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#2308208 - 07/28/14 03:59 PM Is a Yamaha P35 appropriate for church services?
Giancarlo Robles Online   content
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My church is considering purchasing a new digital piano to upgrade their almost 15 year old Roland Alessis but are looking for cheap alternatives. They are considering a Yamaha P35 as an alternative but I'd like to have an opinion from all of you. Is it a good enough digital piano in terms of touch/sound/performance? The piano is usually accompanied by drums, guitar, and latin percussion (congas). Also sometimes by a bass. Not sure what other information you might need so any questions feel free to ask. Thank you!

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#2308216 - 07/28/14 04:22 PM Re: Is a Yamaha P35 appropriate for church services? [Re: Giancarlo Robles]
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If you're going to look at that with the GHS action (not very good compared to other actions), then you should also check out the Casio PX-150. Also, be sure to check the used markets for something a few years old but perhaps a higher-end model (stick with the big names in DPS: Yamaha, Roland, Kawai, Casio). I just did a quick search and came up with this on ebay:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ROLAND-FP-8-88-w...=p2054897.l4275

Will you be playing the instrument mainly? Be sure to play lots of different actions to see what you like, even if it's outside the price range. That way you know what's out there and it will help you define what qualities you like and dislike.
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#2308232 - 07/28/14 05:12 PM Re: Is a Yamaha P35 appropriate for church services? [Re: Giancarlo Robles]
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I don't know what it's connectivity is like, but I would guess with that sort of set up you'll be looking at attaching the keyboard to a PA system, so check it has line in/out (rather than simply using the headphone output)

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#2308238 - 07/28/14 05:37 PM Re: Is a Yamaha P35 appropriate for church services? [Re: Vectistim]
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Originally Posted By: Vectistim
I don't know what it's connectivity is like, but I would guess with that sort of set up you'll be looking at attaching the keyboard to a PA system, so check it has line in/out (rather than simply using the headphone output)


Good point. The P35 doesn't have Line out which makes it not ideal for band/performing situations. I think the PX-150 is in the same boat.


Edited by Morodiene (07/28/14 05:38 PM)
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#2308262 - 07/28/14 06:57 PM Re: Is a Yamaha P35 appropriate for church services? [Re: Giancarlo Robles]
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Totally appropriate if you can plug in to a PA. There are nicer ones out there but the P35 will do the job.

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#2308349 - Yesterday at 12:33 AM Re: Is a Yamaha P35 appropriate for church services? [Re: Giancarlo Robles]
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FWIW --

If you have the budget, consider a Casio PX-350. The action is at least as good as the P-35 (I think it's better), and the PX-350 has:

. . . Line Out (stereo and mono) for the PA;

. . . A good selection of organ and electronic piano sounds,
. . . _many_ more than the P-35.

Some of the organ sounds (e.g., a decent reed organ) are hidden in the "General MIDI" set of "Other Tones".

. Charles

PS -- bias - I own a PX-350, and like it.

PPS -- there's an interesting review here:

http://azpianonews.blogspot.ca/2012/10/review-yamaha-p35-casio-cdp120-digital.html

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#2308418 - Yesterday at 09:06 AM Re: Is a Yamaha P35 appropriate for church services? [Re: Giancarlo Robles]
Giancarlo Robles Online   content
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Great information everyone! I think I can make a case for upgrading to a different digital piano. There was another thing that bothered me about the P35: only 32 polyphony. I have a PX-350 and using a sustain pedal playing scales I easily reach close to 100 polyphony out of the max 128. That was something that turned up a red flag on not getting that particular Yamaha for church. Do you guys think that so low in polyphony could become a problem later on?

I'm not going to be using that piano just yet since there is another pianist at church but I'm taking classes to actually take over come December. Plus I want my church to make a worthwhile purchase since they're going to be spending so much money.

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#2308443 - Yesterday at 10:32 AM Re: Is a Yamaha P35 appropriate for church services? [Re: Giancarlo Robles]
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Originally Posted By: Giancarlo Robles
Great information everyone! I think I can make a case for upgrading to a different digital piano. There was another thing that bothered me about the P35: only 32 polyphony. I have a PX-350 and using a sustain pedal playing scales I easily reach close to 100 polyphony out of the max 128. That was something that turned up a red flag on not getting that particular Yamaha for church. Do you guys think that so low in polyphony could become a problem later on?

I'm not going to be using that piano just yet since there is another pianist at church but I'm taking classes to actually take over come December. Plus I want my church to make a worthwhile purchase since they're going to be spending so much money.


Definitely that low polyphony will have an effect! In church music you will often be playing with something like an electric piano sound and strings mix, or piano and pad...those things that sustain will awkwardly cut out every few notes!

FYI, if the budget is $500 USD (not sure where you are located) then you are really looking at the very low end of DPs, unfortunately. If you can get into the $800-$1000 price range then that's going to open up things for a MUCH better instrument. Many dealers offer payment plans, so if you can put the $500 down and finance the rest that may be an option if you can't get the funds upfront.


Edited by Morodiene (Yesterday at 10:33 AM)
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#2308537 - Yesterday at 02:28 PM Re: Is a Yamaha P35 appropriate for church services? [Re: Giancarlo Robles]
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P35 is kind of old.

Take a look at the P105 - the piano sample is a lot better, but it only has one church organ voice (a not too terrible blend of chapel and pipe). My wife just got a used one with bench & stand for $350.
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#2308676 - Yesterday at 06:58 PM Re: Is a Yamaha P35 appropriate for church services? [Re: Giancarlo Robles]
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Originally Posted By: Giancarlo Robles
. . . I have a PX-350 . . .


A suggestion:

. . . Bring the pianist (or the piano-buying committee) to
. . . your house, and let them try it out.

It's up to you whether you let them play with the auto-accompaniment, and rhythms, and other goodies.

But I would definitely show them the organ and electric-piano sounds, and try layering the piano with a "warm pad" from the "Strings" section.

. Charles

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#2308871 - 17 seconds ago Re: Is a Yamaha P35 appropriate for church services? [Re: Giancarlo Robles]
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That actually sounds like the best idea Charles! Getting them to my house should not be too much trouble (it's pretty close to church). I was actually considering that since the PX-350 is excellent. At the very least if they decide not to buy the PX-350 they have the alternative of a PX-150 which is just as good. However, I'm not sure if the PX-150 has a pad (I think it should) and if it layers sounds (probably).

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