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We take a look at two popular items, the Alesis Coda Pro and the Yamaha YPG-235. Our tests and reviews can help point you towards models and brands that suit your needs. This article is part of a series called Top 10 Best Digital Pianos Under $500

 Alesis Coda ProLet's get started by taking a close look at the Alesis Coda Pro.

 Yamaha YPG-235Next up is the Yamaha YPG-235. Another piano that is great if you’re looking for more of a hybrid between a digital piano and a keyboard is Yamaha YPG-235. It has 76 keys, so it’s not full-sized, but close enough for many. The keys are not weighted hammer action, so this piano is more suitable for modern music like pop and rock. The fact that this piano has almost 500 different voices, 160 styles of accompaniment that follows along with the chords you play and 30 preset songs makes it ideal for named genres as well, and if you need a musical instrument to record music this is a great option. It connects to your computer via USB connection. The only downside to be aware of is that the power adapter is sold separately. You can either by one or use AA batteries. If you want to know more about this piano, check out this video:


Alesis Coda Pro

Yamaha YPG-235


+ Full size 88key digital piano
+ 20 voices
+ Split or layer two voices simultaneously
+ USB-MIDI port

+ 76 keys
+ Compact and portable
+ Nearly 500 voices
+ 160 preset styles
+ 30 preset songs
+ Built-in recording feature


We imagine there are many pianists that could benefit from this piano. It’s very affordable considering what you get for your money. If you teach the piano a little bit on the side and want to be able to split the keyboard so that you can demonstrate the music in the right octave this is a bargain. Beginners as well as intermediate players can have a lot of fun with this piano, and it has got hammer keys action so that it feels like playing an acoustic piano. Alesis are known for making great pianos for beginners! Keyboard beginners might want to checkout these beginner-friendly keyboards.

This piano/keyboard is perfect for anybody that wants to be able to use many different sounds, for example when producing their own music. This is not the right musical instrument for somebody that plays classical music or somebody who practices a couple of hours every day, but rather somebody who needs to have access to a keyboard for different musical purposes. It is a great keyboard in this price range.

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