Yamaha CP88 Stage Piano
Overview by GAK
The Yamaha CP88 sits at the top of the CP range. It features three sound engines that are powered by Yamaha’s hyper-realistic Advanced Wave Memory 2 technology, high-quality Vintage Component Modeled effects, a immediate, hands-on interface and extenstive connectivity.
Natural Wood Graded Hammer Action
The headline feature of the Yamaha CP88 and what makes it stand out from the competition is its gorgeous Natural Wood Graded Hammer action. Even the most discerning pianists will love the feel of this well-crafted keybed, with many comparing it to a top-flight acoustic grand. Yamaha are renowned for their decades-long experience crafting world-class acoustic pianos and they’ve imparted the CP88 with that pedigree.
A huge part of what makes the NWGH feels so realistic is its graded hammer effect, which replicates the weight difference between higher and lower keys - heavy at the bottom and lighter at the top. Next is the construction of the keys themselves, with a solid wood core that provides the hefty keypresses that you’d expect from the real deal. The NWGH action keys boast synthetic ebony and ivory keytops, which prevent slipping whilst you’re playing - very handy for those intense performances!
The Natural Wood Graded Hammer action employs a third sensor. What this does is allow you to pull off a grand-piano technique where you can re-articulate notes without a complete key release. This makes fast note repetitions a lot easier to perform.
Lighter Than The Competition
The Yamaha CP88 sits at the lighter end of the full-size, graded action keyboards at 18.6kg. It’s a great solution if you’re regularly gigging and need a flexible stage keyboard with a traditional piano feel. Used in tandem with the specialised soft case, transporting the CP88 couldn’t be easier!
Whilst the NWGH action works well for organ and synth sounds, it truly excels when you play any of the CP88’s wonderful acoustic and electric pianos. If you come from an acoustic piano background or simply demand a stellar playing experience from your stage piano - the CP88 is an ideal choice.
Overview by Yamaha
CP88 features an 88-key Natural Wood, Graded Hammer, triple sensor (NW-GH) keyboard with Synthetic Ebony and Ivory Key Tops – the fastest stage piano action on the market designed by a company with over 100 years of acoustic piano-making experience for professionals who demand the best.
Natural Wood keys offer the weight and response that piano players expect. Adding different weight or “grading,” the keyboard reproduces the feel of a piano’s hammers: heavy in the low end and light in the high end. Synthetic Ebony and Ivory Key Tops are lightly porous which adds grip to the keys. This maintains accuracy during long performances or practice sessions.
Finally, a third sensor allows grand piano-like key repetition where notes can be re-articulated without a complete release. This makes it easier to play fast, repeated notes and is one of the main reasons pianists choose grand pianos over uprights.
Sound is the most important part of any musical instrument. CP73 and CP88 stage pianos feature a wide range of grand piano, upright piano, electric piano and keyboard sounds for playing any music genre.
The feel of an instrument is how a musician conveys their uniqueness. CP73 and CP88 feature keyboard action designed with knowledge informed by over 100 years of acoustic piano-making to provide piano players with the action they need for maximum expression.
CP73 and CP88 are designed to withstand the rigours of the road and are extremely intuitive to use.
Direct, immediate and total sound control
With its one-to-one interface, CP gives you direct, immediate and total control of your sound during stage or studio performance. There’s no programming, menu-diving or web searching with CP. The intuitive CP interface allows fast and easy splits, layers and sound-shaping directly from the front panel.
CP73 and CP88 connect and integrate into your home studio or live rig with onboard USB MIDI and audio connectivity.
CP73 and CP88 are among the lightest and most compact instruments in their class. CP88 weighs just 18.6 kg (41 pounds) while CP73 weighs 13.1 (28.9 pounds).
CP73 and CP88 have optional soft cases available. Both cases feature wheels and have zippered compartments for storing pedals and accessories.
- 88-key Natural Wood Graded Hammer keyboard (NW-GH3)
- Top sounds in outstanding sound quality
- Seamless Sound Switching (SSS) prevents the sound being cut off when another sound is selected
- Waveform Memory can be updated via Firmware Update
- Completely new, intuitive user interface
- One Knob settings
- Light weight, 18 kg only
- 88-key Natural Wood Graded Hammer (NW-GH3), synthetic ebony and ivory key tops
- AWM2, 128 voices of polyphony
- 57 Voices (10 Piano, 14 E-Piano, 33 Sub)
- 160 Live-Set-Sounds (80 Presets)
- 23 Insert Effects, 2 Delay Effects, Reverb, 3-Band-EQ
- LC-Display (128 x 64 Pixels)
- Outputs: [L/MONO]/[R] 6,3 mm jack, [L/MONO]/[R] XLR, PHONES (6,3 mm stereo jack)
- Inputs: [L/MONO]/[R] 6,3 mm jack
- Foot Controllers: Foot Controller 1&2, Foot Switch Sustain/Assignable
- MIDI: MIDI 5-pin In/Out, USB
- USB: To Host/To Device
- Power: AC In
- Dimensions: 1,298 x 364 x 141 mm (B x T x H)
- Weight: 18.6 kg
- Comes with: Owner’s Manual x 1, Power cord x 1, Foot pedal (FC3A) x 1
Not cheap, but this is a case of buy once cry once. Feels great, sounds great and wows the clients. Worth it.
Very nice piano
Really nice sounding keyboard, feels great and has a very easy to use interface