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The two most important things to me are that the sound and the keyboard action are as close as possible to a real piano. It also needs to have pedals or pedal inputs.
It doesn't need to have any sounds other than piano, and I don't need sequencers, XLR outputs, etc. Just plain old piano! It will be fixed in the lounge, so doesn't need to be portable.
Can you point me in the direction of the 'best' models to look at in this price range please? Thanks!
Have a read through some of the other threads on which I have offered advice already:
http://www.uk-piano.org/piano-forums/vi ... php?t=5730
http://www.uk-piano.org/piano-forums/vi ... php?t=5672
http://www.uk-piano.org/piano-forums/vi ... php?t=5323
At risk of repeating myself, the Clavinova CLP range is worth checking. The CLP240 is mid-range and incorporates the GH3 hammer action keyboard and high quality piano sounds.
Unfortunately, the better the digital piano, the harder it is to find a piano that has just a piano sample. Although most people will agree that the piano sound is the most important, versatility has always been the biggest strength of the digital piano. See if this helps and check out some of the models mentioned here and in the threads I referred earlier.
One thing I have noticed is that the Yamaha CLP series are due for a refresh in June - is this worth waiting for in your opinion? How old are the current models, and has technology (sound or key action) moved on enough to warrant waiting for the new range?
The CLP200 range did make big strides in improving previous models, so much so that I'd say 2005 was the redesigned year. Now that is entirely my opinion and you'd need to check that with Yamaha directly to verify my secondhand info aswell!! The only significant improvements that newer models could enhance would be sound quality and the current hammer action/GH3 action keyboards they use - and these are all very good at present and I'd love to see how they could (or if they could) make a huge difference in these areas. I feel that the improvements have been too good in this range for a complete redesign to come in June.
If a new upgraded range is coming, you've waited this long, why not wait another couple of months and see what they're like? Downside is that all new models tend to be overpriced until they become more common. You could try out the CLP240 or higher speced 270 and 280 for comparison later with the new release. The older models will inevitably devalue should an improved range be released which could be worth checking out, should you not consider the new models to be siginificantly developed enough to warrant the extra money you'll be paying.
Apparently, the range hasn't been launched in USA yet, so I'd imagine that June could be slightly early for a UK launch.