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#2046320 - 03/11/13 02:45 AM Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990M
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Now looking to find a Clavinova CLP-990 (discontinued model) in fairly nice condition as it dates from 2001 originally making it 12 years old.*

Would be mainly concerned with the keys, action, pedals, and, buttons (or, electronics) to all be working correctly, as the condition of the cabinet finish is not as important. It is available in either rosewood or mahogany.

1) Rosewood:

http://usa.yamaha.com/products/musical-i...990/?mode=model

2) Mahogany:

http://usa.yamaha.com/products/musical-i...90m/?mode=model

*Extra note:

CLP-990M has been found and purchased - see posts below.

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#2046418 - 03/11/13 10:34 AM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990 [Re: pv88]
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My next door is selling a 2002 DGT2 for $2000, I don't know if it's better or not though. After some research on the forum it seems both of them have the "real grand" action...

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#2046891 - 03/12/13 10:03 AM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990M [Re: Orz]
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1) Here is an excellent thread which has some pictures of the keys and action inside the CLP-990:

Yamaha flagship Clavinova CLP-990's Natural Keyboard Action

2) This is the unique front facing speaker setup which has 120 watts output:

CLP-990's speakers

3) And, here is a short demo of the hammer action itself in motion:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_D62G49_Rws

Also, note the solid spruce wooden keys.

And, escapement is demonstrated.

192 notes of polyphony.

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#2047794 - 03/13/13 06:02 PM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990M [Re: pv88]
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[Edited]

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#2047802 - 03/13/13 06:26 PM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990 [Re: pv88]
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sometimes you can see them in france on http://www.leboncoin.fr


Edited by kapelli (03/13/13 06:32 PM)

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#2047969 - 03/14/13 12:35 AM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990M [Re: kapelli]
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#2047979 - 03/14/13 12:52 AM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990 [Re: pv88]
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pv88, I recommend trying Google Translate.

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#2047986 - 03/14/13 01:05 AM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990M [Re: Kawai James]
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#2048012 - 03/14/13 02:19 AM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990 [Re: pv88]
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Why not just buy an AvantGrand?

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#2048018 - 03/14/13 02:38 AM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990M [Re: Kawai James]
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#2048030 - 03/14/13 03:46 AM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990 [Re: pv88]
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Originally Posted By: pv88
Originally Posted By: Kawai James
Why not just buy an AvantGrand?

James
x


That's a good question, although since I own a V-Piano and a Kawai CA95, there's no need for an AG in my opinion, since I enjoy them enough for now as very good acoustic piano substitutes.

To clarify, I am not looking for a bigger, better, newer piano, as I now want to own at least one classic vintage style relic, just like some people collect old antique furniture, etc.

This is not about improving what I already have, it's just finding that one-of-a-kind unique instrument.


You need help.
crazy

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#2048034 - 03/14/13 04:14 AM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990M [Re: theJourney]
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Okay, then there are others in this forum just like me as I know of some folks who own very old vintage stuff (back to the 80's for example) and they would never think of selling any of it due to its collectible value.

How about the V-Piano, in which I plan to keep forever, as it is currently among Roland's first attempts with getting the many modeling features right. However, 20 years from now it may very well be considered a real relic, something from the digital stone age.

The CLP-990 was Yamaha's best effort at a decent grand-like action (with solid wooden keys and 192 note polyphony) and it was the best model available in 2001. It's specs rival (or, are better than) any current Clavinova.

Anything with true sentimental value is only important to the person who owns and values that item.

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#2048040 - 03/14/13 04:53 AM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990 [Re: pv88]
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Well, I do admit not being able to throw away my Osborne 1 portable computer...

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#2048392 - 03/14/13 08:00 PM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990M [Re: pv88]
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#2048414 - 03/14/13 09:11 PM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990 [Re: pv88]
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Originally Posted By: pv88
Does anyone else know as to where a CLP-990 might be found, in the USA?


Richard, have you ever actually played one of these things? I think you will find that it is not the "retro" experience you imagine it to be. It isn't old enough to have any particularly different tone to what is common nowadays. The action is not significantly different in feel to other Yamaha actions. Like the other current Yamaha DP actions, it's an action that works, has reasonable weighting and feel, but falls short of the nuances of the AG action.

