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Yamaha NP30B-K Portable Digital Piano (black finish).
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The new NP30 Contemporary Digital Piano represents an entirely new class of Yamaha digital pianos. Designed to offer quality, value and portability with a lighter touch, the NP30 includes 76 Graded 'Soft' Touch piano-style keys and stereo-sampled piano voices. Additional features include 10 quality voices like Pianos, Organs, and Strings plus 32 notes of polyphony and ten recordings of standard piano repertoire.
Graded 'Soft' Touch provides medium resistance in the left hand that gets lighter as you move up the keyboard allowing faster passages with your right hand. For lower-impact playing, this semi-weighted action is also ideal for aspiring pianists who suffer from arthritis or repetitive stress disorders. What's more, the physical aspects of the Graded Touch action help bring the overall weight of the NP30 to 6.5Kg, even lower than the P70, previously Yamaha's lightest digital piano.
The NP30 can also perform as a basic home-studio MIDI controller with a top-notch piano sound. When capturing note and performance data with a quality tone generator is desired, but if bells and whistles don't fit into the budget, the NP30 provides everything you need and nothing that you don't.
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The semi-weighted keys are excellent, especially given how light the keyboard is as a whole. They respond very well to the touch, although some of the keyboard's sounds distort slightly (to my ears) when you're pressing down hard on them.
Some people might be put off by the small number of 'voices', but I wanted a keyboard that sounded like a piano, and the two piano voices are very realistic. I could have done without the organ, harpsichord and strings voices --- does anyone actually use these? The metronome is useful, as well, rather than flashy. This is the perfect keyboard if, like me, you want a piano but don't have the space for one. Great value for money, far better than other keyboards in its price range, and sturdily built.
Like mentioned in many other reviews, the Yamaha NP30 is very light! I could just tuck it under one arm easily and carry about. Surprisingly there was a power adapter in the box as well - as i've read in many places that this should be bought sperately for the NP30. Looks like i'll have two adapters now!
The digital piano is amazing! the sound quality, especially with head phones or external speakers are just awesome. The semi weighted graded keys takes a bit of getting used to - but once you do you'll love it! It doesnt feel 100% like a real piano, there is no real feel of hammer hitting the strings. but there is slight resistance. Which is higher in the lower end, and lower in the higher end. you can change the sensitivity of this - so that you can get that perfect pianissimos or fortissimos for the expressions in your piano piece.
Though there are very few buttons to manupilate the features, there are so much more hidden controls (provided in the manual). For example - you can transpose the key up to +/-6 semi tones by pressing a combinations of the buttons on top and keys on the key board.
I'm planning to hook it up to my mac via the midi outlets, though still havent got the adapter for it.
Also, the sus pedal is on it's way! Can't recommend which one to get - but this piano supports Sustain pedals. Shame Amazon didn't deliver it on the same day - it's still on it's way :(
For beginners this will be a great piano to start from. Also, if you are in college/uni and want an affordable digital piano - this is it. If your house has a limited space and you want a piano - again this is it. If your budget is less than £250, then i guess there is nothing else to beat this!
The NP30 is compact and relatively inexpensive with a very decent set of features including 77 full-size keys, two speakers, MIDI, 10 Voices, Reverb and optional sustain pedal. I'm not so keen on the feel of the keyboard; this is a matter of taste of course but to me the keys feel overly light and insubstantial, they don't seem to give the sort of `feel' that I'd like. This may actually be an advantage for very young fingers but I'm not convinced. They are plastic and have a discernable mechanical action; I suspect that they use spring resistance. The NP30 does represent a lot of piano for the money and is undeniably great value; the sound is excellent, it's well made and it's wonderfully uncluttered, but in the end I didn't buy one, preferring the slightly more expensive but superior Yamaha P85 instead.
If you're looking for a first piano or have just booked your child's first piano lesson then the NP30 would undeniably be a solid start, but if the budget permits it I'd recommend trying and comparing the NP30 to a Yamaha model with weighted keys that will feel much more like a `real' piano. The Yamaha P85 is more expensive but has a keyboard with a heavier and (in my opinion) a superior feel. On the Yamaha P-85 Digital Stage Piano have used the Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) weighted keyboard and it does feel remarkably close to that of an acoustic piano and made the transition to my teachers piano somewhat easier. But if not, the NP30 would still make a great start.
So I've debated what star rating to give this piano. As value for money or a child's first piano it would be a five star item but a piano is normally a long-term purchase and one tends to live with it for many years and I think that one may quickly out grow the NP30. So I think it hovers between 3 and 4 stars depending upon who would own it.
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