The Yamaha CP88 represents the definitive evolution of the stage piano with enhanced portability, ease of use, and state-of-the-art sound. “CP” stands for Combo Piano, and the CP lineage goes back to 1976, when Yamaha first tackled the challenge of electrifying the sound of an acoustic grand piano. Flash forward to today, where Yamaha’s advanced technology sets the standard for digital pianos in an instrument that incorporates the company’s century-plus of piano craftsmanship and over four decades of synthesizer innovation. The CP88 puts it all together, with authentic acoustic and electric piano sounds, responsive grand piano touch, and an intuitive one-to-one user interface.
The CP88’s NW-GH (Natural Wood Graded Hammer) 88-note keyboard is designed for the discerning pianist requiring fast, accurate touch response. Triple-sensor, natural wood keys provide grand piano weighting and response while synthetic ebony and ivory keytops absorb moisture and provide tactile grip during lengthy sessions and live gigs. Pianists at Music Experience love the natural feel and response of these keys, and if you came up playing acoustic pianos, you will too.
The Yamaha CP88 stage piano gives you three premium grand pianos: Yamaha’s own world-class CFX and S700 concert grands, as well as the inimitable Bösendorfer Imperial 290. These pianos provide full dynamic expression and nuance through meticulous recording and voicing. With over 17 years of continuous development, the CFX is Yamaha’s flagship 9' concert grand piano, and it delivers sparkling highs, crisp midrange, and robust bass with prodigious dynamic range and the volume to project over a full symphony orchestra. Handcrafted by Yamaha master artisans, the S700 has the clarity and power to cut through dense arrangements, while remaining delicate and expressive in solo and sparser musical settings. Bösendorfer is the only piano maker still building their instruments in the Viennese handcrafted design tradition. This results in pianos boasting the characteristic “Viennese Sound,” with warm bass, singing treble, and rich overtones. The 8-octave, 9.5' Imperial 290 is Bösendorfer’s awe-inspiring flagship grand. The Imperial’s extended bass range resonates with every key you strike, and its massive soundboard projects emphatically at all frequencies.
When you’re working with thick arrangements, an upright piano will oftentimes be the right choice. The CP88 has two uprights onboard, and they’re no slouches. Yamaha’s flagship SU7 acoustic upright serves up rich, resonant tone, while the Yamaha U1 — one of the most popular acoustic pianos on the planet — makes its appearance as a meticulous sample of a characterful vintage U1 — ideal for any music crying for the sound and vibe of an upright.
The CP88’s arsenal of vintage electric pianos kicks off with the Yamaha’s beloved CP80. First introduced in 1978, the CP80 was designed to cut through a live band with its wide dynamic range and fat, powerful sound. On the funkier side of things, the CP88’s 75 Rd is a funky, dirty tine electric piano dripping with vibe and character. The 76 Rd is a high-quality tine EP suitable for all music genres. The 73 Rd has a warm, mellow, vintage tine sound ideal for ballads and accompanying singers. Lastly, the Wr is a classic reed electric piano offering vintage and modern versions with broad dynamic range.
The CP88 also features a wide variety of other keyboard sounds — including tonewheel, transistor, and pipe organs; clavinet, FM pianos, and more — to cover any playing style. Also onboard are synth sounds for covering any musical situation. Split, layer, and solo fat, punchy basses, searing leads, warm pads, brilliant brass, lush strings, and more. The one-to-one CP control interface gives you real-time interaction for instant sound creation.
Out of the box, the CP88 delivers ultra-realistic piano and keyboard sounds — everything you need for professional recording sessions and live gigs. But with the needs of the modern musician in mind, it also features a new system with regular OS updates that will contain new high-quality content designed to complement the CP88’s original soundset.
Powered by over 100 years of piano craftsmanship and 45 years of synthesizer innovation, the CP73 and CP88 stage pianos boast authentic acoustic and electric piano sound, realistic piano touch and an intuitive one-to-one user interface.
Sound is the most important part of any musical instrument. CP73 and CP88 stage pianos feature a wide range of grand piano, upright piano, electric piano and keyboard sounds for playing any music genre.
CP73 and 88 feature three premium concert grand pianos: the Yamaha CFX, Yamaha S700 and the Bösendorfer Imperial 290. These pianos provide full dynamic expression and nuance through meticulous recording and voicing.
[ CFX ] With over 17 years of development, the Yamaha CFX is our flagship 9’ concert grand piano. The CFX offers sparkling highs, powerful bass with incredible dynamic range and the strength to project over a full symphony orchestra.
[ Bösendorfer ] Bösendorfer is unique amongst piano makers as the only manufacturer in the world still utilizing the Viennese handcrafted design tradition. This produces warm bass, singing treble and rich tonal colors known as the “Viennese Sound.” The 9.5’ 8-octave Imperial 290 is the flagship of Bösendorfer grand piano. The extended bass notes resonate with every key you strike, and the massive soundboard supports projection at all frequencies.
