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Would appreciate any advice on the difference in sound between these three, would I notice a huge difference being a relative novice? Just wondering if the CLP-240 is worth the extra 500 pounds more than the CLP-220?
Thanks in advance.
I had a quick look at the Yamaha Europe website and to be honest, it shows the progression and identifies the main differences or enhancements as you move up the model rankings. I'd just be repeating a lot of what has been written for the pianos - why reinvent the wheel - huh? Click on this link for more information:
http://www.yamaha-europe.com/yamaha_eur ... index.html
If I'm not very much mistaken, the piano sample on the CLP240 upwards sounds more authentic than that of the CLP230 or 220. Their piano sounds remind me very much of the sample used on the P200 stage piano (now long since redundant). Sounds fine for contemporary playing and works well when layered with a pad or strings.
The downside is, not surprisingly, that you are going up a few hundred pounds in costs as you move up the models. Personally, I'd prefer to spend a little more and get the quality sound and feel I wanted rather than risk resenting what may feel like a "lesser model" when compared with your heart's desire. That is a pesonal decision and one that you have to make.
I've been looking into the same thing, and the most important differences between the three, as far as I can see, is that the 230 is the first to have the GH3 keyboard action (i.e. important if you are after a more realistic piano feel), and the 240 is the first to use different samples for different pressures on the keys (as opposed to playing the same sample at different volumes). This makes the sound much richer and more realistic.
I was all set to go for a 230, as I have an acousitc and want to use a clp just as a late night practice machine (and for the kids), but I went in and tried them again today and the 240 sounds SO much better that I'm tempted...