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Choosing a digital piano - advice please!
#3000599 07/09/20 10:35 AM
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I am drowning in research and would appreciate some recommendations... I would like to keep budget around £2500 but am flexible for the right purchase. I have heard really good things about the soundboard on the Kawai CA99 (and realise this is over budget but am open to this). I am also quite houseproud so aesthetics will weigh in here too. I definitely don't want a stage piano and stand.

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I played for about 15 years. I achieved a fair standard (ABRSM Grd8) and played for pleasure for a few years subsequently. I stopped playing when I lost access to a piano 9 years ago so am really out of practice. I want to play again and would need a digital piano for various practical reasons.
I have never played a digital piano before so want something that would offer as similar as possible an experience to an acoustic. Sound, of course, but also the key weighting, frame vibrations, pedalling etc. I grew up playing Bluthner and Yamaha uprights and (when I was lucky) a Schimmel grand.

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You have come to the right place, elialf. One of our expert advisors will be with you in a moment. We appreciate your business and look forward to making you spend lots of money......I mean, we look forward to serving you.

In the meantime, since you’re ‘flexible’ on budget, might I recommend a nice and shiny N3X? No, it does not come with a short stick, but it is the only digital worthy of your time. Anything below that will damage your technique permanently!

If you’re not in a hurry, might I also suggest the forthcoming NV-20? This piano will take your technique to the next level. It will include, among other things, a solid spruce soundboard, a shlong stick (both short and long), and on top of that, a nice filling of Neotex!

Please stand by for further assistance in your pursuit of total piano happiness. It’s what we do best ‘round here!

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The Kawai CA series and the Roland LX series might suit. Although the GP series from Casio might too. Personally I would look at the hybrids from those Kawai and Yamaha, NV5/10 and NU1X/N1X although this may blow your short term budget. Despite the difficulties, go to a store or stores and play them first.

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Personally I would look at the hybrids from those Kawai and Yamaha, NV5/10 and NU1X/N1X although this may blow your short term budget. Despite the difficulties, go to a store or stores and play them first.

If hybrids are really out of the budget, it may be a bad idea to try them... it is difficult to appreciate a “normal” DP after having tried an hybrid.


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I still would go try out the hybrids as the OP knows how to play the piano. Then you can make a informed discussion if you want to or can spend the extra money. At least go try a Yamaha NU1X model.


All these years playing and I still consider myself a novice.
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Originally Posted by elialf
I am drowning in research and would appreciate some recommendations... I would like to keep budget around £2500 but am flexible for the right purchase. I have heard really good things about the soundboard on the Kawai CA99 (and realise this is over budget but am open to this). I am also quite houseproud so aesthetics will weigh in here too. I definitely don't want a stage piano and stand.

For context:
I played for about 15 years. I achieved a fair standard (ABRSM Grd8) and played for pleasure for a few years subsequently. I stopped playing when I lost access to a piano 9 years ago so am really out of practice. I want to play again and would need a digital piano for various practical reasons.
I have never played a digital piano before so want something that would offer as similar as possible an experience to an acoustic. Sound, of course, but also the key weighting, frame vibrations, pedalling etc. I grew up playing Bluthner and Yamaha uprights and (when I was lucky) a Schimmel grand.


Hybrids with full action:
Kawai NV10 (grand action) or Kawai NV5 (upright action)
Yamaha Avant Grand N1X, N3X (older vs. N1, N2, N3)

Hybrid with partial full action
Casio GP510 (older vs. GP500)

Top tier totally digital
Yamaha CLP685
Kawai CA99
Roland LX708

Previous top tier
Yamaha CLP585
Kawai CA98, CA97, CS11
Roland LX17


My feeling for you is that you are asking to keep the budget low but would like a Ferrari.
Check out the price (used and new) of all these models, then test them.
When you have re-evaluated your experience versus budget concerns, the choice will be clearer.


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It’s much easier to enjoy the move from digital to acoustic, but moving from acoustic to digital is a game of how much you’re willing to compromise or tolerate. With your 15 years of experience on acoustics, you will need to test some models out as your body will immediately inform you. The action, the sound, the feel of the pedals - you will know immediately if you like it or not. It’s a highly personal thing so don’t get too influenced by your research.

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Good point, polarbears. Research is for building a list of potential pianos. It will not help you choose.

To choose a piano you should leave the research behind ... and try lots of pianos.


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