[ S700 ] The S700 is a handcrafted acoustic grand piano built by Yamaha master artisans. It has the power to cut through dense arrangements while remaining delicate and expressive in solo and sparse settings. The S700 was one of the most popular grand piano Voices from the S90ES and S90 stage synthesizer.
[ U1 ] The UI is the most popular upright piano in the world. The CP73 and CP88 U1 Voice features a vintage, well-used character. This makes it perfect for any music needing the vibe and sound of an authentic upright piano.
[ SU7 ] The SU7 is the flagship Yamaha acoustic upright piano. The SU7 delivers rich, resonant tone from shared CFX concert grand hammer specification.
[ Yamaha CP80 ] Yamaha introduced the CP80 and CP70 electric grand pianos in 1978 to give musicians great grand piano sound that could cut through a live band. The CP80 sound on the CP73 and CP88 is powerful and fat with wide, dynamic range.
[ 76 Rd ] The 76 Rd tine electric piano has wide dynamic range, high quality and is great for FX. Suitable for all genres of music.
[ 75 Rd ] 75 Rd has a dirtier,“funkier” tine electric piano sound, great for music requiring vibe and character.
[ 73 Rd ] 73 Rd has a vintage, fat and warm tine electric piano sound perfect for ballads and accompanying singers.
[ Wr ] The Wr reed electric piano Voice offers vintage and modern versions with wide dynamic range.
Organs, Clavi and Keyboards:
CP73 and CP88 also feature a wide range of other keyboard sounds including: tonewheel, transistor and pipe organs plus clavi, FM pianos and more to cover any playing situation.
CP73 and CP88 feature synth sounds for covering any gig or session. Split, layer or solo warm pads, lush strings, deep synth basses, synth leads, brass and more. The one to one CP control interface allows real-time interaction for instant sound creation.
CP73 and 88 feature an extensive, integrated effects section for creating your own, unique sound. Each of the three sections (Piano section, Electric piano section and Sub section) features dedicated effects. There are also master effects with delay, reverb and master EQ with dedicated controls for easy, real-time tweaking.
Virtual Circuitry Modeling re-creates the sound and behavior of vintage effects and high-end studio signal processors by modeling the circuits down to the original analog component level.
The feel of an instrument is how a musician conveys their uniqueness. CP73 and CP88 feature keyboard action designed with knowledge informed by over 100 years of acoustic piano-making to provide piano players with the action they need for maximum expression.
CP88 features an 88-key Natural Wood, Graded Hammer, triple sensor (NW-GH) keyboard with Synthetic Ebony and Ivory Key Tops – the fastest stage piano action on the market designed by a company with over 100 years of acoustic piano-making experience for professionals who demand the best. Natural Wood keys offer the weight and response that piano players expect. Adding different weight or "grading," the keyboard reproduces the feel of a piano's hammers: heavy in the low end and light in the high end. Synthetic Ebony and Ivory Key Tops are lightly porous which adds grip to the keys. This maintains accuracy during long performances or practice sessions. Finally, a third sensor allows grand piano-like key repetition where notes can be re-articulated without a complete release. This makes it easier to play fast, repeated notes and is one of the main reasons pianists choose grand pianos over uprights.
CP73 and CP88 are designed to withstand the rigors of the road and are extremely intuitive to use.
With its one-to-one interface, CP gives you direct, immediate and total control of your sound during stage or studio performance. There’s no programming, menu-diving or web searching with CP. The intuitive CP interface allows fast and easy splits, layers and sound-shaping directly from the front panel.
CP73 and CP88 connect and integrate into your home studio or live rig with onboard USB MIDI and audio connectivity.
CP73 and CP88 are among the lightest and most compact instruments in their class. CP88 weighs just 18.6 kg (41 pounds) while CP73 weighs 13.1 (28.9 pounds).
CP73 and CP88 have optional soft cases available. Both cases feature wheels and have zippered compartments for storing pedals and accessories.
|Number of Keys||88|
|Type of Keys||NW-GH (Natural Wood Graded Hammer) keyboard: synthetic ebony and ivory keytops|
|Number of Presets||57 voices, 10 pianos, 14 E pianos, 33 Sub voices|
|Effects||Master delay, reverb, and EQ effects (for Piano, E Piano, and Sub)|
|MIDI Recording||2-Channel USB Audio/MIDI interface|
|USB||1 x Type B, 2 x Type A|
|Audio Inputs||2 x 1/4" aux|
|Audio Outputs||2 x Balanced XLR, 2 x 1/4" stereo|
|Pedal Inputs||2 x 1/4"|
|Pedal Included||Yes, FC3A|
|Display||Full Dot LCD (128 x 64 dots)|
|Power Supply||Standard IEC AC Cable|
|Manufacturer Part Number||CP88|