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Originally Posted by enw10
My first teacher taught on an out of tune spinet. It was so old it wouldn't stay in tune anymore. I mean, there are limits. [...]


This raises the question that has been discussed before: If a teacher can't afford a reasonably decent piano as a teaching instrument, should s/he even be teaching?

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Easy answer-I don't. My teacher has a Baldwin Acrosonic. It doesn't sound good at all to my ears. Several of the keys do not play right. Not terribly enjoyable to play. It is my first time playing piano ever (51 y.o. male). I agree that a good teacher is the most important thing with lessons but I wish it was a better piano. I much prefer my Casio PX-160.

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Not all teachers like keyboards / DPs. It'd be nice to have one on-hand for emergencies in case the piano is really out of tune.

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Originally Posted by Arcflash
Easy answer-I don't. My teacher has a Baldwin Acrosonic. It doesn't sound good at all to my ears. Several of the keys do not play right. Not terribly enjoyable to play. It is my first time playing piano ever (51 y.o. male). I agree that a good teacher is the most important thing with lessons but I wish it was a better piano. I much prefer my Casio PX-160.


I lived with a Baldwin Acrosonic spinet for a while, when I wasn't playing piano, and it certainly didn't make a good impression on me just listening to it! Was the teacher's piano a spinet? I think I would prefer my P-515 to that.

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Yes it is a spinet. I read up on the Acrosonics and I guess as far as spinets go they were one of the better ones but I am definitely not impressed with this one.

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Originally Posted by BruceD

This raises the question that has been discussed before: If a teacher can't afford a reasonably decent piano as a teaching instrument, should s/he even be teaching?

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This one shouldn't have been. The piano wasn't a deal breaker for me, but it certainly reflected the teacher's level of commitment to teaching.

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Originally Posted by Fidel
Are you kidding me?!? My teacher's piano is a 9 foot Baldwin SD-6. It's the 2nd best piano I've played in my life. The keyboard was rebuilt by the techs at the Oberlin Conservatory. Hands down its the best action I've ever played.

The best piano I've ever played was a 9 foot Steinway D on a stage at the University of Texas in Austin. That was fun but I'd never expect a teacher to have that kind of piano for lessons.


Actually, my teacher does teach on a D, and a very good one at that, maintained in top shape by an excellent RPT. All his students play on it from the get go. They've never hurt themselves or the piano, although once when he swapped positions with a young student to demonstrate a passage, she made the mistake of casually leaning back on the chair and putting her feet up on the edge of the piano. Needless to say, that only happened once. smile

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Originally Posted by Arcflash
Yes it is a spinet. I read up on the Acrosonics and I guess as far as spinets go they were one of the better ones but I am definitely not impressed with this one.


I've had my (used) Baldwin Acrosonic since 1995. It's not bad but I'll need an upgrade at some point. This piano has been heavily used between me and my two daughters, all taking lessons...

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I suppose that anyone who is taking lessons remotely is bemused by this question. wink

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Originally Posted by keystring
I suppose that anyone who is taking lessons remotely is bemused by this question. wink
Likely so!

What surprises me is that no one has answered with "over easy, with a side order of bacon" or something to that effect. laugh


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Well I need to update a little. My teacher's piano is great for pieces with a lot of pedal compared to the poor pedal on my P115. After last night's lesson I'm browsing rent to own options for uprights again.

I'd still use the digital to spare the family from the learning process and just play things that are ready for the upright. Maybe I can sell them on that. LOL


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My teacher's Piano is a DP Roland RP-401R, and is way better than the P45 I used to have. Also tried a P115, and it was barely the same as the P45. When I had the P45, I would strugle everytime I would go to the class just to adapt myself to the different keyboard (the entry level Yamahas (GHS) feel almost like slighltly heavy arranger keyboards... I felt that only the Clavinovas (GH3) and upwards had a feel in level with the Roland's entry level DPs (that use PH4)). So I went with the Roland F-140R, almost the same as the RP-401R (key action is identical, the sound is slightly worse), more compact and for me one of the better looking compact pianos. (I could have gone with the FP-30 that is also PH4, but after you add the stand and the pedals, the price was almost the same, and the F-140R is overall a better piano).

Now I'm 45, started playing a year ago, and my aspirations are not very serious I must say. I don't have the space, neither the funds to own a real piano. Even my piano classes are quite inexpensive. But I felt that not all DP are equal... some are more like real pianos than others. And some of these are better than a lousy traditional piano.


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