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Re: Yamaha vs Roland vs Casio? [Re: anotherscott] #2341829
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I appreciate such a detailed and informative response. I realized Steinway is a loved piano company, but I hadn't realized so many DP companies use Steinway for their samples... However, the biggest question I have remains unanswered. What does Casio do to their sound? (I know this may be impossible to know, but if it isn't I'd love to know) The Casio Privia PX850 is RIGHT in my price range... But one thing worries me a bit.. I still want their sound to be similar to that of a Steinway concert grand... (I am fairly new to digital pianos) Does Casio edit their sound to it is virtually impossible to tell that it was sampled from a Steinway? I've been reading about everyone being in love with Casio's latest line-up... In all honesty the PX850 seems quite impressive, but I am truly just looking for, the closest I could get to a Steinway sound... Roland is pretty much out of the picture for me because IMO they are a bit overpriced... Yamaha is a possibility... I have definitely narrowed down to these two. Now I know I said I want a Steinway sample, but if Casio doesn't deliver much resemblance to a Steinway in sound, I will go with Yamaha. Any opinions on the matter are helpful.

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Re: Yamaha vs Roland vs Casio? [Re: fizikisto] #2341840
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I truly do appreciate the response. I considered Nord, however my price range is more in the $1,000-$1,600 area.. So Casio may be my only option anyway. Not that that's a bad thing ! I believe it sounds excellent, I was just looking for alternatives to check out just in case. Sadly Nord is in the $2,000+ price range. Thank you for the info though. I will apply what I have learned to a future purchase. Yes I have considered VST too... but I must do research on them. (I am leaning towards Synthogy Ivory II)

Re: Yamaha vs Roland vs Casio? [Re: kenneth95] #2341841
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If you're in the 1000-1600 range, you'd be doing yourself a disservice by not looking at the Roland F-130R and RP401R.


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Re: Yamaha vs Roland vs Casio? [Re: JayGVan] #2341876
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I see. I'll definitely have to have a look at them. Thanks.

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Re: Yamaha vs Roland vs Casio? [Re: AnimistFvR] #2341913
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Originally Posted by AnimistFvR
the biggest question I have remains unanswered. What does Casio do to their sound?... Does Casio edit their sound to it is virtually impossible to tell that it was sampled from a Steinway?

I'm not sure what you mean by "edit." All the keyboards I mentioned give you Steinway samples, they will all sound like the Steinway pianos they were sampled from. Steinway pianos themselves can vary in sound. Mic'ing techniques can also vary the sound, and mapping the velocity differences of the original to the response of the digital is an imperfect art, and unless you get a much more expensive board (i.e. Korg Kronos), all the manufacturers stretch and/or loop their samples (some more than others, as higher priced pianos generally have more memory to work with than lower priced ones), and perhaps they use EQ, compression, or other techniques to try to improve the result (i.e. help it play more evenly, help hide the loop and stretch points), but they will all sound basically like the Steinway piano they came from. The speakers you are playing through (often the speakers that are built into the piano) will also make a difference. I wouldn't say that everyone's Steinway reproduction sounds as good as everyone else's, but they will all sound basically like the piano that generated the samples. I'm sure that if you heard the Casio next to the Steinway it was sampled from, you would be able to recognize the tone, it would not be altered beyond recognition. Whether you're happy with playing their end result, only you can tell.

And as fizikisto said, you can also hook any board up to a computer, and get more Steinway sounds that way, as there are a variety of manufacturers of VST pianos who offer Steinway samples. If you'd want to play those sounds through a piano's built-in speakers, you'd need to have a piano that includes the Line Input feature.

