Updated: May 10, 2015

Yamaha CP300 Piano Review and Buying Guide:

One of the first things that babies do when they become a bit more aware of the world around them is try to make music. This seems to be an innate yearning we all have to hear beautiful sounds and to communicate with each other with these sounds. From a baby's instinctive noise-making to a concert pianist, there is a little musician in each of us. Yamaha wants to help you bring that musician out with the CP300 digital piano. Pianos come in many different forms, from the traditional and grand Baby Grands to today's sophisticated digital pianos. Different sounds, different options, and the ability to make sound that is distinctly you are the qualities that make digital pianos like the Yamaha CP300 so exciting. This guide will take a more in-depth look at this Yamaha electric piano so you can see if it's right for your sound.


The Yamaha CP300: What is a Digital Piano? - Originally, electronic, or digital, pianos started out as an alternative to the more expensive "real" pianos. The acoustic pianos were generally regarded as being of superior quality, but if you were low-end, you could make do with the electric one. No more. Digital pianos may not be the same as acoustic, but they are certainly capable of creating top quality, interesting, rich, and dynamic sound. The digital piano is not the same, but it's certainly not a second class citizen any longer. These pianos have a number of benefits for the musician:

*They are usually less expensive - though some of today's models are packed with options that drive up the price.
*They are usually smaller and lighter.
*No tuning required.
*Different instrument sound options.
*More learning and composition features.
*May have headphone output and recording option.
*Don't require a microphone.

Does the Yamaha CP300 offer any additional benefits? As one of the best digital pianos in the industry, you can bet that it does.



The Yamaha CP300: Create Your Sound:

Reviewers on SweetWater.com, a premier music site, say that the Yamaha CP300 is the best digital piano, period. One says that it's the "best keyboard for real piano players." It sounds and feels like a real piano and the Yamaha produces sound that is even better than the Roland RD series. Another musician said he played at a live show with his CP300 and people came up to him, amazed that he was playing a digital piano keyboard and producing such clear, amazing acoustic sounds. The CP300 is one of a long line of Yamaha keyboards, and it improves on the success the company has had since the beginning of the CP series in the 1970s. Here is a look at the CP300's features:

*88 keys
*AWM tone generation system
*Maximum polyphony of 128 notes
*50 original voices plus 12 drum kits and 480 XG voices
*5-band Master Equalizer with panel sliders
*Effects, including reverb, chorus, delay, auto wah and much more
*MIDI functions
*High quality built-in stereo speaker system
*Performance Mode to store and recall custom CP300 settings
*16-track sequencer
*Independent control of up to 4 external tone generators in Master Mode
*Balanced XLR outputs
*USB connectivity
*Locking features so you don't accidentally shut something off or turn something on when you're playing

What does all of this mean? It means that you get superb, professional playability and sound in an intuitive and thoroughly option-packed digital piano. Yamaha has created a digital and portable piano that delivers incredible results. You can hear the great sound in this YouTube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbpvKFP7w5U&feature=related), among many others. A review in Piano-Keyboard-Reviews.com says the CP300 electric piano is an "awe inspiring keyboard that is a sure stage performer for the professional or aspiring professional keyboard player." Hopefully that inspiration extends to your playing as well. Besides the stellar sound and quality of the CP300 electronic piano, one common theme mentioned in reviews is the size of the keyboard. Measuring 61 x 23 x 12 inches and weighing in at 131 pounds makes it difficult to call the Yamaha CP300 "portable." It is. You can definitely move it. Move it easily, though? Depends on how strong you are or who you have helping you. It can be a bit unwieldy. The added weight is actually a plus for many people who like its solidity and sound, but for those who travel frequently, it can be a disadvantage. Most players find that the benefits overwhelmingly outweigh this, no pun intended. But it is certainly something to be aware of before you buy. Speaking of buying, how much will the beautiful Yamaha CP300 cost you? It lists for $2900, but you can find it on Amazon for $2000. Pricy, yes a bit, but if you talk to CP300 owners, they'll tell you it's worth every penny.

A Word About the CP33 Digital Piano - The Yamaha CP300 has a very talented little brother that you may find more suitable for your needs or your budget. The CP33 measures 51.75 x 6 x 13 inches and weighs only 40 pounds. The 88-key digital piano features:

*Pitch bend
*Modulation
*Zone control sliders
*Master volume dial
*AWM Dynamic Stereo Sampling
*Maximum polyphony of 64 notes
*14 voices and 2 variations for each voice
*Headphone jack
*Foot pedal (sustain/aux)
*MIDI in/out
*Power adaptor

While it doesn't have the same range of features that you will find in the CP300, the CP33 may be ideal for more novice players and those who have a more modest budget. Not cheap by any means, the $1000 price tag is still a bit friendlier to many musicians. Yamaha is known for many things, but at the top of the list should be their high-quality line of digital pianos. The CP300, and the CP33 to a lesser extent, capture all of the promise of these great pianos and offer musicians the best sound and the most options. What more could any player want?