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I thought some of you might enjoy this. My teacher was curious to try out my Yamaha CLP-685 as he'd never played a decent digital before. I was showing him the record function and captured this with the direct to WAV recording. Needless to say, my instrument has never been played quite so well laugh He also was pretty impressed and gave the CLP-685 a thumbs up and thought it would serve me and my son well for a while (though at some point in the future he wants me to get an acoustic grand.)

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qLVa635LX71gkznPPyVbIUUJoFjA6vNy/view

I forgot to ask what the piece of music was, I'm sure someone here will recognize it.

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Great playing! He apparently knows his job smile As to the sound, it’s a bit boxy to my ears but the piano is nevertheless meant to be played through its speakers rather than being listened to in recordings.

I hate the 685 keyboard. It’s the worst feeling keyboard in a digital piano I’ve ever played. But that’s just my taste and then I’m just a hobbyist.

What’s important is your teacher encourages you and likes it. It means it’s similar to what he likes, presumably similar to his own grand, and since you will be learning on both it means no need for a huge adaptation/transition between the two instruments.


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Sounds great!


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Wish I could do that! Can't vouch for the sound as my crappy cheap tablet sounds like a can with string in it, but he can play alright. smile

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The fact is that, as I listened to the piece on my iPad, I wouldn’t have been able to say if it was a digital or an acoustic. That must mean something. I’d like to believe that I’d be able to tell them apart if I listened to them, say, behind a curtain... but I’m not sure.
(The piece is one of the latest Schubert sonates, don’t remember which one)


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Very nice playing. The CFX sound samples on the latest CLP series are really good!

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I liked the playing and the piece.

On the other hand, I am not sure about the sound. Sounds like every other digital. I guess it’s recorded directly to the USB with the USB audio recorder, the sound is dry and lacks reverberation and presence. Expected more from a top-of-the-line instrument.

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Originally Posted by TrollToddington
I liked the playing and the piece.

On the other hand, I am not sure about the sound. Sounds like every other digital. I guess it’s recorded directly to the USB with the USB audio recorder, the sound is dry and lacks reverberation and presence. Expected more from a top-of-the-line instrument.


There is definitely some processing that is not saved with the WAV file as it sounds much warmer coming out of the headphones (which has binaural processing) or speaker (which uses a spruce cone and does seem to make a difference over the 675.) But I agree, the sound is definitely not a live CFX smile But, I'm happier with this instrument than any acoustic I've tried at the same price point. I just recently went shopping to get an idea of how much I need to save to get my "forever grand", and I tried a lot of pianos. To get an action and sound that I would be as happy with would have been more than double the price of this digital. Depending on how long I can wait, my forever instrument will be 5x to 10x =O

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Originally Posted by squidbot
There is definitely some processing that is not saved with the WAV file as it sounds much warmer coming out of the headphones (which has binaural processing) or speaker (which uses a spruce cone and does seem to make a difference over the 675.) But I agree, the sound is definitely not a live CFX smile But, I'm happier with this instrument than any acoustic I've tried at the same price point. I just recently went shopping to get an idea of how much I need to save to get my "forever grand", and I tried a lot of pianos. To get an action and sound that I would be as happy with would have been more than double the price of this digital. Depending on how long I can wait, my forever instrument will be 5x to 10x =O
Unfortunately, that defeats one of the reasons to get a digital - to be able to easily record my works. If recording requires additional post processing on my side in order to make the piano voice sound warmer and more realistic, then it’s a no go and I’d better learn to record an acoustic or (better) rent a studio. However, for some non-critical recordings (for example, sending your playing to your teacher for evaluation, recording your kids, etc.) it will do.

Once again, this only confirms what I said in the other thread, the digitals are good for a beginner-to-intermediate pianist. On the other hand, that makes most of the pianists around the world.

Regarding a “forever instrument”, the top-of-the-line Petroff upright can be had for €16k. The price of a small car 😀

I hope you enjoy playing your piano regardless of its shortcomings. In my opinion, the 685 belongs to the better digitals.

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Originally Posted by squidbot
I forgot to ask what the piece of music was, I'm sure someone here will recognize it.


The piece is the 1st movement of the Schubert piano sonata, No. 19 in C minor, D. 958.

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Originally Posted by TrollToddington

Regarding a “forever instrument”, the top-of-the-line Petroff upright can be had for €16k. The price of a small car 😀


Holy cow, that's just over $18k USD. The sticker price on the Petrof P194S Storm (my dream piano) here in the US is $52,880! Maybe it's time to move to Europe!


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Originally Posted by squidbot
Originally Posted by TrollToddington

Regarding a “forever instrument”, the top-of-the-line Petroff upright can be had for €16k. The price of a small car 😀


Holy cow, that's just over $18k USD. The sticker price on the Petrof P194S Storm (my dream piano) here in the US is $52,880! Maybe it's time to move to Europe!

When comparing your price to Troll's, I think you overlooked the crucial word "upright" in his post. smile


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Oops missed that! Thanks JoBert smile


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