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I'm keeping an eye out for used DPs on Craigslist and similar sites while I wait for my P515 ship to come in. There are a surprising (to me) number of new postings appearing on a daily basis in my region. The problem I'm having is trying to identify how old a particular model might be. Sometimes the picture in the ad is a dead giveaway (e.g. floppy disk drive), but many times I have to dig or download a manual to figure out when a model was being actively sold new.

I'd love to find a website with a reasonably complete list of model numbers and years sold for the past, say, 25 years for the major brands (Yamaha, Roland, Kawai, Korg). Does anyone know of such a site?

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One thing you can do is use this forum, if you have a date range of about a 4-year spread.
Click on the magnifying glass in the upper right corner and then click Advanced Search.
Click Search Titles Only
put in a date range (max 4 years)
Type in a model number, say P140

You will get all threads started with that model along with the exact dates.
You will then get a ton of negative opinions and will save yourself a lot of money because they will scare you so much you won't buy it, you will have to wait until you can afford a Steinway Grand.


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For Roland products, if you have the model number, you should be able to get a copyright year for the owner's manual here:

https://www.roland.com/us/support/manual_archive/

You can look up Yamaha owner's manuals here:

https://usa.yamaha.com/support/manuals/index.html

You should be able to find manual archives for other brands as well.

For many digital and analog keyboards, vintage synth explorer has a wealth of info:

http://www.vintagesynth.com


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Official or not, this one's for Yamaha: Age of Yamaha Keyboard/Organ/DP


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For Yamaha this looks kind of useful:

https://www.keysound.co.uk/FAQ/Find-out-the-age-of-your-Yamaha-Keyboard-or-Organ-or-Digital-Piano/5

Just a shame it seems to stop at 2010 :-(

BTW, being a complete Nerd I also collect calculators - the strange thing is that in the nerdy calculator world there are no end of sites going into gory detail of when every model (Casio, Sharp, TI etc) were released.

The same is true of synthesizers (something else I am interested in) : http://www.vintagesynth.com/timeline

Curious that no one has done anything like this for digital pianos (esp when there is an obvious re-sale market for them).

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Yes, it's too bad that list ends in 2010, especially when someone is looking for a used piano.
Anything from 2010 or earlier is too old to be considered.
So here's a list of Yamaha pianos starting in 2010 ...

2010 . . CP5
2010 . . CP50
2010 . . DGX640
2010 . . P95
2010 . . YDP141
2010 . . YDP161
2010 . . YDP181
2010 . . YDPV240
2010 . . YPT230
2010 . . YPT330

2011 . . CLP430
2011 . . CLP440
2011 . . CLP465GP
2011 . . CLP470
2011 . . CLP480
2011 . . CLPS406
2011 . . CLPS408
2011 . . MOX8

2012 . . CVP601
2012 . . CVP605
2012 . . CVP609
2012 . . CVP609GP
2012 . . NU1
2012 . . P35
2012 . . YPT240
2012 . . YPT340

2013 . . DGX650
2013 . . MOXF8

2014 . . CLP525
2014 . . CLP535
2014 . . CLP545
2014 . . CLP565GP
2014 . . CLP575
2014 . . CLP585
2014 . . CP4
2014 . . CP40
2014 . . P105
2014 . . P255
2014 . . YDP142
2014 . . YDP162
2014 . . YPT255

2015 . . CVP701
2015 . . CVP705
2015 . . CVP709
2015 . . CVP709GP
2015 . . P115
2015 . . P45
2015 . . YDPS52

2016 . . DGX660
2016 . . Montage8
2016 . . N3X
2016 . . NP12
2016 . . NP32
2016 . . YDP143
2016 . . YDP163

2017 . . CLP625
2017 . . CLP635
2017 . . CLP645
2017 . . CLP665GP
2017 . . CLP675
2017 . . CLP685
2017 . . CSP150
2017 . . CSP170
2017 . . MX88
2017 . . NU1X

2018 . . CLP695GP
2018 . . P121
2018 . . P125
2018 . . P515
2018 . . YDP103
2018 . . YDP184
2018 . . YDPS34

2019 . . CP73
2019 . . CP88
2019 . . N1X

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Another little trick you can try... Since for many years now, new releases are pretty much always accompanied by online articles, you can search for such introductory material. So do a google search, say, for:

roland announces FP7F

...and you'll see right away that it happened in September of 2010.

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The Wikipedia article on Clavinova has release years dating back to the 1980s.


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Whoa; some pretty interesting and useful links here folks; thanks for sharing everyone!


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Synth Mania is another interesting site where you can listen to short audio clips of patches in well known keyboards, but it does not focus on dedicated digital pianos. I find it works best if you access it by doing an internet search with instrument name. For example, if you want to hear what the classic Yamaha DX7 sounds like, you could do the search "DX7 synthmania" to find the link:

http://www.synthmania.com/dx7.htm

and listen to the sounds of that keyboard. It also has a brief description including the release year.


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Thanks very much, everyone for the links to different lists and resources.

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Yes, it's too bad that list ends in 2010, especially when someone is looking for a used piano.
Anything from 2010 or earlier is too old to be considered.
So here's a list of Yamaha pianos starting in 2010 ...

Special thanks to MacMacMac for this updated Yamaha list.

Sounds like there's no centralized place with all this info, so maybe I'll try to consolidate all the bits and pieces I've found and put it online somewhere. No promises, but if I do, I'll let this forum know.

Thanks again.
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