This article is now nearly ten years old and as such does not refer to the latest Yamaha P series of digital pianos. It is still worth reading if you are considering the purchase of a second-hand P-95. The P-95 was released in 2010 and has since been superseded by several new models, themselves also superseded. They included the P-105 and P-115, with the current model in this class being the P-515.
By Roger Svenson with updates by Andy Merrett
This article gives you the basic specifications, plus a short, unbiased review of the Yamaha P-95 digital piano based on what actual users say. You will find out what people think of the piano so that you can decide for yourself if it’s worth the investment.
The basic model number is the P-95. The additional letter at the end refers to the colour finish. The P-95B is black, while the P-95S is silver. All other specifications are the same.
The basic specifications of the P-95 are as follows:
|Size:||52-3/16″ x 5-15/16″ x 11-5/8″ (1326mm x 151.5mm x 295mm) WxHxD|
|Weight:||26lbs 7oz (12kg)|
|Number of Keys:||88|
|Key type:||Full size Graded Hammer System (GHS) keyboard|
|Tone Generation:||AWM Stereo Sampling|
|Number of Voices:||10|
|Recording:||1 song x 1 track, 65K (11,000 notes)|
|Transposition:||-6 to +6 semitones|
|Connections:||Headphones x2, sustain pedal, pedal unit, MIDI in/out|
|Amplifier and Speakers:||6W x 2, 12cmx6cm x 2|
|Power Supply:||AC PA-150 or equivalent.|
|Included Accessories:||Owner’s Manual, AC Power Adaptor, Footswitch, Music Rest, My Yamaha Product User Registration|
To begin with, it is important to understand that if you want an objective review of this (or any other) digital piano, your best bet is to read reviews by third parties, such as actual users.
The manufacturers of the piano (in this case Yamaha) will of course present their product in the most favourable light. They have a product to sell. But actual users, on the other hand, have no agenda or ulterior motive. They simply give their honest feedback.
And what do users say about the Yamaha P-95? You can choose to read hundreds of reviews, but this article summarizes the main points and gives you what might be called the “general consensus”.
- Most users appreciate the authentic feel or “action” of the keyboard – the “weighted action” keyboard means that you experience the same resistance from the keys as you would on an acoustic piano. The keys are heavier on the lower end and become progressively lighter as you move up the keyboard. The vast majority of users love this feature and point out that Yamaha P-95 feels very much “like a real piano.”
- Most users also appreciate the piano sound of the Yamaha P-95. Every digital piano aims to replicate the sound of an acoustic piano. According to a very large number of P-95 users, the Yamaha P-95 achieves this goal very nicely. Even highly-experienced musicians comment on the resemblance in sound to an acoustic piano.
- Some users point out that the Yamaha P-95 has fewer voices and sounds than other digital pianos. The Yamaha P-95 has 10 preset voices, which is admittedly not as many as some other digital pianos on the market. If you are looking for a piano with a huge selection of different voices, you will probably be more attracted to other digital pianos. However, if you are primarily interested in the acoustic piano sounds and do not require all the “bells and whistles” that come with more expensive digital pianos, the chances are that you’ll be more than satisfied by the Yamaha P-95
- Another pleasing feature of the Yamaha P-95 is its portability. It weights just 26 lbs (or 12kg) and is certainly the sort of instrument that you can move around, take to gigs and so on. Nor does this mean that you’re getting a “lesser” piano. The Yamaha P-95 has a full keyboard with 88 weighted keys, which makes its portability even more impressive.
- If you live in small apartment or just don’t have room for a large instrument, then the Yamaha P-95 is ideal. Its dimensions are such that you’ll be able to find a place for it even if you have limited space in your home. This is of course one of the main reasons why people purchase digital pianos over acoustic uprights or grands.
Hopefully this brief review has given you a better idea of the Yamaha P-95. This digital piano receives extremely high ratings from customers on all the major online stores (4.5 stars out of 5 on Amazon, for instance) and is likely to satisfy your needs extremely well if you are looking for a portable piano with authentic sound and feel.
Though there are other digital pianos available with more voices, few can compare with the Yamaha P-95 in terms of calibre and popularity. In addition, at just over $500 (online) the P-95 is highly affordable, particularly when you consider that a “real” acoustic piano costs about ten times the price.
The Yamaha P-95 is not a perfect piano (if such a piano even exists) but if you are like the vast majority of users you will find that it provides an extremely satisfying alternative to its more expensive acoustic counterparts.
Roger Svenson is a music enthusiast and is interested in digital pianos such as the Yamaha P-95 and other top models.