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Cutting-edge technology with authentic piano feel.
The YPG-625, part of Yamaha's Portable Grand series of keyboards, boasts a total of 500 realistic instrument voices including 12 drum/SFX kits and 150 accompaniment styles. 88 weighted, graded hammer action keys make for natural, expressive playing. A music database hold 267 song records for instantly setting the entire instrument to a specific genre.
The USB to HOST terminal provides simple computer connectivity, while the USB to DEVICE jack provides convenient memory stick storage and playing standard MIDI data. 16-part multitimbral capability for sequencer recording applications and comprehensive recording functions that allow you to craft your own songs with ease make the YPG-625 your perfect musical partner. Includes stand.
Order the Yamaha Survival Kit 88 to add a three-year extended warranty, Watch & Learn DVD, grand piano key cover, stereo headphones, bonus coupons, and a Yamaha Survival Kit DVD-ROM to your YPG-625.
Reviewed by 59 customers
I have played the piano for the majority of my life, studied in college, and was in a panic after I graduated as I no longer had access to a piano. However, finding the 625 was more than an answer to my panicked mind. I have been able to continue playing/learning classical pieces. From start to finish I learned Claire de Lune, and the seamless transition to playing on an acoustic only demonstrated further for me that the designers of this instrument did their homework putting together the weighted keys. Great instrument for the price and quality.
Upon forming my sixties band I stopped at a music store to find a keyboard that would play various sounds. At the time, I was looking for something that my keyboard player could play horn sounds with so we could cover 'Ring of Fire' by Johnny Cash. So I was pleased by the trumpet sounds of the YPG-625. The keyboard does have an authentic Grand Piano sound and feels like a real accoustic piano. Things have been pretty good with this keyboard until I decided to use it to trigger sounds in my sampler. The band does 'Leader of the Pack' with all the motorcycle sounds, screeching tires, crashes, etc provided with a sampler. (The sampler like almost every modern electronic instrument in the world has a midi connection) I wanted the keyboard player to be able to trigger these sounds via midi. EVERY keyboard, these days, has a midi connection, right? When I got the keyboard I didn't even consider looking for the connection because even the cheapest of the cheapies has a midi connection nowadays. Upon learning that the YPG-625 has no midi connection I called tech support and asked how to connect a midi device. I had assumed the USB port on the back could somehow be used. "You can't", said the tech. He appologized and said these decisions are made by Yamaha in Japan. I love the Hammond XK3c I just bought for the B3 sounds. That keyboard can trigger the midi ... and play sounds from any other instrument with a midi connection. I'll be upgrading to a synth so I can get more authentic sounds as we are using the keyboards professionally. However, I was going to wait a while before that upgrade. Now it appears I'll have to upgrade sooner rather than later. I'm so disappointed by this that I doubt the new synth will be a Yamaha. Who knows what important component would be left out of the next keyboard I'd get from them?It's a good sounding instrument for the money. But, C'mon, no midi connection?
To update my review of August 5th, I have now purchased the YPG 625. I could not be happier. The one thing that I will do is to install trimmed and stained wooden "feet" under the stand to raise the piano to the level I am used to. That of course is no reflection on the instrument, but a matter of personal taste. Otherwise my previous review stands, and I am so pleased to have stepped up to this wonderful keyboard. I'll add that I did compare the 625 with the 635. The 635, has a couple of enhancements, i.e., a DSP,(digital sound processor) also, the stand is made to accept the accessory pedal assembly, giving you three pedals like a true piano. The 635 is 64 note polyphonic, opposed to the 625 at 32. But...for two hours, note for note, with exactly the same voices and settings like reverb and chorus, I could not tell a significant difference. The 625 is discontinued, being replaced by the 635. With that said you can buy the 625 for considerably less..while they last. Again, I hope this helps you in your decision.
Currently, I own the Yamaha DGX 203 keyboard. I have been composing and playing piano and keyboards for perhaps 25 years. Been using the DGX 203 for about three years. I recently sat down and played the YPG 625 88 key Portable Grand. While I struggle with appropriate words, I can only say, I was amazed, and shocked. The feel of the key's, much more like a real piano, but not nearly as heavy, were a pure joy to play. The sound from the YPG 625 brought me to tears. Absolutely beautiful. I sat for an hour, and ran through my repertoire, amazed. The lesser keyboards are fine, They serve their purpose, they can inspire. They can bring beginners into music. But, in my opinion for those who have been playing, and mastered the basics, the sound from the 625 can inspire you to the next level. I'm saving up for mine. My hope for this review is that if you share my struggle with the increased cost of finer instruments,that after my experience with the 625, and what it can give you in return, I feel it is worth every penny. Hope this helps you.
i have had this keyboard for about a half a year and it hasn't let me down! its features are nice, there are buttons and settings on there that I haven't yet explored. It is nice for composers and song writers because you are able to record your own songs. it is more high quality than any other home keyboard I have played. The downsides of this is that when recording, you can't control the volume on the idividual voices, and that, like usual, it doesn't have the exact feel that you get out of a good piano. Another thing that the g sharp key above middle c has begun to make a clicking noise every time I press it, but I cannot blame that on poor manufacturing because my nephews pound on it all the time, I am actualy suprised that that is the only thing that has broken so far with them pounding on it. So altogether, I would say this is a great keyboard for a keyboard to replace a piano, a band, a beginner, or an intermediate. It is great for the price!
Piano sound is excellent, piano FEEL is near-perfect. These are the best weighted keys I've ever felt in a portable.The drum machine patterns are fantastic - I've used it with live performance. When you change styles or tempos mid-song, it transitions smoothly, on the beat!Most of the synth voices are too electronic to be useful, but the saxophone patches are the best I've ever heard. The organs, pads, strings, brass, and basses are okay, but the pianos & drums are just great.
I've been playing piano for 12 years and this feels and sounds just like an acoustic piano. The sound quality is great, the response is wonderful and there's so many different sounds, I still haven't found them all. Overall, a must-have for either beginners or experienced players who want great sound and an easily portable keyboard.
I purchased the Yamaha ypg 625 in early 2007. Like so many others I am trying to learn piano at a "later age" (60). I practice 2-3 hours at least 5 days a week. If you connect this instrument to an outside amplifier and good speakers, you will be amazed. It will inspire you to play, play and play. No, it's not as good as more expensive keyboards on the market but for beginners it inspires. Friends who have decades of experience love playing it. If I only played its piano samples it would be worth much more than it's cost. If your life situation is similar to mine this is the piano to buy. I read all reviews and tested many instruments in this price point before buying. This is the one.
This keyboard is just like playing on a piano. You will not be disappointed when you purchase this keyboard. I have not mastered all of the features. There are so many. Enjoy Enjoy Enjoy
I got this piano 2 years ago as a gift. I feel it is a great buy for the price compared to other pianos. My only problem was the speakers. It isn't very loud and it doesn't have a specific amp hookup. But I rigged it up to an amp and it still sounds great.