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#2108166 - 06/26/13 12:07 AM Re: Should I get a digital piano? [Re: shepdave]
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If you like the action of the DGX640 you should know the Yamaha p105 has the same action.
The GHS action. But it is considered to be a cheaper end action.

The more expensive action is the GH action from Yamaha present in the p155.(Some have complained it is too heavy).

I personally don't mind the GHS action at all and my p105 is on it's way. But if your budget allows you probably should listen to others in this forum and try out the Roland digital pianos, namely fp50 and fp80..

I've read only good things about the FP80.(successor to the Fp7f)

Best thing is to go to the store and try them out with a headphones as others have said.
Good luck smile

You should probably at least give consideration to the Casio pianos as well. Many people like them and the action to me is very good. Whether or not that is because of the Tri-sensor design I don't know. But don't count them out in the under 1000US price range.

The PX850 is a furniture style piano with powerful speakers. I would imagine it is a very nice instrument. unfortunately there aren't any available locally. I myself have played the px130 and was very impressed with it's action.

At the end of the day you should pick what's right for you and what feels the best to you. Everything with digital pianos and how a piano should play and feel seems to be very subjective.
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#2108198 - 06/26/13 01:51 AM Re: Should I get a digital piano? [Re: Mta88]
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I have to say I find the GHS better than the GH which is something or nothing. But the 640 seems to differ from the P105 actionwise although they are both GHS.
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#2108208 - 06/26/13 02:44 AM Re: Should I get a digital piano? [Re: shepdave]
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If your wife's 'valuable heirloom' were discovered to have mice, who (1) had ruined it beyond repair by chewing up the felts to make nests, and (2) made it smell (urine soaking into the wood is the problem--- that, and a certain black mold they track in), you would be very far along with your agenda to oust it from your music room. If you read much in the Tuner/Tech forum, you will discover that it happens all the time--- it even happened in The Piano Shop on the West Bank... just in case your wife is the kind who will never believe it unless she reads it in a novel (and to a grandmother, too).

Point out that her grandmother would be the first one to call for the haulers to come take it away, and make it double-quick. IF you play your cards right, you can get a dealer to accept this as a trade-up for a new grand (he will be in on the arrangement, and will simply take the horrid spinet right to the dump... and he'll tell the wife that it will be reconditioned in a 'special shop' so that underprivileged children will have a piano to play).

While you're getting the grand, get the DP as well. I like the Kawai products like MP-10, but wifey might prefer one of their cabinet models (for more money, of course... but Grandmother would like it). But, there should be a bonus dealer discount for moving two items in one morning, with one negotiation and one delivery charge. You help them on their overhead, they help you on your invoice price. You buy the special Cory's Piano Polish, and they sternly warn her never to place a vase of flowers on the piano, even for a party or for the holidays.

Get in the showroom while they still have some RX-2's on the floor, and snap one up; they're changing the letters on the fallboard and are probably remaindering what they have left, so the new ones will have room.

Play your cards right, and wifey will be all a-twitter. Though, frankly, I think the music room is best bestowed in the man-cave.

PS- Do not make the mistake of using white laboratory mice; it is too obvious, and they might be thought 'cute.'
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#2108217 - 06/26/13 03:21 AM Re: Should I get a digital piano? [Re: shepdave]
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Jeff.. your post... the one up there...
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#2108225 - 06/26/13 04:29 AM Re: Should I get a digital piano? [Re: shepdave]
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I found myself in the same pickle. The upright piano belongs to the other half but it's arguably one of the most unrewarding instruments I've ever played. The BIL is a piano-tuner maintenance guy and has done his best but I'm afraid it is what it is and no amount of polishing will redeem it.

For the record, I bought a Casio px 150 which now sits tauntingly alongside its completely neglected progenitor. I did toy with the idea of an ES7 but my local stockist didn't do Kawai (casio/yamaha/roland abound but not Kawai - is this a uk thing?) so I grabbed the px 150 almost on impulse. I don't think I could be much happier with another action. The ES7 would probably feel different...but better? - I don't know. I'm sure the ES7 has a better sample set than the casio but honestly when I'm stuck into what I'm doing I'm not preoccupied in any way with real or imagined shortcomings in the sound. I only had 10 minutes in the store and was also impressed by the Yamaha P105 but I felt the Casio action had the edge.

