive keys, this is for you. But if you're looking for an entry-level digital piano with weighted action, I suggest not getting this.

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(22 of 27 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Don't Be Misinformed...

By Nick_Knack

from Texas

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Comments about Yamaha YPG-235 76-Key Portable Grand Piano:

Okay, so the "Graded Soft Touch" detail was rather ambiguous, to me anyway, so I had to check it out at my local music store.

THIS IS NOT A WEIGHTED KEYBOARD, which was what I was looking for (I ended up going with the Casio CDP-100...a little pricey and lacking a huge bank of sounds, but weighted action.) The GST means that you push faster, the sound is louder.

And it claims to have the best "grand piano" sound in the industry, but I wasn't really impressed.

So yeah, if you're looking for a SYNTHESIZER with a lot of great sounds and the over-hyped velocity sensitive keys, this is for you. But if you're looking for an entry-level digital piano with weighted action, I suggest not getting this.

(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Ethan Frantz

By Ethan Frantz

from Appleton, WI

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Comments about Yamaha YPG-235 76-Key Portable Grand Piano:

This is a great digital piano. I am going to go over the basics. 1- It has many features, from sitar, to guitar feedback. It has just about anything you would want, and decent, to amazing sounds. 2- It is built great. It is very durable, yet light, has a bright screen, 76 key design, key pad, everything that you would need, except weighted keys. 3- What it is good for. For me, I got this because it is only $200, but performs like a $2000 dollar machine. I use this for recording, and some live performing. It can really be used for any style, and any type of playing, whether its gigs, or recording. For $200 it is unbeatable, and will not fail you. I would recommend getting the Yamaha Survival Pack, which has the power adapter, stands and stuff like that. You just can't go wrong with this if you don't want to spend a lot of money. Great Investment, and I am usually very critical about stuff.

(12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Second Purchase

By Joey

from On Planet. (temporary resident)

About Me Experienced

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Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Portable
  • Pre-programmed music
  • Quick Startup
  • Realistic Sound
  • Responsive / Good Action
  • Touch Sensitive Keys

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Learning
    • Travel

    Comments about Yamaha YPG-235 76-Key Portable Grand Piano:

    This is my second review on this keyboard. I just purchased a new one to replace the old one. I wore the first ypg235 completely out, no fault of the keyboard. Just to clarify: I play in churches and when I do I take the best that I have which is a Korg Kronos or my Motif XF. The ypg235 I keep in a different location where I spend a lot of time working. When this keyboard began acting up after a long life I began looking to replace it. I could have had any board I wanted. I began thinking of how much I enjoyed my time playing this little thing and I honestly felt I couldn't live without it. What a great keyboard for a great price. Musicians Friend sent me an invite to review this board again so I took the time to pay back this little thing for all the pleasure it has given me. If you are an experienced musician and you just want something to goof around on, this is it. Five second startup time great onboard speakers, not every voice is perfect however you will find at least one great voice in every genre. Piano is fantastic. In conclusion, I highly recommend this to anyone. Don't let the price fool you, the ypg235 is a great keyboard.

    (12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best bang for your buck

    By Andrew Connell

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Yamaha YPG-235 76-Key Portable Grand Piano:

    This keyboard is, hands down, the best digital piano on the market for the money. Yamaha has the best digital piano sound, and to get this alone for the price is fantastic. All the other features are just icing.

    I still can't believe how affordable this unit is. It's worth twice what you'll pay.It's affordable for a reason as it is made of plastic, but it feels surprisingly solid and well built, this being the case. It's also quite aesthetically pleasing.

    (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    great for practice

    By Joey

    from On Planet. (temporary resident)

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    Comments about Yamaha YPG-235 76-Key Portable Grand Piano:

    I have a practice area away from the studio where I spend several hours a day. There, I have a second, less elaborate studio. I have a 61key psr yamaha which is OK, just not enough keys. However, I love the sound of the 61key. This YPG235 has 76 keys and the sounds are quality enough and is very similar to the psr. The sequencer is easy to use. It has a dual button which adds a usable other voice such as strings with piano, similar to a combi. Favorites list stores a handful of voices. The keys are very narrow and feel like springs are pushing them back up.It does have velocity, I don't know how much but it seems 3 or 4 levels. It has a single 1/4 line out. It has a bunch of extra voices such as strings, pads, orchesral, etc. The onboard speakers are surprisingly nice. Power on is like 5 seconds. Make sure you have an AC power converter, that is not included. Overall, I am very satisfied with my purchase. This does what I wanted it to and with 76keys I'm not limited much on the low end. I don't think I would perform with it but in a pinch who knows, It sounds decent enough through the monitor. Why I bought it- 76 keys, it's Yamaha, and most important...the price!!!... Hope this helps.
    It is plastic and doesn't compare to my high end boards. This board is very light. The keys are very narrow. The action is kind of like playing a toy with springs under the keys, I don't mean this in a negative way because it is usable, just not professional.
    Hard to beat this price.

