Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Gear Review-Yamaha Piaggero NP12 Keyboard

man sitting on sofa in an RV playing a small keyboard held on his lap
What's a musician to do?

For those of you who don’t know us, we’re a couple of “creatives”. Specifically, Chris is a keyboard player. (I’ve done acting, directing, writing, and dabble in photography among other interests)

When we made the decision to go full-time, it soon became evident Chris’s full-size keyboard was not going to easily fit in an RV. A storage idea took shape and we thought we had a solution.

We were wrong. Once we got Miss Emmy, we quickly discovered our idea wasn’t going to work. There was no way we could safely stow the full-size keyboard. And so, for Chris, the search began.

His parameters: it had to be a good, basic keyboard. Not a "band in a box".

Specifically, he wanted something smaller (61 keys instead of the normal 88) but with full-size keys, good piano tone and built in speakers. It had to be lightweight and easy to handle. Chris wasn’t looking for professional gig or recording gear and he wanted it affordable. He wanted to be able to play in here in the coach, or outside at our campsite. Or possibly play with other musicians if the opportunity arose.

After some research, he settled on the Yamaha Piaggero NP12 Keyboard. He has been very happy with the sound quality, weight and ease of handling and stowage.  

How easy to handle? He can hold it in his lap to stand required. It tucks nicely behind a chair when we're in camp, which keeps it very accessible. On travel days, he stows it under the blankets on the bed.

And yes, it’s nice hearing him play again.

The only negative, the power supply and sustain pedal are all sold separately. But it can run on AA batteries (also not included) 

If you’re interested in a good basic keyboard that’s not a “band in a box”, check it out.

~ All our reviews are simply our opinions based on products we have actually purchased and used . ~ ~We have not received product or compensation for our review. ~

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