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Yamaha CP50 Reviews

4.0 stars based on 2 customer reviews
  • Chris Malik
    from East Aurora, NY September 3, 2010Music Background:
    Piano hobbyist

    Great piano with lots of surprise!

    I love a great piano sound and love a great Rhodes sound, and am always looking at and occasionally buying the new one that grabs my attention whether I really need it or not (it's a weakness I have). I have had lots of Yamaha keyboards over the years. Have always felt they had a great feeling action and over time have gotten progressively nicer piano and electric piano sounds. Seems like Yamaha's new CP trio (CP1, CP5, and CP50) is an industry response to Roland's impressive V-Piano, but with some great additives. These new CP pianos use a combination of sampling and modeling technology with very impressive results.

    Having closely compared the three new Yamaha pianos I decided easily on the CP50. It has only one main sampled piano (from the CP1) with several iterations (same sample EQ'd differently with a variety of effects) but it's a great sound, and all that I need. Same thing with the Rhodes sound (a 1975 Rhodes sample). Where the CP1 and CP5 have a variety of Rhodes samples and then numerous iterations on each one, the CP50 uses only one main Rhodes sample (a really nice one) with some different iterations of that. Again, all that I need.

    The action on the CP1 and CP5 is a "new wood" action. It's an interesting feel and very responsive but it's not graded and much too light for me. The CP50 uses Yamaha's traditional graded hammer action. It's very substantial feeling, and certainly more of my preference.

    The CP50 is lighter weight than it's two sisters, and a fraction of the cost. For me, it takes the best of all the features and does so at a reasonable cost. A very nice piano.

    Oh yeah, I mentioned it had some surprises. On first look, it's hard to understand the functioning of all the lights and buttons. A perusal through the manual and a little playing with the thing, and I'm super impressed with the smart functionality and thought behind the architecture of the design. I bought it mainly because it had a few really great piano and Rhodes sounds, and I figured if I use it just for those things it would still be a good value. How surprised I was to see how nicely you can combine and control various sounds, their ranges and effects, and much more. I also never really wanted to get a keyboard with the built in rhythm tracks, but to be honest I've been having a real blast using this feature -- and I've only had the piano for a week now. Really love this instrument.

  • Lou Cucunato
    from Milwaukee, WI August 2, 2011Music Background:
    Professional keyboardist

    Sounds great but...

    I found the operating system non-user friendly, having come from years of using the Motif. Too many multiple function buttons. The biggest dissappointment was the removal of the other control wheel most commonly used for modulation. I really don't want a dedicated pedal for that function. It is indispensible for all the great sounding organ presets, just for starters.

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