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#1899882 - 05/19/12 05:11 PM Casio AP620 takes the prize
fast.asleep Offline
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Registered: 05/13/12
Posts: 8
After 3 weeks of researching I had decided on a YDP or CVP piano (probably the CVP-501). When my local Yamaha guy blew me off I kept searching. Thank God I did. Maclum recommended a Casio AP620 and I found one on display and liked the feel much better than the YDP v240. As a bonus it had all the features I wanted and was over $1000 less than the YDP v240 and over $2500 cheaper than the CVP-501.

Was the feel as nice as the GH feel of the Yamaha CVP-501? Well almost but no. Was it twice as bad? heck no, and it was less than a third of the price!

Im stoked I could find a quality feeling piano with all the features I wanted yet was less than a THIRD of the amount I was willing to spend. It will be here by the end of the week and I will update you with more impressions.

Thanks everyone for your input and the advice. It's site contributed immensely to my final choice!!

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#1899890 - 05/19/12 05:26 PM Re: Casio AP620 takes the prize [Re: fast.asleep]
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Congrats! The AP-620 is one fantastic value package. Come back sometime and post a recording.
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#1899911 - 05/19/12 06:02 PM Re: Casio AP620 takes the prize [Re: fast.asleep]
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Yes, you have made a very good choice with the Casio AP-620 as it has a responsive action, plenty of sounds/features, along with nice built-in speakers.

Taking Sam's lead above (as for a recording) check this out, here:


Just a short excerpt to demonstrate the "Modern Grand" piano sound on the AP-620.

Or, if you want to layer "piano" and "strings" you can do this:


There are many other great sounds, too.

#1899922 - 05/19/12 06:31 PM Re: Casio AP620 takes the prize [Re: fast.asleep]
Keegan Offline
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Registered: 05/22/09
Posts: 142
Loc: Canada (Ottawa, ON)
It's so true, and unfortunate, that you have to spend double (or more) to get a slightly better / more responsive action and features...I tend not to value onboard sound as much due to the fact that connection to a computer is so easy / affordable / highly customizable!
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#1899965 - 05/19/12 08:10 PM Re: Casio AP620 takes the prize [Re: fast.asleep]
maclum Offline
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Registered: 05/09/12
Posts: 57
Congrats tell me how it goes when you get it, I will have mine on Monday.

I am not a expert on DP but pv88 gave me some great advice on the ap620, such as making sure that you lower the "height adjustment pedel screw" down to firmly meet the floor when you are installing.

#1900141 - 05/20/12 09:03 AM Re: Casio AP620 takes the prize [Re: fast.asleep]
leemax Offline
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Registered: 12/16/10
Posts: 501
Loc: pacific nw, usa
I've had my 620 since December of 2010 and have been very happy with it. I've played other DPs in that time, specifically Rolands and Yamahas at a nearby piano store, and am always happy to come back to the Celviano, especially considering the price difference.
I recommend getting external speakers or monitors to get the full advantage of the sound the electronics can produce. I have the M-audio bx5a monitors and they sound waaaaaay better than the onboard speakers. Spend some time tweaking the parameters of the sound and touch so you get what you want.
Good choice! Enjoy!

#1900290 - 05/20/12 03:25 PM Re: Casio AP620 takes the prize [Re: pv88]
fast.asleep Offline
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Registered: 05/13/12
Posts: 8
thanks all. It might be a while before I'm comfortable posting clips of my playing since I haven't played for almost 30 years...

BTW: pv88: very nice sounds!


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