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What is the value of Yamaha CLP S306?
#2889645 09/12/19 07:49 PM
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Can anyone tell me what the value of the Yamaha CLP S306 is? Considering buying a used one. Here are the specs:
Yamaha CLP-S306 PE Digital Piano Clavinova with 88 keys, hammer action 3 keyboard with synthetic ivory, 14 sounds, stereo sample with 3 velocity switches, polyphony 128, 4 reverb types, chorus and brilliance, dual and split function, LED-display, 2 track sequencer, metronome, 50 preset songs, 3 pedals, speaker system 2 x 40 watts, 2 headphone jacks, Midi In/Out/Thru, AUX in/out, USB-to host and USB-to device, internet direct connection, keyboard cover, dimensions in mm B x H x T: 1449 x 430 x 977, weight: 78 kgs design: black polished.

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The CLP-S306 might have sold in the mid or high $2000 range when new ten years ago.

But today a new $1500 unit would likely be a better piano. That's why piano depreciate so rapidly.

Anyway, no one can tell you what it's worth. That all depends on how much you're willing to spend and what the seller is willing to take.

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It's basically a CLP-330 in a different cabinet. Very outdated technologically: GH3 action with plastic keys, no resonances of any kind, no key off sounds.

A brand new low cost model like Arius YDP-164 or YDP-S54 is better.

And then it's over 10 years old.

It was an expensive model in its days, I suppose, but mainly because of the design and the shiny finish.

Around 400$ perhaps?

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I'm inclined to agree with cloth-meister. The low end CLP models are often no better than the high end Arius series, but the CLPs sell for much more.

And yes, the CLP-300 series is old, released in 2008. It's not worth much today.

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whitem3700 #2890171 09/14/19 06:55 AM
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Thank you for the information. The seller is asking $500 for their CLP S306. I’m wondering if this is a reasonable price to pay for this piano. Originally they were asking for $900 but I talked her down to $500. Just wondering if I should offer her even less for this model. I appreciate your thoughts!

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With new ... when you spend much under $1000 ... and especially under $500 ... you get a really poor keyboard action.
But a used piano with a decent keyboard (like this S306) at under $500 might be a worthy buy. It was a $2000+ piano with a better overall keyboard than what you find in the cheap ones today.

But ... wear is an important consideration. My eleven-year-old Clav has needed four repairs. One was done in warranty, the others at my expense. The total cost was around $450.
Is this S306 in top shape? How can you tell? Worn keys are not worn out on the visible surfaces. The wear is in the parts underneath, especially the key sensors.

Some people buy pianos on which to learn (or on which their children will learn). And sometimes the student loses interest quickly ... in just days or months ... leaving an unused piano in pristine condition.
Even a ten-year-old piano might be a very worthy purchase.

Or the piano might the prize of a conscientious artist who uses it heavily.

How can you tell the difference? The extent usage might not be visible in any way! So you take your chances.
Is $500 a big risk? That's your call.

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Some relevant questions are:
- What else can you get for $500?
- What is it that you really need?
- What happens if you miss the opportunity of purchasing this ~10 years old unremarkable (but stylish) second hand piano? Is it really important that you get it?

And those are more like rhetorical questions for you to silently consider. smile

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For a 10 year old piano, you also need to budget maintenance as it comes out of your pocket. Usual maintenance tasks on such an old digital include lubrication of keys, replacing sticky keys, etc. Everything wears with time.


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Lots of good things to consider...thank you for the advice! Looking for a piano for my 15 year old son who is taking lessons. He enjoys it so far but don’t want to invest $1000 or more for a new piano right now. I’m leaning towards buying used one at this point. If he sticks with it I’d consider upgrading in a few years. Just tying to figure out if $500 is a fair price for the CLP S306. Sounds like buying used is a gamble as I don’t know the wear and tear on the piano.

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Originally Posted by whitem3700
Lots of good things to consider...thank you for the advice! Looking for a piano for my 15 year old son who is taking lessons. He enjoys it so far but don’t want to invest $1000 or more for a new piano right now. I’m leaning towards buying used one at this point. If he sticks with it I’d consider upgrading in a few years. Just tying to figure out if $500 is a fair price for the CLP S306. Sounds like buying used is a gamble as I don’t know the wear and tear on the piano.

To be honest, for $500 price point, and for piano lessons, I would buy your son a new Roland FP10. Best keyboard action at its price point and it will be under warranty. Buy and forget. Or if it must come with a stand for that price, you can get either a new Casio PX-160 or Yamaha P71, the corresponding single damper pedal (only need the one pedal if son is beginner/intermediate), and then buy a used stand off of eBay. I'd forget the used Clavinova piano. For piano lessons, your son needs a high quality keyboard action more than he needs an attractive looking piece of furniture.


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