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P-85 Contemporary Digital Piano

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The Yamaha P85 Contemporary Digital Piano features 88 keys with improved graded hammer action and improved multistrike piano sample/recordings for rich sound and play in a lightweight and portable key... Read More

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Overview

The Yamaha P85 Contemporary Digital Piano features 88 keys with improved graded hammer action and improved multistrike piano sample/recordings for rich sound and play in a lightweight and portable keyboard. The P85 has 64 note polyphony; built-in song recorder and metronome; onboard speaker system; and a headphone jack so you can practice silently. Sleek contemporary design fits in any room décor.

The P85S gives you realistic, acoustic-like touch response with Advanced Wave Memory (AWM) stereo-sampled piano voices in a compact digital piano with the high quality you expect from Yamaha.

Exceptionally high-quality sound
The gorgeous piano sounds of the P-85 feature meticulous digital sampling of a full concert grand piano—that change in tone and volume depending on how you play—thanks to Yamaha's sophisticated AWM stereo sampling.

Realistic, acoustic-like touch response
Enjoy authentic, naturally expressive key touch—modeled after an actual acoustic piano, from the low notes to the high—with the Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) keyboard.

Ultra-compact, stylish design
The attractive, slim, lightweight design of the instrument—less than 25 lbs.—suits virtually any room decor, while the built-in speaker system fills your room with luscious sound.

Extensive voice selection and dual-voice function

The versatile P-85 also gives you a variety of other high-quality instrument voices, including electric pianos, organs, strings, and harpsichord—plus a Dual Voice feature for playing two voices at once.

Record your performance
You can capture your own playing with the song recording feature, then play it back for studying or accompaniment. There's even a built-in metronome for practicing and recording in perfect time.

Expressive half-pedal control
Features a half-pedal effect that gives you greater acoustic-like expressive control over the sound (with optional FC3 Foot Controller or LP-5 Pedal Unit).

Matching Stand (optional)
The optional stands provide stability and optimum sound projection for the instrument—as well as a stylish appearance.

Three-pedal unit (optional)
The optional LP-5 Pedal Unit gives you three pedals for the same kind of comprehensive sustain, sostenuto, and soft control found on grand pianos.

Features
  • Improved multistrike piano sample/recordings
  • Improved graded hammer action
  • 64-note polyphony
  • Built-in song recorder and metronome
  • Half-damper effect using optional FC3 Pedal or LP5 pedal unit
  • Built-in amplifiers and speakers
  • MIDI I/O
  • Headphone jack
  • Black finish
  • Contemporary slim design
Specifications
  • 88 key Graded Hammer Standard keyboard (A1-C7)
  • 64-note max polyphony
  • 10 voices
  • AWM Stereo Sampling engine
  • Reverb and chorus effects
  • Metronome
  • 1-track recording/playback
  • 10 voice demos/50 piano preset songs
  • MIDI I/O
  • Headphone jack
  • Sustain pedal jack (FC5 pedal included)
  • 6W x 2 stereo sound
  • 52-3/16''W x 11-5/8''H x 5-15/16''D
  • 25 lbs., 9 oz.
  • Owners Manual, Quick Operation Guide, AC Power Adapter, Pedal (FC5), Music Rest
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4.1

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Great piano - complicated programming

The p-85 piano is great, it feels like real one. We are very happy with that. The only con I have is that you have to make sure you don't lose that...Read complete review

The p-85 piano is great, it feels like real one. We are very happy with that. The only con I have is that you have to make sure you don't lose that one page sheet where you have instructions how to program some features otherwise you might be stuck with something you don't want. For example to get the right setting of the Metronome you have to hold combination of the buttons plus keys. I have tied that but couldn't change the setting anyway. This same applies to playing demos (it works) but instead naming the music pieces they have called each piece by number (I guess the designer was not an artist - it was the IT guy). So you will have song 1 song 2 song 3 ... etc like there is no such thing as composer, title or player... Anyway, general impression is very good. One more detail - this piano is not coming with the stand bench so you will endup on spending another $100 buks for that otherwise you can put your piano onthe kichen counter :-)

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good for practice, not performing

This keyboard is great for practce, but not for playing out live. Keyboard plays ok, Piano sound is good/not great. The reverb is NOT good... This keyboard does not rest...Read complete review

This keyboard is great for practce, but not for playing out live. Keyboard plays ok, Piano sound is good/not great. The reverb is NOT good... This keyboard does not rest on a stand very well, you will need to buy Yamaha's stand or put it on your counter top or table...I have mine on a quick lock stand and it moves and wobbles.(really stupid) But, it's cheap, light weight and...well that's the best features!

