Originally posted by Glaswegian:
So I won't be shelling out the extra £1,000 for the 380, I'll be perfectly happy buying a 370.
I can't blame you for not wanting the spend an extra £1,000 ($1500) on the 380. (But the 380 is a much better unit.)
You might consider a CLP-280. It's specs are mostly better than the 370, and it might be cheaper. The 280 is out of production and might be found at a clearance price.
Note that there's only a small difference between a 270 and 280, but there's a HUGH difference between the 370 and 380.
That is, the 270 was **almost** as good as the 280. But the new 370 does not even come close to the 380. (New marketing tactics?)
That's why I'd recommend the 280 over the 370.
Here's the rundown (280 vs. 370) ...
Both have 128 polyphony, 50 sampling banks, 3 pedals, dual 60w+20w amps, 4 dynamic steps, stereo sustain samples, key-off sampling, reverb, chorus/effect, brilliance, dual, split, dynamic damper effect.
The newer 370 beats the 280 in just two categories. It has pure CF sampling (opinions anyone?) and a LAN connection (which has no value for me, YMMV). The older 280 has neither of these features.
But the 280 has a long list of features that beat the 370 ...
The 280 has string resonance. The 370 does not.
The 280 has XG. The 370 does not.
The 280 has iAFC. The 370 does not.
The 280 has the natural wood keyboard. The 370 does not.
The 280 has an LCD display. The 370 has the simpler LED display.
The 280 has 4 speakers on each side. The 370 has only 2 on each side.
In short the 280 is much better (IMO). If I had the money to spend on a higher-end unit, I'd look carefully for a deal on a 280.
Just my HO