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Re: Need advice on digital piano...coming from acoustic
trigalg693 #1660582 04/15/11 10:57 AM
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It's like choosing a house... or a guitar... as a piano.. you need to fall in lvoe with it :-)

I didn't with most...


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trigalg693 #1660744 04/15/11 03:20 PM
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does having a TRS connection guarantee a continuous controller?


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Originally Posted by trigalg693
I think a "stage piano" is what I'm looking for. It doesn't need speakers since I imagine I'll be using headphones usually. I'd say my budget is under 2000 USD.
If you expect to be using 'phones, I'm guessing that you'll be sharing a room. If that's so, it'd be a good idea to play-test DP's with the power off. That's a good way to assess touch and it'll also tell you how noisy the action is. You might want to start with Kawais. Yamaha's GHE actions can be a little noisy on rebound - at least they were on the two Yamaha stage pianos that I owned.

A simple X-stand will probably not provide the stability that's needed, to focus on playing. If you don't get recommendations for stands in this thread, it'd be worthwhile to start a new one.

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Originally Posted by craig son of berg
does having a TRS connection guarantee a continuous controller?

I don't know about guarantee, but TRS probably makes it more likely that it is continuous. Continuous controllers are more expensive than the switch type, so if it is continuous you'll probably know that from the ad and the specs. Manufacturers don't seem to be going out of their way to hide this from us (yet).

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Thanks for the suggestions, it's a relief to hear a lot of models have continuous damper control. I have already looked into headphones, no worries there smile This is probably too hopeful, but are there DPs with continuous soft pedal action? That would be REALLY nice lol but I suppose I shouldn't get my hopes up.

I will definitely go to a local store and try out some, I have one pretty close to me that sells Kawai and Roland digitals. The Roland FP-4 and RD-300 look nice, if they're not in stores hopefully they will be by summer so I can try them.

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Originally Posted by trigalg693
This is probably too hopeful, but are there DPs with continuous soft pedal action?
Some of Roland's console DP's offer "continuous detection" with both their damper and soft pedals. Roland's RPU-3 is intended for their FP-7F and RD700 series DP's. You might want to ask the shop owner if these DP's will recognize half pedaling and if so, if the RPU-3 has a continuous controller soft pedal.

Sweetwater has the FP-7F for $1999. Your local shop may be willing to price match.

As always, play-test with the power off, to judge action noise.

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Do all digital pianos of the same model have the same touch? I noticed you can get these online much cheaper.

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No difference between the actions.

Check your local shop for price matching. All you have to do is mention that you saw it on ___________ for _______. A lot depends on the amount of competition in your area. Shops with no competition are less likely to price match. Can't hurt to ask.


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Originally Posted by FogVilleLad
No difference between the actions.

Check your local shop for price matching. All you have to do is mention that you saw it on ___________ for _______. A lot depends on the amount of competition in your area. Shops with no competition are less likely to price match. Can't hurt to ask.



I find you can do even better. Guitar center will match the price then give you 10% of the difference. But many times you can get 10% off sticker and beat the on-line price outright. The last thing I bought at GC had a $180 sticker but there was an online 165 price so I printed out the web page and took it in. I got it for 163.50 (I rounded the prices but you get the idea) This is company policy in all of their stores so there is no haggling, they know the drill and even have computers in the store.

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