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Used my Yamaha P125 for a gig...

Posted By: Honkytonkman

Used my Yamaha P125 for a gig... - 03/16/19 01:26 PM

..and actually it performed better than I thought possible.

I've had mixed feelings about my P125 since I bought it. At home it's no fun at all, and I'm constantly aware of my dislike of the action. Interestingly I can't work out what I don't like - just doesn't seem to suit me. The action might be too light or perhaps unforgiving where an acoustic piano is less likely to sound a wrong note that is accidentally brushed in passing.

Anyhoo, I did a pub gig as a trio and we decided not to use the pub's piano (although it's great - an old but excellent Spencer of London upright). We thought we'd try the Yamaha with its e-pianos as the basis for our sound - Ray Charles, Leon Russell, Charlie Rich, etc.

Using the e-piano voices the action seems to make more sense. Not sure if the touch sensitivity changes or if expecting a different touch (as per an old e-piano) tricked my fingers into accepting it. It worked well too when layering the Hammond organ on top for solos.

So, I'd be happy gigging in a band with it as its light to carry and easy to select sounds on the fly, and in a gig context with lots going on the action is acceptable.

At home, it still feels odd, and the hunt goes on. Have heard that Casios have a nice feel but there aren't nearby for me to try.
Posted By: peterws

Re: Used my Yamaha P125 for a gig... - 03/16/19 03:07 PM

It's meant to be used as an inexpensive gig machine. The piano sounds thenselves would also sound good to an audience through a suitable amp, although there are no line outs which is regrettable. I used my DGX in a similar way at a wedding, and it was fine.
The action is probably as good as that on many an old uprights you'll be asked to play.
Posted By: Kawai James

Re: Used my Yamaha P125 for a gig... - 03/18/19 02:08 AM

Originally Posted by peterws
...although there are no line outs which is regrettable.


According to the specifications on the Yamaha website, the P-125 *does* have Line Out connectors (AUX OUT).

Kind regards,
James
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Posted By: Honkytonkman

Re: Used my Yamaha P125 for a gig... - 03/19/19 11:34 PM

Originally Posted by Kawai James
Originally Posted by peterws
...although there are no line outs which is regrettable.


According to the specifications on the Yamaha website, the P-125 *does* have Line Out connectors (AUX OUT).


That's right - it has L/MONO and R 1/4" outputs.
Posted By: PossumES8Krome61

Re: Used my Yamaha P125 for a gig... - 03/20/19 03:03 AM

Hello, I took mine out this weekend (P125) and it indeed does have lineouts. I still want to try it with my ZXA90 Electrovoice (or whatever number it is lol).

GHS will never get a good rap from people but I find the board to be excellent for my indie singer/songwriter rock music. The internal speakers are decent compared to prior generations and good for a house concert type setting.

Please note that this board is not designed to compete with a ES8 or something along that lines. For me it excels at being 25 pounds + the new Yamaha bag that fits it well (this keyboard is 6 1/2" high which is more than other keyboards).

I prefer this to my PX130 I had which sounded somewhat synthetic. I find this Yamaha has a warm sound to it and the Rhodes was half decent (again, not a Nord nor the ES8 rhodes)
Posted By: JoeT

Re: Used my Yamaha P125 for a gig... - 03/20/19 01:42 PM

Originally Posted by PossumES8Krome61
GHS will never get a good rap from people but I find the board to be excellent for my indie singer/songwriter rock music. The internal speakers are decent compared to prior generations and good for a house concert type setting.

The question is what do you use it for.

Daily practice? Could you stand doing that 1-3 hours daily on that P-125?
Posted By: PossumES8Krome61

Re: Used my Yamaha P125 for a gig... - 03/21/19 01:26 AM

Originally Posted by JoeT
Originally Posted by PossumES8Krome61
GHS will never get a good rap from people but I find the board to be excellent for my indie singer/songwriter rock music. The internal speakers are decent compared to prior generations and good for a house concert type setting.

The question is what do you use it for.

Daily practice? Could you stand doing that 1-3 hours daily on that P-125?


Interesting point- haven't thought about it since I use the ES8 next to it as my home piano. Now, although I do like the P125 of course the ES8 is a superior action.

How do you like the P-515 vs. the ES100/ is the ES a portable for you vs the Yamaha for home use as well?

Off topic- I see you have the UR22 as I do- it's been a great interface for me - the vocal preamps are fantastic.
Posted By: verbo

Re: Used my Yamaha P125 for a gig... - 03/23/19 06:39 AM

Hi there!
I am about to place an order on a Yamaha P-125, as a second, lightweight, gigging stage piano. I have a Roland RD-700NX at home for practicing with an excellent fell, that is however very difficult to carry (at about 25kg!!!).
What is your experience so far with the p-125 as a whole?
Many thanks!
Posted By: PossumES8Krome61

Re: Used my Yamaha P125 for a gig... - 03/23/19 02:34 PM

Originally Posted by verbo
Hi there!
I am about to place an order on a Yamaha P-125, as a second, lightweight, gigging stage piano. I have a Roland RD-700NX at home for practicing with an excellent fell, that is however very difficult to carry (at about 25kg!!!).
What is your experience so far with the p-125 as a whole?
Many thanks!

I'm in the same boat- I use the ES8 at home and the 125 to take out. I find the P-125 better than my prior Casio PX-130 for the type of music I play which is more percussive rock and blues than classical.
I also got the custom case for it which is kind of necessary as this piano stands an inch higher than most others in its class.
Editing things like reverb etc.. requires key combos and to be honest although I am a techie I have not wanted to bother with them.
Posted By: verbo

Re: Used my Yamaha P125 for a gig... - 03/23/19 09:01 PM

Great. Many thanks for your feedback!
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