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Good afternoon all.

I'm looking for some feedback on options to upgrade my Yamaha CLP-130. It is used soley for practice with headphones. I have an acoustic piano (Yamaha G5) that is used primarily however the CLP is used for evenings, when others are watching TV etc. The current things to I don't like with the CLP are the action is too stiff compared to the acoustic and the sound is just 'ok'. I've tried numerous headphones but it appears that the sound is just part of this dated digital piano. I would like some feedback on options that is a bit newer with better action and all the same features as the CLP that I currently have.

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Forgot to mention a few things. Definitely do not want to buy new and would like to keep it under $1k for a used digital piano.


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Forgot to mention a few things. Definitely do not want to buy new and would like to keep it under $1k for a used digital piano.
You'll want to look at used models from the usual suspects: Kawai, Roland, Yamaha, or Casio PX-160 or other similar numbers. The CLP-130 I believe just have the GH action, so for an upgrade if you're going with Yamaha, look for GH3 action, and avoid the GHS. If you're on Facebook, I find the Marketplace to be a great place to find used instruments.


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For $1,000 why not look new with a warranty. Look at sweetwater.com or Kraft Music under the digital piano section to see some in your price range.


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I suppose the GH3 and the GH have a similar feeling (adding a third sensor doesn’t change the feeling). The last time I have tried a GH3X, it feels less good than my GH... but it may be because I have tried it just after a N3 and a NWX, then my expectations were quite high.

Then, for an improvement from the GH keyboard, a GrandTouch, especially wooden will have to be tried.

(I don’t know how the non-wooden GrandTouch feels, but the difference between GH3X and NWX makes me think their can have a huge difference between non-wooden and wooden GrandTouch)


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Don't remember yamaha gh that well, is ghs lighter than gh?

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For $1,000 why not look new with a warranty. Look at sweetwater.com or Kraft Music under the digital piano section to see some in your price range.
Old pianos stink.

The old tech and the long wear at the hands of a previous owner add up to dissatisfaction. Unless a piano is just a very few years old I'd stick with a new one. And you can get a decent one for $1000, as EPW suggests.

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The medium to high end pianos from the usual suspects are > $1000. And I am with the others who have suggested to go new instead of used.

If I had an acoustic as a primary and if $1000 were my budget for a second practice piano, I'd simply buy a new SL88 Grand and a Garritan CFX Full Library. That would be happy days for me.

Other suggestions (under $1000):
FP-30(X) - I believe it has a superb action for a sub-$1000, but so-so sounds.
Yamaha P121, P125, P45 - all rounder - I think all of them have the GHS action and similar (but not the same) sounds...
If I were buying a Kawai, I'd only consider their higher end models. Personally.


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