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#1284753 - 10/11/09 09:25 AM Piano Prices
drsmith751 Offline
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Registered: 10/10/09
Posts: 10
I am looking into purchasing a piano for my family and I am trying to get a feel of prices. I searched this forum and found the user thread of prices paid, but I was wondering if there was a another way to get MSP and actual recommended puchase price.

Specifically I am looking at four popular models
Yamaha CLP-340
Yamaha CLP-330
Roland HP-203
Roland HP-207

Thanks!

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#1284789 - 10/11/09 11:00 AM Re: Piano Prices [Re: drsmith751]
Geoffk Offline
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Registered: 11/11/08
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Loc: Tokyo, Japan
Unfortunately, none of these models are sold online in the US. I believe that there is a suggested "retail" price, but nobody would ever pay it in reality. You go to a piano dealer and bargain, like you're buying a car.

The prices paid thread is the best way to get a range of prices. Be sure that the price is recent, as prices do go up occasionally. Also, be sure you're looking at a price for the US (or your country), because prices vary enormously between countries and so are not directly comparable. That's too bad, as these pianos are sold online in Europe. But the prices in the US may not be the same, adjusted to US dollars.

As I recall, an HP-203 is about $2500, an HP-207 is over $3000, usually $3500 or so. A CLP-340 is about $2000 and a CLP-330 is a bit less (maybe $1700). But I don't live in the US, so this is just a recollection of prices that I've seen discussed here.

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#1284854 - 10/11/09 12:38 PM Re: Piano Prices [Re: Geoffk]
Gyro Offline
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Registered: 04/24/05
Posts: 4533
Those are all fine pianos, but
you can get good digitals for
less than $1000, for example,
the Casio PX 800 and the M-Audio
DCP 200, both $900 online from
amazon.com. They'll play just
as good as the more expensive ones
you listed. I use a $600 Williams
Overture, and it's okay for
playing anything, from jazz
improvisation to big-time
concertos.

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#1284895 - 10/11/09 01:40 PM Re: Piano Prices [Re: Gyro]
tatiana110 Offline
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Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 122
Loc: BC, Canada
I am in Canada, and I bought my HP-207 (floor model) for CAD $3800 in July 2009.

I did shop around to find the best price, and the best quote was $4150 at that time.

I love this piano. It replaced my old CVP-109 Clavinova for good.

There is no comparison with less expensive digitals - the touch and sound is very close to the real acoustic. I tried all the less expensive models, and none of them come close.
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#1285212 - 10/12/09 01:00 AM Re: Piano Prices [Re: Gyro]
Geoffk Offline
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Registered: 11/11/08
Posts: 757
Loc: Tokyo, Japan
Originally Posted By: Gyro
They'll [cheap DPs] play just
as good as the more expensive ones
you listed.


No, they do not. They do not sound as good. The touch is not as good. They are not as responsive. Yes, they have 88 keys and you can play anything on them. But it is ridiculous (and wrong) to claim that all digital pianos, regardless of price, are equally good. I have a $2500 DP (an HP-203) and a $3500 DP (an HP-207) and the more expensive one is significanty better than the cheaper one in features, touch and sound. And both are significantly better than a $1000 Casio.

You get what you pay for.

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#1285325 - 10/12/09 07:41 AM Re: Piano Prices [Re: drsmith751]
BillM Offline
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Registered: 05/12/08
Posts: 1520
Loc: Maryland
drsmith751 - Click HERE for a link to the digital piano prices and specifications pages of the excellent on-line edition of Acoustic and Digital Piano Buyer. You can zoom in for easier reading by placing your curser on the page. I hope this helps.
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#1285445 - 10/12/09 12:38 PM Re: Piano Prices [Re: BillM]
drsmith751 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 10/10/09
Posts: 10
Bill - Thanks a lot!! That's exactly like something I was looking for! Estimated prices seem higher than what people on site are paying, but it is a great reference.

Thanks again!

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#1285483 - 10/12/09 01:48 PM Re: Piano Prices [Re: drsmith751]
AndyH Offline
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Registered: 09/13/09
Posts: 14
Estimated vs. actual prices. Hmmmm.

Like drsmith751, I'm also in the market for a DP and want to compare the HP-203 head-to-head with the HP-207. In Chicagoland, the only authorized Roland dealer is the Steinway dealer, and it is the only one without going to Milwaukee or Valparaiso.

So I went to one of their showrooms where they only had HP-203 and the "sale" price I was quoted for the 203 was $2,999 ($1,000 off!).

Do you think I can talk them down? I'm worried the 207 is going to be quoted over $4,000!



Edited by AndyH (10/12/09 01:49 PM)
Edit Reason: grammar

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#1285718 - 10/12/09 08:49 PM Re: Piano Prices [Re: AndyH]
drsmith751 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 10/10/09
Posts: 10
Thanks all for the help. What does the CLP370 go for? From what I see it's around $400-500 over the CLP340?

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#1286082 - 10/13/09 11:45 AM Re: Piano Prices [Re: drsmith751]
Gyro Offline
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Registered: 04/24/05
Posts: 4533
I've tried high-end digitals
like the CLP-280, which was replaced
by the similar CLP-380, the
RD700SX, which was replaced by
the similar RD700GX, and the HP-207,
and although they were superb,
I just did not see enough
difference from less expensive
digitals to justify buying
them.

The CLP-380 and the HP-207 are
the top-of-the-line models in
their respective lineups, and
since I wasn't floored by them,
I haven't even bothered to look
at the lesser models in the
line, like the CLP 340 and
330 and the HP 203. What
distinguishes these models?
What's to make them stand out
from the thousands of
digitals available? I know
what a CLP 380 is, but a
340? What's that? These lesser
models of course would be very good,
but I'll go with a Williams.

This is kind of like the
situation where well-heeled
amateurs buy Steinway grands
when a Kohler and Campbell
would be more than adequate.




Edited by Gyro (10/13/09 11:48 AM)

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#1286132 - 10/13/09 12:39 PM Re: Piano Prices [Re: Gyro]
drsmith751 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 10/10/09
Posts: 10
Gyro, I understand your position from your other posts and responses to them. I am actually just looking for the data on what people are paying for various models, not a moral discussion on how people should spend their money.


Edited by drsmith751 (10/13/09 12:40 PM)

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