Submitted December 11, 2007 by a customer from HotMail.com
"A phenomenal concert piano for a phenomenal bargain!"
Unless my church decides that they want to spend a fortune on having a keyboard that sounds more like an accoustic concert grand, I don't think we will ever want to buy another keyboard. As a performing pianist, it suits my needs perfectly. If you want a quality keyboard that sounds and feels great for a low price, then this is the way to go.
This keyboard is very good in terms of its similarity to the sound produced by an accoustic piano. It has a few piano voices such as Grand and Electric Piano, and they all sound very realistic. This keyboard is a great way to put a small piano on your stage for a VERY low price. It doesn't have much of a good selection for non-piano voices (and the other few voices it has aren't very good anyways). However, I would never use any of the other voices (I've just experimented with them in my free time), so the wonderful piano sounds it produces are more than good enough for me. The sound is also very realistic in terms of its sensitivity to my touch. I can put my heart into the way I sink my fingers into the beautifully weighted keys and it renders every bit of that soul into the character of its output. I play this keyboard for the hymns every Sunday at my church, and the choir, the other musicians, and I are all extremely pleased with the spirit that this keyboard packs. Not to mention the onboard amplification is phenomenal; once when my church could not use their P/A system, I had to use the onboard amplification. It sounded fine to me, and nobody in the congregation seemed to even notice a difference.
To be honest, the keyboard is actually somewhat dumbed-down. You just plug it in, turn it on, and start playing piano; that part works exceptionally well but that's mostly all it's good for. It does have MIDI in and out, so you can hook it up to a synthesizer and it makes a wonderful controller. However, no 1/4" audio jack is quite a pain, but a 1/8"-1/4" adapter quickly solves that problem. In summary, this keyboard is a simple digital piano not dekced out with a whole lot of neat features.
Ease of Use
It couldn't get any easier -- plug, power, and play. Although the interface has no screen, the buttons are still quite simple to use (partially because there aren't many features to access). Overall, I've always had an extremely easy time using it.
The product is very solid and definitely made to last. It has a very tough plastic case that feels rugged and dependable. There are no loose parts or cosmetic blemishes; it arrived in perfect condition and it has stayed that way. Nobody has ever had a problem with it; in fact, it has even outlasted a Kurzweil synthesizer. I am sure that nothing will break, and that is saying something with the way it is handled sometimes. We are constantly transporting it in a trailer with a bunch of other equipment and the transport people keep it in its original cardboard box; it *does* have a few minor scrathes, especially on the music stand, but I am confident that it will never break or get damaged. It is extremely appropriate for use "on the road". As long as you don't drop it or destroy it some other way, it will last for decades.
This product is definitely worth its selling price compared to other items. I've done a LOT of shopping for other keyboards and I have yet to find a graded-hammer-standard 88-key stage piano with good sound for a price lower than that for which the P-70 sells.
I have never even needed to contact Yamaha, so I honestly cannot rate their support.
The Wow Factor
This keyboard is very attractive; I prefer the black version (and the one that I use is black) but the silver version is also very pretty. I feel right at home playing this keyboard and when I watch other people playing it onstage, I can tell that they feel the same way with it. The keyboard doesn't have the "features galore" appeal that attracts many people, but it has the modern look and comfort which appeal just fine to me. In terms of the stand, it looks great with the Yamaha upright stand as it does with any other peice of equipment.
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