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Hey.
So I posted before asking for a digital piano for my 5 and 7 year old beginners.
I’ve come down to these 3 digital pianos as their in stock and within my price limit.

Can you tell me which one would you choose in terms of longest term use for my kids in case they actually do like playing the piano.... closest feel of accoustic and sound quality ? Which one would u go with?

I know the p45 is more of a portable but wanted to throw that in to see if you’ll recommend to just go with the p45 as all 3 r basically similar for 5 and 7 year old and cheaper.

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Interesting. The 3 options in NZ are $800, $1500 and $2500 for the models you mention... So not exactly comparing apples with apples.
If it's a Piano you'll be using as well go for the best you can afford.

If it's just for the kids to "see if they like it", then I'd go for the P45, or better still something like a Roland FP10.

Let's face it, a 'C' is still a C whether on a $300 keyboard or a $300000 Piano. Learn the basics on a cheaper Piano, upgrade if and when neccessary.

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The P45 will do the job. Get a good, solid stand for it -- either the Yamaha wooden stand (if there is one), or a "Z-stand" or a "table stand".

. . . I wouldn't trust an X-stand around young children.


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DGX670 is the Best Value entry level Yamaha, speakers sound really good and clean. Don't buy p45, ydp144, they're really old models.

RP102 terribly priced, and old. FP10 is roland's best value entry lvl. People have commented that FP30/X is better made, but it didn't seem that way to me at the store, fp30 is a bit heavier.

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Originally Posted by EinLudov
Don't buy p45, ydp144, they're really old models.

They are the latest incarnations of their models in the Yamaha lineup. The YDP-144 is just as new as the YDP-164 just with a different key action

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RP102 terribly priced, and old.

The RP-102 is a current model that's still in production. It's a little newer then the RP-501R and it's sort of a scaled down version of that. Technically it's probably very close to the FP-10 but in a different cabinet.

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What I meant by old is they took their old stale machine and put a new model number on it improving almost nothing.

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From the three piano you mentioned, I would choose Yamaha YPD-144 - it has better potential to take your kids through several years of learning. Or RP-102, although it will be probably due to update as FP-30X and RP-701 have been recently released with better polyphony.

P45 I would only buy if you look to replace it after 1-2-3 years. It can last your kids longer, but is probably not the best piano for intermediate levels.


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