Yamaha CP Stage Pianos: Everything You Need to Know

Yamaha continues to innovate the world of stage pianos as they release the Yamaha CP. These new instruments offer a fresh take on performance and style. Thankfully, we had Yamaha product specialist Blake Angelos in the Sam Ash Studio to give us a first hand deep-dive into the inner workings of this incredible piano. Let’s take a look.

The Models

“Authentic Sound, Realistic Touch, with an all new design featuring a 1-to-1 interface”. Blake boasts these features as a means to create sound and interact with the instrument in real time.

CP 73

The first option is the 73 note piano. This model is keyed E to E with a balanced hammer action. It’s keyed this way to accommodate a greater relationship with your band members where the guitarist and bass player have E as their lowest note. With that in mind, it’s also a great size for gigging players. If you’re focusing on electric pianos, clavs, organs, etc, then the balanced hammer action of the CP 73 would be a great choice for you.

CP 88

One of the big differences in this model is that it has an 88 key, natural wood, graded hammer action (heavier on the low end, lighter on the high end) to simulate the feel of a grand piano. It also has synthetic ebony and ivory keycaps to further simulate the acoustic feel, and goes even further with its triple-sensor action. With this, you can strike the keys multiple times in quick succession before the key returns to playing position (as you would be able to do on an acoustic piano). This model is great for a true to form pianist.

Knobs and Switches

Piano | Electric Piano | Sub

These stage pianos are laid out in a clean and idiomatic way that is indicative of that 1-to-1 interface we were talking about. One of the initial drawbacks of digital pianos, synths, and what have you, is the menu diving. With the CP, Yamaha hopes to take away that intimidation and make things much more tactile and accessible right on the piano itself. I personally love the color coded layout. It looks inviting to me without being intimidating. It just looks like an instrument that wants you to play it.

There are 3 sections that all offer the same controls and identical layout. So, everything makes sense within each section. You have Pianos, Electric Pianos, and Sub. What changes in each section are the effects, and again, they are effects that make sense to that section. These are effects that you would naturally assume are useful to that section, and therefore make sense when you select them.

Conclusion

Finally, the CP features flash memory on which Yamaha will regularly be updating the OS to add new content. With this, your CP will continue to have life and give you enjoyment long after purchase. This is an incredible machine, and definitely worth your time to check out. Whether your a gigging musician who wants the portability and balanced keys of the CP 73, or a purist piano player that wants the fun and versatility but with 88 graded hammer action keys in the CP 88, these fantastic series of instruments could be just the piano for you.

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Dave Stutts
Dave Stutts is a native of the greater Hampton Roads area of Virginia. He received his Bachelors of Music degree in Theory & Composition from the prestigious Christopher Newport University music school. He is a music composer living and working in New York City. He specializes in orchestral/symphonic work as well as pop and digital music. His scoring work has ranged from Chamber Ensemble pieces (String Quartets/Brass Quintets), larger ensembles compositions (Wind Ensemble/Symphony Orchestra/String Orchestra), as well as short film and video game work.He is also a songwriter and a regular gigging musician in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. He refers to his style as Pop/Rock and Blues. His musical career began when he started playing guitar at age 5. He later progressed to Bass in middle school, Drums in High School, and finally Percussion and Piano in college. When asked, he has cited Michael Giacchino, Hans Zimmer, and John Williams as his major film and video game inspirations, and John Mayer as his primary pop inspiration.