The Yamaha Piano Manufacturer is a leading supplier of digital pianos. Yamaha produce the following: Clavinova (CLP and CVP range), Arius (YDP models), and AvantGrand. Their huge range covers acoustic, digital, grand, stage pianos, keyboards and synths.
This site sells most models from the Yamaha digital piano range. You can also read customer questions and answers, reviews, comparisons, watch product videos and much more.
” The two most important things you need from a digital piano when you’re learning is a realistic touch and an authentic piano tone. It must feel close to the weight and response of a real piano and have a minimum of 4 dynamic levels. Size, weight, and ‘bells and whistles’ shouldn’t be a deciding factor in your purchase “, Graham Howard, Piano Advisor
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What makes a Yamaha digital piano a good choice?
Yamaha are famous for producing some of the world’s best digital pianos. AvantGrand hybrid are their top range, consisting of four models. Yamaha’s AvantGrand (not ‘Avant Garde’, which is often said) have a key mechansim that’s taken from their acoustic pianos, so the feel is as close as you’ll ever get. But… take a seat… they’re very pricey!
The most popular in their digital piano range is the Clavinova. These are the pianos we most often get asked about. The two ranges are CLP and CVP. The CLP series are pianos for the home that have a realistic key feel and sound. The CVP series are multi-functional with a large display screen. These are more suitable for playing around with different instrument sounds and recording.
The budget range (more affordable) offers pianos starting with the letters YDP. Yamaha call these ‘Arius’.
The Yamaha YDP143 is Yamaha’s most popular piano for beginners. It has a reasonable sound for a beginner model. The touch could benefit from being firmer though. The speakers are only 2 x 6 watts each resulting in a rather quiet, tinny piano sound. You have to turn the volume up to maximum to get anything out of it.
Yamaha believe that digital pianos should sound and feel like playing a real piano, and this must be achieved at all cost. The sound on a Clavinova is taken from their own concert grand piano. Also, if you listen closely to the different musical instrument sounds such as strings, guitar, organ, harpsichord etc. you’ll find they sound authentic like the real instruments. Lately, they have invested in the technology side of the digital piano, introducing USB, bluetooth and lots of other useful features that can be used in connection with the internet and personal computers.
Portable Stage Pianos
Another type of digital piano is the Yamaha stage piano, this is a portable version of their digital piano range.
The advantage of having a Yamaha stage piano is the portability aspect, making them easy to transport. But there is a downside; you’ll need to buy a decent amplifier to get a good sound out of them. Yamaha stage pianos compete well against other brands who specialise in this area.
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Questions and Answers
“YDP Arius or CLP Clavinova?”
We are trying to work out which console piano to get. Hard to try them out at the moment due to COVID.
Interested in a Yamaha Clavinova 735 or the better of the two aria models. Big price hike between them so wondering if extra £1000 really worth it??
Again from the 735 to the 745 there’s also a big price hike – but think £2k+ is a bridge too far.
I used to play (grade 5) on an upright acoustic but won’t spend hours hours and hours but really enjoy improvising and would like to encourage my son to start (he’s 10). I may even do some simple composing of sorts on it and like the idea of being able to connect it to a pc via midi. Also can you add more instruments by connecting a midi sound module?
It’d be good to get something we don’t have to replace if he gets into it as long as it holds its value well. Want to avoid needing to replace it in 5 years if he likes it and gets into – going up the grades.
Reply/ Dear Joe
YDP Arius digital pianos are Yamaha’s entry level pianos.
They’re OK for anyone just starting out.
The YDP-164 is the best in the range.
It will take students up to about grade 6.
However, the key touch isn’t responsive enough
and has limited dynamic levels. This restricts the
expression you can put into your music and makes
playing more of forceful, ultimately affecting your technique.
Clavinovas are their premium range.
They have large speakers, which give a deeper, more
And they have the most realistic key touch.
Some of the models in the higher price range have
wooden keys and respond just like an acoustic piano.
Clavinovas also command a higher resale value.