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Action!

By Dave

from Sewell, NJ

I was looking for a weighted 88 Key Keyboard with great grand piano sound. I did not want or need 240 sounds on a unit better suited for industrial sound effects than true Piano. Well this keyboard gave me exactly what I was looking for. The weighted keys feel great. Testing every Keyboard in the store, None was markedly better and some more expensive units felt spongy and the action was slow. These keys have realistic feel and quick action. The Grand Piano sound is excellent. It truly lets you bleed your emotions on the piano with excellent tone and sensitivity. The only draw backs, if you can call em that are using the headphone jack for output. This kills the speakers (Which it should) but can be troublesome for someone looking for an onstage unit. Also the other sounds are lacking a bit. I like the layering you can do with the strings but they don't stand well on their own. You also cannot miss place the quick start sheet as the whole operation and settings are on it. I'm sure I will memorize this over time but.. If you are looking for an excellent weighted action Piano with great piano sound, I would highly recommend this unit and would buy it again.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

great digital piano

By Nunya

from los angeles, ca

i've had the p85 for several months now. i researched many digital pianos before buying this one. overall i'm happy with my purchase but there are a few things i don't like about it. pros: -great sound -portable -lightweight -attractive -relatively good touch and hammer action -keys are sturdy cons: -can be difficult to hit the same key over and over quickly (keys don't "spring" back up like on acoustic piano) -sometimes sound cuts out when using sustain pedal i've noticed with many of the ditial pianos, there can be this sound loss when played too quickly. i'm not sure what this is caused by. nonetheless, the p85 plays and feels better to me than any other digital piano i've tried out, even the more expensive korg models. i grew up on a top notch baldwin grand but it's not mine to play anymore. i do have a 1950s baldwin upright at home but find myself actually playing this p85 much more often, suprisingly. overall a great buy that has really helped me strengthen my hands and fingers. the keys are also a bit larger than the pianos i'm used to playing, but this has helped my reach and caused me to play more accurately.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

P-85

By C Tiglao

from Las Vegas

I was disappointed with this product. I returned it and got a replacement (same model) but the replacement had exactly the same defect if I may call it that. 3 keys did not sound right specifically G2 and F#2 when in Grand 1 mode, they sounded like harpsichord notes cracked and totally unrelated to the nearby keys F and A. In Grand2 mode these keys were OK but the G1 now sounded like a harpsichord note. I have to return it again and get another model which I hope doesn't disappoint. I hated to lug it back and tried to live with it but I just couldn't. I just want Yamaha to be aware of this. In the Grand mode, the base notes sounded like electronic piano sounds alienated from the higher keys.

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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

good for practice, not performing

By Frank

from MD

This keyboard is great for practce, but not for playing out live. Keyboard plays ok, Piano sound is good/not great. The reverb is NOT good... This keyboard does not rest on a stand very well, you will need to buy Yamaha's stand or put it on your counter top or table...I have mine on a quick lock stand and it moves and wobbles.(really stupid) But, it's cheap, light weight and...well that's the best features!

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(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Really a great keyboard

By TPiano

from San Diego

When i first got the keyboard i was very excited. I was happy when i saw it came with a pedal and a music stand. When I played it, I couldn't believe the feeling of the keys and the quality of the sound. The features are amazing. With the ability to combine instruments I can now make unique and amazing music. And i can't forget about the price. I would expect much more for a keyboard like this. So i was very surprised when i got such a good keyboard, for a fairly good price. After doing a lot of research and hunting, this was the keyboard i chose. I hope that you decide to choose it too.

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(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Is Good but has some problems..

By S. V. Tracy

from Tulsa, Okla.

