Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

Gifts and supplies for the musician

the Forums & Piano World

This custom search works much better than the built in one and allows searching older posts.
(ad) Yamaha CP4 Rebate
Yamaha CP4 Rebate
(ad) Pianoteq
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
Who's Online
154 registered (Almaviva, Abby Pianoman, Amosdoll, 36251, alfredo capurso, 41 invisible), 1540 Guests and 7 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Pianos
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#684673 - 08/06/04 01:45 PM Yamaha P250 vs. PF500
joemsg Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 08/06/04
Posts: 9
Loc: California, USA
Anybody have experience comparing the two?
It seems that the only difference is the portability, and maybe the half-pedal effect. The Yamaha website said the PF500 has the half-pedal, how about the P250?
How about the sound the feel? Any difference?

I am leaning towards getting the P250 because it 'looks' more portable (it looks to me that both weight about the same, but the P250 can rest on a portable stand.) But I am also concerned about the sound and the feel. If there is no difference, I will go with the P250.

Thanks for any advice.

(ads) Sweetwater / Roland
The Right Mic Makes all the Difference. Piano Mics at Sweetwater

Click Here

#684674 - 08/06/04 02:25 PM Re: Yamaha P250 vs. PF500
Lightnin Offline
Full Member

Registered: 07/17/04
Posts: 210
I've wondered too. All I know is the Yamaha specificiations, which do seem extremely similar, but there are some minor differences in the specs.

The PF500 spec says speakers are 2x16cm 2x5cm
and the P250 says 2x13cm (and it weighs very slightly less, less stand).

The PF500 says 38 preset voices, and the P250 says 45 presets (both have XG too). The extra appears in the manual to generally be additional variations of GP1, GP2 voices ??

This is in the manuals which can be downloaded from

(Voice list is at the end of the User manual,
specs at the end of the Data reference manual).

#684675 - 08/06/04 08:31 PM Re: Yamaha P250 vs. PF500
mark2048 Offline
Full Member

Registered: 03/31/04
Posts: 48
I have heard that they are almost exactly the same except for case, stand, and pedals. I know that the action is the same. I believe that the sound is the same, too. As far as I could tell when looking into this myself recently (I bought a p250) they have exactly the same feature set that the pf500 has a metronome while the p250's metronome function is only part of the recording feature.

I bought the p250 because it was about $200 cheaper and I didn't really care for the look of the pf500. However, if I had to do it again, I might have got the pf500 because of the metronome and the stand. The p250 is so tall that when it sits on many general purpose keyboard stands at the lowest position it still sits a few inches too tall. You have to spend another $150 - $200 to get a stand made by yamaha for the p250. The pf500 comes with a stand which I assume puts it at the proper height.

#684676 - 08/06/04 11:58 PM Re: Yamaha P250 vs. PF500
joemsg Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 08/06/04
Posts: 9
Loc: California, USA
Thanks for the info. Do you know what is the model number for the P250 Stand? It is one of those foldable stands, not wooden, right?

#684677 - 08/07/04 06:40 AM Re: Yamaha P250 vs. PF500
mark2048 Offline
Full Member

Registered: 03/31/04
Posts: 48
If you go to any online music retailer they should have the stand as an accessory if you lookup the p250. Try music123.com, musiciansfriend.com, musiciansbuy.com, etc...

#684678 - 08/08/04 07:33 PM Re: Yamaha P250 vs. PF500
mark2048 Offline
Full Member

Registered: 03/31/04
Posts: 48
Forgot to mention: if you are cheap (like me) and already have an X-stand (I did), you may be able to cut another notch in it to lower it a few inches. I did this and got my p250 down to about 27.5 inches (I was shooting for 28.25) from about 31.5.

#684679 - 08/09/04 04:57 AM Re: Yamaha P250 vs. PF500
helenh Offline
Full Member

Registered: 06/28/04
Posts: 47
Loc: Rangoon, Burma
My PF500 is at the proper piano height and great to play as is, but it would be heavy to use as a portable (I think about 30 kg without stand, 42 with). I use it as a home piano.

#684680 - 08/16/04 09:37 PM Re: Yamaha P250 vs. PF500
RandomThoughts Offline
Full Member

Registered: 07/27/04
Posts: 106
Loc: Canada
The P250 is about the same weight - it's HEAVY.

The quik-lok ws-550 is nice, compact and very sturdy. It's also height adjustable and reasonably cheap (got mine for 115CAN)

It has half-pedalling, according to the manual.


Moderator:  Piano World 
Shop our Store for Music Lovers!
PianoSupplies.com is Piano World's Online Store
Please visit our store today.
circle of 5ths coaster
(ad 125) Sweetwater - Digital Keyboards & Other Gear
Digital Pianos at Sweetwater
(ad) Hal Leonard Teacher VIP
Hal Leonard Teacher VIP Your Source for Piano Music
Ad (Seiler/Knabe)
Seiler Pianos
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Recommendations for Small Room Humidifier/De-Humidi

by PNO40
Today at 06:03 PM
Where to purchase Kawai MP7?
by cfit
Today at 05:29 PM
Mountain Top Piano
by JohnSprung
Today at 05:05 PM
Folk arrangements
by Yacob
Today at 03:56 PM
Steinway K-52 (VS) K-132
by johnmacdonald
Today at 03:13 PM
What's Hot!!
Trade Regrets: Gary Trafton - Piano Rep
Historic Piano Documents
Posting Pictures on the Forums
Forums Rules & Help
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
Forum Stats
78,672 Registered Members
43 Forums
162,757 Topics
2,389,125 Posts

Most users ever online: 15,252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
Sheet Music Plus (125)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |

copyright 1997 - 2015 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission