Yamaha YPG-235 76-key Portable Grand Graded-Action USB Keyboard

Yamaha YPG-235 76-Key Portable Grand Piano

  • 76 piano-style keys with Graded Soft Touch Technology allow for expressive performances
  • Nearly 500 Voices, 160 Preset Styles, and 30 preset songs with a built-in Recording Feature
  • Yamaha Education Suite (Y.E.S.) is an advanced set of helpful learning tools built into the instrument, teaching you how to play and perform
  • USB connectivity and compatibility with music software on your computer
  • Keyboard Only - AA Batteries or PA150 Power Adapter required (sold separately)
The 76-key YPG-235 features USB MIDI computer connectivity for quick and easy transfer of songs, Graded Soft Touch action, piano-style keys and a six-track song recorder.

List Price: $ 249.99 Price: $ 227.99

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2 thoughts on “Yamaha YPG-235 76-key Portable Grand Graded-Action USB Keyboard

  1. Nathan A. Edwards
    269 of 278 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Considerably better than anticipated!, October 11, 2008
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    Nathan A. Edwards (Jacksonville, FL USA) –
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    After having played the Yamaha YPG-535 88-key Portable Grand Piano Keyboard in a showroom and loving it, I was torn, wondering what all I would be missing out on if I went with the more economically priced YPG-235. I now own the 235 and it appears as if I am missing out on twelve keys. That is, I am not experiencing even an ounce of buyer’s remorse after opting for the cheaper 235. This is a lovely keyboard with more beautiful voices than I will ever know what to do with and extremely user friendly functionality. Of course, my opinion should be taken with a grain of salt as I will be the first to admit that my experience with other products of this variety is extremely limited. As such, it might be best to say that, for a novice, one could not ask for a better instrument for the price.

    So what is the difference between the 235 and the 535? Based on my previous comparative shopping, I have come up with a few differences. First is the obvious fact that the 535 possesses 88 keys, while the 235 has 76. The 535 also includes a stand, sustain pedal, and power adapter, which must be purchased separately for the 235. While I am unaware of the specifics, the 535 also has greater storage capacity and capability as well as a few more voices. Beyond these definitive differences, having now played both models, the 535 also wins out with regard to aesthetics in that it looks and feels to be of a slightly higher quality, from its display to the apparent craftsmanship in assembly.

    Why buy the YPG-235? If price is not an issue, go ahead and get he 535, it is a beautiful instrument. However, for those on a budget or for those who simply do not need 88 keys, purchase the 235. Like the 535, the 235 possesses piano style Graded Soft Touch (GST) keys, which are not exactly weighted but occupy that perfect gap between pure synth keys and weighted. The feel is perfect for one who is used to standard synth-style keyboard keys yet longs for a little more control without sacrificing playability. The 235, like the 535, also features USB connectivity and general MIDI compatibility, as well as almost all of the same high quality voices, which separate both the 535 and the 235 from many other models in their price brackets (besides the pianos, the multitude of stringed instrument voices are amazingly realistic). While it is unfortunate that Yamaha decided to not include a power adapter with the 235, the Yamaha Survival Kit D – Accessory Kit for Yamaha YPG-235 & YPG-235 Keyboards which includes a power adaptor, extended warranty, and a couple of other low quality extras can be purchased relatively cheaply. In my opinion, the YPG-235 offers the buyer more bang for their comparative buck. Again, the 235 sounds great, feels great and is hard to beat for the price!

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  2. SteveKuban
    103 of 108 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A wonderful keyboard: capable, anointed, and worth wayyyyy more than its price! I’ve bought ten. Here’s why:, April 5, 2012
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    This review is from: Yamaha YPG-235 76-key Portable Grand Graded-Action USB Keyboard (Electronics)

    The Yamaha DGX-230 / YPG-235 is a great keyboard! I travel and do concerts, shows, church services and live recordings in many countries and am so pleased with this keyboard that over the past few years I have purchased ten, leaving one in each region so it’s available when I return. Let me tell you why.

