My 7 years old daughter has learned keyboard about 1.5 year. Her teacher said it's time to get a piano (or digital piano) for her. I am interested in one which is good not so expensive. The dealer said yamaha clp330 is good enough even when my daughter is experienced and I needn't upgrade it any more. What do you think about this piano? Is this one really good enough for a sophisticated player?
The dealer asked $2000 for rosewood and $2500 for Polished Ebony before tax. Do you think the price is good? Will the piano go with a bench?
If price is an issue the P155 is half the price. It has the very close to the same key action and slightly better sound. The discounted price of the P155 with it's matching stand is about $1K
The YDP223 is also worth looking at, it is also a Yamaha console style piano but is sold through mass market retailers who will go a little lower on the price. Retail is $1,600 but you can get 10% of just for asking and 20% off if you are wiling to enter a coupon code on a web site an have the piano shipped. The YDP223 is comparable with the entry level CLP.
I agree with the others. If you like the CLP line and the idea of buying from a local piano dealer then you should look at the next model up. But if the goal is to get the price down buy a YDP223 from a mass market retailer.
Any of the better DPs is good enough for anyone. The YDP223, any CLV and the P155 are all roughly the same level of quality as far as learning to play goes. Will you need to upgrade again? Likely yes. Not because your daughter outgrows the piano but because digital piano technology is moving so fast that in 5 to 8 years the new pianos will sound so much better that you will just want one.
The current line of Yamaha pianos is based on sampling technology but other manufactures are starting to use more modelling technology, some have gone completely this way. You don't have to care about details like this except to know that there is still a LOT of room for improvement and technology moves forward. A digital piano is NOT a lifetime investment. Think of it more like a computer, cell phone or digital camera