Yamaha P125 Review

The Yamaha P125 belongs to the P series and is the most popular electric piano in the world today. Produced by Yamaha, one of the world’s leading piano manufacturers,  it carries the core values that combine tradition and modernity Yamaha has accumulated over the past 120 years.

I was excited to know that there are some pretty cool features found on the P-125 that are absent from its predecessor. After testing for a while, here’s what I feel about this model. Let’s read my Yamaha P125 review to see more!

Yamaha P125 Review

Design

The Yamaha P125 is a lightweight and compact model. It is designed to deliver a more streamlined and minimalist experience with no sacrificing features.

This piano is made from plastic, like most other pianos at the same price point. But it is highly durable and will last many years if properly cared for and used.

The keyboard alludes to the fact that this model is a hybrid, a combination of a stage piano and a digital one. 

Weight

I was impressed by how the Yamaha crammed everything into this compact, lightweight instrument.

This model is highly light and weighs approximately 12kg, allowing it to be moved around by almost anyone. But preparing a car is necessary if you want to transport it from one place to another. 

It is the same weight as the Yamaha P125, its predecessor. But it will be better if the brand can shave a few pounds off this model.

Assembly

What I like about the P-125  is that there is nothing to assemble. All you need to do is plug it in after taking it out of the box, plug in your headphones if necessary, and you will be good to go.

But you will probably need to put it on something as rarely anyone prefers to play the piano on the floor. It doesn’t come with any mount or stand, but you can purchase an X-frame keyboard stand or a fully-fledged one if you want.

Controls and Buttons

The popular functions all have separate buttons on the keyboard. It also has a selector for each of the voice groups, a metronome, including rhythms, and buttons for the recording functionality. 

I appreciate that this piano can connect to Yamaha’s Smart Pianist application (iOS). Hence, if you have an iPhone or iPad, you use this app to control your piano. If you don’t have an iOS device to connect to the piano, you must do some things the old-fashioned way.

Connectivity

The Yamaha P-125 has a 1/4″ sustain input and USB connector. The significant difference is that you now gain two dedicated 1/4″ audio outputs and dual 1/4″ headphone jacks.

The extra headphone jack will give you the option of teacher/student playing without disturbing the people around. For those who plan to use this model for gigging, the dedicated audio outputs should be a welcome addition.

Pedals

This piano does not come with a full pedal set. Instead, it comes with a sustain switch that will turn the sustain on and off again when releasing the pedal.

As a longtime piano fan, I know this is not how a piano functions. Pianos usually have varying sustain degrees, depending on how far down the pedal is pressed.

The included sustain switch is pretty pathetic, and I think Yamaha should stop having it. They should at least include a pedal that allows for simulating half-pedaling.

Piano Sound

The sound of the Yamaha P125 is exquisite because it includes organic elements such as damper resonance, string resonance, and more. I will not go into what these are. You just know that they make this instrument sound like a real piano.

There is great dimension and depth to the sound. If you close your eyes, you will have a hard time telling that you are not listening to a real piano.

It has 24 included voices and six sound sections. I did not use half of these, but  I recognized that those other sounds are valuable and useful to other people.

For many people, 24 sounds are pretty limiting, especially since some models, such as the Kawai ES110 and Casio PX160, have several hundred sounds.

But for me, 24 sounds of high quality will be better than 500 mediocre sounds.

Speakers

This Yamaha P125 has 4 speakers. Two are on the front, and two are on the bottom, which can deliver 14W of power.

The producer has done a few tips here, allowing the speakers to make a highly immersive sound experience by letting the sound surround the user. 

The quality of these speakers is excellent, and I did not hear any distortion or crackling, even at high volumes.

I think these speakers should be slightly more powerful as this piano is designed to be portable and typically be bought by musicians who need to play it at gigs. If the sound goes out, a speaker heftier set will be more than ideal here.

Effects and Reverb

Reverb is the only sound effect the P125 has, which is a bit disappointing. Having some extra effects for those playing in a band or recording will be great.

Although it would not affect me, I recognize that many users may be disappointed by this.

Many types of reverb are available. Honestly, they seem to do the same thing. 

They are Chamber Hall, Club, Recital Hall, and Concert Hall. The Concert Hall is the wettest acoustic, while the Club is the most intimate and driest. 

For me, it is a feature I would play with once or twice and not bother with again.

Modes

The P125 has three modes available that allow you to change how the keyboard functions. They are not things that I particularly value, but many pianists out there will use them:

  • Split Mode

This mode will split the keyboard between two sounds, allowing you to play one voice in your right hand and one voice in your left. For instance, you might want a choir in the right hand and an organ in the left hand. 

  • Layer Mode

This mode will allow you to choose two different sounds. When playing, rather than hearing just one, you will hear both. For instance, you can choose piano and voice, piano and strings, or organ and strings.

  • Dual Mode

This mode will split the keyboard down the middle and replicate the same notes on either side of the split point. Imagine it as a giant piano that is split into two ones.

Included Accessories 

Here are the things you will receive after unboxing. It is not much, but it is considered adequate.

  • Manual.
  • Power Cord.
  • Music Stand.
  • Sustain Pedal/Switch.

You will also receive an instructional manual where you can find all the information you need. Moreover, there are many bespoke accessories you can buy separately, such as:

  • Digital-Piano Style Stand
  • Yamaha Triple Pedal Unit

Finally, I also recommend investing in a pair of headphones.

Pros and Cons of Yamaha P125

Pros

  • The speaker system is great.
  • Compact, lightweight, and portable.
  • The piano sound is clear and with depth.
  • Smart Pianist is available to connect to a computer.

Cons

  • The controls are awful.
  • Extremely basic sustain switch.
  • The keyboard action is a little disappointing.
  • Plastic construction feels sturdy but cheap.

Yamaha P125 Best Suited For?

The Yamaha P-125 is an ideal option for almost any scenario. It is a great stage piano for performance, although it is one you must be careful with in transit. 

At home, it is also nearly to perfection, whether it is just for practice or as a master keyboard for the home studio setup.

Alternatives

An alternative digital piano that will be comparable to the P-125 is the Roland FP-30. 

Model Yamaha P-125 Roland FP-30
Sound Engine Sampled SuperNATURAL Sound Engine
Key Action Weighted in Blocks GHS Weighted Individually PHA4
Key touch/weight Plastic feel, 4 levels Ivory feel, 5 levels
Voices 24 35
Bluetooth No Yes
Speakers 7W 11W

The Bottom Line

All in all, the Yamaha p125 is an excellent stage piano. Whether this model is the right piano for you depends on your interests and needs.

Undoubtedly, it delivers massive value and tons of versatility for the price. Most of the models it typically gets compared to are more expensive).

Some upgrades may be minimal and not worthy of consideration, but I believe the ability to incorporate your iPad or iPhone into your piano playing sessions, along with the richer sound compared to its predecessors, makes this model a worthwhile and impressive digital option for both beginners and intermediates.

If you would like to check the current prices for the Yamaha P-125, click here to check it out.

Thanks for your reading, and happy piano playing! 

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