Re: Yamaha vs Roland vs Casio? [Re: anotherscott] #2342382
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Everything you're telling me has helped me so much in deciding so far.. By edit I mean what my original post mentioned. Well before I bring this up let me mention that I understand what you're telling me. I thought that maybe a brand such as Casio used Steinway as THEIR BASES, and then fixed the sound to have a more generic piano sound if that makes sense to you, rather than a Steinway in particular. Now here is something that I have been researching for AHWHILE now.... Roland. I am not sure what Roland does to their sound ! I'm not a fan of their "SuperNATURAL" technology... On a Youtube video titled something along the lines of "What is Roland's SuperNATURAL Technology?" There is a direct comparison between one of Roland's keyboards, and a Steinway concert grand... They sounded somewhat similar to each other, which of course you mentioned that since it's the recording the piano, of course they would... but why does Roland sound so metallic? A Steinway is more mellow than metallic, making it great for emotional-like music, but Roland's sound is just metallic sounding to me... more than a Steinway should sound. Sorry, I am trying to learn so much at once.

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Roland is a little different from most DP manufacturers, because instead of just playing back samples, many of their DP sounds combine sampling with modeling... mathematical algorithms designed to generate additional sound information extending beyond what's in the samples themselves in an attempt to make the samples play more naturally and organically than a fixed amount of sampled information might be able to allow. Some people love the results, as the otherwise audible artifacts of looping, stretching, and velocity layer switches disappear; other people find the results not completely natural or authentic to the sound of a real piano. But yes, AFAIK, they also get most (all?) of their sampled piano sounds originally from a Steinway.

Edit: As an aside, is there a reason your sound must be based on a Steinway? If you were shopping for an actual grand in a piano store and happened to come across a Yamaha, Kawai, Bosendorfer, Bluthner, whatever that you enjoyed playing more than whatever Steinway you had played, would you necessarily rule it out because it wasn't Steinway?

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The result doesn't end in a Steinway sound (I UNDERSTAND THAT NONE OF THEM ARE THE EXACCCCTTTT SAME.) for some reason to my ears.... Maybe I should listen to more of their sound? So Roland is essentially trying to make their samples EXACTLY like a Steinway? If so, I may consider them, but if they're trying to make it THEIR OWN sound, I am not interested as much, but will still research a bit. Alright so I suppose I just want a direct answer for this one. Does Roland try to make their pianos sound like a real Steinway? Or their own unique sound?

Absolutely not haha. There's just something about Steinway that I really like. Now when I buy an actual grand in later years, it will more than likely NOT be a Steinway.... Too expensive. I would probably choose Yamaha, however in my current place, I am unable to spend over $2,000 on a DP. So that MIGHT rule Roland out? But I still need to check out two models that were recommended to me. And for Yamaha, I sort of want my DP in a cabinet design... (DOESN'T HAVE TO BE) And for Roland and Yamaha a DP in a cabinet design exceeds $3,000+ With Casio, I could get one for $1,099... So I am leaning towards them, but I am still looking. Maybe my budget can increase.

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Originally Posted by AnimistFvR
. Maybe I should listen to more of their sound? So Roland is essentially trying to make their samples EXACTLY like a Steinway? If so, I may consider them, but if they're trying to make it THEIR OWN sound, I am not interested as much, but will still research a bit. Alright so I suppose I just want a direct answer for this one. Does Roland try to make their pianos sound like a real Steinway? Or their own unique sound?

Absolutely not haha. There's just something about Steinway that I really like. Now when I buy an actual grand in later years, it will more than likely NOT be a Steinway.... Too expensive. I would probably choose Yamaha, however in my current place, I am unable to spend over $2,000 on a DP. So that MIGHT rule Roland out? But I still need to check out two models that were recommended to me. And for Yamaha, I sort of want my DP in a cabinet design... (DOESN'T HAVE TO BE) And for Roland and Yamaha a DP in a cabinet design exceeds $3,000+ With Casio, I could get one for $1,099... So I am leaning towards them, but I am still looking. Maybe my budget can increase.


This has been going around in circles for a while. I will try and throw a monkey wrench into the gears.

Jay Roland has answered the question about Roland vs Steinway, in an old post. Paraphrased:

. . The Roland "SuperNatural sound" is a combination of several
. . different piano samples, combined and processed, and using
. . Roland's proprietary modelling techniques for enhancement.

So it's not a Steinway, and it's not _trying_ to be a Steinway. It's a Roland. People like it, or not.

There is substantial variation, between different Roland models, in that "SuperNatural" sound. Playing an F130R sounds _really different_ from playing an FP-80.

