Advice on buying a stage piano - please help!

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Advice on buying a stage piano - please help!

Post by henrydalton » 16 Nov 2007, 12:04

Hi everyone,

I'm totally new to the board - have been playing on the same electric organ just under twenty years now, the last five of which have been in a band. I've just moved to London and don't have the room to take the organ with me, so I was looking to invest in a nice portable stage piano - and you guys seem to be very helpful in giving advice!

The main things that I'm looking for are a really good, realistic piano (preferably grand) sound with properly weighted keys, and also harpsichord and church organ voices (again, the more realistic these are the better). I'm ideally looking to spend around £700 (with some leeway on either side), so my budget isn't huge, but does anyone have any suggestions?

Really hope you can help! :lol:

Henry

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Post by sussexpianos » 16 Nov 2007, 12:19

I think your in the wrong room, this is for real pianos but I would suggest Kawai MP4. Its got a good touch, sound and Muse and other bands use them. Its around £1k but you get what you pay for. Might be able to get a secondhand one, try ebay. The MP8 is better with wooden keys but more money.

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Post by henrydalton » 16 Nov 2007, 12:31

Thanks for that - sorry about the room confusion, I've re-posted in the 'digital pianos' room :)

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Post by Openwood » 16 Nov 2007, 20:57

I use a Yamaha P90 for stage productions. Together with the PA system it was just over a grand. Very good but flippin' heavy.

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Post by superquark » 17 Nov 2007, 19:14

Agreeing with Sussexpianos on both points - you will get many more answers if you post in the appropriate thread.

The MP4 is a very nice stage piano, and you will be able to pick one up alot cheaper than usual with a bit of luck, since the model is being replaced with the MP5 very soon (I think). Build quality is everything you would expect of a Japanese instrument, and it is packed with features. 3 year warranty too I think.

Echoing another post here, this is a very heavy instrument, because it is built to withstand sustained professional use. Almost all good stage pianos are very heavy.

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Post by henrydalton » 23 Nov 2007, 14:14

Thanks to your advice I managed to find a mint MP4 on Ebay with sustain pedal, stand etc for £500 :) Bargain! Thanks again for all your help!

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Post by henrydalton » 23 Nov 2007, 14:18

And yes, it is flippin' heavy! Beats the organ though! :D

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