As to sounds...
Grand: Decent enough and un-troubling when immersed in what you're doing. Very tweakable on touch response and brightness.
EPs: Reasonably good rhodes (Elec piano), wurlitzer (60's E.piano) and FM piano. The EP sounds lack a decent stereo pan so are not so much fun through headphones.
Organ: A single Jimmy Smith-ish setting. Not too bad. A couple of pop organs which are unlikely to move my local airwaves any time soon.

You can split the main RH sound with a string bass or string bass+ride cymbal which will turn you into a surprisngly convincing dinner-jazz trio.

A few other unexplored bells and whistles. There's no line out but I was able to get a clean undistorted output from the headphone socket into my laptop with the input record level drastically reduced (10 on a scale 100!). There's an internal record feature which I suspect is midi only but instead I use the casio to drive a software piano in the laptop - that works well (as it should!).

The casio is light in weight and I believe the yamaha p105 is also.

Unlike the acoustic here, the casio is very rewarding to play - I'm sure the yamaha would be also, both responding physically as you would want. Hope you enjoy your journey.

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#2108227 - 06/26/13 04:33 AM Re: Should I get a digital piano? [Re: Jeff Clef]
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Originally Posted By: Jeff Clef
If your wife's 'valuable heirloom' were discovered to have mice, who (1) had ruined it beyond repair by chewing up the felts to make nests, and (2) made it smell (urine soaking into the wood is the problem--- that, and a certain black mold they track in), you would be very far along with your agenda to oust it from your music room. If you read much in the Tuner/Tech forum, you will discover that it happens all the time--- it even happened in The Piano Shop on the West Bank... just in case your wife is the kind who will never believe it unless she reads it in a novel (and to a grandmother, too).

Point out that her grandmother would be the first one to call for the haulers to come take it away, and make it double-quick. IF you play your cards right, you can get a dealer to accept this as a trade-up for a new grand (he will be in on the arrangement, and will simply take the horrid spinet right to the dump... and he'll tell the wife that it will be reconditioned in a 'special shop' so that underprivileged children will have a piano to play).

While you're getting the grand, get the DP as well. I like the Kawai products like MP-10, but wifey might prefer one of their cabinet models (for more money, of course... but Grandmother would like it). But, there should be a bonus dealer discount for moving two items in one morning, with one negotiation and one delivery charge. You help them on their overhead, they help you on your invoice price. You buy the special Cory's Piano Polish, and they sternly warn her never to place a vase of flowers on the piano, even for a party or for the holidays.

Get in the showroom while they still have some RX-2's on the floor, and snap one up; they're changing the letters on the fallboard and are probably remaindering what they have left, so the new ones will have room.

Play your cards right, and wifey will be all a-twitter. Though, frankly, I think the music room is best bestowed in the man-cave.

PS- Do not make the mistake of using white laboratory mice; it is too obvious, and they might be thought 'cute.'


I imagine that approach does get a thing or two done in a relationship. smile
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#2108791 - 06/26/13 11:26 PM Re: Should I get a digital piano? [Re: shepdave]
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Originally Posted By: shepdave
Oh, maire8, when you typed the word "Lester," you took me back to my childhood. I was just telling my teacher on Saturday about the first piano my parents had in our house when I was a little kid. It was a Lester player upright. Just talking with my brother today, who is in town visiting, reminded me of that old player piano and the rolls my parents had (mostly Broadway show tunes from the 1940s).

It wasn't a very good instrument, of course, and my parents sold it for a ridiculously low price when we moved a few counties over right when I began 8th grade in school. But it was a player piano, and therefore had an enormous "cool factor" that I couldn't appreciate when I was a kid.

But, yeah, I imagine it would fall into that "not worth fixing up" category.

Incidentally, since I started this thread yesterday, I've talked with my wife about my idea of getting a decent DP in lieu of replacing the Everett. She seems pretty enthusiastic about that idea, so I guess that's what I'll do at some point in the next couple months.

Wow, that's really cool! Player pianos fascinate me. It must have been really fun to have that in your home as a kid.

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#2108848 - 06/27/13 02:13 AM Re: Should I get a digital piano? [Re: peterws]
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I'm glad to see someone else here also is fond of the ghs action.
Maybe I may desire something better in the future but to my hands I thought the ghs action was the logical choice. It was light and seemed to be very responsive.

Not that I really had a choice because I couldn't afford anything more than 500us

But if I had the choice between the p105 and the p155, I'm not sure what I'd have done.

The ghs, seems fine to me. Not sure if the price difference is worth it .. For me at least.