A question:

. . . If _you_ sit down, blindfolded, in front of a Steinway,
. . . a Yamaha, a Bechstein, a Kawai (all of the same size):

. . . . Can _you_ identify which one is the Steinway?

If you can't tell the difference, or you're not sure, my suggestion:

. . . Try out a bunch of DP's with good headphones, and buy the one
. . . you like the most. It's a purely subjective decision.

If you _can_ tell the difference:

. . . Try out a bunch of DP's with good headphones, and buy the one
. . . that sounds most like a Steinway _to you_.

If that doesn't sit right with you, I'd suggest getting a software piano (like "Vintage D") that _does_ start with a Steinway sample. That way, you know (more or less) what you're buying, and how it's going to sound.

And if _sound_ (rather than "action") is most imnportant to you, you can drive it with a Casio PX-150 (or Yamaha P105) to reduce your cost to a minimum.

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Re: Yamaha vs Roland vs Casio? [Re: Charles Cohen] #2342620
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Thank you for clearing the smoke. Both of you have helped me so much I could not even express my gratitude. I have heard that Roland mixes piano sounds together to have their own sound... but wanted to be sure. I.. am not sure if I'm a fan of their sound. As I said before, it is too metallic for my taste. Yamaha is right in the sweet spot for me. My first piano was a Yamaha. I wasn't disappointed. I have my respect for Roland, but their sound is too metallic. Not only that, if I were to like the sound of a certain DP that sampled a piano with raw sound, no mixing different samples like Roland, they may encourage me to buy the REAL one later on. My budget has increased up to around $2,500 fortunately. I have already tried both DPs. I cannot express enough how unattractive a Roland is to my ears.... But that's just me. Roland has their respected fan base of course. I have heard that Casio (even the latest PX850) doesn't sound like an actual grand piano, and the keys are too light so you don't build up any muscle. I do not have the opportunity to try a Casio though. I do not really want to buy one, then be disappointed with what I have purchased. I have been warned to avoid Casio, so for the next DP I buy, it will not be a Casio. I will find a way to try out a Casio whenever I decide to upgrade pianos again. (If I ever need to depending on how happy I am with my purchase). Since Korg and Nord seem to be more synthesizer/arranger type keyboards, they do not interest me too much. I will look at them for a bit longer, but so far, I am not intrigued. So to sum everything up, I believe I'll go with the Yamaha unless Korg or Nord amazes me to the point of switching. AGAIN, Thank you all.

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. . . I have heard that Casio (even the latest PX850) doesn't sound like an actual grand piano, and the keys are too light so you don't build up any muscle. I do not have the opportunity to try a Casio though. I do not really want to buy one, then be disappointed with what I have purchased. I have been warned to avoid Casio, so for the next DP I buy, it will not be a Casio. . .


Myths die hard . . . <sigh>

The key weight on the PX-x50 action is reasonably similar to the key weight on acoustic pianos. If you can play one comfortably, you can play the other.

That's not to say that the actions feel identical, or that the Casio sound generator "sounds the same as a grand piano".

. Charles

PS -- bias -- I own a Casio PX-350. I'm happy with the action. I'm using Pianoteq as a sound generator. While there's a Steinway imitation in Pianoteq (the "D4" piano), only _you_ will know if it sounds enough like a Steinway to be OK. A trial version (some notes are silent) is free, if you wanted to try it out.


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Originally Posted by AnimistFvR
So to sum everything up, I believe I'll go with the Yamaha unless Korg or Nord amazes me to the point of switching.


If you have not done so already, you may also wish to try a Kawai instrument.

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I will definitely see if I can try one. If not, I believe "Kraft Music" can send me one for $1,099 and if I don't like it within 30 days, I can send it back. (That may have only been a limited time event, but I have read that on their website before). So were you not satisfied with your Casio's sound? Or you personally prefer the sound of your VST?

