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Hi.
I’m totally new here and I’m searching for the proper digital piano for some time. There are so many pianos on the offer that’s very difficult to choose. I’m also the beginner so it’s even more difficult to choose. I’m looking for a descent budget piano under 800€.
I was checking some budget names (gear for music etc) but I read many dissatisfied reviews. I understand that Thomann for example isn’t Yamaha’s quality but is it that bad? As I mentioned l, I am total beginner and I need to start somewhere.
What do you think about Kurzweil KA130?
I wasn’t able to find any information that would help me to shortlist my options.
Thank you in advance for your opinions.
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In that price range, Kawai ES110, Roland FP-30X and Yamaha P-125 are great options. I am not familiar with Kurzweil KA130 - so sorry I can't help you on these.

If possible, one must play the piano and listen to the sound *in person* before making a purchase decision. Even if you are a complete beginner, your ears will like the feel of the keys and the sound differently for different pianos.

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The KA130 doesn't seem like one of the "serious" Kurzweil models.

It's a difficult company. They have a history to be proud of and they still make "serious products", but then also cheap stuff like the KA130.

I haven't seen much (if any) first hand experiences of the Gear4Music etc. pianos on this forum.

There are some Thomann piano reviews at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEAbZxv9PHKSTOZRZUlW6eA in German and more recently subtitled in English. They are mostly(?) but not exclusively made by the Hong Kong based Medeli. Medeli is now sold under their own brand too in Europe.

A few other German music stores have their own brands too and those are then mostly(?) made by Medeli and the South Korean Dynatone.

There's a Belgian distributor for Dynatone: https://digitalepiano.be/

But they are a bit of a mystery too. And the same tech is sold cheaper as "Steinmeyer" by the Kirstein music store.

So, a Yamaha, Roland, Kawai is a safer choice. And maybe most Casio models.

Possibly the Thomann DP-28 Plus/Medeli SP201+ would be good enough. Can't say. It's cheap anyway. 😀

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Any of the newer Casios have better keybeds than the Medeli, and I didn't much like the kurzweil either.
As stated above, stick with a Yamaha P125, Roland FP10 or 30, Kawai ES110.

Or of course a lovely Korg C1.

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I understand. What about GEWA piano? It’s original Germany made. I saw some very interesting YouTube videos....

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GEWA is a bit rare. They are not available everywhere and I don't remember seeing much first-hand experiences here. I don't have any myself.

We know what they sound like and the piano sound itself seems fine and the speakers vary from model to model.

We know that they use key actions from Fatar. But which models exactly? The cheaper ones have a different one from the more expensive ones.

In general Fatar actions don't seem to have much love here, but they are common and might be "good enough" for a beginner/hobbyist. Again, I haven't tried any myself and wouldn't be the right person to seriously evaluate them anyway.

But even the cheapest Gewa is beyond your budget.

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Ok, I've been watching numerous Youtube presentations and the Yamaha P-125 caught my eye. Here's the link https://www.thomann.de/lu/yamaha_p_125_wh_home_bundle.htm

What do you think?

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Originally Posted by Osho
In that price range, Kawai ES110, Roland FP-30X and Yamaha P-125 are great options. I am not familiar with Kurzweil KA130 - so sorry I can't help you on these.

If possible, one must play the piano and listen to the sound *in person* before making a purchase decision. Even if you are a complete beginner, your ears will like the feel of the keys and the sound differently for different pianos.

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Yes, I've searched for stores in my country to try it in person before any purchase.


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