Yamaha P35 Review – What You Don’t Know

The lightweight Yamaha P35 sports a full set of 88 weighted keys

UPDATE >>> The Yamaha P35 has been discontinued and is no longer being sold

>>> CLICK HERE For The Review Of The Newer Model, The P45 <<<

  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 4.5 stars
  • 90%

  • Yamaha P35
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  • Last modified: June 23, 2015
  • Polyphony
    Editor: 65%
  • Keys
    Editor: 100%
  • Features
    Editor: 52%
  • Speakers
    Editor: 65%
  • Jacks/Ports
    Editor: 75%
  • Weight/Size
    Editor: 90%
  • Price
    Editor: 88%


Pros

  • Portable
  • 2 MIDI ports
  • Decent amount of features
  • Full set of 88 weighted keys


Cons

  • Lower polyphony compared to some other models
  • No recorder
  • No USB port


When it comes time for you to make the jump from beginner status to intermediate, the first thing you’re probably going to consider is buying an acoustic piano.  When you come back down to earth and realize how expensive and space-consuming that is, you’ll be in the market for an affordable 88-key digital keyboard.  The only problem with these is that they can be expensive too, which is why we’re taking a look at one of the more affordable 88-key digital piano options in this Yamaha P35 review.

Yamaha P35 Review – Why Choose This Keyboard?

Unlike other intermediate keyboards, the Yamaha P35 is moderately priced, giving you the opportunity to expand your musical repertoire without breaking your bank.  Plus, since the Yamaha p35b is portable and powerful, it’s perfect for any of your playing needs—from practicing at home with your headphones on, to sitting in at studio sessions, to gigging across the United States, to playing your little sister’s birthday party.

Yamaha knows that a digital keyboard of this caliber is going to be used for a wide variety of functions.  This is why they made the Yamaha P-35 so versatile.  Comparable to the Casio PX150 in terms of weight (just 25 pounds), and measuring 52.2 x 11.6 x 6 inches, it certainly is a portable digital piano, especially having a full 88 keys.  Plus, with 32 polyphonic sounds and 10 voices, your sonic output is extremely high.

The Yamaha P35 Shows Itself Off In This Clip:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZKAg_WXmnw

What Special Features Are Found On The Yamaha P35?

But where the the Yamaha P-35 really shines is not in its extreme portability (which is amazing, don’t get us wrong), but rather in its stunning features.  Starting with the Advanced Wave Memory technology, you’ll be able to apply a digital filter to any of your recorded samples, allowing you to distort, arrange and create richer sounds.  This technology uses using pairs of waveforms (L and R) captured with two microphones and comes straight from the decades of experience Yamaha has in working with piano and sounds.

4 different Touch Sensitivity settings mimic an acoustic piano feel

Further, the full 88 keyboard, just like the Yamaha P105, contains all weighted keys to ensure that the “feel” is correct.  This is called Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) technology.  On a grand piano, keys on the lower register take more effort to strike and keys on the higher end of the piano can be played with the softest of touches—the same applies with the P-35.  And when you do strike the keys—no matter how hard or soft—you can be certain that the built-in amplification unit will let your music be heard.

UPDATE >>> The Yamaha P35 has been discontinued and is no longer being sold

>>> CLICK HERE For The Review Of The Newer Model, The P45 <<<

How Does The P35 Compare To Similar Pianos?

Casio PX-150Yamaha P35Korg SP170Yamaha YPG-535
RatingRated 4.5 starsRated 4.5 starsRated 4 starsRated 4 stars
Price$489.99$489.99$499.99
Criteria
  • Polyphony
    Editor: 85%
  • Keys
    Editor: 100%
  • Features
    Editor: 73%
  • Speakers
    Editor: 70%
  • Jacks/Ports
    Editor: 80%
  • Weight/Size
    Editor: 90%
  • Price
    Editor: 86%
  • Polyphony
    Editor: 65%
  • Keys
    Editor: 100%
  • Features
    Editor: 52%
  • Speakers
    Editor: 65%
  • Jacks/Ports
    Editor: 75%
  • Weight/Size
    Editor: 90%
  • Price
    Editor: 88%
  • Polyphony
    Editor: 80%
  • Keys
    Editor: 100%
  • Features
    Editor: 25%
  • Speakers
    Editor: 72%
  • Jacks/Ports
    Editor: 70%
  • Weight/Size
    Editor: 90%
  • Price
    Editor: 86%
  • Polyphony
    Editor: 65%
  • Keys
    Editor: 90%
  • Features
    Editor: 77%
  • Speakers
    Editor: 80%
  • Jacks/Ports
    Editor: 90%
  • Weight/Size
    Editor: 75%
  • Price
    Editor: 86%

Can It Connect With Other Devices?

Of course, with a digital piano that is as streamlined (one touch operation) as this piano, you’ll need some other gear if you’re going to be recording or connecting the keyboard with other technology.  The guys over at Yamaha understand this and have equipped a MIDI out port that allows you to easily hook the Yamaha P-35 up to other keyboards for complete integration into an existing setup.