Many people seem to despise the ghs
Again, very subjective.


I do admit I was fond of the casio but thought it may be tiring to play for extended periods.

Due to my unique situation with my muscles the lighter action was the logical choice( don't mean to sound like Spock )

If I'm ever getting an acoustic I will go with a light action I'm sure. But that is a personal preference .
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#2108850 - 06/27/13 02:16 AM Re: Should I get a digital piano? [Re: shepdave]
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Are u sure the differences between the p105 and the dgx 640 is not the actual action, but the connection to the sound itself?

And it may appear that the action differs when in reality the action is the same,, weight wise,, but because the samples are different it feels as though the actual action differs?


Does that make any sense?
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#2108855 - 06/27/13 02:35 AM Re: Should I get a digital piano? [Re: shepdave]
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Btw someone should mention that the dgx 650 is out.

Looks decent.
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#2108877 - 06/27/13 04:47 AM Re: Should I get a digital piano? [Re: shepdave]
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If you want to spend more than you had planned consider the NU1 or N1 from Yamaha. You'll have an upright acoustic action in the NU1 and a grand piano action in the N1.

You did write that you're looking for a piano for serious practice ... and these would fit the bill and then some.
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#2108983 - 06/27/13 10:05 AM Re: Should I get a digital piano? [Re: shepdave]
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Now, here's another question for you all:

I went to a local Guitar Center in Fairfax, Virginia, where I was able to play the aforementioned Casios and Yamahas, but only a limited selection of those. No Kawais were to be found there.

Assuming I wanted to put my hands on a Kawai MP6 or ES7 (for example), where would I go to play one? A piano shop that carries Kawai? Some other kind of music store? Anybody in the Washington, DC area have any suggestions?

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#2108989 - 06/27/13 10:16 AM Re: Should I get a digital piano? [Re: Mta88]
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MTA - "
but because the samples are different it feels as though the actual action different"

Indeed it does make sense. The DGx always seemed to sound different from others. I find that with Pianoteq, I have to adjust the velocity curve. In fact, even with the two distinct piano samples onboard, there is a difference one to another.
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#2108990 - 06/27/13 10:19 AM Re: Should I get a digital piano? [Re: shepdave]
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Dave, some of the 'big box' retailers stock a limited selection of Kawai instruments, such as the CE220, MP6, MP10, and EP3, however they are typically online vendors rather than bricks and mortar stores.

To play test a Kawai instrument, I would indeed recommend visiting a Kawai piano dealer.
There is a dealer locator on the Kawai America website here:

http://kawaius.com/locator2012.html

I tried inputting 'Vienna, VA' and found three dealers within a 25 mile radius. However, you may also wish to drop my colleagues at Kawai America a line for more information about dealers and product availability.

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#2109001 - 06/27/13 10:46 AM Re: Should I get a digital piano? [Re: shepdave]
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Originally Posted By: shepdave
Now, here's another question for you all:

I went to a local Guitar Center in Fairfax, Virginia, where I was able to play the aforementioned Casios and Yamahas, but only a limited selection of those. No Kawais were to be found there.

Assuming I wanted to put my hands on a Kawai MP6 or ES7 (for example), where would I go to play one? A piano shop that carries Kawai? Some other kind of music store? Anybody in the Washington, DC area have any suggestions?


Dave, I visit the same GC in Fairfax -- it's just a few miles from my home.

If you do find a dealer in the DC area that has Kawai products on the floor, please let us know. I had to go to Sam Ash in NYC to try out Kawai slabs (and some other boards not carried at GC, which does have an otherwise decent selection, albeit a somewhat unique ambiance).
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#2109040 - 06/27/13 12:05 PM Re: Should I get a digital piano? [Re: ClsscLib]
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Thanks for the locator link, Kawai James. I'll check out either the Leesburg or the Manassas location of The Piano Company later this week or next.

ClsscLib, I'll give a Northern-Virginia-update after I've made my excursion. I'm a high-school teacher, it's summer, I have nothing to do but practice and go to baseball games. Life is good--for another couple months.

You're right about the ambience at GC, ClsscLib. The guys were quite helpful, and I was left to noodle around with several pianos. All good--until they started demonstrating a PA system in the next room with a loud hip-hop track. Then all my jazz doodlings were buried and all sound comparisons were finished.

