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Buying an "inexpensive" digital piano - please advise
#1451494 06/06/10 05:57 PM
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I'm graduating from college and moving into my first off-campus apartment, and since it will be much less convenient for me to go to campus and practice on real pianos, I'd like to get a digital piano to learn music on and practice. I am also on a student budget and can afford to spend no more than $750. I'm a relatively serious classical pianist (17 years of lessons) and understand that for my budget, I won't be getting a very good instrument, but I would like to get the best touch/tone quality for my money; other features don't really matter to me.

Here are the six options I am considering. I've sent out inquiries about the used ones; they may or may not be available or in suitable condition, so I might have to get one of the new ones.

NEW:
Yamaha YPG635
Yamaha P85
CasioPX-130
Williams Overture

USED:
Kawai P-2000
Roland F-50
Casio Celviano AP-33
Yamaha P70

I'd welcome any and all feedback! Thanks in advance.

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Have you actually played all of the pianos on your list?

After 17 years I'd think you'd have developed a preference for different kinds of key actions. You will have to play each of them and try the keys. Bring headphones and plan to spend some time with each of them.

The Yamaha YPG635 and P855 both have "GHS" keys that I think are to light. The Williams is not a "real brand" I was surprized at how good the PX130 was when I tried it. Not as good as my P155 but less than one half the price.

It would be good if you could get into the $1000+ range

Of the used ones the Kawai will likely have the best key action. The sound of those older kawais was not great but you could use software on a computer. The kawai and a computer might make a great piano.

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With your experience I can't see you with anything less than the P155. In my opinion, with something less will have you back in the market in just a year or two or if not, in the dissatisfied department. As most advised me, get the best action you can afford and as ChrisA said, the computer might just be your best friend. Good luck....and I am sure more will chime in here shortly

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I've made quick upgrade from Casio PX-330 to Yamaha P-155 due to action. You've said that you are serious classical pianist then GH action and P-155 features should be your starting point. Anything cheaper will not satisfy you for a longer time, I guess. Also have look for L-140 stand and FC-3 pedal for halfpedaling feature.

But try it first by your own. Play it for an hour or more times. With headphones and with internal spaker too (if there is a quiet in music shop).

I know your budget is tight but few bucks more could save sense of whole investment. Try to have a look for used or display models. Discounts can be always found. thumb

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Have you actually played all of the pianos on your list?

After 17 years I'd think you'd have developed a preference for different kinds of key actions. You will have to play each of them and try the keys. Bring headphones and plan to spend some time with each of them.


Exactly. Since you are the one doing the playing, it's what you think is best, right? If you're serious about playing and you've had 17 years worth of classical lessons, I personally would not recommend any electric piano, period. But that's just me.


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Dave Horne #1451884 06/07/10 12:36 PM
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Thank you for your replies!! This purchase is just so I can have something with somewhat piano-like keys in my apartment; I know it will be a poor substitute for a real piano. I might be moving after a year, in which case I might sell this digital.

I'm hopefully going to try out some or most of these options and see how they feel...


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