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#702280 - 10/31/04 12:48 AM advice on digital pianos  
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i'm thinking of buying a digital piano and have seen a couple that i'm interested in. one is the yamaha p60, the other had "scragg" written on it but having searched on the net i cant find anything about it.

any ideas/advice on either of these. i'm totally new to dig pianos but am looking for a good substitute for an acoustic rather than lots of gadgets.

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#702281 - 10/31/04 07:18 AM Re: advice on digital pianos  
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P60 only has 32 polyphony, but nevertheless is portable. check out P60 specs here:

http://www.yamaha.com/yamahavgn/CDA/List/ModelSeriesListLE/0,6583,CTID%253D205600%2526CNTYP%253D,00.html

#702282 - 11/01/04 02:04 AM Re: advice on digital pianos  
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thanks for that

#702283 - 11/02/04 09:41 PM Re: advice on digital pianos  
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Don't worry about poliphony, you won't really notice it... the P60 is a great unit. If you get it, try to buy Yamaha's FC3 sustain pedal, since the P60 has half pedaling capabilites and the FC3 is the accesory to use this.


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#702284 - 11/02/04 11:14 PM Re: advice on digital pianos  
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The P series are serious portable (i.e., luggable) stage pianos, meaning they are used routinely by professional musicians (rock, country, blues, hip-hop, etc.) when they perform. Knowing that they are popular stage pianos made me take pause, because I wanted a keyboard to play classical music.

I tried a lot of keyboards -- mostly Korgs, Rolands, and Yahamas, and now I have a P120 and it's great. Very realistic piano sound sampled multiple times per note from a Yamaha C7 concert grand. Yahama also makes a good effort to imitate the feel of a real piano by graduating the touchweight needed to play notes from heavier in the bass to lighter in the treble, similar to a real piano.

I believe the concert grand piano voice is standard on the entire P line. The P120 has quite a few more bells and whistles, more voices, etc., so compare all features for the whole P line at the Yahama website, decide what you must have and what you can live without.

The keyboards come without accessories, so you'll have to buy a stand (I'd advise a Z stand -- standard stage equipment, which can be adjusted from a basic seated keyboard height to a height where you can play while standing, which some musicians like to do on stage. You'll also need to get 2 pedals if you want both a sustaining pedal and a soft pedal. Also, you'll want a good set of headphones as that's the only way to hear the great piano sound (the on-board speakers are crap), plus it lets you practice in utter privacy!

Good luck!


Aaron

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