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#2109112 - 06/27/13 02:23 PM Re: Should I get a digital piano? [Re: Dave Horne]
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Originally Posted By: Dave Horne
If you want to spend more than you had planned consider the NU1 or N1 from Yamaha. You'll have an upright acoustic action in the NU1 and a grand piano action in the N1.

You did write that you're looking for a piano for serious practice ... and these would fit the bill and then some.


Was now about to suggest this. If I had the cash I would go for an NU1.
Problem is it is practically just like a piano and his wife might see it as completely replacing the spinet.

Most people can't really tell the difference between the NU1 and a spinet to begin with.

Not to mention the price tag.

Maybe a slab style piano would be good for this particular situation. If the sound is unsatisfactory there is always the option of purchasing a speaker system such as the roland cm220 or a KRK setup.. Or a decent studio headphones.
Plenty options.
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#2109117 - 06/27/13 02:33 PM Re: Should I get a digital piano? [Re: peterws]
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Originally Posted By: peterws
MTA - "
but because the samples are different it feels as though the actual action different"

Indeed it does make sense. The DGx always seemed to sound different from others. I find that with Pianoteq, I have to adjust the velocity curve. In fact, even with the two distinct piano samples onboard, there is a difference one to another.





Thought so.

Do you by chance have the space for the yamaha NU1?

Maybe if you can show your wife and convince her that it is a digital and doesn't need any tuning, she might agree?

Is that completely out of your budget?

It is the closest thing to a replacement of a quality acoustic piano. No added tuning costs. An actual real piano action.

And although its pricier, it should be worth it. Has a soundboard and everything. The only difference is speakers generate the sound, not strings.

I only suggest it because you are accustomed to an acoustic piano. This would be the closest replacement there is.
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#2109127 - 06/27/13 02:51 PM Re: Should I get a digital piano? [Re: shepdave]
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#2109232 - 06/27/13 06:36 PM Re: Should I get a digital piano? [Re: shepdave]
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PNOScan suggests itself.

Plus a sound generator of some sort, an amp, some speakers, etc.

Plan B; cannibalize the spinet's carcase and stuff a slab and whatever electronic in it.


In jest, of course.

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#2109356 - 06/27/13 11:17 PM Re: Should I get a digital piano? [Re: shepdave]
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Yeah, actually going for a NU1 would sort of defeat the purpose for which I'm trying to buy a digital. If I were going to bring another upright-sized instrument into the house, I'd buy an acoustic upright.

Having to tune the spinet is not the problem. I have a tuner in every six months, no sweat. And my being accustomed to this spinet is what's driving me crazy. It's not a good piano, and I'd like to have a better piano than I now have.

I'm definitely going to be looking at a slab-style DP.

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#2109372 - 06/28/13 12:07 AM Re: Should I get a digital piano? [Re: shepdave]
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You can also consider korg sp280 . Has some decent power speakers on it.

The best slab styles would be the Roland's and the kawai s.


Kawai seem to have the best reputation for action that mimics acoustic feel.

Roland has a very sweet piano sound from what others have said. And their action is liked as well.

If I had to make a choice I would order a fp80 blindly. Only read good things about them.

Provided I had the funds.
All depends on your budget.
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#2109373 - 06/28/13 12:08 AM Re: Should I get a digital piano? [Re: shepdave]
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The korg are on the much cheaper end.. Around 699.

The Roland's would cross 1500 . Maybe 2000 I think for the fp80

Kawai are similarly priced.


All the best in your search.
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#2109464 - 06/28/13 04:30 AM Re: Should I get a digital piano? [Re: shepdave]
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Yeah, actually going for a NU1 would sort of defeat the purpose for which I'm trying to buy a digital. If I were going to bring another upright-sized instrument into the house, I'd buy an acoustic upright.


Shepdave, the footprint of any keyboard will be roughly the same as a spinet or the NU1. A slab will look more open but the footprint is just about the same.

If you buy a slab you will also need to buy a piano stand ... and there are differences between them. A good rule of thumb is to avoid those X type stands.
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#2109466 - 06/28/13 04:40 AM Re: Should I get a digital piano? [Re: Dave Horne]
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Originally Posted By: Dave Horne

Shepdave, the footprint of any keyboard will be roughly the same as a spinet or the NU1. A slab will look more open but the footprint is just about the same.



No, the footprint is not the same.

My slab/stage piano, on its dedicated stand, leaves me lots of room on either side of my feet (and pedals) to put my two big boxes of music scores within easy reach. The NU1/N1 doesn't give me that room. Any room.

