Yamaha Portable Grand Piano Buying Guide

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Yamaha Portable Grand Piano Buying Guide

Digital pianos such as the Yamaha Portable Grand bridge the divide between standard keyboards and acoustic pianos. They have more keys than standard keyboards and generally offer a more authentic piano-focused experience. With a wealth of features and functions to enhance recording and performance, these digital pianos open up a whole new world of experimentation and creativity.

About Yamaha Portable Grand Pianos

Yamaha Portable Grand pianos are high-quality digital pianos offering superb piano sound and an exceptional playing experience. With all the experience and knowledge that Yamaha bring to their products, the Portable Grand pianos are made with advanced users as well as beginners in mind.
Unlike acoustic pianos, which create sound by the means of hammers hitting steel strings, digital pianos create sound by electrical signals. They are also known as electronic pianos. Both acoustic and digital pianos have their advantages and disadvantages. The advantages of digital pianos include budget, size and portability, ease of maintenance, functionality with regards to sound and effects, capability for silent playing, and recording and editing options.

A digital piano can feel quite different to an acoustic piano. The keys are typically lighter, with a different touch to those of an acoustic piano. The sound produced by digital pianos varies in quality, though modern higher-end digital pianos have superb-quality sound which is arguably far superior to that of cheaper acoustic pianos. Higher-end digital pianos may also include advanced features such as continuous sustain pedals that mimic the gradual sustain action of acoustic pianos, unlike cheaper models that have on/off sustain pedals.
Digital pianos are available with or without stands and other accessories such as pedals, headphones and power adaptors. Check the accessories section to see what is included in the cost.

Choosing a Yamaha Portable Grand Piano

Yamaha produce five digital pianos in the Portable Grand range, the DGX-640, DGX-530, DGX-230, YPG-535 and YPG-235. There are various factors to weigh up when it comes to selecting the particular model, including number and style of keys, range of instrument sounds and effects, styles, connectivity, recording and editing options, dimensions, and portability.

Number and Style of Keys

Digital pianos usually have more keys than standard keyboards, which typically have 61 keys. Acoustic pianos have 88 keys. Yamaha Portable Grands have 76 or 88 full-size keys. 76 keys are perfectly acceptable for most players and will enable a wide variety of songs to be played. However, for the complete piano experience, many players prefer to have the full complement of 88 keys.
Keys on a digital piano work and feel differently to acoustic keys. They are typically lighter and sensitivity can vary. Touch-sensitive keys are sensitive to pressure, making louder or quieter sounds with more or less pressure. All Yamaha Portable Grands have touch sensitivity. Key sensitivity can be adjusted as required.
The table below gives information on keys in the Yamaha Portable Grand models.

DGX-640

88 keys

Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) keyboard

DGX-530

88 keys

Graded Soft Touch Keyboard

DGX-230

76 keys

Graded Soft Touch Keyboard

YPG-535

88 keys

Graded Soft Touch Keyboard

YPG-235

76 keys

Graded Soft Touch Keyboard

Instrument Sounds and Digital Effects

Digital pianos have a wide range of preset instrument sounds, or voices, which can enhance and enrich the playing experience. In addition to standard voices, Yamaha offer XGlite voices, which are typically higher and softer in tone, and drum/special effects (SFX) voices.
Digital effects include reverb, chorus, master EQ and DSP. Reverb is an echo-like effect and chorus effects produce multi-layered choral sounds. EQ stands for equalisation and allows different frequencies of sound to be modulated. DSP stands for digital signal processing and allows various effects to be added to an audio file after the track is recorded.
The table below gives information on the numbers and types of preset voices and effects available.

DGX-640

142 standard voices, 381 XGlite, 12 Drum/SFX

35 reverb, 44 chorus, 5 master EQ, 238 DSP

DGX-530

127 standard voices, 361 XGlite, 12 Drum/SFX Kits

9 reverb, 4 chorus, 5 master EQ

DGX-230

116 standard voices, 361 XGlite, 12 Drum/SFX Kits

9 reverb, 4 chorus, 5 master EQ

YPG-535

127 standard voices, 361 XGlite, 12 Drum/SFX Kits

9 reverb, 4 chorus, 5 master EQ

YPG-235

116 standard voices, 361 XGlite, 12 Drum/SFX Kits

9 reverb, 4 chorus, 5 master EQ

Rhythms and Songs

Digital pianos also offer a range of preset rhythms, or styles, and preset songs. All Yamaha Portable Grands offer 30 preset songs. The DGX-640 offers 165 preset styles while the other models offer 160.
When it comes to recording, five songs can be recorded on all models, with a data capacity of approximately 30,000 notes for the DGX-640 and approximately 10,000 notes for the other models. How many notes can be recorded depends on whether tracks are melody or chord tracks.

Educational Functions and Performance Enhancement

Yamaha Portable Grand pianos have various functions to improve learning and performance, via their Performance Assistant Technology (PAT) and Yamaha Education Suite (Y.E.S.). There are more options in the PAT in the DGX-640, DGX-530 and YPG-535. PAT helps players to hit the right note every time. Y.E.S. has keyboard lessons, which help players to play notes at the right tempo, displays a chord dictionary as the song is played, gives various playback options, monitors progress and awards grades.

Memory Capacity

The DGX-640 has 1895 kB of internal memory, whereas the DGX-530 and YPG-535 have 875 kB and the DGX-230 and YPG-235 have 373 kB. The DGX-640, DGX-530 and YPG-535 have optional USB Flash Memory.

Find a Yamaha Portable Grand Piano on eBay

To find a Yamaha Portable Grand piano on eBay, go to the eBay home page. Go to the All Categories tab and select Musical Instruments from the list of options. Then select Keyboard/Piano followed by Electronic Keyboards and Electric/Digital Keyboards. Scroll down to Brand and select Yamaha. For Portable Grands, type “Portable Grand” into the search bar at the top of the page. Alternatively, it can be quicker to carry out a direct search, typing “Yamaha Portable Grand” or a specific model number into the search bar at the eBay home page.

Conclusion

The various models of Yamaha Portable Grand digital piano offer a piano-focused playing experience, with more keys, various special features and a more realistic piano sound than standard keyboards. The various factors to consider when buying a digital piano include cost, portability, number of keys, style of keys, range of instrument sounds or voices, included digital effects, range of preset styles, recording options and data capacity. Yamaha Portable Grand pianos are aimed at beginners through to advanced players, and offer excellent functionality when it comes to learning, experimentation and performance enhancement. They have 76 or 88 keys, giving the capability to play a wide variety of songs, and have graded soft-touch keyboards, which mimic the effect and sound of a real acoustic piano. They offer a range of voices, including standard voices, XGlite voices and drum/SFX voices. Digital effects include reverb, chorus, master EQ and DSP. At least 160 preset styles are included. The Yamaha Education Suite (Y.E.S.) has various options to improve learning, including playback options and progress monitoring. Choosing the right digital piano is an important decision, but with a quality brand like Yamaha there is the security and peace of mind from purchasing from a reputable manufacturer. Beginners and advanced students alike will benefit from the expertise that goes into designing Yamaha Portable Grand pianos. Browse listings and always check the seller feedback and product information before purchasing.

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