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Hi,
Noob here.
I’m looking for a keyboard for my kids 5 and 7 years old ( beginners). Plan is if they like playing, 4 years down the road I’ll buy an accoustic piano. I’m looking for suggestions

I’m considering a used clavinova ( probably over 10 year old ( clp 153 , clp 860, clp 990) all ranging around 600 to 900 dollars.
I’m curious to know how the touch of these keys are. Does it feel like a real accoustic piano
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Would you rather go for a brand new keyboard ie
Yamaha p155 ( $800) which isn’t as goood as a clavinova but I guess is newer.
My main thing is sound and the feel of a real accoustic piano.

What do you recommend?? Or any suggestions of any other keyboards budget friendly ( under 1k) Help!!

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Buy new.

There are hidden pitfalls for buying used if you don't know what to test for. You don't need to worry about action, the manufacturers make pretty much the same things segregated by price, so you just pick a budget and fire.

I will say DGX670 is more fun out of the box, if you compare it to any other $800 piano, they don't have nearly as much stuff to play with, check it out on youtube. Trouble is DGX670 is a rare pokemon to find in the wild right now.

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Of the pianos you listed, the CLP990 outclasses the rest. But they're all WAY too old:
CLP153 . . . 1994
CLP860 . . . 1998
CLP990 . . . 2001
I wouldn't buy a used piano any more than five years old. Otherwise you're asking for trouble.

As EinLudov pointed out, you have no means to evaluate the wear on the piano action.
Unless a key is broken (mechanical) or not functioning quite right (dirty or defective sensor), you'll conclude that the piano is just fine, even though trouble might loom in the near future.
And the most basic repair these days will cost $200.

I think it's best to find a new piano or a used recent model.
Among new pianos the DGX series (already mentioned) are good contenders in your price range. There are Roland FP-series pianos, too.

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At 10+ years old, and no longer even remotely current models, they are probably worth a quarter of what they cost new, at most. $600 to $900 is probably too high of a price to pay, and the likelihood of small to moderate repairs being needed is not insignificant at that age. In addition to the actions possibly getting arthritic, I was never that big of a fan of the AWM sound engine from those older models—the new stuff certainly sounds better.

But to their credit, Clavinovas are typically very well-made digital pianos that will last quite a while.


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Originally Posted by Shortshoppy
I’m considering a used clavinova ( probably over 10 year old ( clp 153 , clp 860, clp 990) all ranging around 600 to 900 dollars.

I actually think in Euros, but sounds overpriced. They all pretty old and unremarkable except for the the CLP-990 which was a pretty special model for Yamaha. (But how great by today's standards? I don't have an answer.)

Originally Posted by Shortshoppy
I’m curious to know how the touch of these keys are. Does it feel like a real accoustic piano

It's sort of a relative thing. Some (with a high standard) might say that hardly any digital pianos feel like acoustic pianos. Others might say that "to a certain degree" the old Clavinovas are similar to an acoustic piano. And of course to a degree they are.

Originally Posted by Shortshoppy
Would you rather go for a brand new keyboard ie Yamaha p155 ( $800) which isn’t as goood as a clavinova but I guess is newer.

The P-155 was followed by the P-255 which was followed by the P-515, so it isn't really that new anymore.

Originally Posted by Shortshoppy
What do you recommend?? Or any suggestions of any other keyboards budget friendly ( under 1k) Help!!

Some of these might be pretty decent for beginners: https://www.kraftmusic.com/digital-...ufacturer:Korg/filter:manufacturer:Casio

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Thanks everyone that responded. I think I’ll give up on the idea of used clavinova from 10+ years ago
I’m looking at brand new digital pianos now....

Now I need help again.
I checked the Roland FP10. You think it matters it only has 1 pedal? I’m trying to replicate an accoustic piano for my kids so they get the best feel vs the cool other stuff we can do on a digital piano ie make it sound like organ drums etc.

Any other recommendations? Budget under 1k

Thoughts on any Casio digital keyboards?

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The Roland FP30 and its cabinetry will give you three working pedals. The action and sound is quite good.

It is a very good entry level machine with lots of other instrument sounds. Also fits your price requirements. When I upgrade, I plan to give it to a nephew or niece that may be interested in taking lessons.

Best of luck on your search.

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Any other suggestions? For a digital piano with great sound and accoustic feel? I’d like to compare a few

Any Casio recommendations? Those seem to all be in stock.

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Hello,

From the tests that I did for my own piano selection last fall, I definitely cannot recommend any of the Casio models in the low to mid price ranges. Their key feel just really isn't good enough.

At your considered price/investment level, I think @tholepin's suggestion of the FP30(X) with matching 'wooden' stand and triple pedals is quite on the money, so to speak.

If any options you seriously consider are not available right now, it would be wiser to wait until they are, than to settle for something that you're likely to regret rather sooner than later.

Cheers and good luck,

HZ


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