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True. I cannot count Kawai out of the race. I have hardly scratched the surface of their instruments. Yet, I know they are VERY well known for having high quality pianos. I'll have to dive into their pianos for a bit, and see what interests me. Thank you for the recommendation. So far, Korg and Nord are out. They are not what I'm looking for in a piano that would fit my preference. I want a home, upright/console piano cabinet design. Which Yamaha, Roland, Casio and Kawai have. Buying a new DP that I plan to have for years to come is quite difficult. But I do not believe I will be dissatisfied with a Kawai. I will check some out today. Sadly, once again, I may not be able to try one per say. The only piano dealer I have close to me is a Yamaha dealer with Yamaha's that I do not like. Not saying their SOUND is bad ! But the ones he has, only have GHS action which is the lowest ranking action you can have on a Yamaha. If I go out of state, I can go to an insanely large DP dealer, so I may do that. Let's hope they have Kawais. For now, I will do my research on them. Hopefully I can find out the pros and the cons.

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AnimistFvR, I would recommend using the Kawai America dealer locator to find Kawai dealers in your area:

http://kawaius.com/locator2012.html

Best of luck!

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It turns out there is in fact another dealer, approximately 50 miles away from my current location. Thank you for the help. For Kawai pianos, the CA65 seems to suit my needs. So if I go with Kawai, I believe that will be what I buy.

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Originally Posted by AnimistFvR
I have heard that Casio (even the latest PX850) doesn't sound like an actual grand piano, and the keys are too light so you don't build up any muscle. I do not have the opportunity to try a Casio though. I do not really want to buy one, then be disappointed with what I have purchased. I have been warned to avoid Casio, so for the next DP I buy, it will not be a Casio. I will find a way to try out a Casio whenever I decide to upgrade pianos again.


Good grief....
The PX-850 happens to be one of our best sellers. The action used in Privia products (in my opinion) is one of the finest you'll find. That along with the piano sound itself is why you now find many (non-paid) artists using Casio. Steve Weingart, Larry Dunn, Michael Boddicker, the late Joe Sample and many more.

Casio Privia digital pianos are backed with a 3 year warranty. Models such as the PX-850 have in home service available should a problem arise but if you search the web you'll see that issues such as that are few and far between.

While Casio doesn't say specifically which model of piano is recorded, having played the specific model I can tell you that it is an excellent representation of that specific 9 foot concert grand. Casio's sampling process actually involved 48 different microphones which are meticulously mixed and combined to provide a stereo piano sound that is even, accurate and also one that unlike many others that works superbly in a mono / live situation. Casio actually uses very little processing and audio compression during the sampling process. Utilizing the choices of piano presets and touch settings you can get a remarkably dynamic and expressive piano sound from the PX-850 that will suit a variety of musical needs.

Casio is the second largest digital piano manufacturer in the world. Frankly anyone that saying the things you mention has no clue about Casio.

I'm attaching this Youtube video - although this is Casio's PX-5S the piano preset that Steve uses is the "Classical Grand" which is identical to the preset of the same name on the PX-850.



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I have heard that Casio (even the latest PX850) doesn't sound like an actual grand piano, and the keys are too light so you don't build up any muscle. I do not have the opportunity to try a Casio though. I do not really want to buy one, then be disappointed with what I have purchased. I have been warned to avoid Casio, so for the next DP I buy, it will not be a Casio. I will find a way to try out a Casio whenever I decide to upgrade pianos again.


Good grief....
The PX-850 happens to be one of our best sellers. The action used in Privia products (in my opinion) is one of the finest you'll find. That along with the piano sound itself is why you now find many (non-paid) artists using Casio. Steve Weingart, Larry Dunn, Michael Boddicker, the late Joe Sample and many more.

Casio Privia digital pianos are backed with a 3 year warranty. Models such as the PX-850 have in home service available should a problem arise but if you search the web you'll see that issues such as that are few and far between.

While Casio doesn't say specifically which model of piano is recorded, having played the specific model I can tell you that it is an excellent representation of that specific 9 foot concert grand. Casio's sampling process actually involved 48 different microphones which are meticulously mixed and combined to provide a stereo piano sound that is even, accurate and also one that unlike many others that works superbly in a mono / live situation. Casio actually uses very little processing and audio compression during the sampling process. Utilizing the choices of piano presets and touch settings you can get a remarkably dynamic and expressive piano sound from the PX-850 that will suit a variety of musical needs.

