About two weeks ago I bought a Yamaha Arius YDP 161. I am a complete beginner and the purpose of getting a digital piano is to allow me to practise in silence while learning. Some time in the future, when my technique and progress become constrained by a digital piano, I would like to get an acoustic piano.
At the time I was not aware of the GH3 action of the Clavinova but having since found out about it I am contemplating upgrading the Arius to a Clavinova CLP 430 which uses the GH3 action. The Arius uses a GH action. The store has offered to sell me their demonstration model Clavinova CLP 430 for a good price and I will simply pay them the difference in cost. Even though it is a demonstration model I don't think it has been played much.
Converted to US dollars, I paid the equivalent of $ 1,675 for the Arius and they are offering me the Clavinova for the equivalent of $ 2,375 (discounted from a sticker price of $ 3,125).
Having compared the Arius and the Clavinova, here are my observations:
- I was able to play repeated notes slightly faster on the Clavinova than on the Arius.
- I was able to play repeated notes much more quietly on the Clavinova than on the Arius. This may be the biggest advantage for me.
- I was able to play trills fractionally better on the Clavinova than on the Arius although it may have been coincidence (sometimes I just have a good run).
- The Clavinova has ivory-feel keys which the Arius does not.
- The Clavinova seems to have a better sound than the Arius.
- The Clavinova has two 30W speakers while the Arius has two 20W speakers.
- The Clavinova has four (beautiful) piano voices while the Arius only has two (also beautiful).
- The Clavinova has additional settings for the timbre of the sound, for example you can set the sound to "bright".
- The Clavinova has a much easier interface with various buttons to directly enable or disable features and also an LED display showing you the tempo of the metronome. The Arius has only a few basic buttons and after that you have to enable and disable functions using specific button and key combinations for which I often have to refer to the manual.
- The Clavinova has front support legs.
- The Clavinova has a slightly bigger footprint and slightly greater height and probably weighs a bit more.
Do you think I should stick to the Arius or upgrade to the Clavinova?