Yamaha NP30 Portable Grand Piano Review

I travel a lot. Not necessarily from city to city, but I rarely just stay at home doing nothing. I always just have to be doing something. Because of this, I was at a nearby store the other day and looking at some digital pianos.

I wanted a digital piano that was incredibly portable. And, I just like to try playing different pianos when I have the chance. I guess it’s just a weird habit of mine. Because of this, I tried out the Yamaha NP30.

This Digital Piano is For:

  • People who travel a lot
  • People who like to play as a hobby
  • Casual piano players

Pros

  • It’s light enough to carry and small enough to fit in cars. It’s an extremely portable digital piano
  • It runs on batteries, which helps its portability once again
  • Very cheap
  • Sound quality is on par with the Yamaha P85

Portability, affordability, and quality (I just like the way it sounds so I’m emphasizing it)

Cons

  • The keys are only semi-weighted so piano purists may not want this
  • It has only 76 keys, but that is enough to play most music (including Beethoven)
  • It does not come with an AC Adapter or a damper pedal

What is the Yamaha NP30 Like?

I was looking for a portable piano, and that’s why I came across this piano. It’s made specifically to be portable. The Yamaha NP30 weighs at an incredible 12 pounds. It’s easy to carry for any piano players out there. I’m not a strong guy at all, and I thought it was incredibly light. In other words, this is perfect for you if want a beautiful piano sound that’s incredibly portable.

travel piano

The keys are slightly shorter. This digital piano also does not have 88 notes. These two things may be a problem for certain people, but it still has 76 notes, which is enough to play almost any music that you would want to play (including Beethoven).  The reason why they did this is that they made this piano specifically to be portable. It’s light enough to be carried by anybody without much effort. It’s small enough to fit in cars. That’s why this is the perfect “travel piano”.

It’s just pretty cool being able to take your piano wherever you go and whenever you want.

Yamaha NP30: Feel and Sound

I personally don’t think this piano is for beginners who want to learn. If you’re a casual player looking to buy something affordable and portable, you should definitely check this out. However, if you’re a beginner who wants to learn the nuances and subtleties of playing the piano, then I don’t think this is for you.

Why? This piano had to sacrifice a few features to make it so light. Most notable is that the keys are semi-weighted. As explained in my previous reviews, weighted keys help emulate an acoustic piano. The lower notes are heavier. The higher notes are lighter.

While it does feel more “pianoish” than non-weighted pianos (since it is semi-weighted), it still feels a little too light. Beginners that want to learn how to play should start learning from either an acoustic piano or a weighted piano.

If you start learning from a non-weighted digital piano, you tend to develop bad habits. Not only that, you’ll struggle to adapt to an acoustic piano. If you’re a beginner and you’re really on a budget, I would recommend a weighted 61-note keyboard.

As a beginner, you probably won’t use all 88 notes. Also as a beginner, it’s important to start learning with the weighted keys. If you can afford it though,  you should check out the Casio PX-130 or the Yamaha P95.

If you’re a casual player, you probably wouldn’t mind having non-weighted keys. In this case, by all means, check out the Yamaha NP30. It’s affordable and portable. It also sounds beautiful. At its price, the quality of the sound is unbeatable. Yes, the sound quality is on par with the Yamaha P-85, which is very impressive when you take into consideration the price difference.

Other Features

This keyboard…runs on batteries! Yes, you just need 6 AA batteries. That’s amazing, and it further helps with portability. It’s just convenient being able to go somewhere and play without worrying about having to find power. The only downside to this is that it does not come with an AC Adapter. You have to buy it separately.

The speakers are better than you’d expect. At least, it was better than I expected it to be. In addition, while the individual sounds are amazing, it seems to lose that richness when combining them.

With 32-note polyphony, it should be fine for beginners and some intermediate level players. It’s not a complex item with many (sometimes unnecessary) features. It’s straightforward with its uses – portability, affordability, and quality.

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