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Yamaha P71 Review

You could call the Yamaha P71 and the P45 identical twins. There really isn’t much of a difference between both keyboards, by way of their functions. They are both excellent, high-quality entry level pianos.

Released in 2016, the Yamaha P71 has become one of the companies bestselling keyboards.

Being a part of the Portable or ‘P’ series, this keyboard is compact 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 under $500.

We’ll cover its main attributes in this article, so let’s get going…


Yamaha P71 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano

Our rating:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

An Overview Of The Yamaha P71 Features

The Yamaha P71 comes with 88 fully weighted, full-size keys. And is available in two color options – black or white.

As for the design and layout, this keyboard is super simple and offers high-quality digital sampling.

You’ll also find a record and playback feature which allows you to record practice sessions and play them back whenever you want.

Connections wise, it features a USB port, a headphone jack, and a jack for a sustain pedal.

Yamaha P71 Review

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

Portability

The main attribute of the pianos in the P series is their portability and that applies to the P71.

This keyboard is superb 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 whenever needed, because it weighs next to nothing, at least for a piano.

Now, if you’re a traveling musician and intend moving the P71 a lot, bear in mind that this is an all plastic instrument. So you’d be wise to get a padded gig bag.


Keys

We already mentioned that this keyboard features 88 fully weighted keys with Graded Hammer Standard action.

Fully weighted means that the keys are quite heavy and offer a good level of resistance when being played. This gives a digital piano an acoustic piano feel.

Novice pianists might initially find this a bit challenging on their fingers. But, it does offer the beginner an opportunity to build finger strength and most importantly improve their feel for the instrument.

 

Yamaha P71 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano with Sustain Pedal and Power Supply

 

The Graded Hammer Standard action means that Yamaha actually uses tiny hammers in this keyboard to generate the full weight you feel on the keys. Traditional acoustic pianos also use hammers for this function.

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.

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 hard or soft you strike the keys. Then, there’s the medium which is the default setting on the piano. This is the closest to the feel of an acoustic piano.

And then there’s the hard and soft. The hard setting is where you’ll find the widest response range.

Plasticky Keys

So, far the P71 has done impressively well in this review. However, just like its identical twin, the P45, the feel of the keys lets it down.

They kinda feel somewhat plasticky like a cheap keyboard.

But remember, that this is a super affordable piano and of course, we expect to find some compromises here and there.

Yamaha P71 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano review

Unlike Casio’s PX 160, which simulates an ivory/ebony feel on the keys, the Yamaha P71 is much plainer. So, don’t expect the keys to feel super high end.

On the plus side, the P71 does feature keys with a matte finish. So, at least, your fingers won’t slip as they get moist over time during practice.


Sound

The sound sampling from this piano is great and offers 10 different instrument voices.

As for the tones, Yamaha sources (samples) the tones of the P71 from actual acoustic grand pianos. Giving the piano a marvelous sound for the price.

As for sound effects, it’s limited to reverb, but since that’s what you need most of the time, no real worries.

Anyway, here are the sounds you’ll find on the P71…

  • 2 Electric Pianos
  • Vibraphones.
  • 2 Grand Pianos (Bright and Concert).
  • Strings.
  • 2 Harpsichords.
  • 2 Pipe Organs.

Dual Mode

Thanks to the dual mode of the P71, you can 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.

Controls

Yamaha keeps the control panel pretty simple, giving the keyboard a down-to-earth and uncluttered layout.

Connectivity

The P71 features a USB port, and two jacks for headphones and a sustain pedal respectively.

With the USB port, you can easily connect your keyboard to a computer. Making it simple to integrate it with any music software. Plus, you can also easily transfer your recorded samples from the keyboard to your computer.

Moving on… Sometimes, you might need to practice quietly. And that’s why the headphone jack is a must. 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 OK. But if you really want to hear this keyboard at its best, plug in a pair of headphones or connect it to a dedicated keyboard amplifier.

What’s In The Box?

  • Digital piano.
  • Sheet holder.
  • Sustain pedal
  • Power adaptor.

Pros

  • 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 giving the player an excellent platform to be more expressive.
  • Simple, intuitive controls.

Cons

  • Keys do not feel very realistic.
  • Sound and sound effects are simple which might be limiting for the more advanced player.
  • No display.

Conclusion

If you don’t want to spend a fortune, and just 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 great for a beginner. Which after all is who it is aimed at.

It’s compact, lightweight and super affordable. You really can’t go wrong with a Yamaha P71.

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