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#1379076 - 02/20/10 07:04 PM PX830 is the right choice for me?
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I am planning to make my first purchase of a piano (DP?) for my 5 years old kid who started learning a few months ago. She is practising on a Casio CTK700 which I bought for her as a toy when she was very young. I live in an apartment, so space is relatively tight.

I would like to buy something that won't limit her progress/potential at this stage and relatively inexpensive as I would plan to buy her a real good piano 2~3 years down the road if she indeed love playing.

Could anyone give me advice if today's DP's keyboard feel are close to real piano (which in mind is the most important thing for a starter)? All the opinions that I receive from friends and teachers stating the opposite. If yes, would PX830 is the best buy for me (aound $1000 budget)? any other suggestions?

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#1379407 - 02/21/10 06:57 AM Re: PX830 is the right choice for me? [Re: svntn]
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If that's the criteria, the PX-830 might be overdoing it a bit. If she only needs to practice the piano, none of the extra sounds or memory card capabilities of the PX-830 are really necessary. The PX-130 has the same piano sounds and keyboard action, and is cheaper. Maybe you should think about the PX-130 in combination with the optional stand (CS-67) and footpedals (SP-32).

The only downside I can see here would be that the speakers on the PX-130 are a little underpowered, IMO, but definitely do try it out at the store to see what you think about the speakers.

For a similar price range and features, check out the Yamaha P-85.


Edited by Sean M. (02/21/10 06:58 AM)

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#1379680 - 02/21/10 03:16 PM Re: PX830 is the right choice for me? [Re: Sean M.]
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Take also a look at the Roland F110 - almost the same optic
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#1379705 - 02/21/10 03:53 PM Re: PX830 is the right choice for me? [Re: Sean M.]
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Originally Posted By: Sean M.
If that's the criteria, the PX-830 might be overdoing it a bit. If she only needs to practice the piano, none of the extra sounds or memory card capabilities of the PX-830 are really necessary. The PX-130 has the same piano sounds and keyboard action, and is cheaper. Maybe you should think about the PX-130 in combination with the optional stand (CS-67) and footpedals (SP-32).

The only downside I can see here would be that the speakers on the PX-130 are a little underpowered, IMO, but definitely do try it out at the store to see what you think about the speakers.

For a similar price range and features, check out the Yamaha P-85.


I have to agree. If you like the 830, the 130 is the same thing but without all those "extra" features a piano student would never use.

The nest jump in quality cots about twice as much. I think you'd need to move up to a Yamaha that uses GH key action(A P155 or YDP160) or a Roland that uses PHA II (not "Alpha II") or a Kawai. Either of these option would be better but the cost is in the $1,200 to $2K range. For the under $1K range the Casio is OK.

Don't worry about the loudness (or lack of it) in the speakers of a home practice piano. Anyone who plays a piano is certainly no more than an "arm's length" from the piano. Any piano will sound loud enough from such a short distance, especially if the piano is pushed up to a wall. For public performance, it's difference.


Edited by ChrisA (02/21/10 03:57 PM)

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#1379766 - 02/21/10 05:43 PM Re: PX830 is the right choice for me? [Re: ChrisA]
svntn Offline
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Registered: 02/20/10
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Loc: United States
thanks for all the advices.

If Yamaha is definitely better in terms of key board touch, I wouldn't mind spending a few more hundreds to get it. In that case, should I look at AP155 or YDP160 in my situation?

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#1379796 - 02/21/10 06:18 PM Re: PX830 is the right choice for me? [Re: svntn]
Kawai James Offline
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Yamaha also produce the compact YDP-S31, however I don't believe the keyboard is quite as good as the YDP-160/P155.

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#1380358 - 02/22/10 01:21 PM Re: PX830 is the right choice for me? [Re: Kawai James]
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In my opinion a PX-130 would be a good starter piano for your 5-year-old daughter to start with. It offers a decent piano sample and piano action--although both of these are subjective. If you find her learning progresses to a higher level, you can always upgrade to something else later with newer technology or an acoustic. A Yamaha or Roland will cost at least double.

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