The Yamaha P-35 may well be the most affordable, fully weighted stage piano ever made…
The new Yamaha P-35 offers so much in terms of specification that the price is, frankly, shocking (in a very good way). As a new model in Yamaha’s ludicrously popular P-Series, you would already expect it to provide great performance at an affordable price. The P-35 raises the bar for sheer value however, being priced at just £349!
With a full-size, fully weighted keyboard action, and a selection of premium quality sounds, this is an unprecedented bargain, and a great beginners instrument. If you have been looking for an inexpensive, but authentic piano playing experience, then look no further…
Full-sized, 88-note GHS Weighted Keyboard
The Yamaha P-35 bears resemblance to the simple, uncluttered appearance of the Yamaha P-95. Unlike this older model, the P-35 has just two buttons on the front fascia: power, and Grand Piano/ Function. The Function button is used to access the ten onboard sounds, along with metronome settings.
The range of sounds onboard includes two great grand pianos, two electric pianos, two organs, strings, harpsichord and vibraphone.
The most surprising aspect of the P-35, however, is perhaps the keyboard. It features an 88-note, GHS fully weighted, graded hammer action keyboard that replicates the feel of a real acoustic piano. To find a keyboard action of this quality on a stage piano at this incredibly low price is unprecedented.
As a practice piano for students away from home, the Yamaha P-35 is perfect. As an inexpensive, portable piano with authentic piano action, it is equally adept. It is even a great, inexpensive weighted MIDI controller (it also has a MIDI in and out socket). In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find anything that does any single one of these things at this price, let alone all of them. Plus, If it is to be a more permanent fixture (i.e. not transported) there is also an optional stand available.
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Joe is a contributor for the Dawsons Music blog. Specialising in product reviews and crafting content to help and inspire musicians of all musical backgrounds.