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Piano yamaha Clavinova CLP-320 vs P-155 #1408656
04/01/10 01:21 PM
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Hi, i'm new here laugh
I had piano lessons for 7 years, and stopped for 5, and now i want to "re"-learn again.
I'm looking for a nice piano not too expensive, and i was said that this 2 models offers good quality/price.
Which one should i go for?

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Re: Piano yamaha Clavinova CLP-320 vs P-155 [Re: Cucoking] #1408683
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Originally Posted by Cucoking
Hi, i'm new here laugh
I had piano lessons for 7 years, and stopped for 5, and now i want to "re"-learn again.
I'm looking for a nice piano not too expensive, and i was said that this 2 models offers good quality/price.
Which one should i go for?


Depends on your budget. They are both good. But I'd also look at the CLP340.

You can buy a matching stand for the P155. It screws on just like the CLP320 stand does with four machine screws. The P155 is really a portable version of the Clavinova. If you get the P155 spend the extra $100 for the over-priced stand.

Many people like the wood-look color, captive three pedals, and better speakers on the CLP. If you like this then get a CLP (either 320 or 340)

But the technical specs on the sound samples give the edge to the P155. And the P155 costs less and be be bought at discount from on-line sources.

You'd have to move up to the CLP340 to match the P155 in terms of the internal sound generation. I think the CLP340 is a much better value and is a step up from the P155. The CLP320 is arguably a step down if you only use the headphones

Also look at the controls. The P155 has a row of buttons that are easy to use with out much need of a user manual. Download and read the user manual before you buy anything. See if you can understand how to record or set the metronome and so on.

I bought a P155 for use mostly with headphones as a practice piano. So I don't care about speakers. I can plug in two pedals but so for just use the one. For my use it is perfect.

If you a "furniture look" for the living room it is debatable which if either is best. Both are Ikea-like in terms of furniture build quality. Both are shipped flat packed like Ikea. To get a piano with a good cabinet fit and finish you have to move much further up the line.

Re: Piano yamaha Clavinova CLP-320 vs P-155 [Re: Cucoking] #1408745
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The CLP-320 is a piano whereas the P-155 is a keyboard. There is a huge difference in ergonomics experience. It depends where you are a piano player or keyboard player. Having played many years in the past you probably know which kind you are. If you are a piano player go for the Clavinova or look at the YDP series if the Clavinova not within your budget. Having a proper bench, integrated pedals, keys at the proper height are important factors to playing the piano. The piano is not just a keyboard. For the P-155, you must also include the cost of all these factors in addition to the unit. With the CLP-320, you don't have to buy anything more.


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Re: Piano yamaha Clavinova CLP-320 vs P-155 [Re: 4evrBeginR] #1408821
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OK, some refinements

The P155 with it's matching stand is mechanically identical to the Clavinova. Even to the point of the metal thread inserts press fitted to bottom of the piano. Both are built using the same kind of 5/8" MDF base plate.

Well, mechanically identical except for pedals. The P155 uses loose pedals while the CLP has them fixed in place to the stand. Loose pedals work OK on hard surfaces floors but of course fixed to the stand is better.

Key height from ground, Stabilty of the piano, the mechanical action used to make the keys, and the sound generation is roughly the same. Pedals are the only difference.

The higher end CLP pianos has GH3 key action. This allows a note to be repeated without first lowering the damper. On the GH3 a third key height sensor controls the damper. On the GH keys to upper velocity sensor also controls the damper. But other then this GH and GH3 are identical keys.

Another interesting piano is the Yamaha CP50. This has not yet hit the stores. It will have the same acoustic piano sounds as the new CP1/CP5 but will use the same key action as the CLP320 and P155. So far, only the new CP series pianos use Yamaha's latest sound generation which I'm told is a big step forward. Possibly this will be introduced in the future into later model year Clavinovas but we don't know. Currently the only way to get it is to buy a CP1 or CP5 or wait for the lower cost (about $1,700) CP50.

All of the CP series are built on metal frames whereas the CLP line and P155 or build on a 5/8" MDF (wood) base plate. MDF is good because it is sonically "dead" and very rigid but metal is best for gear that is used on stage and hauled around a lot.


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Re: Piano yamaha Clavinova CLP-320 vs P-155 [Re: ChrisA] #1408869
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I thought the CP series' action was not graded? I might be wrong though.

Re: Piano yamaha Clavinova CLP-320 vs P-155 [Re: MarcoM] #1408913
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The CP50 action is graded, the CP1/CP5 action is not.

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Re: Piano yamaha Clavinova CLP-320 vs P-155 [Re: Kawai James] #1408916
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ahhh, thanks for the info, I for some reason thought all three actions were the same

Re: Piano yamaha Clavinova CLP-320 vs P-155 [Re: MarcoM] #1409440
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Thank you, you were all very helpful. i w8 to get my piano next week, i think i'll go for a clavinova. smile


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