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#1569779 - 12/04/10 04:52 AM Which digital piano under $1,500 is the best in your opinion
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- or is it worth buying older used ones (worried about potential electronics failure with digital pianos over 10 years old, read something a while back)
I like the styles that don't have more buttons than keys and no overwhelmingly large screen.
Any suggestions? Thank you very much!

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#1569809 - 12/04/10 06:49 AM Re: Which digital piano under $1,500 is the best in your opinion [Re: skrrlo]
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There are some really nice pianos in that price range. Of the ones I've played I like the Roland FP4 the best. Yamaha's p155 is another one in that range that I like. Saying that, everyone has different preferences so you should go to a music store and play on them to see which one you like the feel of. As far as used pianos go, if you can get a really great deal it may be worth a look but I'd rather buy new or re-certified.


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#1569857 - 12/04/10 09:27 AM Re: Which digital piano under $1,500 is the best in your opinion [Re: skrrlo]
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The CP33 if I had to choose.
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#1569909 - 12/04/10 10:55 AM Re: Which digital piano under $1,500 is the best in your opinion [Re: Dave Horne]
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@David Horne:
Do you think that CP 33+ a sound system like Logitech Z2300 totally outclasses the Yamaha DGX 640 in terms of AP sound?

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#1569911 - 12/04/10 10:59 AM Re: Which digital piano under $1,500 is the best in your opinion [Re: skrrlo]
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Have you tried any new pianos? I think that should be your first step.

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#1569948 - 12/04/10 11:50 AM Re: Which digital piano under $1,500 is the best in your opinion [Re: skrrlo]
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If you're up for spending $1500, I say save up $400 more more and get the Roland FP-7F. It's in a completely different league than anything below it (and almost anything above it).
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#1570007 - 12/04/10 12:48 PM Re: Which digital piano under $1,500 is the best in your opinion [Re: Ovidiu M]
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Originally Posted By: Ovidiu M
@David Horne:
Do you think that CP 33+ a sound system like Logitech Z2300 totally outclasses the Yamaha DGX 640 in terms of AP sound?


I'm not familiar with the DGX 640, sorry.
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#1570013 - 12/04/10 12:58 PM Re: Which digital piano under $1,500 is the best in your opinion [Re: Dave Horne]
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Originally Posted By: Dave Horne
Originally Posted By: Ovidiu M
@David Horne:
Do you think that CP 33+ a sound system like Logitech Z2300 totally outclasses the Yamaha DGX 640 in terms of AP sound?


I'm not familiar with the DGX 640, sorry.


All right... What were the comparing terms based on which you made the suggestion for CP 33 ? P155, FP-4, MP5...or something else perhaps?

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#1570103 - 12/04/10 02:50 PM Re: Which digital piano under $1,500 is the best in your opinion [Re: skrrlo]
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The last three stage pianos I bought were all from Yamaha's professional stage piano group. From what I can see the DGX series is not from that group. Typically 'pro' versions use 1/4" and XLR outputs, do not use external power supplies and do not have built in speakers (though the CP330 broke that rule).

I'm sure the P155 is a fine keyboard and I'm equally sure the DGX 640 is also fine. When I go to buy a stage piano I only look at the pro series. Sorry not to be of more help.
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#1570104 - 12/04/10 02:52 PM Re: Which digital piano under $1,500 is the best in your opinion [Re: skrrlo]
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I purchased the Casio Celviano AP-220 for $900 off of Amazon and it is amazing! Worth every penny. smile
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#1570172 - 12/04/10 04:19 PM Re: Which digital piano under $1,500 is the best in your opinion [Re: skrrlo]
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I tried my very first digital piano in 1989, and I was literally stunned by how good it was. I thought to myself: "Why, this is exactly like an acoustic piano!" So even way back then the digitals played like an acoustic. If you can find a used one from that era, you could get it for maybe $50, and it would be just as good as a brand new one.

I use a $600 Williams Overture that I bought sight-unseen online last yr. I deliberately bought such a cheap one because I know that today's digitals, even inexpensive ones, play like an acoustic piano. The Williams is okay for anything, from jazz improv to the biggest concertos.

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#1570684 - 12/05/10 01:48 PM Re: Which digital piano under $1,500 is the best in your opinion [Re: Gyro]
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Originally Posted By: Gyro
I tried my very first digital piano in 1989, and I was literally stunned by how good it was. I thought to myself: "Why, this is exactly like an acoustic piano!" So even way back then the digitals played like an acoustic. If you can find a used one from that era, you could get it for maybe $50, and it would be just as good as a brand new one.

I use a $600 Williams Overture that I bought sight-unseen online last yr. I deliberately bought such a cheap one because I know that today's digitals, even inexpensive ones, play like an acoustic piano. The Williams is okay for anything, from jazz improv to the biggest concertos.


You're certainly consistent in your view. I do not agree with you however.
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#1571297 - 12/06/10 01:27 PM Re: Which digital piano under $1,500 is the best in your opinion [Re: skrrlo]
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+1 for CP33 and FP4

I think I would have a hard choice between these two. I like the (GP3) sound better in the CP33, but I might like the Roland action a little better.

The MP5 would be the best overall controller (if you don't care that much about the piano sound) also I believe it has a lot more other sounds than either CP33 or FP4.

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#1571308 - 12/06/10 01:45 PM Re: Which digital piano under $1,500 is the best in your opinion [Re: skrrlo]
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Originally Posted By: skrrlo
- or is it worth buying older used ones worried about potential electronics failure with digital pianos over 10 years old, read something a while back)
I like the styles that don't have more buttons than keys and no overwhelmingly large screen.
Any suggestions? Thank you very much!


I bought a Yamaha P155. Everyday price is $1,200 but this is a good time of year to find sales.

The most importance feature is the quality of the key action. With a limit of $1,500 I think you are looking at Yamaha. I think Kawai is out and you can't get into a non-Alpha type key action. But there are a number of "GH" based Yamahas that are under $1,500

Be careful about having to few "buttons" what happens if there are not enough is that for simple things you end of needing two hands and having to hold one down while pressing another five times. For example try adjusting the relative volume of a split keyboard. I think the P155 has a good balance of controls for home use. For stage use you need more.

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#1571345 - 12/06/10 02:33 PM Re: Which digital piano under $1,500 is the best in your opinion [Re: dewster]
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Originally Posted By: dewster
If you're up for spending $1500, I say save up $400 more more and get the Roland FP-7F. It's in a completely different league than anything below it (and almost anything above it).


That's my opinion as well and I did play a load of stuff.

The FP4 is overpriced now and is likely to get an upgrade soon. No way would I pay that price at this stage and I highly recommend you do the same.

Regards. Rimmer

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#1571616 - 12/06/10 09:47 PM Re: Which digital piano under $1,500 is the best in your opinion [Re: Rimmer]
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Originally Posted By: Rimmer


The FP4 is overpriced now and ...

Regards. Rimmer


Yeah, i forgot that was still selling for $1500. That is way overpriced by several hundred for what it does and compared to the competition. Now that I think about it, it was overpriced a year ago too. Totally Agree. Good point!

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#1571672 - 12/06/10 11:56 PM Re: Which digital piano under $1,500 is the best in your opinion [Re: eweiss]
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The advive you got about the FP7F is correct. it is better. But also $400 over budget. The FP4 uses a cheaper key action and because of that I don't think it is worth the price

What you don't say is if this is for home practice or on stage. For on stage the CP33 is better for home use the P155 is best. The CP33 and P155 have nearly identical key action but the P155 has better internal samples, the CP33 has controls set up for stage.

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