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#683824 - 03/18/07 04:03 PM Re: First digital piano for a 9 yr old
DooJJoo Offline
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Registered: 02/20/07
Posts: 33
Loc: Europe
swingal...wow, that was a really good story...

"The digital does not have to use hammers to affect a system of leverage and touch sensitivity..."...well, they dont have to...but the good once do!



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#683825 - 03/24/07 10:25 PM Re: First digital piano for a 9 yr old
Devo Offline
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Registered: 09/29/06
Posts: 18
Loc: Missouri

I wanted to second the gem RP800, its right about your range. When I saw it at the dealer, it was next to a steinway grand. The keyboards were very similar to me. Steinway is also the main piano sound - which is very very good.

Also, I choose to avoid the portable because of the portable keypads, shake, as well as most pedals are a non-gradiated on/off (and often one pedal).

I ended up with it for its acoustic-like sound. If you get a chance I think it'd be worth your while. I can't imagine ever outgrowing it for wanting better sound.

#683826 - 04/22/07 09:46 PM Re: First digital piano for a 9 yr old
Music Major Offline
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Registered: 07/04/06
Posts: 301
Loc: Tampa, FL
Originally posted by Agent:
BTW, were you aware that you can run Ivory through your CLP230's internal speakers? Just wanted to make sure you knew all the options available. [/b]
Hello, could you tell me how to do this? I would like to keep the sounds of my Ivory inside the DP if possible


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#683827 - 04/23/07 02:11 AM Re: First digital piano for a 9 yr old
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Registered: 04/09/06
Posts: 381
Loc: Hälsingland, Sweden
This is no problem. Use the Aux in of your piano. I've tried it myself. The sound system in my CLP-230 is of excellent quality so the sound is pristine.

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#683828 - 07/31/07 01:00 PM Re: First digital piano for a 9 yr old
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Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 136
Loc: NC
Resurrecting this old thread... I wonder what rama bought?

I've spent the last few days looking, reading and trying to assess the current offerings as I am in much the same boat as rama. I've meandered around here for a while and now it's time to buy.

Many years ago I studied music but I haven't done anything musically in years. Consequently, my brain knows more than my fingers can perform.

I have a couple of kids around the same ages as rama's that need an instrument to practice on (just beginning lessons).

The choices I've considerd range from stage pianos to cabinet models. It's tough to know how much to invest when parents are encouraging the lessons and the interest and talent is unknown. Although I'd like to play some too, this is primarily for the kids to use.

Would a stage piano like the FP-7c (~$1450) or CP-300 (~$2000) be a reasonable instrument in this setting? Or would the floating damper pedal be an issue? Is there a 3-pedal block available that can be attached should the need for more than a damper pedal arise?

I'm also tempted by the GEM RP-800 (not locally available, unfortunately), the Kawai CA71 (if I can get the price to a reasonable figure), the Roland HP-203 (with same caveat) and the Yamaha CLP-240 (same caveat).

Perhaps I should jump in at the cheaper end (FP-7) and see what interest develops and move to a cabinet model later... unless initial learning and interest would somehow be compromised with a stage type DP.

I have the cash available to go either way, but want to make the best use of it given the above parameters.

Any recommendations?

#683829 - 07/31/07 07:22 PM Re: First digital piano for a 9 yr old
Tony V Offline
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Registered: 07/14/07
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FP-7 is the best stage piano out right now with it's PHA2 technology... That is until the Kawai MP8-II comes out with it's AWA Grand Pro 2, which will probably be like PHA2 but heavier since the keys are made out of wood.

If you are buying now, I would suggest FP-7. If you can wait for the MP8-II, you should go for that. Not sure when the latter will be released though.

#683830 - 07/31/07 07:55 PM Re: First digital piano for a 9 yr old
speedlever Offline
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Loc: NC
Thanks for the suggestion. I need to buy something in the next two weeks... so I sorta have a deadline now.

