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Hi, my daughter will take a piano lesson in Sep. I want to find a used DP for the first year, then transfer to the real piano.(as we will moving in one year). So I am not looking for the expensive one. The budget will around $500. How about the Yamaha P70 or P85? I am plan the piano ,but embarrassed know nothing for the DP. Please give me some advise, thanks a lot.

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I have not seen the Yamaha P70 in stores, I believe its discontinued. The P85 is the newer/upgraded version of the P70. The Yamaha P85 is around $600. You can take a look at Casio Privia digital pianos as well, the Privia starts around $500. The feel of the keys on the Casio Privia is a bit heavier than then Yamaha. I have a Casio Privia PX-120 and I personally like the feel of the keys but thats just my opinion.

I would suggest going to a music store like Guitar Center and trying out different digital pianos and see which one you like best. Its like buying a car, you want to test drive it before you buy it.

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The Casio has a better action and touch response than the P85, but inferior to slightly better Yamahas. If you need to absolutely spend as little as possible, I would recommend a Casio PX-130 or a used DP. If you can afford to spend a little more, consider:

Korg SP-250
Yamaha P-140
Yamaha P-155

For a new budget of $500, though, you'll probably belimited to the Casio, or possibly the Korg. That's bare minimum for a decent new instrument.

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For $500 you can get a decent used YDP piano that will last for several years until your child reaches advanced lessons.

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Thanks for all the reply.Ok,I can spend more for a new DP. I am looking for one has a heavier touch, dO not need a lots of feature. Just can practice for the kids piano lessons. How about Yamaha P-140, P-155 and p-160. Which one is better? Or other brand, please recommend.

btw, I saw a good deal someone posted here, $780 for Yamaha P-140( after $2oo rebate ), is it a good price?

Thanks!


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Just saw a used DP for sale, Suzuki HP-95, $795, any one know how about this? smile

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780 for a P-140 sounds ok to me. The P-140 has a GH action and good sound and would be an ok choice. The P-155 has an even better sound, but may not be worth the extra money to you. The YDP-160 is similar to the P-140, but in a furniture (upright piano) style case. This might be easier for children than a stage-type "slab" piano on a stand. However, it might also cost a little bit more.

Suzuki DPs are not as good as the Yamahas. Opinions vary on them, and it might work out ok for you, but I recommend sticking with a Yamaha or another Japanese brand (Suzuki is US/Chinese despite the name).

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Thanks for your help, Geoffk. Thank you for all the reply. I have learn a lot from here.

Now I am almost decide to get a P-140 for my kids. But I need to go to USA to get the good price. Our local store's price is too high, around$1400. The most convenience way to me is shopping in Costco. So I have more questions.:) Comparing Casio PX-120 and P-140, which is better for the beginner. ( I can find Casio px-120 in Costco as $599). And other choice is :

Casio Celviano AP-500 at $899
Casion Celviano AP-200 at $999
Yamaha YDPS30 at $999

Thanks a lot!

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The P-140 has a better sound and action than the PX-120. The PX-120 is ok, but the P-140 is definitely worth another $180. The Casio AP-500 and A-200 are console (furniture-type) models. The AP-500 has more features and is the better of the two. I'm not sure why it's also cheaper... If you prefer a console rather than a stage-type model, it might be worth considering, but the action and sound on the P-140 are slightly better. The YDP-S30 is similar to a P-85 plus a stand. The action and sound are significantly inferior to the P-140. I wouldn't choose it.

So the P-140 is probably the best, unless you want a "traditional" looking piano, in which case, the AP-500 might be a good alternative.

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Many thanks for your advise, Geoffk.

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hi, Geoffk. What's the different between P140 and YDP140? (YAMAHA):)

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The P-140 is a stage type model with a GHE (better) action). The YDP-140 is a console mdel with a GHS (less good) action. The equivalent YDP to the P-140 is a YDP-160. A YDP-160 would be an excellent choice, but the P-140 is better than the YDP-140. Between the YDP-140 and the AP-500 it's a tougher call. I'd probably go with the Casio, but you could argue either way.

The YDP models are sometimes called "Arius".

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I appreciate your help,Geoffk. Well, We decide to buy P-140.

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I think that's a great choice. I hope you and your children enjoy your new piano.

Good luck!


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