    (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Compares very well

    By Jake

    from Houston, TX

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Yamaha YPG-235 76-Key Portable Grand Piano:

    Many keyboards are very similar. Here are a few things I could not find information on when I was looking to purchase a keyboard. Be careful to watch for these things because they vary from keyboard to keyboard and make a big difference.
    -Very impressive soundy quality on "Piano" setting
    -Full 3-page music stand attached (some have poor music stands made of a couple wires)
    -Compatible with (not included) pedal
    -How hard you hit the keys determines how loud the note plays (some keyboards it is the same volume no matter how hard/soft you press, this is terrible if you actually plan to use your keyboard for practice)
    -Plenty of polyphony
    -The piano has a solid feel to it, it is constructed from quality materials while some others may feel like a "toy" or like you are going to break them.
    -What it is not: A full-feature mixing board. It has good extra features and sounds (some quite impressive, such as assisted performance and recording up to 5 tracks of your playing) but this instrument is intended for someone who primarily plans to use it as a piano, and the extra features are just for added fun.

    -Only con (not reflective of the actual product)was that the power adapter (sold separately but I ordered them in the same purchase both from Musician's Friend, and paid 2-day shipping for both of them) arrived 7 days after the keyboard, so if you are looking to get it as a gift for someone else be sure to order in advance! My power adapter arrived a week after Christmas.

    (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    UNBELIEVABLE

    By Cmac-5.GDX

    from Little Rock, AR

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    Comments about Yamaha YPG-235 76-Key Portable Grand Piano:

    I had been shopping between the Casio Wk 500 and the Yamaha aYPG. Read all the reviews (which pointed me to the Yamaha); however, the Casio for various reasons was a little easier to access...so I bought the Casio (which was $1000 more might I add at this time) and really liked it; however, I did hear what others complained of which was the clicking of the keys. Not to bad for me, juts loved upgrading from e 61 key. 3 weeks later I was blessed with a gift-Yamaha YPG 235-let me tell you, this thing is awesome! The Casio 500 is supposed to b the competition- not so! I pluggedin the Yamaha and was immediately blown out of the water. The sounds are beyond belief. Unfortunately I feel like my money was wasted on the Casio but the YPG ismuch much better in many regards...just trust me.

    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Best investment I ever made!

    By K-Bot

    from Evanston, WY

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    Comments about Yamaha YPG-235 76-Key Portable Grand Piano:

    In all fairness, I should say that I actually own a Yamaha YPG225, and I did not purchase it at Musician's Friend, I bought it at Strait Music in Austin Texas. I'm a bass player by specialty, but always wanted to expand my horizons to keyboards, and I'm SO glad I chose this one! I tried several models at the store and this one was not only a great value, but had all the features I wanted and then some. In addition to grand piano, this keyboard has close to 400 other instruments on it and I'd say that 85% of them sound totally lifelike. Some of the flute settings for example actually have breath sounds and even sputter if you hit the keys too hard (good for doing Jethro Tull numbers)! I especially like the capability of "splitting" the keyboard into two distinct instruments, for example, when playing "Color My World" by Chicago, I can play the piano and flute parts simultaneously (really blows the audience's mind!). Only bummer is that your sustain pedal doesn't work when your keyboard is on split mode. I know that I haven't even begun to fully explore this keyboard's capabilites and don't know if I ever will - frankly, I'm enjoying the heck out of what I've been able to discover on my own. That's another great feature to this machine, it's very user friendly, plus I like having the headphone jack so that I can practice without bugging my neighbors. I sometimes wish it had 88 keys like a real piano, but hey, that's a "piddly" sacrifice. I've gotten so much out of this keyboard and if it ever goes to "gadget heaven," I would upgrade to another Yamaha model in a heartbeat.

    (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    No standard midi ports

    By midi73

    from Washington state

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Portable
    • Touch Sensitive Keys

    Cons

    • No Standard Midi Ports
    • Usb Midi Only

    Best Uses

    • Learning

    Comments about Yamaha YPG-235 76-Key Portable Grand Piano:

    I like this keyboard. It has great sound and is light and easy to use. It will record limited tracks and has the ability to store 2 presets of sound.

    The con for me is that is will only work with Midi using a computer interface. You CAN NOT get it to work unless you use a computer. I love the sounds on it but I use midi on stage and was hoping to get this hooked up. I even bought another piece of equipment to attempt that however because it seems that since Yamaha is not Midi Class Compliant for this instrument so I was not able to accomplish that.

    It only has USB midi connections with NO STANDARD MIDI PORTS ON THIS KEYBOARD. Beware if you plan on using this for midi without using a computer.

    Other than that it's a great little keyboard.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Buy the plug separately!

    By MommyT

    from Illinois

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy to Use

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

      Comments about Yamaha YPG-235 76-Key Portable Grand Piano:

      Just wanted to mention you need to buy the power plug separately. I thought accessories were just extras, but you actually have to buy the power source as an accessory! I bought this as a gift. Seems crazy to me that it doesn't come with the keyboard!

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