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#1985657 - 11/12/12 09:15 AM Choosing DP in China ....Roland FP-80 ordered  
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Greetings Everyone!

I am seeking your help on choosing a low to mid end DP. I am a software engineer in China with a tight budget. I would prefer key action as much as possible but portability is needed since I have to move once a year in Canton as a result of the rocketing rent rates frown ). Affordable DP models to me are:

1. Korg SP-180,i.e SP-170DX, CNY3650(580USD) including a wooden stand & a three pedal set, it is almost identical with the previous SP-170s except that it comes with the three pedals. The sound quality is impressive but it lacks such popular functionality as split/dual. Also appears plastic.

2. Casio PX-350/358, price unknown, available in December. The abundance of functions is fascinating. However, the 8 watt *2 speakers are not that attractive. Moreover,keyboards of previous Privia models are reputated for quickly becoming loose over time. Is this PX-350 worth waiting for?

One might be interested in what a PX-358 is, most probably just a PX-350 with a few sounds of Chinese traditional instruments.

3. Roland RP-301,same price as YDP-161. Most expensive among three. However, there is some controversy over the Ivory Feel-G keyboard and I cannot try the keyboard for myself for there isn't one around for demonstration. RP-301 is mostly offered by online dealers.

In the beginning, I would just go for a Yamaha P-155. Unfortunately, it is not sold in China that I have to pay heavy transportation and taxes to get one from Japan without official warranty.

Thanks a lot.

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#1985825 - 11/12/12 05:49 PM Re: Choosing low to mid end DP in China SP-180, PX-350, RP-301 ? [Re: Vampire Killer]  
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Hello, because I anticipate a few moves myself I only purchased slab pianos.

I like the Korg main piano sound, but think the Casio action is better. Not familiar with the Roland but liked the Ivory Touch on the RD-700NX but didn't consider it because of the weight.
Have you listened to demos as well online?


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#1985884 - 11/12/12 08:46 PM Re: Choosing low to mid end DP in China SP-180, PX-350, RP-301 ? [Re: PossumES8SP280]  
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RD-700NX has a superior keyboard to RP-301 and much more expensive.

I have seen a few clips online for RP-301 on local Roland homepage, sounds a little "cold".

#2063300 - 04/12/13 04:30 AM Re: Choosing low to mid end DP in China SP-180, PX-350, RP-301 ? [Re: Vampire Killer]  
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so have u buy your DP yet? i am thing to get either SP170DX/YAMAHA P35/KORG SP250.

SP250 is old model from my understanding. the DX are better, comes with 3 pedals. but no layering like CP35. it is nice to layer i.e piano and strings, but how about layering other voices? for me...if it only nice to layered piano & strings then..i pass. would like to choose DX. but hey..never try em all. hahhahaha...

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#2063352 - 04/12/13 07:43 AM Re: Choosing low to mid end DP in China SP-180, PX-350, RP-301 ? [Re: Vampire Killer]  
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Why not travel over to Hong Kong to buy a P155? They sell them at Tom Lee Music for $9000HKD.

The package as a whole weighs 17 kilos which means travelling on the MTR with one is fine, which should get you to Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau.

#2063486 - 04/12/13 12:12 PM Re: Choosing low to mid end DP in China SP-180, PX-350, RP-301 ? [Re: Vampire Killer]  
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If you purchase a digital piano in HK, be prepared to be taxed 10%.

I just checked out Parsons in Shenzhen and they have the old Kawai CA13 for RMB$8300, Kawai CL26II $3950, Casio PX130 for $3700.

You could probably check larger cities like Shanghai or Beijing. Transportation costs within China is quite cheap.

Also, check out www.amazon.cn.

#2063931 - 04/13/13 09:16 AM Re: Choosing low to mid end DP in China SP-180, PX-350, RP-301 ? [Re: justpin]  
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Originally Posted by justpin
Why not travel over to Hong Kong to buy a P155? They sell them at Tom Lee Music for $9000HKD.

The package as a whole weighs 17 kilos which means travelling on the MTR with one is fine, which should get you to Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau.


I am more than pleased to have read all yr replies after what seemed a long time.

Haven't yet.

Justpin, thanks for yr suggestions. Might visit Tom Lee HK for a P155, but not until my visa get renewed. Incidentally, does this 9k HKD include a stand?

Although Casio DID release ALL the new Privias with good prices on time and they are everywhere with major Internet dealers, I havne't put my dirty fingers on them yet and fell in into indecision when satisfaction varies as I read. There was even a Casio press release held in my neighborhood but I didn't even know about it...

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#2063935 - 04/13/13 09:29 AM Re: Choosing low to mid end DP in China SP-180, PX-350, RP-301 ? [Re: razlan.mag]  
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Did try SP-170DX when I posted. Reponsive keyboard, cripsy sound, short decay but OK. It was only the lack of the layering niceties keeps me away, you knew it.

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#2063953 - 04/13/13 09:46 AM Re: Choosing low to mid end DP in China SP-180, PX-350, RP-301 ? [Re: joce]  
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Visited Parsons next door for the models you mentioned. CA13, cabinet oversized. As for CL-26II, I prefer a more international appearance. The point is the polyphony number, i.e 96, as a programmer, I a binary sick for 64, 128, 256... frown

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#2116903 - 07/13/13 08:06 AM Re: Choosing DP in China ....Roland FP-80 ordered [Re: Vampire Killer]  
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Hello, eventually I have doubled the payment for a Roland FP-80 from an online dealer.

The salesman told me that the FP-80 sold here are made in China. I am a little concerned if the quality will be different from those sold elsewhere.

Those who own FP-80, would you let me know where your FP-80 is made? Thanks.

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#2117392 - 07/14/13 06:18 AM Re: Choosing DP in China ....Roland FP-80 ordered [Re: Vampire Killer]  
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Originally Posted by Vampire Killer
Hello, eventually I have doubled the payment for a Roland

Those who own FP-80, would you let me know where your FP-80 is made? Thanks.

Hello, mine has been made in indonesia.
I have no trouble at all with this DP...a really good DP indeed grin


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