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Yamaha Piaggero NPV60 Digital Portable Piano
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Yamaha NP-V60 Piaggero Digital Keyboard
The NP-V60 combines aspects of keyboard and piano instruments in one portable unit. It has a 76-note box-type Graded Soft Touch keyboard. This has the soft touch of a digital keyboard, but the lower keys are heavier in touch and the higher keys are lighter as would be experienced on a traditional piano.
The Grand Piano button instantly sets up the keyboard with a high-quality piano sound across the whole keyboard. There are hundreds of high-quality instrument voices including grand piano, strings, guitars, brass, saxophones, synthesizers, drums and more. The 160 accompaniment styles effectively provide a backing band and are a great way to discover how different styles of music are created.
Features such as Music Database and One Touch Setting, which provide a selection of sounds based on a song or style of music you are playing, and Registration Memory to store your own favourite sounds and settings, ensure that you can get the most from this instrument from the very first note.
Tuition Features Suitable for Players of all ages
There are a variety of songs built into the keyboard which can be used for learning. Three lesson modes are available, Waiting, Your Tempo and Minus One. The keyboard will even slow down when you play wrong notes so you can learn at your own pace and left or right hand parts can be studied individually. The LCD screen shows the correct notes to play and the keyboard will grade your playing after each attempt.
Digital reverb adds the ambience of a concert hall to enhance the sound of the instrument.
The Pitch Bend wheel allows the player to bend notes up or down for added realism.
There is a 6-track digital recorder (5 melody tracks and 1 style track) to store your performance.
The Panel Memory can store up to 32 of your favourite settings for instant recall.
Transpose makes it possible to play a song in any key, perfect for accompanying singers or other instruments.
The built-in Metronome provides a click in perfect time to help when learning a new song. And, unlike the old-fashioned ticking metronome, you can use it with headphones while practising without disturbing others.
Sound is delivered from the 6W + 6W amplifier and (12cm x 6cm) x 2 speaker system. A headphone socket is provided for silent practice or for connection to an external sound system. There is also a USB to host port for connection to a suitably equipped computer (connecting lead not supplied)
The NP-V60 is supplied with music rest, mains adaptor and product documentation. It can also be operated using 6 AA batteries. An optional footswitch (FC3/FC4/FC5) and stand (L2C) are also available.
Top customer reviews
The NPV60 is £50 cheaper than the NPV80 but considering that you get the £20+ sustain pedal included, superior piano sound, more connectivity and other extras with the NPV80, it is by far the better buy. So I sent the NPV60 back and bought the NPV80.
Alas I have also sent the NPV80 back as that also had a noisy key and I have decided that I don't care for the cheap rubber buttons that Yamaha insist on using that don't always seem to work first time. I suppose they are cheaper to manufacture but I'm sure there is a better solution than rubber membrane buttons that you also get on the cheapest keyboard.
But on the plus side these instruments do have in my opinion very good sound quality both models having twin 6 watt amplifiers and if that is not enough power they can be plugged into an external amp.
On both models the keyboard itself is sufficient although I question whether the graded soft touch action really works, as I couldn't really feel much difference between the base and treble key action. I also question how much heavy playing the keybard could stand before the keys become noisy.
There are a number of very good sampled voices on both models eg Piano, electric piano, organ, trumpet, saxophone, and many more. Yamaha have also included a lot of gimmicky sounds such as running horses, gunshots, ringing telephones, sirens, etc the quality of which is abysmal and not needed on a serious instrument.
Overal the price is good for what you get (espaecially on the NPV80) I would reccomend either of these models for someone learning piano or for a player wanting a portable instrument for moderate use.
The model up from this is the NPV80, and it's got a few more bells and whistles, some major, some minor, but this model is a great piece of kit, and will not fail to please if you'd rather save £50-80 (like me).
We are very pleased with the quality and sound of this product. Would highly recommend....
As other reviewers have mentioned - and to put it simply, the main differences between the 2 items are;
NPV60 = basic model.
NPV80 = sustain pedal/arpeggiator function included.
I sent mine back and subsequently ordered the Yamaha PSR-E423 which is great and does have the arpeggiator function (see my review)
I also ordered a sustain pedal, and a stand all for less than the price of the NPV60 alone.
Yamaha PSRE423 Portable Keyboard Workstation
]Stagg X Style Double Braced Keyboard Stand
M-Audio SP-2 Piano Sustain Pedal
The only thing is if you are serious about progressing to play piano, is that the keys are 97% of full size and not full size keys as described. It makes a difference of only around 5mm per octave, which probably won't matter for early grades but may be an issue later on.
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