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Yamaha YPG-625 88-Key Weighted Action Portable Grand Keyboard

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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 15...Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

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FEATURES
  • 88-key weighted graded hammer-action keyboard with authentic grand piano-like touch, heavier in the low end, lighter in the high, and amazingly responsive
  • Authentic, super-expressive Live!, Cool!, and Sweet! voices, plus full XGlite sound
  • Total of 500 realistic instrument voices (including 12 Drum/SFX kits) and 150 accompaniment styles
  • USB to HOST terminal for quick and easy computer connection
  • USB to DEVICE terminal for convenient memory stick storage and easily playing standard MIDI data
  • Music database with 267 song records for instantly setting the entire instrument to match a desired genre
  • 16-part multitimbral capability for sequencer recording applications
  • Comprehensive song recording functions
  • Easy Song Arranger feature and Performance Assistant technology with score and lyric information displayed
  • Includes stand
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4.9

(based on 59 reviews)

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

No MIDI connection!!

By bluespicker-tUFd0

from Flint, MI

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?

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GREAT FOR ADULT BEGINNERS

By OLD MAN

from MARTINEZ, CA

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Piano

By WPS92

from West Virginia

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.

 
5.0

Great keyboard, great value

By Cat In The Hat

from Kenner, LA

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I am a guitar player and I lead music in my church. As I recently lost our keyboard player, I needed some way to continue to arrange and record music with keyboard as our church has grown used to the style and sound. It was important to get quality sound and have a myriad instrument options and be able to arrange music tracks. This keyboard does it all. The sounds in this baby are pretty spot-on. The drums don't sound cheap and the way they pre-load intros and fills makes live playing/recording easy (I've owned older drum machines that could never cut it); in fact we haven't missed a beat, musically, with our music. This keyboard is the real deal and at a great price. I'm satisfied with mine as far as sound and options go. However, I do wish it had stereo outputs other than the shared, single headphone jack. That's really my only gripe with this. The keyboard is easy to use and the features are easy to access. Looks are nice too.

 
5.0

Good Keyboard.....

By BlackBeanAddict

from hannibal, MO

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I love the sounds on this thing! I don?t like the fact however that there are about 50 or so sounds that are duplicated in ways most of us aren?t ever going to need. Do I want the old 80s version of the grand piano sound when I have the new Live Sound??? Yamaha kind of disappointed me with that - I could have used another wacko made up sound rather than have duplicate grand piano sounds when I only really needed their latest versions. Anyway!! It?s a good keyboard for the money - feels pretty good with the weighted keys and has great features any level user can enjoy. I recommend it to all my students who are just starting out in lessons and want a keyboard to play with. Parents like the price tag! For the money it?s a great deal. Not something I would suggest as a workstation though, even with the USB port and memory, it?s more for playing and learning and not writing and working.

 
5.0

Fantastic

By J.R.-EcwCp

from Omaha, NE

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.

 
5.0

A great addition to my recording studio

By Bill Duncan

from Lenoir, North Carolina

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I have had my Yamaha YPG625 piano for a year now, and I have nothing but praise for it! I cannot imagine working in my studio without it. I use the extremely realistic instrument samples for backup and fills, and it really upgrades the quality of my recordings. The weighted keys are very user friendly, and I have never had a piano or keyboard player complain about using it. On the contrary, they usually want one for themselves. I play and record, Southern Gospel, Classic Country, Country, Bluegrass, Blues, and Jazz. I use some very tallented studio pickers, and they all to a person love this Yamaha YPG625 Instrument. Southern Gospel quartet singers are some of the most tallented people one could ever work with, and you can bet that they will come prepared with a very good piano picker. They always love this instrument, and want one. You'll notice I said Instrument, because that's what it is! Not just a keyboard, but a bonified, serious, musical instrument

 
5.0

Sounds like the real thing!

By Snake1013

from Albany, NY

I recieved my YPG-625 from MF a little over a week ago and haven't stopped playing it since. The feel of the keys and the touch sensitivity are about as close to the real thing as you will find in any price range. The piano voices are dead on, the strings sound lush and full, not "keyboard-ish" at all, and the drum sounds are very realistic as well. For the most part, all the voices on this thing are very musical and useable. The six-track recorder is pretty simple to use and the accompiament patterns are fantastic. If there was one complaint I have, the inclusion of a step-recording feature would be my recommendation, to make recording drum tracks easier. Otherwise it's a truly flawless instrument of professional musician quality...This is not a toy! Good Job, Yamaha!

