which digital piano for a pianist?

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which digital piano for a pianist?

Post by sophie123 » 27 Feb 2008, 14:13

Hi,

My boyfriend plays the piano (classical and jazz) and for his birthday me and his family would like to offer him a digital piano. Our budget is around $600-$1000 maximum. Which ones would you advice in this list? http://digital-piano.en.audiofanzine.com/ I'm completely lost!


And if I decide to buy a second-hand digital piano, is there anything I should look out for? Which site is the best? Ebay? Any other?

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Post by athomik » 28 Feb 2008, 11:28

If you are based in the States, try asking your question on :
http://www.pianoworld.com/ubb/ubb/ultim ... rum/6.html

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Post by markymark » 01 Mar 2008, 23:55

That was certainly an exhaustive list. I noticed some models there that are now long since obselete and hard to come by even on Ebay. Other models are just toys and nothing more. Some of the instruments are technically stage pianos and, in the case of Kurzweil for example, many of those do not have built in speakers. The Mark models are different but I have no experience of playing those - again very rare over hear if not unheard of!

At the risk of sounding awkward or unco-operative, you should have a look at the site athomik mentioned as some of those models are unknown here. Alesis for example is very rare here, Akai virtually unheard of as a keyboard model - again, these are just a couple of brand names.

I did recognise the CLP240, 250, 270 on the list. We do have those and they are brilliant instruments but they retail at 1000GBP which will blow your budget completely! The Kawai MP4 has a nice touch with its wooden keys but I'm not so keen on its rather dull grand piano sound and it weighs a ton! The Korg SP models are worth checking out.

I think you need to decide whether or not you want a mobile keyboard model, or a furniture model that will sit in your lounge or den and never be moved around. When you make that decision, that will help you shortlist that exhaustive trail of keyboards. The furniture models do tend to be more expensive because of the stand and matching stool made to support the actual keyboard.

Not sure if this helps you much but as I always say to people I advise, make sure you try the instrument and, despite the fact you may want it to be a surprise, it would be safer to let your boyfriend try it to make sure he likes it!

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thanks for your advice!

Post by sophie123 » 03 Mar 2008, 12:14

Some other points to consider:

He has played an acoustic piano for many years already, and I've heard him mention that having the same feel on the digital piano is really important...

He will play only in the house, so it does not need to be easy to transport.

Does that change anything? Any other suggestions?

If at all possible his family would like the gift to be a surprise, but I am starting to think that its too difficult!

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Post by markymark » 03 Mar 2008, 20:51

First of all, you need to clarify your terminology. Dealers, over here anyway, use the terms “fully weighted” and “hammer action” as two interchangeable terms but they are two totally different things. “Fully weighted” is just what is sounds but “hammer action” will replicate the response and action of an acoustic piano. It really depends on what you want personally. I have always gone for hammer action stage/digital pianos because of the keyboard response. Unfortunately, hammer-action keyboards tend to be more expensive.

The Yamaha CLP models I mentioned earlier have hammer action keys and have a great grand piano sample. If you click on on of the links on the page you provided, you'll see what a furniture piano looks like. As I mentioned, hammer action also costs a bit more and these, I feel, provide the most realistic response.

Other Yamaha models that have the hammer action keyboard and the realistic piano samples would be: P140, P250, P300, P60, P70, P90. All of these would we more stage piano styles of instruments, i.e. not furniture digital pianos. As you move down the numbers, I find the sound quality and amp of the speakers are not as good however and this is something to consider. Kawai is alright but I'm not all that keen on their piano samples - that is a personal choice and so many of us in this forum could argue around this topic for years and never really agree. Perception of sound quality is so personal as is the feel of the keyboard which is why I'm urging you to reconsider the surprise element just in case you can't refund the instrument.

Cheaper models, but still not bad, would include the YDP models and the YDP-S30 are pretty decent if money is a deciding factor. Out of all the keyboards you mentioned, the Yamaha CLP models would be the best. Better piano samples appear in CLP240 and higher. I think these are fool-proof but you may need to check the prices of those in US dollars!

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