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In Praise Of The Original Yamaha AG N3 #2862552
06/25/19 12:42 AM
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We all debate digital stuff, and yet many of us have a real AP in our worlds. My original Yamaha AvantGrand N3 has been an amazing hybrid instrument over the last several years. And it might work for you?

The premise with the AG series is three parts: (1) real deal acoustic action, (2) Yamaha's best AP samples, and (3) a package with decent integrated amplification. Oh, and it looks and sounds great in your living space. High WAF (wife approval factor).

I think I've had mine for 8 years (?), maybe more, and for me it's a real instrument. Zero regrets on pulling the trigger. I'm keeping it for the next 20 years, if possible?

I think of it as a shorter AP grand that delivers the goods and never needs tuning. Oh yes, for you EP fans, there's an amazing Rhodes as part of the bargain. Billy Joel never sounded so good.

The original marketing for the instrument was a bit overhyped (surprise!) and silly things like vibrating keys are nice, but don't seal the deal.

Here's what I like? I sit down at it, and it's like going to the gym. It's a heavy, stiff action that has never loosened up no matter how hard I bang at it. That's actually a good thing. After a session on the N3, everything else in my life is like keyboard butter: my amazing Bosie 200, Nords, etc. I am Finger Strength Man.

It sounds quite wonderful in my vacay home. The speaker setup (radiate above and below) is very similar to what a real grand produces. The volume knob is useful as I can bang hard without annoying others. This summer, I'm working out material for my three bands (!) and it's all quite wonderful.

For those of you who want a near-AP grand experience without the hassle, definitely a contender. Super happy with my decision many years in the past. No opinions on the new ones, not relevant in my world.

Used ones are hard to come by though. I guess that says something about them?


Life is too short to be playing bad music.

Practice: Bosie 200, Yam N3
Live: Nord Piano 4, Stage 3 Compact
Amps: QSC K.2s, RCF TT08-s, FA 12-ac, CPS SSv3
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Re: In Praise Of The Original Yamaha AG N3 [Re: cphollis] #2862686
06/25/19 04:06 PM
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Anyone who's read my glowing review of the N3X won't be surprised to see me chime in here... but man, I agree! It's truly amazing what Yamaha has been able to accomplish with these instruments. Glad to see you're still enjoying yours eight years later. I plan to hold on to my N3X until it gives out or I do!


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Re: In Praise Of The Original Yamaha AG N3 [Re: cphollis] #2862819
06/26/19 01:41 AM
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Happy N3 owner here. Zero regret for one year but I’m thinking to trade in my N3 and spend more $2,000 on an N3X smile

Re: In Praise Of The Original Yamaha AG N3 [Re: cphollis] #2862879
06/26/19 06:46 AM
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Is this reverse town?
You have no regrets yet want to upgrade.
CG says ‘terrible’ when he means ‘great’.
Whatsamatta with you people! laugh

Re: In Praise Of The Original Yamaha AG N3 [Re: Pete14] #2862908
06/26/19 09:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Pete14
Is this reverse town? ... Whatsamatta with you people! laugh

What are your dreams telling you? smile


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Re: In Praise Of The Original Yamaha AG N3 [Re: cphollis] #2862957
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I see a baby Novus headed our way. wink


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