I was one of those kids who was always musically challenged. I love music, and I can remember the lyrics to about a million songs, but I can’t seem to translate that into moving my fingers along an instrument. It probably didn’t help that when I was 8 years old my mother decided I should learn to play the accordion. It seems we had a cousin who was a big thing on the Steel Pier, and I think she had visions of us wowing the Ed Sullivan show with our hardcore accordion beats.
Needless to say, my mother’s dream never came true. Not only did I never make it to the Ed Sullivan Show, or even the Steel Pier, I never again seriously picked up an instrument. Thanks, Mom. It was only in recent years that I got the itch to try to learn something again, and I’ve now bought and sold or given away those neglected acoustic guitars.
My wife, on the other hand, picked up the piano at an early age. She is artistic by nature and definitely talented when it comes to music. Even after years of not playing, she can sit down at the keyboard and bang out an entertaining rendition of Dancing Queen, Let it Be or even Blue Danube by Strauss. I envy her ability to play the piano, but console myself with the fact that she has little ability to retain lyrics. Her favorite sing-along songs have a chorus that goes something like “la la la”.
Since we have been living in small spaces for the last 10 years, having a full-sized piano like she used to have in Switzerland is not an option. Over the years I asked her if she wanted to buy a portable piano but she always refused. I was curious about this because I knew how much she loved to play. I asked her once and she told me the reason. “Those little plastic keyboards just don’t sound good”.
Seems she had once played with a toy keyboard and now every portable keyboard was the same low quality tin. Since I had already bought a keyboard for my daughter some years before, I knew that modern portable keyboards were much better than the old Casio toys of early days. It was just a matter of getting her to listen to one. So, one day when we were out shopping, I ducked into a music store and started banging out the few notes I knew from Billy Joel’s “Only the good die young”. As bad as it was, it was enough for her to realize that portable pianos had come a long way and were worthy of her consideration.
We spent some time shopping and looking for the best combination of size, performance and price. She wanted small, but not too small. We settled on the 76 key version as a good compromise. Of course, it had to have great sound. The piano should sound like a real grand piano, with the option to change to other equally natural alternatives. Accompaniment was something she didn’t know she wanted, but once she learned how much you can do with all those voices and a sequencer, she was sold.
Good built-in speakers and a headset are must haves as well. My wife likes to practice the same songs over and over and it’s better for both of us if she can do that into headphones. We also wanted a good stand that was adjustable for different heights and as light and portable as the keyboard. We don’t have a lot of chairs, so the keyboard had to adjust for the chair, rather than the other way around.
Finally, the ability to interface with PC composition software and play General Midi files was an option that we wanted to give ourselves. She didn’t know if she would be spending a lot of time playing and how much she wanted to get into making her own songs, but it’s great to have that option.
The one we finally settled on was the Yamaha YPG-235 76 Key Portable Grand Piano. It had all of the features she wanted in a keyboard and was for sale at an incredibly affordable price compared to a full-size piano. It turned out to be a great choice for her and she’s loved every minute of using it. She still hasn’t gotten to all of the advanced features that Yamaha offers, but has been able to go back through her catalog of favorite music and play them as she like to hear them. I’ve heard them too, and they sound great.
Yamaha Corporation is a Japanese conglomerate based in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan. They offer a very wide range of products and services, predominantly musical instruments, electronics, motorcycles and power sports equipment. They are the world’s largest piano manufacturing company.
Established in 1960 as Yamaha International Corporation, Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) offers a full line of musical instruments and audio/visual products to the U.S. market.
Yamaha began selling the YPG-235 Portable Grand Piano in 2015.
Yamaha YPG-235 Portable Grand Piano
- 76 piano-style keys with Graded Soft Touch (GST) action
- Backlit LCD, panel lights, pitch bend wheel,6-track sequencer allows you to record your own music
- Portable Grand Button: industry’s best piano
- 30 Built-in Songs
- Yamaha Education Suite teaches you to play by breaking down songs
- USB & Flash ROM to download new Songs and Styles for playing.
- The screws are provided however they are screwed into the holes already
- Samson HP30 Closed-Cup Headphones
- SXKS Standard X-Style Keyboard Stand
- Yamaha PA-150 AC Power Adapter
The Yamaha YPG-235 is among the best selling models from one of the leading brands in music.
Some customer reviews
With the Yamaha TPG-235 keyboard I am happy to say that the reviews were very helpful in making this purchase. TONS of people have purchased and reviewed this item and about 9 out of 10 people have given it either 4 or 5 stars. That’s impressive.
I bought this specifically so I could make multi track recordings and load them to my computer. Very pleased, especially with the cost.
This was purchased to replace a less expensive Yamaha. It is so much better! The additional keys are worth the money. the sound quality is better too and it sounds more like a grand than previous model.