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#1900055 - 05/20/12 12:40 AM Help choose Digital Piano?
psung Offline
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Registered: 05/18/12
Posts: 3
Hello,

I need help choosing a Digital Piano.
Currently a local music store have these Digital Pianos for sale.

Here are the list:

Yamaha DGX 640
Yamaha P 95
Yamaha DGX 630
Yamaha YDP 141
Yamaha YDP 161
Casio PX 130

Which one would you highly recommended?
Looking for one that best simulate an actual grand piano.

Thank You

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#1900071 - 05/20/12 01:39 AM Re: Help choose Digital Piano? [Re: psung]
madAhorn Offline
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Registered: 05/08/12
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P-95 has amazingly powerful speakers and several usable sounds.
It is also very light!

You will find some of the others do not have many usable sounds.
And, none the other speakers sound as good.

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#1900089 - 05/20/12 03:08 AM Re: Help choose Digital Piano? [Re: psung]
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from this set definitelly P95.

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#1900111 - 05/20/12 06:56 AM Re: Help choose Digital Piano? [Re: psung]
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Among the Yamahas, the YDP 161 would be the best for grand piano action (GH as opposed to the poorer GHS found on cheaper models).

The Casio PX (and AP) pianos are also reputed to be good but I haven't tried those. I can only speak for the cheaper Casio CDP range - their keyboards are very good indeed, better in my opinion than the equivalent Yamaha p95. But these judgements are subjective.
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#1900164 - 05/20/12 10:07 AM Re: Help choose Digital Piano? [Re: psung]
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I have to agree with Toddy. The YDP161 is the only one that stands out in this group. The keyboard action on the other Yamahas in your list cannot compare.

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#1900189 - 05/20/12 11:08 AM Re: Help choose Digital Piano? [Re: MacMacMac]
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Originally Posted By: MacMacMac
I have to agree with Toddy. The YDP161 is the only one that stands out in this group. The keyboard action on the other Yamahas in your list cannot compare.


YDP161 would be my choice as well out of this grouping since it is grand piano action you want. My advice would be to check them out yourself and play some of them to see if you like how it sounds. Remember that piano sound is very subjective.
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#1900298 - 05/20/12 03:51 PM Re: Help choose Digital Piano? [Re: psung]
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Gee.... If you're gonna spend the money on a YDP 161. Why not step way above and get a Kawai MP6 for about the same money?

For the money. Casio seems to do a very good job. Very respectable. Very competitive in the price range.
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#1900372 - 05/20/12 06:14 PM Re: Help choose Digital Piano? [Re: rnaple]
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Originally Posted By: rnaple
Gee.... If you're gonna spend the money on a YDP 161. Why not step way above and get a Kawai MP6 for about the same money?


Well yes, if it does cost the same money - here, the YDP161 is €930 new, whereas the MP6 is €1690. And the YDP 161 is a complete instrument with cabinet, amplifiers & speakers and fixed pedals, whereas the MP6 doesn't have any of that, which would make the cost well over double with extras, and might not be so convenient for a piano student.

But I understand the situation is different in the USA where 'slab' pianos are relatively cheaper - but still there is the inconvenience and complication factor.
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#1900559 - 05/21/12 01:53 AM Re: Help choose Digital Piano? [Re: psung]
psung Offline
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Registered: 05/18/12
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Thanks for the replies guys.

I have narrowed it down to either the Casio PX 130 or the Yamaha P 95 from the list.
Need something portable. Any advices? What about Korg (SP 200, SP 250, etc.) or Roland?

Thanks

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#1900575 - 05/21/12 02:58 AM Re: Help choose Digital Piano? [Re: psung]
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Originally Posted By: psung
I have narrowed it down to either the Casio PX 130 or the Yamaha P 95 from the list.
Need something portable. Any advices? What about Korg (SP 200, SP 250, etc.) or Roland?

The Korg in the price and weight range of the PX130/P95 would be the SP170. Which of the three is best is definitely a matter of personal opinion, all three have their fans (and detractors) here.

Roland has the FP-4F, but it's notably more expensive and also a bit heavier.

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#1901084 - 05/22/12 05:34 AM Re: Help choose Digital Piano? [Re: psung]
jump Offline
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Registered: 03/12/12
Posts: 6
I own FP-4F I like it alot first it still made in japan
Supernatural was great compare to others
the action may be a little heavy and slow but for me i didnt feel anything wrong withit

korg sound really bad just like 1 layer of sound
i recommend to skip this one

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#1901095 - 05/22/12 07:13 AM Re: Help choose Digital Piano? [Re: jump]
Yuri Pavlov Offline
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Registered: 03/08/10
Posts: 211
Loc: Moscow, Russia
Originally Posted By: jump
I own FP-4F I like it alot first it still made in

korg sound really bad just like 1 layer of sound
i recommend to skip this one

Korg SP250 use more than one layer and it sound soo far from bad!


Edited by Yuri Pavlov (05/22/12 07:14 AM)
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#1901186 - 05/22/12 10:46 AM Re: Help choose Digital Piano? [Re: psung]
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I think the SP-250 main piano has two velocity layers. To me, it has a pleasing, darker tone. Although technically it cannot compete with the latest hardware, it is still very good value for money, IMO.
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#1901612 - 05/23/12 01:36 AM Re: Help choose Digital Piano? [Re: psung]
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I am a fan of the SP250. You get a whole lot of piano for the money. The sound is not bad. I like the feel of the keys for the money. They just feel more realistic to me. Stand is included. I came extremely close to buying one of these as my first DP.

I'm just too anal about sound. Had to have me a software piano.

Now with what I have. I have respect for Casio. I got a whole lot for what I paid. I wished to keep my spending down for now. I do like my very bottom of the line, acceptable, DP. Very happy with it. I imagine you would be very happy with a PX130.
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#1904903 - 05/29/12 08:08 AM Re: Help choose Digital Piano? [Re: psung]
psung Offline
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Registered: 05/18/12
Posts: 3
Anymore thoughts or opinions?

Is the Yamaha P95 worth it in terms of everything such as live playing?

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#1904949 - 05/29/12 10:05 AM Re: Help choose Digital Piano? [Re: psung]
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Registered: 06/17/10
Posts: 317
Loc: Reading, UK
What are you thinking of when you say 'live playing'?

Personally I prefer the keyboard touch on the Casio to the Yamaha, but it wouldn't surprise me if other people woudl rather have the Yamaha action. If they are both in the shop, which do you prefer?

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