Casio is the second largest digital piano manufacturer in the world. Frankly anyone that saying the things you mention has no clue about Casio.


I agree with Mike Martin on his points. I purchased a PX-350 a few months ago after trying practically every digital piano under $1000 available in Puerto Rico (sadly couldn't try Kawai at that time) and the quality of the action and sounds of the Privia are great, particularly in a mono live setting. The person mentioning bad points about Casio just hasn't tried the Privia line and is probably comparing it to old children's keyboards from Casio. However I do agree that the Privia DPs are among the best you can get for the low price point and have recommended them to everyone that is even the least bit interested in learning the piano.


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Originally Posted by Mike_Martin
Casio is the second largest digital piano manufacturer in the world.


Mike, may I ask, is that based on annual unit sales, profit, number of employees, etc.?

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So I'm assuming you wish of me to take Casio back into consideration.. I understand why Casio doesn't specify what piano they sample, because of promotional purposes of course. I am truly, just simply, looking for a great manufacturer that samples a Steinway concert grand. Even if Roland does it, they do something to their sound that ruins it for me... Casio, on the other hand, I am unsure of. I am not saying they're a bad brand to have at all ! I wouldn't know.. From the sound of tutorial videos online, they sound great. If I may show you, there is a video comparison of a Casio AP-450 vs "A concert grand piano", I believe this "concert grand piano" is a Steinway. Now, I have heard that the AP series and the Privia series essentially sound the same. Or similar at least. So hopefully if I do get a Casio, it will be decently accurate TO A STEINWAY, if that is the piano sampled. So here is the video, please tell me if you think that piano is a Steinway as well. SKIP TO THE 1:20 MARK. You can see the brand logo/name on the side of the piano. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENliynLPfrE

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AnimistFvR, if it is really the sound of a Steinway grand piano (which in itself is a world of differing possibilities) then I'd suggest the only solution is to use VSTi - there are fine sample sets from Synthology (Ivory II) and Galaxy (Vintage D) as well as True Keys American. Those three are attested to time and time again on this forum. There are dozens of other choices too, but I'd choose one of those three, I think. You can sample them on-line, of course.

The thing is, yes, Roland do process the sound until it's their own sound, even though Steinway based. It's the same, to a lesser extent with the other hardware DP makers. The results are acceptable, or excellent for many DP users.

However, the closest to one of the many raw Steinway sound-sets, would almost certainly be a VSTi sample which you can run on a computer. Use Kawai VCP1 as a controller - or indeed a Casio PX-150, or Roland or Yamaha DP - which ever feels the most like a piano you like playing.

PS Mike Martin said ...the late Joe Sample...

This was sad to hear about. Joe Sample died on September 12th apparently. I saw him with the Crusaders back in 1976 in Liverpool.

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Re: Yamaha vs Roland vs Casio? [Re: kenneth95] #2342849
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Does any company really states they sampled an Steinway? Maybe there are copyright issues and they can't clearly state it.

But if it's that impostant to you I would simply get one of the virtual pianos that are sampled from an Steinway (since many use terms like "Classic grand", "American grand", "Grand d" which make reference to a Model D).

Native instruments has a new one too (The Grandeur), only 99 USD.

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I am in love with the sounds a Steinway can produce, EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE ALL DIFFERENT OF COURSE, they have a point to where they are all similar as well... I plan to purchase a VST later on, maybe a couple months after I buy a piano, but I'm not too much of a fan of having to connect it to my computer.. I would like to just sit down at my piano, press the power button, and start playing right then and there. Otherwise I would be happy to buy a VST and not even be asking in this forum. For a VST, your computer/laptop has to be connected at all times right? That's pretty irritating IMHO.... I AM going to buy a VST, it will be Ivory II, (I have already completed my research on VSTs), but if I have to have my computer running constantly, it's just... how to put this.. inconvenient.

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No, none of them state it. I believe that is the reason too.

Well, I just went on a little bit of a rant about it in a post I sent to the guy above you.. VSTs SOUND amazing, but are inconvenient.

