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#1371945 - 02/12/10 04:07 PM Looking to buy my first DP
meechelley Offline
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Registered: 02/11/10
Posts: 3
I'm looking to buy a digital piano as a temporary replacement for my acustic. I'm trying to get back into playing the piano since I had no time in college but now I really miss it. Unfortunately my piano is at my parents house and I live in a different state now. I am also moving quite a bit and in apartments so getting another piano at the moment would not be an option. I'm quite particular with how keys feel and I would like to stay as close as I can get with a DP. I definitely do not need all the bells and whistles that come with a DP like other sounds and computer outputs and such since I will be using it to just to be a temporary replacement for a piano until I settle down.

I've done a bit of research and went to a couple stores to try them out. So far I've liked the Yamaha CP33, Casio PX330, Casio CDP100 and the Yamaha P85. I've tried the PX130 and found that I like how the 330 feels vs the 130. I don't know if its an older display or if there is a significant difference. With the CDP100 the sound seems a little off to me but the feel isn't too bad compared to the others. Any advice or experiences with the quality of each DP would be very appreciated. Any other suggestions to one that might fit my needs would be perfect too! I would like to keep the cost at $800 or lower as I will be investing in a real piano within a year or two (I'm just being stubborn and itching to play again).

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#1372019 - 02/12/10 06:06 PM Re: Looking to buy my first DP [Re: meechelley]
ChrisA Offline
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Registered: 12/28/08
Posts: 3841
Loc: Redondo Beach, California
What a mix of pianos you liked! The CP33 and P85 used very different key actions. I'm surprised you like both. They are different enough I'd expect you have a strong preference for one over the other. But the 330 and 130 have identical action so I'm surprised you'd have a preference.

All the better key actions in the Yamaha, Roland and Kawai lines are in pianos that sell for over $1,000. So you're looking at Casio and the lower end of the Yamaha line. Or Korg. If you can find a Korg SP250 it woud be worth trying it out. But I would not buy any piano without playing it first.

"temporary" can some times last longer than you might thing. You may find your self living in an apartment or with some some who likes to sleep at night so you ppractice hours could be limited with an acoustic piano. Digital ianos can be used with headphones. So even if you owned an acoustic you may still find you need the digital piano. So what I'd saying is choose the digital piano carefully and try out the actions for good long time before you deside. But then, like I wrote above all the pianos with top-line key actions sell for over $1K

BTW The CP33 you played sells for $1,200. The P155 uses the same key action and is also the same price but better suited to home practice than the cp33 which is a stage piano.

#1372044 - 02/12/10 06:36 PM Re: Looking to buy my first DP [Re: ChrisA]
snazzyplayer Offline
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Registered: 07/26/09
Posts: 983
Loc: Earth
I've had great success with Yamaha's P-85...at one point I had two of them....just sold one of them to get the newer P-95.

An extremely lightweight, reasonably priced piano, even with the optional stand and pedal assembly...looks nice too.

I really like the P-85's action too...not too light, not too heavy; a nicely weighted graded touch that I can play for extended periods without discomfort.

Nice basic features like effects, and layering(piano with strings, for example) and very durable and dependable even after many many hours of playing.

The well respected Yamaha name also means an easier re-sell when you want to move up to something bigger, and it's dedicated MIDI in/out ports are really handy should you decide to ever use VST's.

My only gripe is that the on-board speakers could be more robust (they aren't awful, just not powerful), but I cured that by buying a Logitech Z-2300 Stereo Speaker system (well under $200) that gives the P-85 a sound that rivals digital pianos costing many times more.

As Chris recommends, do try and play any instrument that really interests you, and keep asking questions on this forum...there is a lot of knowledge here that will make your buying experience far less stressful.

Good luck,

Semper Gumby: Always flexible \:^)

#1372574 - 02/13/10 11:40 AM Re: Looking to buy my first DP [Re: snazzyplayer]
meechelley Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 02/11/10
Posts: 3
Thank you for the responses! I went back to the store last night and spent a good amount of time trying each of the ones I had mentioned. I do agree with Chris about the differences in each one. My initial trip was just me poking at the keys and quickly listening to the sound. Last night I actually sat down with headphones and played on each one. I decided to go with the P85 because I did like the feel of the keys more than the Casios. The Casios I was looking at were a little too heavy and the feel of the keys when it comes back up gives too much of a punch and got a little annoying to me after a couple songs. Although I did like the CP33 it had so many extra features and I know is quite different from my actual purchase. I originally wanted the CP300 which was way way out of my price range. The P85 purchase was a compromise between what I liked and my wallet ^__^. I ended up buying the P85 for $450 and at the time the CP33 was $850 so there was a significant difference. So far I'm happy with the P85. Snazzy, thanks for the advice about getting a separate speaker system for it. I might just do that whenever I get to the point in which I want to not just play to myself ^__^.

#1372617 - 02/13/10 12:30 PM Re: Looking to buy my first DP [Re: meechelley]
Cyborg Offline
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Registered: 11/19/05
Posts: 273
Loc: Charleston, SC
The P85 is an excellent DP and should provide you years of enjoyment!
I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.

#1373017 - 02/13/10 09:24 PM Re: Looking to buy my first DP [Re: meechelley]
ChrisA Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/28/08
Posts: 3841
Loc: Redondo Beach, California
... buying the P85 for $450 and at the time the CP33 was $850 ...

Was that a one time sale or have prices come down that low. Last I checked the prices were $600 and $1,000.

#1375626 - 02/16/10 02:07 PM Re: Looking to buy my first DP [Re: ChrisA]
meechelley Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 02/11/10
Posts: 3
I was lucky and started shopping during President's Day sales. Guitar Center had a 15% off anything $299 or more. They had reduced each of the mentioned DPs about $150 to $50 below their retail. Their online prices though did not reflect the store's prices (since I think each store got to decide the markdown for the sale). So I did some math and found that if I price matched their $600 price online with the 15% it would be cheaper (since they do an additional 10% off to beat the price match). Thats why the P85 was $450. Otherwise the sale markdown (in store was $530). Unfortunately the markdown on the CP33 is the same price as the 15% off retail which was $1000 so I couldn't get an extra 10% on that.


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