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Intermusic is the make apparently.
If it's shockingly bad, I'd be grateful for any pointers in the right direction regarding what to get.
Thanks in advance.
If you are looking for an instrument to fiddle with, you could look for a second-hand Yamaha DGX520 or DGX620 which have graded hammer action keyboards and a quality piano sounds and a few others thrown in. You could also look into second hand Yamaha P60 models which are now obsolete and have been replaced by the P70. Many retailers will slash the prices of these to shift them before they depreciate any faster.
Are you looking for something to fiddle with or something that will last you a while as you improve musically?
Dolphin music is doing an offer on the DGX520 for less than what you included in your first post.
To be honest, it is easy to recommend a cheap and bored instrument in your price range, allbeit brand new. It may be better to try and track down something like the P60, P120 (now recently obselete) in the secondhand/ex-demo market. These two stage pianos were replaced by the P70 and P140 and so the value of the other two keyboard has greater reduced - or at least it ought to have!
Have a look around you local stores for ex-demo/old stock and see if you can try them.
I don't mean to sound cynical about this keyboard as I haven't tried it!
It's just the whole "brand new, reasonably priced entry-;evel keyboard" vs the "secondhand/ex-demo, higher spec, bargain-priced keyboard" argument I alluded to earlier.
Try the keyboard and see what you think. Listen for sound quality; 6W is not that much and can compromise sound output. Does the piano sound sustain well using the pedal? How does the touch compare with something like a P70 or DGX620? Sometimes by doing some comparisons with other instruments of a higher spec can help put things in perspective for you.
Could probably have got it a wee bit cheaper from elsewhere, but I like the peace of mind getting it from a reputable store. Bought by Yamaha guitar from them 11 years ago
One thing I'm having trouble with is the MIDI files. It's meant to be able to automatically score MIDI files as a teaching aid, but doesn't seem to do it for ones I download. Hoping it isn't just MIDI files bought from Yamaha which it will score Beginning to think that that's the case.
As the software is specialised for learning and the MIDI files probably have been altered slightly to co-operate with the software, I'd imagine that the standard MIDI file wouldn't work as well with the educational software if at all but if they did, they would probably be restricted to play back or recording only.
I've never used the software so check this out with your brochure or Yamaha directly.
I love the DGX, but this was one of the main features I bought it for - it being able to score any MIDI file and provide me with the music on board.
I am tempted to swap it for the YDP 131 now that this feature isn't actually much use. Do you know much about that model?
http://www.yamaha-europe.com/yamaha_eur ... index.html
It's the same price in store. The YDP may give me a better piano sound, and I quite like the idea of proper fixed pedals as opposed to the little pedal on a cable arrangement I have at the moment. Any thoughts on that piano?
My concern about the YDP models is that the YDP131 is entry level as an instrument and I wouldn't sure as regards their adaptability with MIDI - you will have to check this. I'm still kind of surprised that the DGX620 does not have any standard MIDI capablities - did you check with your dealer/Yamaha?
As Johan says - in fact it might have been him I was posting to at the time - the YDP-151 is higher spec but was only a short-term import into the country. In fact, Yamaha say that it is very similar to the specs for the CLP220!! Yamaha, however, are not advertising in anymore and they are already working towards the production of the new YDP140 & 160 models due for release any time now. Remember what I also said about finding recently obselete, shopfloor stock? If you can get one of these, I think you'd be onto a bargain!
The YDP131 would have a slightly better piano sound that the DGX, probably owing mainly to the speaker size but the YDP151 would be better than the 131 overall, but check those MIDI features before you buy this time because that seems to have let you down in the DGX620. You certainly won't be able to score music on the YDPs anyway!