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Originally Posted by williambonard
Originally Posted by Lady Bird
I have just realised from your post P121 .I have only ever seen a 44"inch P series piano . I do not think a P121 is in Brand Profiles, so I did not realise that the P121 was available. So yes that would be about 47" which to me now seems possible, and an attractive option.

This is exactly what I was getting at LadyBird...! The Yamaha P121 which is bigger than the B1 at 44". They are a good line of Yamaha pianos and far better than the B Series (in my own opinion). In the UK, Yamaha offer the P121 and the slightly shorter P116 both of which are 47" and 45" respectively.
Yes William ,
I am sorry , for some reason I did not connect the 121 with the
size . (never seen them that big ) So that would be a much better choice , than a small B1.
The P series are more musical more enjoyable to play.
(Based on my bad experience of the B2 and B3)
Of course we all agree that recording on the K800 would be
excellent.

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Originally Posted by j&j
I agree with Joseph Fleetwood. If it were me I’d take gwing up on his generous offer while comparing the ease of playing exercises and testing materials on his big upright and a B1 that you were considering purchasing. Try his beautiful K800 for the required recording session and you’ll then know if a new B1 is or isn’t sufficient instrument for your continued piano studies.

I used my Mom’s little Story&Clark console for the first 10 years of piano and then had a small Baldwin console for another 14 years. So yes you could do it with a new small upright, but once you try out that big K800 I think you’ll immediately want something bigger with better control and dynamic range right at your fingertips. Best Wishes on your exam.
The recording comes later , so the work would need to be done on a reliable piano .For me I would vote for a P121 or a
B2 , if the tone on the latter is musical.( at least and if action,
is good ) With the Royal Conservatory grade 10 they require
a reasonably good performance which is musical )

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The P121 is basically a U1 but made in Indonesia. It's a very good piano for the price. According to Chris Venables pianos, preparation can bring it quite close to a U1, although the U1 is better.

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Yes I think the P121 and K300 (which are at generally similar prices over here) hit a sweet spot for a reasonably economical but very playable piano.

There is a piano superstore in Milton Keynes, local to the OP, which carries both of those plus the originally suggested B series Yamahas (also a small number of used pianos) and so a trip there playing lots of pianos might answer a few questions.

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Thanks again everyone, and gwing your offer is extremely kind and greatly appreciated. I’ll post again when I get a bit further along the road with it.

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Thanks again everyone, and gwing your offer is extremely kind and greatly appreciated. I’ll post again when I get a bit further along the road with it.

Yes, do let us know how you get on! We will all be keen to hear.


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