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#2004373 - 12/25/12 08:21 PM Starting Piano. Is the Yamaha NP-v60 decent, or Suggestions?
Atimar Offline
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Registered: 12/24/12
Posts: 1
I'm gonna start learning piano here soon. I have a chance to get the Yamaha NP-V60 , used for $325 at a local music shop. But I've been looking around online, I can get that same piano new on MusiciansFriend and Zzsounds for up to $25 more.
Personally I'm looking to go up to about $400 for a nice first digital piano (For space/portability reasons).
I got to also test some pianos on weighted keys and soft-touch keys, I wouldn't mind having either one, since they both feel really great.
If anyone's got some suggestions on a nice first piano, I'd love to hear it! Thank you.

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#2004474 - 12/26/12 02:40 AM Re: Starting Piano. Is the Yamaha NP-v60 decent, or Suggestions? [Re: Atimar]
ZoeCalgary Offline
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Registered: 05/01/11
Posts: 748
Loc: Calgary Alberta
Hi. You will get more responses if you post this in the digital piano thread on this site.

But here are my thoughts. I would personally suggest you save/spend a bit more so you get a real good start with a better instrument. I've played the NP series and found them fun but not s good piano action. Almost toylike. If you spend a bit more (~$600) you move up into the Yamaha p105. A much improved keyboard feel. And if you spend about $1000 you will get to a P155. A super nice feel on the keys and decent sounds.

But feel and sound are subjective. What you want is a decent piano sound and weighted full sized keys. I'm not sure the NP series has full sized keys or not.

There are other makes/models to consider too. Casio, kawai, etc. Go play as many as youcan before you buy.

Plus if you stick to your original choice i would get new. A $25 savings isn't worth buying used.

Good luck in your search.

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#2005192 - 12/27/12 09:26 PM Re: Starting Piano. Is the Yamaha NP-v60 decent, or Suggestions? [Re: Atimar]
Charles Cohen Offline
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Registered: 12/26/12
Posts: 1772
Loc: Richmond, BC, Canada
The NP-V60 has "graded soft touch" action -- that is, spring-loaded keys.

You should -- if possible -- get something with _weighted keys_. They're worth the extra cost.

There might be some good deals on the Casio PX-130 right now. It's obsolete (replaced by the PX-150), but the keyboard and sounds are supposed to be pretty good.

Previous posts' Yamaha suggestions are also fine, but more expensive.

. Charles

PS -- I'm still new at this -- been reading a lot, though. Last played piano about 50 years ago. Unbiased opinions are hard to find.

PPS -- I just replaced an old Korg synth with a Casio PX-350, and "weighted keys" were one of the reasons for the switch. So my own bias is clear.

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#2005307 - 12/28/12 04:21 AM Re: Starting Piano. Is the Yamaha NP-v60 decent, or Suggestions? [Re: Atimar]
sinophilia Offline

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Registered: 06/26/12
Posts: 1121
Loc: Italy
I agree with Charles Cohen, you definitely want weighted keys and you don't need to spend much. I got a new Casio PX-135 for about €500 one year ago, and I'm sure you can find better deals now.
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#2005420 - 12/28/12 10:30 AM Re: Starting Piano. Is the Yamaha NP-v60 decent, or Suggestions? [Re: sinophilia]
Michael_99 Offline
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Registered: 07/28/12
Posts: 935
Loc: Canada Alberta
Yes, if someone gives you - or you have access to a spring loaded keyboard, then use it to begin playing, but weighted keys are the actions of a piano. Organs have springs amd but pianos have a striking action because pianos have hammers that have to be stuck. I have a piano and love it. I have a yamaha electronic piano/keyboard with weighted keys and it is great to play, too, but as others have said try lots of digital pianos until you find the one that feel right and that you can afford. The booklet for my yamaha says it is a p - p5 B/P was about $600 in Canada. My digital is not the same as a piano, it is close but not close enough to replace my piano. But if you live in a a place where you can't play 24 hours a day, a digital is a good option because you have to be able to play all the time.

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