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#1100782 - 01/23/09 01:51 PM can anyone recommend a good electric digital piano?
ziggyb Offline
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Registered: 01/23/09
Posts: 1
Loc: Boynton Beach, FL
I am a bass player who is interested in learning keyboard. I have a small budget, and would like to buy an introductory 88-key digital piano to study on. I need to practice quietly with headphones, so a real piano is not an option at the moment. I would like to get some expert opinions on a good model for under $1000. I have played a Radio Shack version of a Casio CDP-100 and really liked it. Weighted keys and good action are important to me, not trendy synthesizer sounds. Something that sounds more or less like the real thing, for very little money. Could you real pianists out there help this humble "low-ender" join the wonderful world of keyboard wizardry? Thanks for your advice!

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#1100783 - 01/23/09 02:37 PM Re: can anyone recommend a good electric digital piano?
Agilita Offline
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Registered: 01/03/06
Posts: 476
Loc: Missouri
Did you ask this on the digital piano forum? You might get a better response there.

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#1100784 - 01/23/09 02:38 PM Re: can anyone recommend a good electric digital piano?
Mark... Offline
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Registered: 11/27/06
Posts: 4381
Loc: Jersey Shore
Did you take a look at the Digital Forum?

You can read about a ton of digital stuff there...

You should get some good reply's here too...

Don't forget to look at the used digital market. I bought a used Kawai ES4 for $600 on Ebay.

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#1100785 - 01/23/09 03:06 PM Re: can anyone recommend a good electric digital piano?
KrisS Offline
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Registered: 12/29/08
Posts: 91
Loc: Minnesota
I was told - entry level - Yamaha P85 or Casio PX 120.

I got the Casio PX 120 at Best Buy (Online) included Keyboard, Stand, and Foot Pedals.

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#1100786 - 01/23/09 03:49 PM Re: can anyone recommend a good electric digital piano?
crusadar Offline
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Registered: 05/30/07
Posts: 670
Loc: Middle England
I can recommend the Kawai CL25 as the best entry level piano I recently tried out on a hunt the perfect DP expedition.

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#1100787 - 01/23/09 03:57 PM Re: can anyone recommend a good electric digital piano?
signa Offline
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Registered: 06/06/04
Posts: 8483
Loc: Ohio, USA
CDP100 is as old as Casio PX100, 3 generations before. now, there's a new replacement CDP200 coming out (not currently in US market yet, but Europe and Au). if i were you, i wouldn't bother with it and would get a much newer and better PX120/320 instead or get Yamaha P85.

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#1100788 - 01/23/09 04:05 PM Re: can anyone recommend a good electric digital piano?
knotty Offline
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Registered: 03/01/07
Posts: 2999
Loc: Bethesda, MD (Washington D.C)
Ziggy,

something like a yamaha ydp-140 is going to be in your price range and is unlikely to disappoint.
I'd take a trip to Guitar Center or Best Buy (they recently added a decent music section) and try those keyboards in your price range.
Bring your own set of headphones to the shop.

These are not low-ender keyboards by any means, imho.

Carefully consider the set of features you want. As a bass player, I'd imagine you're interested in more than classical (?). If so, features where you can plug in usb keys with your own midi files, accompaniment where you can plug in your own changes are great features to have. The YPG 635 is a neat keyboard to consider, under $800, if you're interested in such things.

Take care.

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#1100789 - 01/23/09 04:23 PM Re: can anyone recommend a good electric digital piano?
Paul2playpiano Offline
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Registered: 02/27/08
Posts: 26
Loc: St. Louis
About 1.5 years ago I got the Yamaha P-70 for about $600 and have been very happy with it. I think they now have a newer model and maybe the prices have come down. About 6 months ago I got a Baldwin baby grand that is great, but I still use the Yamaha when I need to play quietly.

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#1100790 - 01/23/09 04:28 PM Re: can anyone recommend a good electric digital piano?
Rosanna Offline
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Registered: 06/08/07
Posts: 1360
Loc: San Francisco Bay area
don't forget to allow in your budget for a decent pair of headphones. They can cost around $100 (some more, some less.) (You can do a search on headphones in the forums.)
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#1100791 - 01/23/09 04:35 PM Re: can anyone recommend a good electric digital piano?
Music Major Offline
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Registered: 07/04/06
Posts: 301
Loc: Tampa, FL
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Originally posted by ziggyb:
on a good model for under $1000 ... Something that sounds more or less like the real thing, for very little money. Could you real pianists out there help... [/b]
Don't know if you are willing to traval to TampaBay area, but this listing is a great board for $950

Keyboard- Yamaha S90 - $950 (St. Petersburg)

I have no connection with this listing, except that I do own an S90 and it's a really great keyboard!
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Yamaha S90 --------------- SS-69 Grand
The most important thing in music is what is not in the notes.

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#1100792 - 01/23/09 05:15 PM Re: can anyone recommend a good electric digital piano?
crusadar Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/30/07
Posts: 670
Loc: Middle England
The Casio Keys are still like the ones on toy pianos, plastic and wobbly, I'm sorry if I offend any Casio aficionado's but if we are advising newcomers to the piano world, or the digital piano world, we have to stop saying Casio is best on a budget. As an owner of both Roland and Korg DPs I have to say that the best entry level piano I recently tried was the Kawai CL25, a quality piano, it knocked similarly priced Roland and Yamaha DP's into bits, and not much more expensive than a Casio, they're selling in the UK for around £600.

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#1100793 - 01/23/09 05:52 PM Re: can anyone recommend a good electric digital piano?
rvillate Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 02/21/07
Posts: 12
Loc: Bogota, Colombia
The Casio Privias are excellent for beginners and advanced alike. I own a PX200 and am very happy with it. It has MIDI, USB, excellent heavy keys and touch, very good grand piano sound (plus many other voices) and comfortable price.
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#1100794 - 01/23/09 09:00 PM Re: can anyone recommend a good electric digital piano?
Starting Over Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 02/07/06
Posts: 1290
Loc: Toronto
I have a Kawai ES4 which I use for late night and early morning practice and to take with me to the cottage. It's a bit more than your budget but it has a good weighted keyboard and has a good touch. Yeah, it sounds like a digital but they all do. You can't have everything. \:D
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#1100795 - 01/24/09 02:28 AM Re: can anyone recommend a good electric digital piano?
al_spinner Offline
Full Member

Registered: 09/21/05
Posts: 129
Loc: San Francisco
I can recommend the Casio CDP-100, especially for the action (which is probably one of the heaviest I've tried on a digital). I bought it used for $300 and found it great for late-night practicing. It is also easy to carry around (weighs only about 25 lbs).

I have tried the more expensive Casio Privias and some Yamahas and Rolands that cost up to $2000 or so, and IMHO, their sound/feel just didn't justify the much-higher prices.

Your best bet would be to try as many digital pianos at the music store that fits within your budget as you can and then go from there. Everyone has different tastes. Some people like a heavier action and some a lighter action. One piano voice might be pleasing to you but not to another person...etc.

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#1100796 - 01/25/09 10:05 PM Re: can anyone recommend a good electric digital piano?
musiclady Offline
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Registered: 02/19/05
Posts: 431
Loc: Toronto, Canada
Look on the classifieds, especially craigslist. I've often spotted good digital pianos for under $1000, though I know the Adagio digital piano sells for abut $800 new and I actually liked it a lot. Though one of my student's families has a really nice digital, a Kohler I think, they paid $1200 for it, normally t was $2500. I like playing it too, and I found it responds very well even with late intermediate/early advanced pieces.

Meri
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