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take talented beginner thro to next 4 yrs?

Posted: 28 Aug 2011, 21:52
by tiggy748
My daughter has been preforming since 3yrs old, she is now 14yrs and for the last 3 yrs or so has been nagging to learn piano. We have managed to enrole her in a specialist preforming arts/music school where she has opted to do music, dance, drama GCSE.

So i need to give in now and get her something good to lean/practice on at home, that will take her to a good grade where we can then upgrade her to a real piano in a few years. Currently live in a two up two down terrace so absolutely no room even for upright - electric piano going on the conservatory. We are planning on moving in 3 yrs to the coast - currently leicester where we can purchase a house that will accomodate a real piano. She learns very fast, is very musical and with her school lessons plus private lessons, i expect her to move thro the grades fairly fast over the next 2-4 yrs.

As a student myself im looking at a max of £300, so will need secondhand and was wondering if anyone has any reccomendations that would take her from beginner tho to a good grade ready for her preforming arts degree at uni in 4 yrs time.

If i can get one in my price range i was concidering the Yamaha Clavinova 340? alternitivly i will concider getting one on tick thats slightly over my price range if i can.

Re: take talented beginner thro to next 4 yrs?

Posted: 04 Sep 2011, 10:04
by MarkGoodwinPianos
Sorry nobody has replied here yet.
I have a nice quality Roland digital piano. I gave £400 for it in part-exchange when someone bought a piano from me.

If you like I can post the model number here so you can research it?

Re: take talented beginner thro to next 4 yrs?

Posted: 04 Sep 2011, 13:51
by markymark
These sorts of questions are always hard to answer.

Bottom line, you won't find a digital piano for £300 that would be good enough to take your daughter to say Grade 6 - at least not brand new! You will need a model with a good progressive hammer action which is pointing towards the Clavinova CLP range. The YDP range may also be worth checking out but again, these retail at over £600 or thereabouts.

I would recommend you go onto Ebay and search for the CLP240, 270, 280 and the same for the CLP300 range and see if anything comes up. You won't find something like these models brand new for £300.

Re: take talented beginner thro to next 4 yrs?

Posted: 05 Sep 2011, 18:47
by joseph
Any Yamaha or Roland digital piano from about 1995 onwards with hammer action and at least 64 voice polyphony, although even 32 would be enough since she's probably not going to study piano to degree level.

That said, she might, but this is a decent starting point. Sounds like Mark's got something good with the Roland.