One thing though, the MP8 doesn't have speakers. I want built in speakers whether it's a stage piano or cabinet model.

BTW, are the Kawai stage pianos available at places like GC or SA?

#683831 - 07/31/07 09:17 PM Re: First digital piano for a 9 yr old
Tony V Offline
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Registered: 07/14/07
Posts: 354
I've seen the MP8 for display at my local Sam Ash, but that was the only Kawai instrument they had there.

I found none of Kawai's instruments available at my local Guitar Center. Guitar Center's website doesn't list any Kawais either, besides some old used keyboards.

#683832 - 08/01/07 07:05 AM Re: First digital piano for a 9 yr old
ZeroZero Offline
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Registered: 07/31/07
Posts: 303
Loc: UK
I just bought a GEM (general music) RP700 after having several other yamaha keyboards. The gem is leagues ahead and I got it for £600 UK (1200$?)it is really worth checking out.Its well built and the other piano sounds Rhodes etc are very useable.

#683833 - 08/08/07 09:17 PM Re: First digital piano for a 9 yr old
Jon J. Offline
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Registered: 01/17/02
Posts: 17
Loc: Michigan

No disrespect to the digital forum here but I have spent a ton of time on the "acoustic" piano forum too and the advice there is overwhelming for beginners (and I would recommend you consider it too for your situation) - rent an acoustic upright. You can buy whatever is best for your family later on. . . . .

#683834 - 08/08/07 10:07 PM Re: First digital piano for a 9 yr old
speedlever Offline
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Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 136
Loc: NC

I appreciate the suggestion. However, that is not gonna happen. I've moved enough acoustic pianos and played out-of-tune ones to know that I will be buying a digital for that reason, if no other.


#683835 - 08/08/07 11:27 PM Re: First digital piano for a 9 yr old
WhiteBear Offline
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Registered: 07/18/07
Posts: 161
Loc: Ontario, Canada
I second speedlever!
We were first thinking of getting a weighed keyboard as an intermediate step to getting an upright some time later. After discovering HP-200 series, no uprights for us, thanks! (IMHO DPs finally became superior to uprights in a similar price range)
Few years down the road, the choice between a grand and a high end digital would be a very tough one for us!

#683836 - 08/13/07 03:53 PM Re: First digital piano for a 9 yr old
ABL Offline
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Registered: 07/07/07
Posts: 10
Loc: Canada
I am close to making a purchase but hesitant, if Roland is on the verge of another KR higher than the KR 107. Hopefully, it will have a bigger LCD, comparable to the CVP 307.

Where do you get information that Roland is bringing out a new KR model next year? I would like to check it out before I make a purchase.

If anyone knows how to get this information on what is coming up in Roland KR (109? 200's) and when we can see them online would you please post this information. Thanks!


#683837 - 08/18/07 01:52 PM Re: First digital piano for a 9 yr old
Blue80 Offline
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Registered: 07/07/07
Posts: 9
Originally posted by FogVilleLad:
rama, re the feel of the actions, when playing a digital the feel is more like pressing on the end of a lever; with acoustics - even uprights - there is a feel of setting a mass into motion.
That depends on the model. More expensive digitals have a real hammer mass to set in motion to mimic the feel of an acoustic. It is plain to see on the demo key action models in stores.

I got a Roland FP4 for my 11year old to learn on. We like the modern styling. I was keen on portability for future versatility, since she can take her flute anywhere already.

#683838 - 08/23/07 08:55 AM Re: First digital piano for a 9 yr old
andgold Offline
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Registered: 09/27/06
Posts: 76
Loc: Spain
Hello, Anne.

I guess we should see in 6 months new ROLAND KR-200 models...

.. They should match the updated specifications and design updates of the HP-200 line.

Just my guess, but the KR-100 series look now a bit old compared with he new HPs... I think they must be preparing a major update in the panel and features.



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