Very Realistic Sounds
The Yamaha P105B is perhaps my new favorite digital piano available on the market at the moment. Its main competitor is the Casio PX150, and out of the two of them we have would have to recommend the P105B over the PX150.
One of the biggest standout features of this piano would have to be the built-in speakers. I absolutely love the way this thing rings out and the quality of the speakers, in my opinion, is so much better than those of the PX150. If you mainly plan on playing just with headphones or through an external speaker system then this probably will not make much of a difference to you, but if not you will appreciate the punch that these speakers pack, especially at this price point.
Another nice feature of the P105B is its weight. This piano weighs in significantly lighter than a lot of similar pianos in this price range. I like this mainly because I’m living in a small apartment at the moment (med school problems) and like that I can easily move this piano around to free up some space in my tiny apartment. This weighs in at just less than 30 pounds. Similar pianos typically weigh in around 50 pounds so this is a significant difference.
The piano voices on any of the Yamaha digital pianos are top notch, but fairly limited. With that said, I think that your really trading quantity for quality because the voices that are included are extreme realistic and are sampled from some of Yamaha’s finest grand pianos. While the voice titled “Grand Piano 1” is supposed to be the go to life-like piano sound, I find that I prefer “Grand Piano 2”. With the former I have noticed that the middle keys sound unbelievably real, but I am a little disappointed with the low-end sounds. I have found though that “Grand Piano 2” doesn’t seem to have that issue what so ever, but still maintains that authentic piano sound that I am aiming for.
This piano also allows you to split (also known as duet) the keyboard. This is a really nice feature for those of you who are looking for a keyboard with which you plan on taking piano lessons. This allows the teacher and the student to play the same exactly keys instead of playing a few octaves apart. Obviously this is not a do or die necessity for piano lessons, but I can see where it would be really helpful with students who like to learn by mimicking.
Now for the bad… There are only two features that I’m not entirely in love with and one of them is the actual keys themselves. The Casio pianos have a certain texture to them that I like, but this is really a personal preference. Both Casio and Yamaha keyboards have a great weighted action to them, but I just like the feel of the Casio slightly better. Even with that said, I would still recommend the Yamaha over the Casio.
Another negative about this piano is the foot pedal. Honestly, there is really no other way to describe it besides crappy, but unfortunately that seems to be the case with just about every digital piano on the market, expect for the uprights. Luckily, you can pick up a separate pedal for pretty cheap, which I strongly recommend doing if you plan on ordering this piano.
Overall even with the negatives mentioned above I still feel really comfortable recommending this piano to others. I think it will suit both beginners and advanced players could even serve well as a portable gig piano for those of you in a band. The Yamaha brand is known for the quality they put into their instruments at relatively affordable prices and this is just another example of that quality. If you have any questions about this piano or anything related to the Yamaha family of electronic pianos please feel free to ask below in the comments.