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What Roland digital piano is comparable to Yamaha CLP330? #1271651
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Excuse me if this question has been asked before, but I was unable to find the answer with the search function. What Roland digital piano would be comparable to a Yamaha CLP330? I am having to save for a new piano, and would like to find the best piano for my money.
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Re: What Roland DP is comparable to Yamaha CLP330? [Re: lholzen] #1271662
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for about $1900 to $2200, the roland dp990 is a good option.

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Re: What Roland DP is comparable to Yamaha CLP330? [Re: mariaristotle] #1271711
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In my opinion, at least in Germany the Yamaha 3XX DPs are overprized. The CLP330 roughly compares to the HP201. The HP203/DP990 is an excellent choice in this price range.

Disclaimer: I own an HP203 and are happy with it.

Re: What Roland DP is comparable to Yamaha CLP330? [Re: trolls99] #1271728
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Thank you mariaristotle and trolls for your advice. I am going tomorrow to look at the Rolands. I would like to find something less expensive, but I will wait for quality if I have to. I have been told by a digital piano repairman that he almost never has to work on Yamahas, and that's what steered me that way. But after I started reading posts on this forum, I have been impressed by reviews of other digitals, such as the Roland. If you have any more input, let me know.
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Re: What Roland DP is comparable to Yamaha CLP330? [Re: lholzen] #1271746
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As others have mentioned, the HP-203 is the closest match, but it actually has many features that the CLP-330 lacks (string resonance, 4-level sample on every key, 300+ sounds, etc.). I strongly recommend the HP-203 as an excellent choice.

Re: What Roland DP is comparable to Yamaha CLP330? [Re: Geoffk] #1271795
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Thanks Geoff! I'm going to go check the HP-203 tomorrow. I have been looking at the CLP-330, because it was affordable and I was told Clavinova is the best for digital pianos. But as I said before, watching the posts on this forum, I realize there may be other options for the same or less price.
Thanks again!


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In UK, HP-203 is much more expensive than CLP-330. It would be HP-201 that is at similar price level. HP-203 would be around £1500 mark, and CLP-330 you can get for around £1200... Of course, it could be completely different in Germany!!!!!


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Re: What Roland DP is comparable to Yamaha CLP330? [Re: gintarec] #1271938
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That's interesting. In Japan, the two are almost the same price (the CLP-370 and HP-207 are also about the same). In the US, the HP-203 is about $2500, which I think is also about the same as the 330. I guess UK folks just get a bad deal there.

The HP-201 is also competitive with the 330, but the specs are roughly comparable rather than being strongly in favor of the Roland, as with the HP-203.

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I am going to see the Roland HP-203 sometime this week, but I called the dealer and he said the Roland is 2495. The Clavinova CLP-330 is priced at $1999.00 for the rosewood cabinet. The Roland in Black Ebony is still $2495. I might be able to deal with the Roland salesman, whereas the Yamaha salesman will not budge.


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Okay, before I go to the Roland dealer tomorrow, the best advice from this forum is get the Roland HP-203 instead of the CLP-330? I have looked at the stats, and the 203 does have more features. I may be able to get the Roland black ebony the same price as CLP-330 in rosewood. Don't know why, but I'm scared to death. To me it's a lot of money, and I want to make sure the digital I buy is good quality with minimum repair record.


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Re: What Roland DP is comparable to Yamaha CLP330? [Re: lholzen] #1272413
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Roland is a professional music instrument company which has been in business for over 30 years. Their instruments are highly respected and used worldwide by major artists. On this board, Roland is considered one of the top two or three brands along with Yamaha.

In short, it is a completely safe buy. I have two Rolands, and I chose them over the Yamahas for sound touch and features. I'd do it again. I have had no problems at all, and from what I've read, Roland support is excellent.

Yamaha is another good choice, but Roland is just as good in my opinion.

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What do you think of the Roland KR-103? I saw an ad on Craig's list today for a Roland KR-103 for $2000. The owner said he would come down to $1500. He bought it a year and a half ago and needs to sell it before he moves. He said he bought it new for $3400. He lives about 2 hours away from me, so it is feasible to see it and bring it home. He also took a picture of it and e-mailed it to me. I have listened to the sound of the piano on YouTube, and it sounds good. What do you think?


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The KR-103 is Roland's entry-level "intelligent" piano. It is roughly comparable to a Yamaha CVP-403 and features various teaching and autoplay features (rhythms, accompinament, any additional sounds, on-screen scores, etc.) The piano part is 64 polyphony and roughly comparable to an RP-101 (Roland's entry-level regular piano). It lacks some high-end piano features such as damper resonance, string resonance, escapement, etc.

If you are interested in the "extra" features, and would enjoy playing with them, than this could be a good deal, as it's a fairly nice instrument. You can get a new RP-101 for $1500, though, so strictly as a piano, the deal is just ok. You'll have to decide how much the extra features are worth to you and/or whether you'd rather put the money into a more sophisticated piano simulation.


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