 
5.0

Dr. Dan from Maine

By Dr. Dan from Maine

from Maine

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I am very pleased with the sound, feel, and overall quality of this instrument for the money spent. The engineering thought and careful design that Yamaha invested in the keyboard function has yielded a touch that is very much like a quality piano. Further, I think this instrument will make an excellent keyboard for the young student taking lessons for the first time. Before you spend several thousand dollars on a first piano for a yourself or a student, young or older, I recommend an initial trial with a Yamaha YPG 625. My only caution: watch out for the clever packaging as the small parts are hidden here and there. Best regards from the State-O-Maine, from Dr. Dan

 
4.0

I own one

By luckypenny

from Bryan, Ohio

This has proved to be one of the best all around keyboards I have ever owned - it replaces any 2 manual organ nicely with the variable keyboard split, auto accomps are awesome if a little limited to just 2 variations on a style but there are plenty of alternative styles eg: polka watz, elizabethan serenade waltz, bluegrass 3 4, piano waltz etc. As a piano, the touch sensitivity can be varied to four settings and the reverb can too - you can have a huge echo or a dry, in room sound, it's all there. My kids love the gutsy eurotrance style driving dance beats and although I wish it had more power out, it fills my large sitting room with plenty of kick - especially the bass (which you can set the level of) and drums. Nice Yamaha quality, ok price. definitely a no-no on the output - only one standard 1/4 inch headphone / out jack. I've used it with ext. amps and it fares well. Piano is beautiful, hundreds of nice sounds, all easy to use and access. Haven't tried the USB yet but will. so much to do...

 
5.0

Extremelyy well built!!!!

By Marcjoellopez

from Ft Drum, NY / Iraq

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Stationed In Iraq, I only use yamaha products. Always reliable and dependable even with all the dust and sand. Still the greatest sound ever.

 
5.0

Review

By Michael Bush

from Washington

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Great piano! The action is spot on the piano sounds rival more expensive units and the functionality is great. Minus' are the lack of audio outputs and weak onboard speakers, but the midi function is great, the piano plays beautifully, and for a home recording artist like me this is the "piano players" keyboard. Not for a synth or workstation, but when you can't afford an acoustic piano in your studio this will work great. Really a fantastic buy.

 
5.0

Great Keyboard!

By jlterry84

from Missouri

I have been playing the piano for many years, and I have never encountered a better keyboard for the price. The sound is full and clear, and the Sweet! and Cool! voices are true-to-life. GREAT keyboard for the price; worth way more than the pricetag!

 
5.0

Great keyboard for anyone

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

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!

 
5.0

Keyboard Man

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

The sounds are awesome on this board. This keyboard has nice bass on it. All the pianos are fun to play. You can perform in one week with this board. It is easy to program because you can split/dual sounds. It also has nice drum sounds on it. This board is very nice. I've heard about the Roland GW7 Keyboard is it better than this board?

 
5.0

Great Instrument

By walli2168

from Columbus, OH

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.

 
5.0

Great value for begginers good teaching functions

By steepcreekfreak

from Cleveland Ohio

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One though says the keys have to little sensativity. That is erronious in my opinion.This piano has a function that allows you to select the sensativity of the keys. 1 being low, 3 high, and 4 keyboard level.It comes at 2 default which I found to be to light for a regular piano. Once I put it on 3 it was fine.The only thing I am disappointed about is the single out head phone/amp connection. It works but it would be nice to have some RCA audio outs at least.For the price the quality and sound of the instrument can't be beat.The learning softwear inculded is pretty sweet as I am releaning this after many years on trumpet and guitar.

 
5.0

Very impressive

By Snowfountain

from Seattle, WA

I bought this a couple weeks ago from a local retailer and cannot express what a great deal this is. The quality of sounds (especially the piano and strings) are purely genius. Yamaha has really outdone themselves with the YPG series. The "Live! Warm Piano" voice sounds identical to my Baldwin grand piano, which is something I never thought I'd say, especially in regards to a keyboard. For my home recording needs, this goes above and beyond anything I've used in the past. My other main instrument is an 88 key Triton studio, which serves its purpose as well as this Yamaha serves its purpose, which is rich strings, warm & lifelike piano, and an excellent harpsicord. The hammer graded keys make my fingers smile. Honestly, when I first got this model, I tried my hardest to find anything that would seem like a negative aspect to this keyboard, and I couldn't find any. Bottom line: Yamaha could easily sell this thing for twice as much and it'd still be a good buy.

 
5.0

Wonderful instrument!

By Irish_muse

from Missouri USA

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I just got the YPG-625 and am blown away by its quality and value for the money. The graded hammer keys feel better than I could have imagined, and the grand piano and other voices are superb. The speakers also sound full and have more than enough power to fill a room. It's a bit bulky and heavy if you're used to a 61-key keyboard, but it's moveable and liftable by one reasonably strong person, and you can't say that about any acoustic. I can't recommend the YPG-625 highly enough.

 
5.0

Phenomenal!

By rds0811

from Raleigh, NC

I've been playing guitar for a few years and was hoping to add another instrument to my repertoire. I decided on learning piano (by getting a keyboard), but knew that I didn't want to deal with the crap that you get with most keyboards. I narrowed my focus onto keyboards that were piano oriented, with the most realistic piano-action keys I could find. I ended up buying the YPG-625, and I feel like I won the lottery with this thing. I never expected something in this price range to be so perfect. This keyboard has a superb sound and feel, without the bells and whistles of other pop-style keyboards. If you want a piano-like playing experience out of a keyboard then this is the way to go.

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