The Yamaha Piagerro NP12 features 61 full size keys, which whilst not having the authentic weighted feel of a real piano, they’re still touch sensitive, meaning that the harder you play them, the louder the note, and that’s something that’s essential if you want to be able to play expressive and dynamic pieces of music. Just case you were worried about the restrictions of having only 5 octaves to play with, the NP12 does also feature octave shift and transpose functions, which can help to compensate for that shorter keyboard.
Having just the 61 keys, as opposed to the 88 notes on a full sized piano, means that the NP12 is much more compact in it’s design, and the none weighted keyboard means that the piano itself is much lighter, weighing just 4 and a half kilos, as opposed to the full size pianos on our list, which all weigh in at over 10 kilograms. Add to this the fact that it can run on either the power supply that comes included, or 6 AA batteries, and it’s makes the NP12 a fantastic option if you’re looking for an inexpensive, portable piano.
Feature-wise, there’s 10 onboard tones including 2 piano sounds sampled from Yamaha’s top concert grand pianos, as well as Electric Pianos, Organs, Harpsichords and Strings. It’s also possible to layer 2 of these sounds together, for example, layering piano and strings always sounds really nice and lush, and there’s also an adjustable reverb to add a kind of concert hall vibe to the sound.
The NP12 features a built-in metronome to aid your timing whilst practicing, but it also features a song recorder, a really handy practicing tool that allows you to record your playing, so you can listen back to hear where you need to work on improving. You can listen to your playing through either the built-in stereo speakers or via pair of headphones, there’s a connection for an optional sustain pedal, and finally, USB connectivity so you can connect the keyboard to a computer or tablet for use with tuition software.