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I'm rather new to the world of digital pianos and I don't want to make a costly mistake!
I would like to buy a budget digital piano and have £500. After a lot of internet searching, I have come up with the following.
I have read good and bad about them all and am very confused!! Does anyone have any advice?
I have seen the Kawai but not any of the others.
Also, does spending £200 more make a huge difference to what you get?
Any help greatly appreciated.
Personally I am unfamiliar with the Kawai CL25 - in fact, in my circles, Kawai are only known for their acoustic uprights and grands which are getting better and better. I listened to the sound sample of the grand piano on the website. You can't always get an accurate picture of what the instrument could sound like when amplified correctly, but the sample elements sound lacking in some way. Personally, if you can't try it, don't buy it!
I'd go for the YDP140. What were you thinking of spending 200GBP more on just out of interest?
I hadn't looked too hard at the more expensive ones. I didn't want to be too envious of what I couldn't have....
If I put in the extra money, I would have to do a few more months saving first.
However, I suppose the better range of Yamahas or the Kawais would be the obvious choice. My local music shop says the Kawai have the best sound and are really enthusiastic about them. But they would since they sell them!!
This is the problem- everyone has a different opinion...
I thought the Yamaha had a very bright, hard sound which didn't appeal. The Casio had a richer, fuller yet gentler sound.
So, I think I may buy a Casio.
Next issue is which one. This shop was selling the ap200 for £599 but would inclue a good stool in the price. I have seen the ap500 for £705 at Rocking Rooster which is a really good price for a better spec piano but no stool. Do you think it is worth the extra money for the better spec?
It is also noticeable that the Casio is considerably cheaper than a Yamaha and in digital technology, among new items, you get what you pay for. However, if you prefer the sound, that's your call - you're writing the cheque. As far as I see, you are paying for more fancy, twiddly bits in the AP500 like more effects, sequencer, USB and MIDI ports. There isn't an improved type of keyboard action which is what I was expecting. One thing that may make a big difference in terms of playability is that the AP500 has 6 speakers whereas the AP200 only has two. This will definitely have an impact on the sound quality you are receiving.
I have spoken to lots of different music shops now and they all say really good things about these 2 Casio models....
Well, I have now ordered the AP500 but I may have to wait until after Christmas to let you know the outcome!!
Well I don't think I said anything bad about Casios, did I??sunnycharlie wrote:Thanks for your reply but you are quite wrong about the Casio not having a hammer action. They do!!
As I said at the beginning of this thread, I'm not familiar with Casio's Celviano range and am not reflecting personal experience. However, I did have check the website before I finished that post because I never post anything off the top-of-my-head - I just wonder what I was looking at on the Casio website? I have just checked again, and can't find what I was looking at. It certainly wasn't the AP200 or AP500 which do have hammer action keyboards. Sorry about that mistake; one dud piece of info in 500-odd posts is not a bad record, really! I wonder will you be able to do the same by the time you get to 500-odd posts?
Many thanks again and I'll post again after Christmas with my verdict!
By the way, I checked the Youtube videos and found two or three demos on an AP500 and another on an AP200. Although you can't really suss out the exact nuances of an online sample, I can hear enough to get the jist of the core of the tone and honestly, though pleasantly surprised, I'm still not won over. It has a safe and rather bland sound for my liking. Yamahas have the rumbling soundboard simulation in their notes but I know what you mean about the piano sounding tinny - the bottom of the range digital pianos from any range can be guilty of that. Still, if Casio sounds good to your ears, that's the most important thing. I'll look forward to hearing your feelings about it when you get it into your home. Maybe by then, I will have had a chance to go out and try one!
I am not expecting perfection- it is still a fairly budget piano. But I did manage to get the piano and a stool for sum of 686 pounds, which is a pretty good price!! It also has lots of extras on it- not that I'll ever use them- but it will appeal to my children and, hopefully, encourage them to learn.