You can also plug your Yamaha P35 directly into your laptop, iPad or smartphone to use it with any number of music or recording apps.  For more stationary recording studios, it plugs in seamlessly with just about any computer system or recording interface.  This allows you the versatility you need to practice, record or gig from your home or the road—no matter what.

Why Is The P35 Perfect For Both Students And Teachers?

MIDI in/out ports come standard on the P35

The Yamaha P-35 also has a dual mode, a must-have for any teacher or student.  This allows the keyboard to be “split” down the middle (or otherwise) so that you have two equal sections of keys.  Unlike other keyboards, now a teacher can play along with the student at the same exact octave, eliminating any confusion that might occur in the student’s head.  Students can also practice on their own thanks to the 1/4″ headphone output.

Plus, there are a number of great sounds and features that are included such as electric pianos, strings, horns, organs, harpsichords and voices.  With 10 demos, 10 preset songs and four different types of reverb, you can be certain that all of your most basic needs are taken care of by the Yamaha p35b.

What Do P35 Owners Think?

“The Yamaha P35B is the perfect choice, in my opinion; it’s economical, it gives enough of a feel of a real piano to satisfy many people (let’s face it… digital is here to stay), and the sound is excellent.”
– Source: Annie Lea Mcleod (Amazon.com review)

“Another feature we love is the fact that you can plug in headphones and play while not disturbing the rest of the family! Can’t say enough about this piano.”
Source: Latetia Vernelson (Amazon.com review)

“A quality instrument with great sound and feel.”
– Source: Mitchell K. Woods (Amazon.com review)

“this is a wonderful piece of technology, and I’d buy another one in a heartbeat.”
– Source: My Pen Name (Amazon.com review)

What Could Be Better About This Keyboard?

We learned a couple things about this piano that could be considered shortcomings.

First off, there is no built-in recording function on the unit (unlike another Yamaha piano, the P255, which we’ve reviewed). You will instead have to make use of the standard MIDI jacks on the unit instead if you want to use the P35 as a controller for projects.

Along the same lines, there is no USB port included in order to interface with a flash drive for saving songs.

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Specs
Keys88
Weighted Keys
Touch Response
Polyphony32
SpeakersTwo 6-watt
Recorder
Voices10
LCD Screen
Stand Included
Weight (lbs)26
Dimensions52 x 12 x 6
Preset Songs10
Phone/Out Jacks1
USB Ports
MIDI PortsMIDI In/Out
AUX Jacks
Damper Pedals1
Auto Power-Off
Layering
Reverb
Split Mode
Transpose
Tempo Adjust
Metronome
Panel Sustain
Scale Types
Sound Boost
Duet
Damper Resonance
Chorus
Brilliance

UPDATE >>> The Yamaha P35 has been discontinued and is no longer being sold

>>> CLICK HERE For The Review Of The Newer Model, The P45 <<<

Conclusion – Yamaha P35

Summary:

While it might be a bit much for a beginner’s piano, the Yamaha P35 is certainly is a solid investment if you’re sure of your commitment to playing – especially for the price. A reliable keyboard that you can always fall back on, even if you wind up buying pricier units in the future.

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Rating
Rated 4.5 stars

{ 5 comments… add one }

  • Doug Beney October 20, 2014, 5:13 am

    Thanks for the review! I stumbled on your site trying to find out if the the yamaha p35 had a midi port. Seems like a great keyboard:)

    • Rick Stallworth October 20, 2014, 5:15 am

      You’re welcome Doug! Yes, it has a MIDI port. Hope you learned some other info you didn’t know as well.

  • Sean McLaughlin October 26, 2014, 5:47 am

    I have owned a Yamaha KX88 (with lead weighted keys) midi controller since 1985 and inherited another one from a composer throwing in the towel. It is a great feeling keyboard no doubt. And has held up extremely well. However, it weighs in around 80 (!) pounds. In its Anvil case, the whole deal is a heavy beast indeed. Bring on the P35. I was hired to play keys accompanying a 13 year old singer-songwriter, Hailey Miller, at TempleBase studios down on Seward street in Hollywood for a couple of sessions and used the studio’s P35 keyboard midi controller and onboard piano sound midi layered with a Roland module’s piano sound. I was really really surprised at HOW GOOD this board felt and sounded. It feels far more solid than its 25 pound weight would seem. Controlling acoustic piano with such a playable feel is hard to find. I consider it a great lightweight solid midi controller with substantial enough key/action feel, responsive. And with few but usable performing sounds! I found my new gigging board! And the price is very right.

  • A Williams October 11, 2015, 8:34 pm

    Hello,
    I am looking for a new music stand for the P35: my daughter leaned on hers while practicing and it snapped at the base where it clips onto the top of the piano. Now that it’s discontinued, what’s the chance of finding parts, and are they available in the UK?
    Thanks, A Williams

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