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Re: Are older digital piano's still worth the money?? [Re: kungfuthug] #1478064
07/20/10 06:02 PM
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I'm mostly familiar with the Yamahas. In that line, you could get the YDP-161. It's the replacement for the 160. Either push for a bargain/reduction on a 160, or get the 161. They're mostly the same, but it makes sense to get the newer model.

You could move up to the Clavinova CLP-320. Nicer appearance, but probably not worth the extra cost. It's really mostly the same piano, in slightly nicer dressing.

The CLP-330 is a step up in performance, and also in price. These (and all Clavinovas) are only found at piano dealers, not in music stores. And the price is always negotiable. (You really must.) The prices paid thread shows three buyers in the US:
Oct 2008: $2195
Dec 2008: $1875
Jan 2010: $1599

The next step up is a CLP-340. Very fine instrument. Worth the money, if you can afford it. The prices paid thread shows these US buyers:
CLP340
Dec 2008: $2250
Dec 2008: $2450
Mar 2009: $2271
Jun 2009: $2700 incl tax
Mar 2009: $3100 incl tax
Dec 2009: $2400
Jan 2010: $2400
Feb 2010: $2783
Apr 2010: $2350
May 2010: $2699
Jun 2010: $2800

CLP340PE (polished ebony finished usually costs hundreds more)
Dec 2008: $3149
Dec 2008: $2550
Jan 2010: $3200
Feb 2010: $2900 incl tax


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Re: Are older digital piano's still worth the money?? [Re: MacMacMac] #1478118
07/20/10 08:05 PM
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Thanks so much for the valuable input Mac.

I just left the ONLY Yamaha music store that has the line of home digital pianos in my city of one million people. Kind of sucks. They hold a monopoly!!

I was told the following prices in Canadian Dollars.

YDP 140 last one in the place floor model $998
YDP 160 last one in the place floor model $1298

YDP 141 $1298
YDP 161 $1498
YDP 181 $1900

CLP 320 $1948

All of these seem too high from what I have read. Especially the floor models of discontinued models (140 and 160)

I went in there thinking I wanted to buy a YDP 160 for $1298 and was shocked that was a floor model clearance price ... last one.

This makes the used Clavinova's look better and better (from above) if I got a better price from them. People seem to think that their 20 YR old DP are still worth a premium. Dunno

I had planned on a $1300 kind of purchase.

Now MAC you say there is wiggle room in the prices at the music store?

What type of offer would you make for the YDP 161?

The salesman kind of slipped up and told me that the 161 is equilvalent piano to the CLP320 but $500 cheaper. Dunno

I am not in an incredible rush to buy a DP but since I sold my 88 key midi controller and am now without anything. I think I will borrow a Yamaha KX8 controller from a friend until I can decide what to do.

It is funny, at the store there is always something better just $300 bucks away. That is the trend until you hit the flagship model


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Re: Are older digital piano's still worth the money?? [Re: kungfuthug] #1478141
07/20/10 08:28 PM
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I'm not clear on how the market plays out in Canada. But in the US, the YDP series pianos are sold in music stores and online. So you don't have to buy locally. You can buy online. Or, in the store you can quote an online price and use that to negotiate a price match. (I don't know much about the Canadian online market. Can you buy from US online sellers?? Someone else will have to comment.)

As for the Clavinovas ... In the US these are only sold at piano dealers. The suggested retail prices are ludicrous. So much so that the dealers usually price the pianos far below that. But those prices are still very high. So you really must negotiate. Don't work the price down from the dealer's asking price. Instead, make a low offer and allow the dealer to work the price up from there. (Be prepared for lots of "If I sell at that price, how am ever gonna feed the kids! Woe is me!", and the like. Nonsense. Ignore it.)

Re: Are older digital piano's still worth the money?? [Re: MacMacMac] #1478270
07/21/10 01:01 AM
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Someone here is selling a CLP 360 for $250

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