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Nord usually indicates which pianos were sampled by brand name. They have specific grand piano samples of steinway, yamaha, and fazioli pianos (among others - and many more samples of various upright pianos).


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Originally Posted by AnimistFvR
I will definitely see if I can try one. If not, I believe "Kraft Music" can send me one for $1,099 and if I don't like it within 30 days, I can send it back. (That may have only been a limited time event, but I have read that on their website before). So were you not satisfied with your Casio's sound? Or you personally prefer the sound of your VST?


I assume this question is for me.

I had two issues with the PX-350 sound:

. . . the note decay time is rather short (compared to an acoustic)

. . . there's no "string resonance", and the sound is much cleaner
. . . that the sound of an acoustic piano.

Pianoteq fixes both of those problems, for a reasonable price. IMHO, it gets me closer to an "acoustic piano experience" than the PX-350. I've been using the Bluthner sound, but the "D4" sound (presumably designed to mimic a Steinway) is OK as well.

The PX-850 (which I haven't played) _does_ have string resonance, and likely sounds better than the PX-350. I'd _guess_ that its sound sits somewhere between Pianoteq and the PX-350.

You really have to play some digital pianos, in different price ranges, by different makers. Until you do, what we're saying here may _seem_ to make sense, but (trust me) you don't really understand it.

That's especially true if you're judging DP's by their Youtube videos. MP3 compression changes sound, and different players set up their DP's differently for recording. So there's a degradation of quality, and no consistency.

If you think of a DP as a long-term purchase, and its sound really matters to you, it's worth going out-of-state to find something that you _like_, rather than something that someone else recommended.

. Charles

PS -- there are people who don't like Pianoteq. And there are arguments over which sample library is the best. This is not a field where "objective judgments" are easy.




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It's quite difficult to go try some in my current predicament, but I can go try some Yamahas and Kawais. I will see how I like them. Yes I heard that the PX850 and PX750 use a different sound engine than the PX350.. I am not trying to judge my entire purchase from simple internet research. I am simply trying to figure out what's best in specs and get some opinion of sound quality and action is all. Even though I know that with all instruments, it's personal preference. My requests may seem ridiculous, but I love to have opinions of other pianist on the matter. Just to hear all of your thoughts. I wish piano manufacturers could be more direct with their sound. I guess I will simply try to get the best action I possibly can, then use what everyone seems to what me to use, a VST.

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Originally Posted by AnimistFvR
My budget has increased up to around $2,500 fortunately.
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I have heard that Casio (even the latest PX850) doesn't sound like an actual grand piano, and the keys are too light so you don't build up any muscle.

As has been mentioned, Casios are better than you think, in both sound and action. But also, there's a lot of personal preference to this. On another forum, someone recently posted a blind audio test between a Casio and a much more expensive Nord, and while most people thought the Nord sounded better, a substantial portion (27 of the 94 voters) still thought the Casio sounded as good or better. You really do need to listen for yourself. That said, while the Casio is a good board and an excellent value, in your new higher price range, it is probably likely that you'd find something you like more.


Originally Posted by fizikisto

Nord usually indicates which pianos were sampled by brand name. They have specific grand piano samples of steinway, yamaha, and fazioli pianos (among others - and many more samples of various upright pianos).

Actually, Nord is a little cagey about it as well. They do freely mention Steinway. But look, for example, at the pages for the Italian Grand, Bright Grand, or Grand Imperial, and you will not explicitly find the words Fazioli, Yamaha, or Bosendorfer on those pages! As others have alluded to, I think companies just want to be very careful when using other companies' trademarked names. Same reason most clonewheels talk about emulating a "rotary speaker" rather than a Leslie. There can be ways around it, whether by getting permission, or by having lawyers carefully check the exact phrasing and context of your usage... but the simplest solution is to not use the term at all!

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Casio is the second largest digital piano manufacturer in the world.


Mike, may I ask, is that based on annual unit sales, profit, number of employees, etc.?

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Sales. Of course Kawai may be bigger if you include acoustic pianos, but that isn't what I said. Likewise Roland is probably a larger company in the "music equipment business" but when it comes to digital pianos Casio has a much larger share.


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