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#2030415 - 02/10/13 11:39 AM The best digital piano that I can afford
FarmGirl Offline

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Registered: 09/14/10
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Loc: Scottsdale, AZ
Hi I own a grand but would like to get a nice digital so that I can play late at night. My hubby says he wants to sleep at 10:00. I'm a night owl who is up until 1:00 during weekdays. I heard that there are nice digitals with weighted keys that's similar to acoustic piano. My budget is between $1,000 and $3,000 including everything (stand, headset etc). Really appreciate your input in this. Thank you.
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#2030417 - 02/10/13 11:43 AM Re: The best digital piano that I can afford [Re: FarmGirl]
UK Paul UK Offline
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I had a kawai ca95, very nice and if your using headphones then no need for a soundboard... ca65 in basically the same minus the soundboard... be at the topof your budget i think :-)
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#2030433 - 02/10/13 11:56 AM Re: The best digital piano that I can afford [Re: FarmGirl]
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UK Paul thank you for your input. I did not even know Kawai makes digitals.
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#2030435 - 02/10/13 12:00 PM Re: The best digital piano that I can afford [Re: FarmGirl]
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Farm Girl, to be sure you'll get what best suits you, you really need to try a few of these out yourself -- the opinions of others can't pick a digital for you any more than they could pick your acoustic for you. There are real differences, model to model, both in sound and action.

In that price range, nothing will duplicate your grand, but you can find a lot of digitals that pretty decent -- Casio PX150 and P350 at the cheap end, to various Yamahas, Rolands, and Kawais for somewhat more. (There are other great digitals too that are more aimed at the rock/pop market that might not work as well for you.)

The point is that they're all as different as are various acoustics within a given price range, and what suits someone else might not suit you.
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#2030440 - 02/10/13 12:04 PM Re: The best digital piano that I can afford [Re: FarmGirl]
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ClsscLib, that makes sense. I will visit a local music store and try them out. I don't think acoustic piano stores carry digital but I will see. Thank you.
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#2030450 - 02/10/13 12:14 PM Re: The best digital piano that I can afford [Re: FarmGirl]
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To get the most for your money abandon the idea of getting a pretty wood cabinet piano. Those things are generally over-priced rip-offs. Look instead to "slab" style stage pianos like the Roland RD series or the Nord Piano 2. You can save even more money if you are willing to look at used gear - a used Roland RD-500 like mine would be perfectly adequate for you and only run $500 or so.

There is a digital pianos forum you might check out for discussion *ad nauseum*. If you live near a Guitar Center I'd recommend going there to play what they've got to get an idea of the market (They probably won't have Nord; those are harder to find).

If you want a practice piano and not a fully-featured synth I'd start with the Roland RD700NX as the action is consistently praised as one of the best in the industry. It can sound pretty nice too. There's a youtube poster vkgoeswild who posts tons of videos she records with it. Here's one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRhjKmS6k4c

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#2030460 - 02/10/13 12:30 PM Re: The best digital piano that I can afford [Re: jawhitti]
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Originally Posted By: jawhitti
To get the most for your money abandon the idea of getting a pretty wood cabinet piano. Those things are generally over-priced rip-offs. Look instead to "slab" style stage pianos like the Roland RD series or the Nord Piano 2. You can save even more money if you are willing to look at used gear - a used Roland RD-500 like mine would be perfectly adequate for you and only run $500 or so.

There is a digital pianos forum you might check out for discussion *ad nauseum*. If you live near a Guitar Center I'd recommend going there to play what they've got to get an idea of the market (They probably won't have Nord; those are harder to find).

If you want a practice piano and not a fully-featured synth I'd start with the Roland RD700NX as the action is consistently praised as one of the best in the industry. It can sound pretty nice too. There's a youtube poster vkgoeswild who posts tons of videos she records with it. Here's one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRhjKmS6k4c


I agree with all that -- in fact, I bought a Roland RD700NX for exactly the same reasons Farm Girl is now seeking a digital -- acoustics are great, but at some hours of the day, unreasonable people in my household don't want me playing mine! smile

The RD700NX is towards the top of your price range, but it's very good for a digital, and there are deals to be had if you know how to shop for this or any other digital. (PM me if you'd like a few hints.)

Since you know you're going to want to practice on headphones, I'd suggest you buy a decent set of headphones now (don't skimp on that part of the equation!) and take them with you to Guitar Center (or wherever you go to comparison-shop). This will both give you a sense of how each piano will sound to you and also provide you some sound insulation from the headbanger music that others will be playing on various instruments in those shops.

There are a lot of good headphone options, but many PW digital players use these:

http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-HD-598-...iser+headphones

Good luck!
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#2030570 - 02/10/13 02:47 PM Re: The best digital piano that I can afford [Re: FarmGirl]
Carey Offline
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Registered: 05/13/05
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Loc: Phoenix, Arizona
Originally Posted By: FarmGirl
ClsscLib, that makes sense. I will visit a local music store and try them out. I don't think acoustic piano stores carry digital but I will see. Thank you.


They do - and I can tell you who carries what here in the Valley of the Sun.

I'm looking into the Kawai MP6 and CE-220 myself right now (among a few others).
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#2030660 - 02/10/13 05:03 PM Re: The best digital piano that I can afford [Re: FarmGirl]
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Don`t be afraid to try the less expensive ones. You may prefer `em like I do. . . . and if it`s mainly for practice, I would suggest looking at the keyboard playing characteristics. They`re not all the same!

Take your time. . . . and your most difficult piece of playable music! Good luck, let us know how ya get on lass!
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#2030673 - 02/10/13 05:22 PM Re: The best digital piano that I can afford [Re: FarmGirl]
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I have owned Korg, Roland, and Yamaha digitals of various models over the years. In recent years I have leaned towards Roland products.

To the comment that cabinet style digital pianos are all ripoffs, I respectfully disagree. Cabinet style digitals are more expensive yes, but they come with generally better "in body" amplification, grand piano pedals, the correct keyboard/bench relationship, and they look decent in a home where the client would never dream of placing a keyboard or slab model.

For a performing musician needing portability without wishing to spend extra for those other things, I say go for a slab!
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#2030689 - 02/10/13 05:42 PM Re: The best digital piano that I can afford [Re: Rich Galassini]
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Originally Posted By: Rich Galassini
. To the comment that cabinet style digital pianos are all ripoffs, I respectfully disagree. Cabinet style digitals...but come with generally better "in body" amplification


To each their own but I kinda gotta disagree here. I guess I should bare my prejudice and say that I don't really advise any digitals with built-in speakers. A good pair of studio monitors on stands so they are at about head level will sound much better - in my opinion. This will admittedly add something like $500 to the price but you have a lot of wiggle room, so if you only want to practice with headphones then you can skip them entirely. Even the Roland V-piano grand sounds rather odd - I think monitors on stands sound better.

I also thing the the wooden console pianos generally have inferior synth engines and samples.

But I will admit that this is all very subjective and others may disagree - violently.

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