I realise your predicament and would like to
introduce the German, Gewa digital pianos.
These pianos are made in Germany and the sound
is recorded from a Steinway concert grand piano.
You can see the complete range here
The UP360G and UP380G are the most popular
in the range.
“I’m looking for something in the Yamaha range”
I have just requested your guide and look forward to it arriving. However I did notice that you had given advice to some readers.
I was looking for something in the Yamaha range 535 /545 625 or 635. Not sure what the difference is between the 5 and 6 ranges. Roland is also a possibly but your report says they are more expensive.
I also liked the sound of the Kurzweil – the base I was not so sure of but the treble sound seemed much better than normal for digital. What is your feeling about the above.
I also have two local households selling second hand.
The first is a clp 575, only four months old for £1600 and the second is an HP 503 for £890. I just wondered if you had any opinion about these.
Look forward to hearing from you, Glenn
A/ Hi Glenn
The CLP635 and CLP625 have an improved
keyboard touch over the previous models.
With the old CLP535 it was always difficult
to put expression into your music. The sound
seemed muffled. Subdued.
The sound of the CLP635 and production
through the speakers is a lot better than
the previous CLP535. It is a now a joy to
play this model.
Kurzweil pianos have a full, warm resonant
tone that’s sampled from a Steinway concert
grand piano. You can clearly hear the difference
when playing a Yamaha and Kurzweil side-by-
side. It’s striking.
Roland also produce nice pianos.
I would look at the HP603.
I recommend these 3 pianos in order of the
most realistic sounding first:
1) Kurzweil CUP320
2) Roland HP603
3) Yamaha CLP635
There’s also the Kurzweil MP120, which is
nice, if you want to spend a bit less.
Yours pianistically, Graham Howard
“I’m looking to upgrade my Yamaha CLP”
Hi. I have a Yamaha Clavinova CLP 115 digital piano. I think I would like an upgrade, but looking at other digital pianos, they do not seem to have more features than mine. I would like to record onto a lap top is my main reason for looking for an upgrade.
I wondered if you have any advice to offer me.
Reply/ Dear Sue
I recommend going for something in the Gewa range.
What I like most about the Gewa pianos are their natural,
clean piano tone. They’re sampled on a Steinway concert
grand in Hamburg… and you can hear its warm, full,
rounded tone throughout.
What’s more, the mid to high range models have 5 dynamic levels.
You can play the quietest pianissimo up to a full fortissimo.
You can see them here
The UP360G and above also have Bluetooth.
“I can’t decide between a Yamaha Arius or Clavinova”
I hope you can help me. I have registered for your digital piano buyer’s guide. I am looking for a digital piano for my 10 year old son and can’t decide between a Yamaha Arius or a Clavinova. We are heading into grade 2 piano and likely to keep going if possible therefore want a piano that meets the standards required. I had heard that the Arius is only good for lower grades but not sure if that’s true.
Is Yamaha my best option or should I consider others?
Many Thanks, Jill
Yamaha Clavinovas are really good pianos.
And I would recommend any one of the range
as suitable for your child to learn and progress on…
The CLP625 would be fine. This is the first
(budget model) of the Clavinova range.
It’s a good one to get started on and will take
your child up to at least grade 6.
As an alternative to the Yamaha I recommend
the Gewa DP240G and Kurzweil M110.
The Gewa DP240G would be my first choice out
of all three pianos.
It’s a newly launched model (made in Germany)
that has a wonderful piano tone…
The sound is taken directly from a Steinway concert
grand. It has a warm, resonant and natural tone –
refreshingly different to Yamaha’s bright, hard tone.
What’s more, theDP240G has an extra dynamic level
over the Yamaha CLP625. This makes it suitable for
up to grade 8 level. So it’s a piano you won’t need
to upgrade later.
You can see the DP240G here:
The Kurzweil M110 is another for you to consider.
And this is one of our best sellers in the £800-£1000
Like the Gewa DP240G, the Kurzweil M110 is suitable
for up to grade 8.