    (Note, the DGX-230 and YPG-235 are exactly the same keyboard. DGX is silver, YPG is ‘champagne gold’, the DGX includes the sustain pedal and adapter, YPG does not.)

    The DGX-230/YPG-235 sounds great, is simple, versatile, durable, loud enough to lead a sing-along for a room of 15-20 people without needing added amplification, and can even run on batteries (great for the beach or campfire). It can sequence up to 10,000 notes (5,000 chord changes if you’re running the arranger). It has 76 keys–a HUGE advantage–with three levels of touch-sensitivity, which is a big plus if you are taking piano lessons and need the range and feel of a real piano. Also, if you play music that ranges from quiet, sensitive and light (requiring a delicate touch and nuance) to loud and aggressive requiring heavy pounding, the DGX/YPG can adjust the touch-sensitivity three levels across the entire keyboard as easily as flicking a switch! In this price range that is amazing.

    I love the weight of this keyboard (18.4 lbs)! It’s so portable and light you can take it on an airplane in a padded bag with weight to spare (even in Europe where the max is 20 kilos). It’s durable and light enough to carry ‘around town’ without a road case. In fact my wife (who weighs all of 100 pounds and zips around busily on her 5″ heels) carts this thing around, up and down stairs, in and out of the car, as easily as carrying a second purse under her arm!

    The Yamaha DGX230/YPG235 is simple to use and does its job VERY well! It has a LOT of capability, tons of sounds and great styles, and believe it or not shares about 90% in common with the more expensive models (DGX 530/630 and YPG 535/635). Granted, a little more effort is needed to access some of the various submenus, such as octave function, volume levels of sections, sound parameters, etc. but it’s not overly difficult to access these functions, and user registrations can be set up to help out.

    On a personal note, this little Yamaha wonder even seems to have a spiritual side built in. Hear me out on this. For my use as a worship leader, it’s important I don’t get too distracted and caught up thinking and worrying about operating the keyboard. Rather I need to focus on sensing God and being inspired. This Yamaha keyboard (to use a church term) is really anointed–its sounds and styles actually help create an overall spiritual sense of inspiration. I’m not kidding when I say this.

    In my work I perform with a lot of different arranger keyboards, from little toys (I’ve had to do entire concerts in remote places, once near the north pole, with a 24-note ‘toy’ with 1/2″-wide keys!) to the big boys (PSR 2000, Ketron, Tyros, Korg, etc). Whether I’m doing a concert for thousands of people, a home meeting with 20 folks, recording inspirational worship videos for YouTube, or just worshiping on my own at home…when I really need to get into God’s presence and be inspired, this is the keyboard I usually use. I have three or four other arranger keyboards at home, including a very specialized $4,000 Italian Ketron SD-1, a classic Roland E-86 (also made in Italy), both top-of-the-line arranger keyboards with amazing sophistication and capabilities, plus a few others…BUT I usually choose this little Yamaha wonder, the DGX230/YPG-235. Why? Because it’s easy to use, sounds great, and (for whatever the intangible intrinsic reasons) really helps me get into God’s presence and be inspired. Plain and simple.

    I could say lots more, but in my opinion, to get all this, for $250-300 is really a GREAT deal!! You can’t lose! Whether you’re a beginner, or intermediate, look no further.

    If you’re a church looking for an economical alternative, do yourself a favor…BUY one of these! Buy two! I can’t tell you how many churches I’ve gone into with huge expensive keyboard workstations (a la Motif, etc) which they’ve spent two or three thousand dollars on…yet with nobody who knows how to access 99% of the functions! If the truth be told, they have no need to. What they really need is a Yamaha DGX230/YPG235. It can function as a grand piano, a synthesizer, a church organ, a bass guitar, or whatever is needed! It’s simple enough to not intimidate average musicians. BUT it can also be a GREAT arranger keyboard that supplies the sound of an entire band! –creating and playing songs ‘on the fly’–no sequencing necessary!

    Get this ‘basic’ Yamaha, take an hour or two to learn the functions, then blow away the audience/pastor/board/congregation/mom/dad/family/school-mates with what you can do and how powerfully you can positively affect and…

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