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#663326 - 09/18/01 12:23 PM Buy Clavinova or Rent Acoustic?  
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Hi everyone! This is my first time posting, so my apologies if this issue has already been discussed. I live in an apartment, so I am more inclined to buy a clavinova so I can plug in headphones to not disturb my neighbors. On the other hand, it's harder for me to afford, and I've played piano for 15 years, so I'm used to the sound and feel of an acoustic. But if I rent an acoustic (easier for me to afford) I'm afraid of being too loud and bugging my neighbors!

Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!!!! cool laugh wink

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#663327 - 10/16/01 01:26 PM Re: Buy Clavinova or Rent Acoustic?  
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It seems to me that it really depends on how much you care about maintaining cordial relationships with your neighbors. If that is paramount, then I would go with the Clavinova. I own a Clavinova (Yamaha CLP 820)and it has very realistic action and good sound quality. You will find that most of the members prefer the acoustic not only from a performance standpoint but they frequently mention resale value as well. An intermediate step would be to rent an acoustic for six months and see how it goes with the neighbors and if they complain, you can always give it back and get a clavinova (this is obviously a bit more expensive than just buying the clavinova). If you go down this route, you may try to work a deal with the salesman and let them know of your predicament and see if he can give you a break on the clavinova price if you have to return the acoustic (break on shipping?).

Felix. :p

#663328 - 10/17/01 11:18 AM Re: Buy Clavinova or Rent Acoustic?  
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Felix,

I am currently looking to buy a Clavinova. I would be interested in knowing your experience with the CLP 820. I would appreciate your feedback.

Thanks,
Satish

#663329 - 10/30/01 09:28 PM Re: Buy Clavinova or Rent Acoustic?  
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Satish:

I have owned my Clavinova for 18 months. It is a great instrument. The sound quality is good, the keys are weighted (the higher octaves have a lighter touch than the lower octaves just like an acoustic). Factor in the built in metronome, the different voices (grand piano, electric piano, harpsichord, strings, and organ) as well as the 50 built in songs (in case you don't feel like playing but would like to hear nice piano songs) and it is a great value instrument. Oh I forgot, the ability to record your playing and play it back is also a valuable feature. I am looking to buy an acoustic but I will be keeping my Clavinova (it is worth much more to me than what I can get for it). Hope this helps.

Felix. :p

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#663330 - 10/31/01 05:35 AM Re: Buy Clavinova or Rent Acoustic?  

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Felix pointed out the advantages of the Clavinova 820 very well.
There is only one thing I believe is incorrect: the weight of the keys is not graded on this model - the Clavinova 880 has this feature though (but it costs twice as much).
However, this shouldn't shy you away from it, it's still a very nice digital piano.

#663331 - 10/31/01 10:54 AM Re: Buy Clavinova or Rent Acoustic?  
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Thanks Felix and Nici. I just bought a CLP920. This one has the graded hammer effect key-board. It is very usefull to me as I can practice during nighttime.

#663332 - 10/31/01 11:58 AM Re: Buy Clavinova or Rent Acoustic?  
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Hi Satish,

My name is Sang. I'm also in the market for a digitial piano or a used paino for my daugther. May I ask where and how much you pay for your Clavinova 920? And, Why Yamaha and not any other brand?

Hi Felix,

I would appreciated can share your comment regrading the above questions as well.

Thanks,
Sang

PS. My 1st post confused

#663333 - 11/01/01 05:04 PM Re: Buy Clavinova or Rent Acoustic?  
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Sang,

I was looking for a digital piano that I can use for practice. I was not interested in more voices. I was primarily looking for keys which came close to an acoustic. CLP920 satisfied my needs. As to why a Yamaha: I did not a find a model similar to 920 in Kawai( the only other brand available locally).

Satish

#663334 - 12/19/01 06:34 PM Re: Buy Clavinova or Rent Acoustic?  
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Originally posted by Rie:
I live in an apartment, so I am more inclined to buy a clavinova so I can plug in headphones to not disturb my neighbors. On the other hand, it's harder for me to afford, and I've played piano for 15 years, so I'm used to the sound and feel of an acoustic. <snip> Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!!!! cool laugh wink


I faced the same issue myself before I moved into a house. At first I went with an electronic keyboard. The problem is, that an electronic keyboard doesn't reproduce the same control, sensitivity, touch and expression of a real piano.

I talked with the neighbors and was very careful about observing quiet hours. They turned out to be pretty cool about the whole situation and wound up being very encouraging.

So, I wound up selling the electronic keyboards and got a real piano. I'm much happier too. Morale of the story: if you want to play a piano, get a piano.

I have an electronic keyboard these days, but I consider it an entirely different instrument than a piano. I use it for things a piano doesn't do as well such as orchestration and composition.

One more thing: they now have some systems on accoustic pianos that allow you to play quietly. See PianoDisc., etc. I'm not up on how these work, but one of the techs on the forum can explain the details.


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