You could call the Yamaha P71 the identical twin of the P45. There isn’t so much of a difference between both keyboards by way of their functions. They are both excellent entry level pianos with a very high quality.
The Yamaha P71 was released into the market in 2016 and has seen then become a bestselling keyboard.
Being a part of the Portable (P) series, this keyboard is compact and portable in design. So, it is a great choice for musicians who are just starting out as well as those who need something to travel with.
Also, the P71 is super affordable coming at a sub-$500 price tag. We will cover its main attributes in this article. Now, let’s begin without further ado.
An Overview Of The Yamaha P71 Features
The Yamaha P71 comes with 88 fully weighted, full size keys like all regular sized keyboards. This makes the keyboard a great option for casual players, beginners, as well as advanced players too (Weighted keys are super important if your want to train your fingers to be stronger as you play).
Also, you also find a sustain pedal, and a power adapter in the box.
As for the design and layout, this keyboard is super simple in layout and pretty compact too. It also comes in two color options – black and white. So you can choose whichever you prefer per time.
Beyond that, the digital sampling available on this keyboard is quite high quality. This feature allows you to alter your piano’s voices per time.
You’d also find a record and playback feature which allows you to record practice sessions and play them back when you want.
And then there is a USB port, a headphone jack, double mode, and easy controls.
Yamaha P71 Specs
- Dimensions: 58.2 x 16.1 x 11.7 inches
- Weight: 25 pounds.
- Polyphony: 64
- Keys: 88, fully weighted.
- Action: Graded Hammer Standard action.
- Connectivity> USB, headphone jack, sustain jack.
- Modes: Dual and Duo.
- 10 instrument sounds.
- Advanced Wave Memory (AVM) samples.
Yamaha P71 Features
There are quite a number of excellent features that should encourage you to get the P71. Check out some of them…
The main attribute of the pianos in the P series is their portability and that’s the same for the P71. It is very portable and can easily be moved around if you have to.
This keyboard is a great idea if you just need a piano for home use, especially if you have kids around. It is small enough to be stable on any solid table. Plus, you can easily store it out of their reach if need be because they weigh next to nothing, at least for a piano.
And weighing 25 pounds, this keyboard can even easily be moved by one person. So, this dude is pretty convenient to use as you will come to find.
This is even more impressive because this keyboard comes with 88 fully weighted keys with Graded Hammer Standard action. This isn’t very easy to come by, so for this reason, we’ve got to hand it to Yamaha.
Now, for the traveling musician that intends to get this piano for the purpose of traveling, you can but there’s a catch.
This is an all plastic instrument, so you’d be wise to get a padded gig bag. It isn’t sold with this unit so you might have to get it separately.
It is super important though to get a gig bag if you intend to make this your travel piano.
We already mentioned that this keyboard features 88 fully weighted keys with Graded Hammer Standard action. Is this good or great? Of course, this is great news!
Fully weighted keys means that the keys are sorta heavy and offer a good level of resistance when being played. You need that because it is what gives a digital piano an acoustic piano feel.
Beginning pianists might initially find this a bit challenging on their fingers. But if you hope to master the best piano techniques from the get go, then you’re better off with semi-weighted keys at least. Sporting fully weighted keys, the P71 therefore, makes a fantastic choice.
It offers the beginning pianist the opportunity to build strength around their fingers so they can learn to play even more expressively.
The Graded Hammer Standard action means that Yamaha actually uses tiny hammers in this keyboard to generate the full weight you feel around the keys. Traditional acoustic pianos actually use hammers also. And so, you find the resemblance between the P71 and an acoustic piano.
Now, because the action is graded, you’ll typically find that the keyboard feels heavier around the lower notes, and lighter around the higher notes. Acoustic pianos also feature a similar action too.
Moving on, the keys have four settings for the sensitivity of the keys.
There’s the fixed that allows you to produce the same sound regardless of how intensely you strike the keys.
There’s the medium which is the default setting your piano will come in. It is also the closest to the acoustic piano feel.
And then there’s the hard and soft. The hard setting is where you’ll find the widest response range, by the way.
So, far the P71 has done impressively well. However, just like its identical twin, the P45, the feel of the keys are not so great. They kinda feel somewhat plasticky like a cheap keyboard.
Well, this is a super affordable piano and of course we expected to find some compromises here and there.
Unlike the PX 160 where Casio simulates an ivory/ebony feel on the keys, Yamaha does not do such for the P71. So, don’t expect the keys of your P71 to feel super high end.
However, you’ve got to realize that things could get worse than that. For instance the keys could be glossy. But no, the P71 features keys with a matte finish. So, at least, your fingers won’t slip if they get moist over time during practice.
Of course we don’t expect anything less when it comes to the sound department of any Yamaha piano. Yamaha sure knows its business.
The sound sampling from this piano is great and offers about 10 different instrument voices. It might not be as many as you’d find in many high end pianos. But then again, we did say that those are high end.
The instruments are sufficient to inspire creativity in a beginning pianist.
As for the tones, again, Yamaha shows that it is king. Yamaha sources (samples) the tones of the P71 from actual acoustic grand pianos. This is what makes the P71 sound marvelous.
As for sound effects, don’t get too ambitious. You’d only find reverb here. Sorry if you were hoping for more.
Anyway, here are the sounds you’ll find on the P71…
- 2 Electric Pianos
- 2 Grand Pianos (Bright and Concert).
- 2 Harpsichords.
- 2 Pipe Organs.
Thanks to the dual mode of the P71, you can now play two completely different instruments at one time on your piano.
For instance, you can select two instruments like strings and piano. And then you can play the piano on the right half of the piano, and then play strings on the left half.
Yamaha keeps the control panel pretty simple here. It gives the keyboard a down-to-earth and uncluttered layout. And in addition, it also makes it way easy for the first timer.
They can easily find things out for themselves without needing to learn all the complex piano terms at once.
The P71 features a USB port, two jacks for headphones and a sustain jack respectively.
With the USB port, you can easily connect your keyboard to a computer. This makes it easier to work with any music software. Plus, you can also easily transfer your recorded samples from the keyboard to your computer.
Note, however, that the keyboard will only allow you record 2 tracks at the most.
Moving on… Sometimes, you might need to practice real quietly. And that’s why the headphone jack is a nifty inclusion. Also, the sound of the P71 is way better through the headphones than through the speakers.
That’s not to say that the built-in speakers are bad, they are quite decent. But if you really want to hear this keyboard at its best, then try plugging in a pair of headphones.
What’s In The Box?
- A digital piano.
- A sheet holder.
- Sustain pedal
- And a power adaptor.
- Great sound and playability for the beginner.
- Keys are fully weighted giving the opportunity for the beginner to master proper techniques.
- Compact, lightweight, and portable.
- Dual mode gives the player an excellent platform to be more expressive.
- Simple, intuitive controls.
- Keys do not feel completely realistic.
- Sound and sound effects are just barebones which might be limiting for the more advanced player.
- No display.
If you can’t afford to splurge but you need something to practice with, this is a great place to start. Intermediate and advanced players might not be super impressed by this. But, in our opinion, this is still sufficient for a beginner.
Since the piano features 88 fully weighted keys with great hammer action as well as quality sound samples, beginners won’t feel like they are practicing on a toy.
Finally, it’s compact, and lightweight and super affordable. You can hardly go wrong with this.