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#2109504 - 06/28/13 08:15 AM Re: Should I get a digital piano? [Re: shepdave]
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I am assuming that the advantage of a slab is that I can rather easily put it away when I'm not playing it, unlike an acoustic upright or a cabinet-style DP. It's not a permanent fixture in the room, in other words.

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#2109536 - 06/28/13 09:09 AM Re: Should I get a digital piano? [Re: shepdave]
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Originally Posted By: shepdave
I am assuming that the advantage of a slab is that I can rather easily put it away when I'm not playing it, unlike an acoustic upright or a cabinet-style DP. It's not a permanent fixture in the room, in other words.


While that may be true, I do not believe one actually does that. If you are a piano player who likes to play every day, you are unlikely to want to set things up and tear things down each time you decide to play a little while. It is probably going to become a "permanent fixture" in the room.
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#2109560 - 06/28/13 09:49 AM Re: Should I get a digital piano? [Re: dmd]
shepdave Offline
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Registered: 10/31/10
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Loc: Vienna, VA
Originally Posted By: dmd
Originally Posted By: shepdave
I am assuming that the advantage of a slab is that I can rather easily put it away when I'm not playing it, unlike an acoustic upright or a cabinet-style DP. It's not a permanent fixture in the room, in other words.


While that may be true, I do not believe one actually does that. If you are a piano player who likes to play every day, you are unlikely to want to set things up and tear things down each time you decide to play a little while. It is probably going to become a "permanent fixture" in the room.

No, it's not, actually. If I need to take it to play a gig, it will go into the car with me. If we have a party or house guests, it will go into the storage closet for a day or two.

By "not a permanent fixture," I do not mean it won't stay set up most of the time. I mean it won't be there permanently like an acoustic or a NU1 would be.

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#2109584 - 06/28/13 10:44 AM Re: Should I get a digital piano? [Re: shepdave]
Michael_99 Offline
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Loc: Canada Alberta
shepdave, I have read your post, here:


I am assuming that the advantage of a slab is that I can rather easily put it away when I'm not playing it, unlike an acoustic upright or a cabinet-style DP. It's not a permanent fixture in the room, in other words.


While that may be true, I do not believe one actually does that. If you are a piano player who likes to play every day, you are unlikely to want to set things up and tear things down each time you decide to play a little while. It is probably going to become a "permanent fixture" in the room.


No, it's not, actually. If I need to take it to play a gig, it will go into the car with me. If we have a party or house guests, it will go into the storage closet for a day or two.

By "not a permanent fixture," I do not mean it won't stay set up most of the time. I mean it won't be there permanently like an acoustic or a NU1 would be.

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I have a Yam P95, weighs 26 pounds, slab on an X stand. I do leave it up because I have a little bit of room, but I could easily move it to the deck or any of the tiny rooms in a matter of minutes.

I posted twice about my 3 legged piano and nobody replied. The question is/was, do people leave the piano open or do they close the piano and what type of a vacuum do people use to dust the inside of the piano being sure not to cause any damage in doing so, and nobody responded. In the absence of a response, I uncover the piano and open the top wide when I go to play the piano. When I have finished playing for lunch or a short while, I close the piano lid and cover the piano. Then when I go to play the piano at anytime, I uncover the piano, open the top wide, and play. So I do this several times day until at night I close the top and cover the piano for the last time until morning. It is just like putting away a violin or a guitar so it is not damaged or covered in dust. I just looked inside the piano and it is not dusty even though I have never dusted the piano inside since I bought it secondhand a year ago. I have a felt cover for the keys on the Yam P95 at all times except when I play, of course.

Some people and in some cultures, people always cover everything and remove covers to use them like furniture, computer keyboards, toasters. I also covered the slab with a plastic sheet when it was downstairs in case there was a water leak. I am think of covering the 3 legged piano with a plastic cover on top of the regular cover in case the roof leaks with the rain when I am out and away from the piano. Even though the roof have been re-roofed, it has been a few years and it could happen anytime and, of course, cause damage to the piano.


Edited by Michael_99 (06/28/13 11:14 AM)

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#2109586 - 06/28/13 10:49 AM Re: Should I get a digital piano? [Re: shepdave]
Mta88 Offline
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Registered: 04/24/13
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Loc: Trinidad and Tobago
Don't they sell keyboard covers with an elastic band to protect from dust ?


In an acoustic I would imagine to leave the piano closed would be better to have less dust collection.
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