Kurzweil make really good digital pianos.
Both the sound and feel of the keys are close
to a real, acoustic piano.
You can see the Kurzweil here:
If you want to spend less than £900 then please
let me know so I can recommend some suitable
pianos in the lower price bracket.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Yours pianistically, Graham Howard
“CVP705 versus CVP709”
Q/ Hello Graham,
I found the Digital Piano Bible useful…!!
I am still at a very early stage in deciding whether or not to ‘go digital’ – and haven’t yet had chance to try out any instruments. I have always had a ‘real’ piano at home and there is still a fair bit of reluctance to contemplate getting rid of it! However, there are a number of things about a digital piano that are attractive:
• I am a composer/arranger (in a very small way) and so the recording functionality available in digital pianos like the Yamaha CVP709 are very appealing.
• A lot of my playing is improvised, jazz-style and so the accompaniment features would also be attractive.
• Also, as we have neighbours, I tend to limit the amount I play so as not to annoy them with too much noise. Obviously, having a digital piano would allow playing at low volumes or using headphones and so would get rid of any timing restrictions.
Irrespective of any of the above, the most important criteria would be that any digital instrument plays and sounds as close to a ‘real’ piano as possible!
As I said above, I haven’t had chance to try out any instruments yet but I have been looking on-line at the Yamaha CVP709 and CVP705. Have you done a review (and preferably a comparison) of these two pianos? If so, is it possible to obtain a copy?
Kind regards, Dave
I recommend going for the CVP705, not the CVP709.
Although there’s a vast difference in price, I really
don’t think you’re getting enough value for the
extra money the CVP709 commands.
The CVP705 is an outstanding piano. It rates right
up there with the very best digital pianos…
It has exactly the same key touch as the CVP709.
The overall speaker wattage in the CVP709 is more,
giving it an even deeper and more resonant tone,
but the CVP705 still has an amazing sound.
There are more voices on the CVP709 too.
But, as you can see, there isn’t anything else
that warrants the extra cost.
There’s no other pianos that comes close to the
CVP705 or CVP709 in quality of sound, touch,
features and technology.
Yours pianistically, Graham Howard
“I’m looking for something that has enough dynamic levels”
Q/ Hi Graham,
I was hoping I could get your advise on this piano.
Essentially I am looking for a digital piano that is weighted, has enough dynamic levels and allows me to hook up to composition software and compose on a laptop.
It seems to have everything I need – do you think you would recommend the Kawai CA67 or CA97?
Any advise would be much appreciated.
A/ Hi Helia
Every digital piano brand has their strengths
So it really depends on what you’re looking for.
Kawai had the most beautiful looking cabinets (furniture).
That’s their strongest point.
The pvc veneer is strong, with a lovely wood effect,
and the surface is smooth and looks lovely.
However, the sound quality is not as good as
the equivalent priced Yamaha or Roland piano.
It sounds too bright and has a harsh edge to it.
To keep things simple I would like to recommend for
you two pianos: Yamaha CLP675 and Roland HP605.
The Yamaha CLP675’s key touch feels firmer under
the fingers than the Roland. The Roland’s touch is
more responsive and reacts better when playing
fast and technical pieces.
The Roland HP605 has a rounder, warmer, more
pleasant piano tone. To me it sounds much closer
to a real piano than the Yamaha
The CLP675’s sound is bright, clean and a bit harsh.
The overall build quality is about the same.
But Roland score marginally higher on reliability.
Yamaha generally have a better resale value.
There’s not much to choose between the two, but
my preference would be with the Roland – but only
just – based primarily on key touch and sound quality.
You can see the Roland here:
And the Yamaha here:
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Thank you very much for sharing your opinion on the best piano brand to buy. I wish I knew you a long time ago before I bought mine. After looking at the different brands, I ended up choosing Casio. I thought it was better than Yamaha because it had a screen that beginners can see which finger is being placed on each note as a song is played from the song bank.
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