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Hey guys!

So, I'm finally buying a digital piano and I'd like some help deciding which one of the following that's most worth buying. I'll probably buy these 2nd hand and ofc in good condition.
One thing to have in mind is that I think prices here in Sweden are higher than in US. So the "New price" is what these DPs would cost in a music store here in Sweden.

Yamaha P155 1150 USD. New price: 1670 USD
Yamaha CP50 1715 USD. New price: 2025 USD
Roland RD 700GX 1730 USD. New price: Not available, RD700NX is 3100 USD new though.
Roland FP-4F 1650 USD. New price: 1890 USD

At the moment I mostly feel like buying the Yamaha P155 because it seems like a really nice DP at a pretty nice price. But if spending a few hundred dollars more means that I could get a much better DP, then I think I'd rather do that. The Roland FP-4F seems really nice too so I have a hard time deciding.

I don't really care too much about the weight, although I don't want it to be extremely big & heavy. Another thing worth mentioning is that I don't think I will need like 300 different sounds etc because at the moment I just feel like I won't need that many, but maybe that's something that I need/want later when I improve.

The most important thing I think is the feel and sound of the piano.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks in advance!

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The P-155 is a solid choice. It has a very good action and the sound is also good. It is generally agreed around here that the Roland NX models have a very good piano sound and the PHA III action is liked by many. You really need to play whatever you are considering to determine what you like. Sound and action are subjective, but action is the most important consideration. You can always hook up to a computer for other voices.

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Okay, sweet! So that means it's not worth spending the extra bucks?

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That is a decision you should make after trying out different digital pianos in different price ranges. This will help you decide what you like and what you don't. Don't make the mistake of not trying before buying.

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as a p-155 owner, I'd not have payed that high price for mine (got mine for maybe $800-900 with a coupon). That being said, though, I do very much enjoy having it. Unless you like the feel of the keys on the yamahas better (which was why I chose my p-155, though the only Roland I was able to compare them with was an fp-7), I'd lean towards the rolands

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Easily the RD700GX ... and look around for the SN upgrade board to give you pretty much the best current DP sound available in any board.


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So I should still consider the RD700GX although it's a bit "old"? and I'm 100% sure I won't be buying the Super natural upgrade atleast for 1-2 months. I think since it's not that much of a difference in price between the FP-4F and the RD700GX I guess it's the Fp-4F goes away. It'd be better spending that little extra to get the RD700GX then... But now I think it's whether or not I want to spend THAT much for the RD700GX or just go for the P-155.

Still haven't made up my mind smile
Btw, if I go to the local music store here and try out the RD700NX, how different will it be from the RD700GX? Can I even compare the two? I was thinking I could try the NX just to get a little feel about how the GX is going to feel like / sound like. (They don't sell the RD700GX in stores here anymore).


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Originally Posted by Hudil
Hey guys!

So, I'm finally buying a digital piano and I'd like some help deciding which one of the following that's most worth buying. I'll probably buy these 2nd hand and ofc in good condition.
One thing to have in mind is that I think prices here in Sweden are higher than in US. So the "New price" is what these DPs would cost in a music store here in Sweden.

Yamaha P155 1150 USD. New price: 1670 USD
Yamaha CP50 1715 USD. New price: 2025 USD
Roland RD 700GX 1730 USD. New price: Not available, RD700NX is 3100 USD new though.
Roland FP-4F 1650 USD. New price: 1890 USD

I'd choose based on which key action you like. Of the ones on your list I don't happen to like the FP4's action. The RD700NX and FP4 use very different key actions. The RD700NX is very good. I think the CP50 is a slight improment over the P155. I have the P155 and it works well especially after adding an external amp and speakers. The LP140 stand is good if you do not need a portable setup.

The feel of the RD700nx is very different from the two Yamahas. It is amount the best available but some people like the more firm feel of the Yamaha. You have to try it. Where do you live. Here in California the P155 is now $1K.

If you do need a portable keyboard the P155 is not the best for that. It uses a "engineered wood" based chassis that give it a very solid feel but weights a "ton". The RD700 and CP50 are made to be shipped (in cases) The P155 is an ideal home practice piano but not a great stage piano as the other two are. The FP4 has very light action that I don't like. Almost as if it were unweighted

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Hey guys!

I've just bought the Yamaha p-155 and I hope I'll enjoy it! (Haven't got it yet).
Thank you all for helping me with the hard decision!

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Hudil

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Congratulations! The P155 is a solid instrument at its price point.


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