I am taking the plunge on a new digital piano for home use/lessons (old rock musician but just now learning piano, want to play mostly classical, jazz and show/pop, no rock, no live stage work).
Was going to buy a Yamaha clavinova (like Clp-150/170) but despite their quality and sound they are so expensive for a beginner (CVP for me is completely out of the question obviously).
I have computer & midi, so a lot of sounds is not important to me.
What is important to me is quality of piano sound, midi & stereo audio PC interface, keyboard authenticity (feel) and I want all 3 pedals (sostenudo for Debussy/classical, etc).
in other words, closest I can get to a real piano for ~$1200 but able to play/practice quietly with headphones. A real piano is sadly out of the question (noise, plus I want midi).
- Two newer and less expensive models by other manufacturers have been recommended:
(1) Roland MP60 (link below) http://www.rolandus.com/products/subcategory.asp?catid=11&subcatid=45&page=2
for approx $1100 (Local store - I tried this and actually liked it, though I am ignorant of digital piano and there was no decent yamaha on the floor to compare it to)
Casio AP38 (link below) http://www.casio.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=products.detail&catalog=Music%20Instruments§ion=Digital%20Pianos&product=AP%2D38
for ~$1000 (Musician's friend and others)
Casio concerns me (past reputation and I can't find one to try out in Colorado) but the new AP series is getting good reviews/recommendations and is very affordable & feature-rich for the money. Problem is no one in Colorado is stocking them to try out. I called Casio and they cannot tell me a store in Denver area with one in stock.
I have not found at Harmony Central or anywhere else any info/discussion on either of the above.
If money was no object, I would buy a mid/high-end Yamaha Clavinova, but money IS a factor.
I originally bought a used clavinova from out of state music school (old CLP-50 for $400) but it arrived in many pieces (shipping gorillas) so for me a used piano is now out. I don't want to spend much over $1200. Used but recent Clavinova models are almost NEVER for sale it seems here in Colorado.
I would respectfully appreciate any/all recommendations & opinions of any new "clavinova-style" piano by any manufacturer that members of this forum would recommend. Don't want yamaha p60/p120 unless they have a "3-pedal solution" that would allow damper + sostenudo (real plug-in module or "virtual/midi"). Nice pianos, but not enough "real" pedals.
Apologize for the long message, and thanks to all members for your time, patience and any advice/opinions, positive or negative.