The main reason I bought this keyboard is for the weight, it's light enough (26 lbs)not to be a drag to get to the gig, the feel is really good too, never could get a weighted key with not lugging 40 something pounds before.. my old case almost weighed as much as this keyboard.. I can't seem to get a great acoustic sound though it's good enough but not killer, I run a roland kc-150 for most small gigs and is better in stereo PA.. has a awesome electric Piano, and church organ, strings.and vibe, 2 harsi (who uses that?)..which I only use the electric piano and vibes.. so acoustic is the main sound for me, it's ok. just passible but enough to bug me while playing The music holder is pretty cheesy and won't fit most gig bags..so have to take a real music stand if I need to read.. and of course I was told it had a foot pedal which is doesn't, so there's another 30 bucks, also it has a funny bottom, which is tough to get to not tip or slide around on some stands. In board speakers are nice but unfortunatly can't be used as monitors if you run to an amp...the recorder works well. if you need that sort of thing.. for a learner or a beginner I'm sure it will do the job, but for a pro that's wanting less weight, will get you by, would be fin for rock, but for jazz you better really check the acoustic piano out first..so far it has lasted through about 10 gigs and worked fine in 107 degree heat by a pool... Sure beats carrying a fully weighted 88 key piano though..

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(22 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Keyboard

By Tazrevo

from Warren, NJ

I needed a good sounding 88-key digital piano that I could use with my other instruments in my basement, because my grand piano is in a different room. This keyboard was perfect! Although it does not have many diferent voices, it sounds like a real piano and feels just like my Yanaha grand piano. The internal speakers are pretty good, but I like to use it through my Roland keyboard amp, where it sounds even better! If you're looking for a good sounding, portable digital piano, the Yamaha P85 is the keyboard for you!

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(27 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Yamaha P-85

By Bob

from Melrose, MA

If you want a ton of sounds this isn't the keyboard to get. If you want REALISTIC piano sound and feel then the Yamaha P85 is the the best keyboard for the money. The controls are easy to use which is great on stage, or for someone just learning. The graded hammer action is incredible. All the sounds are good (Piano, organ, clavi, electric pianos, strings). I use to play a Rhodes 88 stage and can tell you that this Yamaha keyboard sounds just like a real Rhodes, and weighs a LOT less! The Wurlitzer piano sound is a little tinny in the higher octaves when amplified but still very realistic. Both Organ sounds are great. The only negative is the expression pedal that comes with the keyboard. It dosen't feel like a pedal on an acoustic piano and it slides all over the place. Buy one of the better Yamaha expression pedals when you make your purchase. Terrific price, very portable, great sound and feel. Can't go wrong.

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(26 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Love it for what it does well

By Steve Day

from Franklin, TN

I was looking for a quality product that was really good at two things, but also affordable: Realistic weighted keys (heavier on the bottom and lighter on the top), and a great piano sound. The P-85 delivers on this in big ways. I didn't care about any other sounds, or the ability to record on it, or do anything else. I just wanted a good piano that I could play at home or on stage, write songs on, use as a midi keyboard, and have something light to take with me to rehearsals. I didn't realize when I first purchased it that it didn't have an audio output jack on the back of it to run to a PA system if you want to play on stage. It's got two headphone jacks that you can use to run to a PA system, but then the onboard speakers get disabled in the process, so make sure that you understand this ahead of time. It does the trick perfectly for me though. Nice and light too!

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(35 of 41 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great piano - complicated programming

By Tommy

from Irvine,CA

The p-85 piano is great, it feels like real one. We are very happy with that. The only con I have is that you have to make sure you don't lose that one page sheet where you have instructions how to program some features otherwise you might be stuck with something you don't want. For example to get the right setting of the Metronome you have to hold combination of the buttons plus keys. I have tied that but couldn't change the setting anyway. This same applies to playing demos (it works) but instead naming the music pieces they have called each piece by number (I guess the designer was not an artist - it was the IT guy). So you will have song 1 song 2 song 3 ... etc like there is no such thing as composer, title or player... Anyway, general impression is very good. One more detail - this piano is not coming with the stand bench so you will endup on spending another $100 buks for that otherwise you can put your piano onthe kichen counter :-)

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