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ThePianoforever - young guy who does amazing reviews, comparisons, and is super passionate about all things piano (digital and acoustic).
I find a lot of his comments about what particular manufacturers are doing to be inaccurate. For example, he mentioned that MH uses lacquer on their hammers at the factory, which I’ve discovered to be untrue. Moreover, he mentions SK intentionally voicing their newer pianos to be brighter than in the past, which again, I’ve found to be untrue. Although, I do enjoy seeing the variety of pianos he has on his channel.
Grandman, that's fair... In the dozens of hours I've watched, there were a few things that struck me as "really?" but I can't remember any of them now. The variety and his excitement are what are interesting to me. I was looking for particular information about DP actions across manufacturers and I was able, more or less, to confirm using other reviewers already mentioned (Bonner's, Pianomanchuck) and you fine people on this forum.
Previous owner of a Yahama P-120 - now has new life with a student New owner of a Kawai CA79 (and love it!)
I enjoy watching these YouTubers videos, however (without mentioning any names) I believe it would be beneficial for some reviewers to double-check certain points with the manufacture before uploading videos.
Bonners are excellent videos although you'll never get an opinion/preference out of Tony...he plays a totally straight bat. I've rarely, if ever, noted anything inaccurate about the information he imparts. A great resource.
Katsunori Ujie is amazing - fantastic player. Very entertaining videos.
PianoMan Chuck is useful but blimey, he takes so long to say what he wants to say. Nice guy but really must find a more concise, punchy style. Even the scrolling text at the start of his videos is in slow-motion. Unless he's reviewing something I'm very interested in I've started to avoid watching because they just drag on so long. And everything is "very very cool" apparently.
I think Jack at Andertons is brilliant. Funny, engaging, nice player.
Woody Piano Shack looks like a Thunderbirds puppet when he plays with weird random shoulder drops and vacant grin, all of which I find distracting, but I do very much like his thoughts on the instruments and his general presenting style.
ThePianoForever is a very mixed bag. I really like the variety of good acoustics he's played and in that sense his channel is a fantastic resource. But as others have mentioned the degree of misinformation about most of the digitals is a bit alarming. I've never watched a video of his without noting at least one glaring inaccuracy - and there's usually more than one. I appreciate his enthusiasm but alas it is accompanied by a flavour of spoilt brat.
Sweetwater. The guy Jacob is a fantastic player. They tend to be very 'vanilla' videos...no preferences or opinions given.
Gear4Music. There's a bearded guy - I've an idea his name is Dan. Just playing demos but he's very good and it's a good resource to listen to decent quality audio.
Mex. Italian but with auto translate English subtitles (he's a really great player). Good quality audio. It takes some practice to get a handle on the subtitles but it is possible to understand his basic points. I enjoy the videos anyway.
Muzykujkropkacom. Again, a good resource for decent audio of many digitals.
Since this thread is about digital instruments, not just digital pianos and since I've been very interested in synths recently, I can also recommend:
sonicstate - the guys are really knowledgeable about all types (and especially analog) synths and will make very thorough reviews with some nice music from time to time
Doctor Mix - the guys are professional mixing/recording engineers and will often demonstrate how to recreate iconic pop songs with various analog/digital synths and VST-s, many ideas about music creation, very positive vibe
Dom Sigalas - similar to Doctor Mix, the guy is working for Yamaha and is very helpful regarding Montage/MODX but also usage of effects, etc.
loopop - very thorough review of analog synths with patch ideas
Mike Pensini - an Australian keyboard player who can use all these analog beauties for jazzy and funky music, rather than just for electronica arpeggios
Bonners - My goto. Really like Tony's playing. He seems like a very nice guy and maintains a balanced affect. Very professional. He is definitely the most unbiased I have seen. His detailed review of the Yamaha CVP-809 was incredible. I wanted to buy that instrument just to be able to do what he did. Yamaha should probably use his CVP-809 review as their promotional video. Unfortunately, he only plays digitals.
Merriam Music - Been watching a lot of this too. I like Stu, seems like a cool guy. I detect a slight bias as I think he prefers some brands more than others but nothing crazy. There was a review where he possibly made an incorrect statement about Fazioli (I think it was about where they sourced some part of their woods or something). My goodness, he got ripped by a Fazioli rep in the comment section. I thought that was interesting. He took the high road though which was good. It's quite ironic because I think Fazioli is one of his preferred brands.
ThePianoForever - Started watching this guy this week. What a bundle of energy. He is definitely a great pianist as most who started young and kept up with it are. He definitely has some bias. My impression is he loves Yamaha digitals, Fazioli grands and hates Casio. I am no fan of Casio but I think they could have handled the black keys weight situation in a more professional manner. That guy has a decent following and you can be sure Casio lost customers from his viewer base.