I'm just not getting your attraction to this piano - especially given the fact that you already have more evolved actions in your Roland V and Kawai CA95. I think the Yamaha will suffer by comparison and also have none of that retro character that older electronic instruments have. Soundwise, the CLP-990 is not all that different to their current DPs. So what's the point? If you have played one and fell in love with it, I could understand that, but if this is just some sort of DP wanderlust based on reading posts on PW, I think you'll be disappointed. Then again, it's your money and time, so there's no actual harm being done.

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#2048426 - 03/14/13 09:41 PM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990M [Re: ando]
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#2048658 - 03/15/13 10:05 AM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990 [Re: pv88]
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Im still wondering, is CLP-990 better then the DGT2? Seems like no one knows...

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#2048785 - 03/15/13 04:14 PM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990M [Re: Orz]
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@Orz,

To try and answer your question, I would say that the DGT2 might have a slightly better sound system with its speakers as this would have to be a subjective comparison as for the feel of the action, the sounds, for the player.

If you are looking at just the specs, then the DGT2 has only 64 note polyphony which may not be enough to prevent notes from dropping out. The CLP-990 has 192 note polyphony. I always look for at least 128 polyphony, minimum.

Once again you will need to play the digital in question to know for sure.

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#2048787 - 03/15/13 04:20 PM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990M [Re: pv88]
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Does anyone else know as to where to look for a CLP-990, in the USA?

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#2048926 - 03/15/13 11:39 PM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990 [Re: pv88]
ando Offline
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Originally Posted By: pv88
Does anyone else know as to where to look for a CLP-990, in the USA?


These types of ads never look trustworthy, but you could look into it:

http://for-sale.yakaz.com/clavinova-piano-for-sale#lo=4&docid=000en3og46aibh18

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#2048931 - 03/15/13 11:52 PM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990 [Re: pv88]
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Originally Posted By: pv88
[url=http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/2036302/Yamaha%20flagship%20Clavinova%20CLP-.html#Post2036302]2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_D62G49_Rws


That is a lovely sound smile
But the look is not much different from the modern Clavinovas.
You can buy CLP-430 instead and wait till it gets old ha (in case you cannot find 990, I am just teasing).
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#2048940 - 03/16/13 12:11 AM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990M [Re: ando]
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Originally Posted By: ando
These types of ads never look trustworthy, but you could look into it:
http://for-sale.yakaz.com/clavinova-piano-for-sale#lo=4&docid=000en3og46aibh18


The ad above is no longer valid.

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#2048961 - 03/16/13 01:42 AM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990 [Re: pv88]
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FEAR NOT! I am willing to sell our Clavinova CLP 990.

I have details. . .name your price! We purchased for $5,000 including shipping when they came out.

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#2048970 - 03/16/13 02:34 AM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990 [Re: pv88]
ando Offline
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I smell a very inflated sale price in the air...

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#2048976 - 03/16/13 02:57 AM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990M [Re: NYC Piano]
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Originally Posted By: NYC Piano

FEAR NOT! I am willing to sell our Clavinova CLP 990.

I have details. . .name your price! We purchased for $5,000 including shipping when they came out.


@NYC Piano,

Please check your PM for further info.

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#2054709 - 03/26/13 06:12 PM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990 [Re: pv88]
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here is something you might like: the Yamaha CLP880

http://jordankitts.com/used/196

$1499
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#2054782 - 03/26/13 07:56 PM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990M [Re: adak]
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@adak,

Thanks for the link above as it looks like a nice piano.

Extra note:

Have already purchased a CLP-990M as I am now making the arrangements for shipping at this time. Will post additional details, later.

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#2054784 - 03/26/13 08:00 PM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990 [Re: pv88]
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Congrats pv88 - it looks like your perseverance eventually paid off!

James
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Nord Electro 3 fan & occasional rare groove player.

"Richard, none of us could forget you have a CLP-990." - EssBrace, 2014

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#2054798 - 03/26/13 08:35 PM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990M [Re: Kawai James]
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@James,

Thanks, as I am not sure as to how long ago I started the search although I really didn't have any leads for a prospective seller until I received word here in the forum. So, it proves that it is a good thing to be a PW member.

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#2055290 - 03/27/13 07:22 PM Re: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-990 [Re: pv88]
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post pics when it arrives
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