Buying a piano

Yamaha P45 vs P125

If you’re in the market for an entry-level digital piano, you’ve probably already come across the Yamaha P45 or P125, both amongst some of the most popular models of portable digital pianos.Whether you’re buying a first piano for your beginning child, or you’re an experienced pianist in need of a practice piano, the Yamaha P-series is a worthwhile consideration. But what are the differences between the two pianos, and why would you pay for the upgrade?

Both the P45 and P125 have the full 88-keys and weighted action. They are both programmed to have the dynamic Yamaha sound. They are also compact and lightweight pianos, both weighing just under twelve kilograms, so they are convenient for small spaces or if you need to move the piano around regularly.

Yet there are a few key differences that you may want to consider.

First of all, the P125 has an improved sound engine, featuring the Yamaha CFIIIS concert grand piano sampling. The P45 uses the Advanced Wave Memory sampling, which is perfectly adequate, but slightly less impressive. While the pianos both feel the same, the playing experience is ultimately more satisfying on the P125 with its improved sound samples and superior speaker system. There is also a much higher polyphony on the P125–195 notes are able to sound at once before notes start ‘dropping,’ compared to 42 on the P45, resulting in a richer, more resonant sound. This is why we would normally recommend the P125 for more experienced players, or if you’re looking for more longevity out of your beginning instrument.

In terms of features, the P125 also has added benefits. You can record on the piano and transfer the file to an electronic device. You also have access to the Yamaha Smart Pianist app, which is very useful for learning music and further customising the sound of your piano. The

P125 has 24 voices, as opposed to the P45’s 10, and it also has a stereo and PA output, making it perfect for gigging musicians. Another benefit of the P125 is its setup–it’s compatible with a fixed stand and the full three pedals, necessary for players wanting extra dimension and expression in their playing.

The P45 doesn’t have the same set up, but if you find yourself unsatisfied with the included pedal as you progress in your playing, you can plug in an additional sustain pedal that has more control, like the sustain pedal on an acoustic piano. The P45 also has an inbuilt metronome, so if your goal is mainly to practise piano, rather than recording and using different sounds and features, the P45 might be your preferred choice, also keeping in mind the question of longevity and playing satisfaction.

Both the P45 and P125 are great digital instruments, whether you’re a beginner or a professional pianist, or in between. But one of the biggest factors in choosing a piano is not just your current playing ability, but what it may become.

The P45 and P125 are readily on display in all our stores for you to experience and enjoy.