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#3037952 10/21/20 09:18 AM
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Hi,
I am a complete beginner looking for a DP to learn on.

I have had one lesson just to give you an idea of my beginner-ness. grin

There are a few pianos for sale locally. For example, theres a roland hp507 that looks interesting at £650.

Would my money be better spent on an older "better" model or a new cheaper model for around the same money?

A more portable solution would suit better but can go with a cabinet model as we have the space.

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I'm not keen about used pianos. A few years old is okay, but over five years would be off limits for me.

I'd suggest you spend some time in the shops trying out as many pianos as you can, if stores are open in your area.
You can then get a much better idea about the feel and the sound.

And you'll get a better idea of size and weight (since you're considering a portable piano).
Note that the piano actions aren't as good on portables as they are on the better consoles.

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ZootHornRollo #3037955 10/21/20 09:37 AM
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Give you some time to find out what you prefer. Read reviews and comments here and elsewhere. Watch YT videos. And then decide. Of course, look for weighted ones, 88 keys and of good brands (Yamaha, Kawai, Roland)


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Originally Posted by ZootHornRollo
Would my money be better spent on an older "better" model or a new cheaper model for around the same money?

It always depends on the exact models.

Is the used one reasonably priced?

Does the used ones really provide any benefit over the new one?

In your Roland HP-507 case the new one at similar price could be a Roland FP-30.

The HP-507 would give you a better action and better speakers at least according to specifications. It could be a nicer playing experience if the HP-507 is in a good shape.

But the HP-507 is big, heavy and old. Roland's warranty might not be transferable(?) if there's any left of it. It's 10 years for the HP models in some markets.

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ZootHornRollo #3038165 10/22/20 12:00 AM
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Thanks folks.

I will go have a look at new models in the local store.

Might be the safer option.

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I have an HP-507.
It is a fine piano, even if technology is dated a bit and something similar can be found in FP-30.

I did not compare them through headphones, but a piano cabinet and nice 6-speaker system make it a better buy for a living room, provided it is in a good condition, especially at close price range to FP-30.

Unless you want to up your budget and buy something like HP-704 which has newer technology, or even look into LX series.


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