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#681168 - 09/24/07 07:05 PM First time Digital Piano buyer
Jake88 Offline
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Registered: 09/23/07
Posts: 19
Loc: Indiana, USA
Hey, ive been playing acoustic pianos for about 6 years now, and my piano is a story and clark ($400 used) and im looking into buying a decent digital piano for home use. I have never bought a digital piano before, but i always played on one at pianos lessons ( it was a kurzweil, not sure what model) and it would be more practical to buy a digital piano for various reason: no tuning, extra featrures ect... my budget is around $600-to maybe $1,000, so could you suggest any good digital pianos? I looked into the roland HP-207, pretty nice, althouhg i havt found out how much it costs. Thanks


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#681169 - 09/24/07 07:30 PM Re: First time Digital Piano buyer
Triryche Offline
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Registered: 08/11/06
Posts: 1456
Loc: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Not to confuse the situation, but think about whether you want a cabinet type digital piano or a stage piano.

Not sure but I think the HP-207 is out of that price range.

Since you have 6 years experience the best thing to do is go try as many DP’s as you can.

btw, Welcome to the forum!

Land of Doom??

Sounds bleak!!

#681170 - 09/24/07 07:53 PM Re: First time Digital Piano buyer
Rosanna Offline
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Registered: 06/08/07
Posts: 1360
Loc: San Francisco Bay area
Welcome to the forum!

I believe some Casio models are under $1000, and only a few stage models of other brands are just around $1000 or slightly over, at least if bought new. There is a "digital price paid" thread in this forum. You can search glance at the recent prices (page 6) for some of these models that I can come up with right now.

Casio Privia series PX200
Casio PX800 ("console" like)
Roland FP4
Kawai EP2
Kawai ES4 (not sure if it's in your price)
Yamah P140
Yamaha CP33 (no internal speakers)
Yamaha YDP213, YDP323 ("console" piano, but considered for learners, I don't know why.)

Also consider a used one that has good user satisfaction. Possibly Yamaha P200 or P250, Kawai MP8.

Almost all "home" console like digital pianos will be out of your price range. They tend to start at close to $2000 and go up towards $3000. (new.)

I am sure others on the forum can provide more ideas.

Happy shopping.

#681171 - 09/24/07 09:21 PM Re: First time Digital Piano buyer
Jake88 Offline
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Registered: 09/23/07
Posts: 19
Loc: Indiana, USA
Well i put land of doom for fun, haha.

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#681172 - 09/24/07 10:30 PM Re: First time Digital Piano buyer
MarkL Offline
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Registered: 05/26/07
Posts: 728
Loc: Chicago Suburban
I'd try every major DP brand, they all feel a bit different. Pick the one(s) you like, then maybe think about something used. I have a Yamaha P140 that I bought new for $999. I also have a used P-90 that I bought for $350. The P-140 offers internal speakers, which I don't use anyway, but not much else. For $1000 you could probably get a really good deal on something used once you know what brand you like.
Yamaha P90

#681173 - 09/24/07 10:45 PM Re: First time Digital Piano buyer
Jake88 Offline
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Registered: 09/23/07
Posts: 19
Loc: Indiana, USA
What about Williams? they any good? I was looking through musiciansfriend.com.

#681174 - 09/24/07 11:14 PM Re: First time Digital Piano buyer
Vincent L. Offline
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Registered: 07/31/07
Posts: 349
Loc: Austin, TX
You can try them at Guitar Center. I was not impressed and I did not care for any of them compared to my Yamaha P120.

#681175 - 09/24/07 11:17 PM Re: First time Digital Piano buyer
Laurel Jean Offline
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Registered: 09/22/07
Posts: 14
Loc: Central IL, USA
I agree that you should try several models before buying, and perhaps should consider a used instrument. Having said this, most of us who have found a good digital piano are not going to be too excited about giving one up. \:\)

Read lots of online reviews from folks who are using their digital pianos for similar purposes.

As for the Casio models...they're a nice, low-budget piano. The home of a minister colleague burned some time ago, destroying everything, including his piano. He moved into an apartment, and I helped his church raise funds to buy one of the Casio Privia models. He loves it. I have played it, also and it is decent. For my work, I'll stick with my Roland stage piano and my Technics console model (used for rehearsing and MIDI control).

Good luck!
Laurel Jean

#681176 - 09/25/07 01:25 AM Re: First time Digital Piano buyer
Jake88 Offline
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Registered: 09/23/07
Posts: 19
Loc: Indiana, USA
Thanks, this has helped me, could you maybe refer to some decent digital pianos, with extra features (recording, and other stuff) and different tones (organ,guitar,strings,elec. piano) thanks.


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