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When should I buy a better/pricier digital piano?
#3039245 10/25/20 02:15 PM
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Hello,
I started taking piano lessons in January this year and am on the 2nd Alfred's book. I currently practice on Yamaha YPG-235 and it has been ok so far except for practicing dynamics. I was interested in purchasing Roland F-140R once I have enough savings, but am not sure when the right time is to make such a big purchase. Should I continue on my current keyboard until I complete all the Alfred adult series and know for sure I am truly dedicated to make such a purchase, or is it recommended that I get it sooner than later?

On a side note, if anyone has experience with Roland F-140R, would you recommend it?
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Re: When should I buy a better/pricier digital piano?
Pikka #3039254 10/25/20 02:40 PM
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It is always a good idea to get a better instrument to practice on as soon as possible.

I know nothing about the Roland F-140R except the price.

I do know about Kawai products ... as I have owned 4 of them.

I would suggest you look into this ....

https://www.kraftmusic.com/kawai-es110-digital-piano-complete-home-bundle.html

Cheaper and a very high quality instrument.

Good Luck


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Re: When should I buy a better/pricier digital piano?
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Does the YPG-235 have weighted keys? If not, upgrade asap. Also, it seems like you might want a full keyboard (88-keys) sooner rather than later....

What are your musical goals? Mostly classical music? Popular piano? Something else?

I would also recommend that you post this in the Digital Piano forum as well. Esp. for comments about the Roland F-140R.

http://forum.pianoworld.com/ubbthreads.php/forums/6/1.html

Good luck!


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I made the switch from a 61 key keyboard to an 88 weighted key digital piano 3 1/2 months after starting from total beginner. The transition took about 3-4 weeks to get totally comfortable with the piano: key width is slightly different; key texture is different (you rely on feel so much that this is a surprising part of keyboard familiarity); and of course the action is more demanding & takes time to build up to. Plus you have to figure out all the new bells & whistles. I think if I'd made the switch later into my piano learning, I would have been frustrated at having achieved a certain proficiency, then having to step back for so long. There was definitely a stumble & bumble period when switching. But I'm glad I did it. Dynamics make such a big difference in a song, & now I can play with more pronounced dynamics.

The specs of the Roland F-140R looked good to me too, and the price made it seem like a great bargain. But I got a Korg C1 Air instead -- price, specs, reviews were fine, and it was only the digital piano on my wish list that was in stock. I'm delighted with it. The Roland F-140R has more features, but no real regrets about the Korg for me.

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Agree with your thinking here Pikka, its time to upgrade to a full piano with weighted keys. Your old Yamaha can only take you so far and usually that is just going to be as long as ''am I going to stick at this new hobby''.


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Originally Posted by ShiroKuro
Does the YPG-235 have weighted keys? If not, upgrade asap. Also, it seems like you might want a full keyboard (88-keys) sooner rather than later....

What are your musical goals? Mostly classical music? Popular piano? Something else?

I would also recommend that you post this in the Digital Piano forum as well. Esp. for comments about the Roland F-140R.

http://forum.pianoworld.com/ubbthreads.php/forums/6/1.html

Good luck!

Thanks ShiroKuro, YPG-235 have semi weighted keys. Honestly it felt so much different from the one that I played on in the piano lesson studio before the COVID-19 and so I started looking into buying one.

My music goals are directed towards classical, Yiruma, hopefully Joe Hisaishi (Studio Ghibli), Ludovico Einaudi.
Not jazz/blues and I don't think I will be using the different features/voices options in the digital pianos.

Thanks for your suggestions.


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