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#2137088 - 08/22/13 11:18 AM Can someone identify this clavinova for me ?
Benoit Offline
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Registered: 07/19/09
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Someone is selling this clavinova on kijiji (IMAGE), but there's no information about the model or anything.

They are asking 300$ for it. It looks like a good price, but I would like to be sure before buying.

Thanks for your inputs !

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#2137121 - 08/22/13 12:05 PM Re: Can someone identify this clavinova for me ? [Re: Benoit]
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It's hard to tell what model it is and I doubt if anyone could give you the information you're looking for except the individual selling it.

Why not ask them?
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#2137122 - 08/22/13 12:06 PM Re: Can someone identify this clavinova for me ? [Re: Benoit]
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Yamaha Clavinova CLP-154 or CLP-155 from 1994, about 19 years old.

Just 32 polyphony. Only the 155 has 3 brilliance settings.

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#2137123 - 08/22/13 12:11 PM Re: Can someone identify this clavinova for me ? [Re: Dave Horne]
Benoit Offline
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Originally Posted By: Dave Horne
It's hard to tell what model it is and I doubt if anyone could give you the information you're looking for except the individual selling it.

Why not ask them?


I already asked the seller, but they have no clue !

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#2137125 - 08/22/13 12:12 PM Re: Can someone identify this clavinova for me ? [Re: Benoit]
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CLP 155 is most likely. Year 1994. It`s vintage . . .
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#2137126 - 08/22/13 12:12 PM Re: Can someone identify this clavinova for me ? [Re: xorbe]
Benoit Offline
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Originally Posted By: xorbe
Yamaha Clavinova CLP-154 or CLP-155 from 1994, about 19 years old.

Only 32 polyphony. The 155 has a slightly larger backboard, and 3 brilliance settings.


Nice ! Thanks for your good eyes. Do you know what it's worth today ?

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#2137146 - 08/22/13 12:42 PM Re: Can someone identify this clavinova for me ? [Re: Benoit]
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It's worth exactly what you pay for it.
(That's not a joke.)

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#2137159 - 08/22/13 12:59 PM Re: Can someone identify this clavinova for me ? [Re: MacMacMac]
Benoit Offline
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Originally Posted By: MacMacMac
It's worth exactly what you pay for it.
(That's not a joke.)


I understand. So I guess I should wait for something more recent.

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#2137178 - 08/22/13 01:15 PM Re: Can someone identify this clavinova for me ? [Re: Benoit]
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I stand corrected. I owned a Clavinova years ago and when the lid is closed they pretty much all look the same to me.
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#2137185 - 08/22/13 01:23 PM Re: Can someone identify this clavinova for me ? [Re: Benoit]
Scott Hamlin Offline
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Originally Posted By: Benoit
Originally Posted By: MacMacMac
It's worth exactly what you pay for it.
(That's not a joke.)


I understand. So I guess I should wait for something more recent.


Unless you have a real hankering for this model - like you're a collector or just have a thing for this model - it's not really worth getting something that old. The risk of failure is just too great and the tech is so dated...

Again - to each his own if you really like this model- there are some pieces of vintage gear I have had to be "talked of the ledge" before I dropped some cabbage on them blush - so I understand the lure of certain instruments.

But for not much more you can get a brand new state-of-the-art instrument. JMHO. smile
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#2137200 - 08/22/13 01:49 PM Re: Can someone identify this clavinova for me ? [Re: Scott Hamlin]
Benoit Offline
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Thanks for your inputs, but I'm not fond of any models in particular, I'm just looking for something cheap to practice on in my small appartment (accoustic piano is a no-go).

I also have a very low budget (poor student), so I'm browsing kijiji regularly in hope of finding a bargain.

I guess I'll continue to look around, a 1994 electric keyboard is too old for me. wink


Edited by Benoit (08/22/13 01:53 PM)

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#2137244 - 08/22/13 02:40 PM Re: Can someone identify this clavinova for me ? [Re: Benoit]
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If it's functional and sounds and feels good enough for you, and all the keys and pedals work, and you can use it for a year, make an offer! Tell him it's 20 years old and archaic, suggest $150 or something.

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#2137367 - 08/22/13 06:55 PM Re: Can someone identify this clavinova for me ? [Re: Benoit]
pv88 Offline
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Originally Posted By: Benoit
I guess I'll continue to look around, a 1994 electric keyboard is too old for me. wink


I would not give up on this offer even though it is an older model since Clavinova's have very good sounds and actions and I deliberately went out looking for a CLP-990M which I eventually found (private seller in New York) and paid $2k for it. It is well worth owning as long as everything is working, i.e., all of the keys/buttons/pedals are functional, etc.

If you can have it for only $150-$200 it's a steal!

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#2137462 - 08/22/13 10:42 PM Re: Can someone identify this clavinova for me ? [Re: Benoit]
LesCharles73 Offline
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Loc: Denton Texas
Very true that even if its old tech, it can still be useful. It was probably used very lightly and not dragged from gig to gig, and if you decide you need a better sound, hook it up to some software! The top of the cabinet makes a great laptop rest wink. It looks like it's in good shape. The seller probably bought it, played it for a while, and then lost interest (though this is only a guess). If the action sounds* and feels good, and you can get it for $200 or less, I'd be tempted.

*play each key with varying degrees of force with the power off or volume at zero to check for any mechanical noise. Pay attention to the feel too. Play the keys very slowly, especially in the middle register, to check for any sluggish springs (Yamaha had a problem with this on late '90's models, but I'm not sure about later years).

With the volume turned up, play each key from ppp to fff to make sure all sensors are responding correctly. If a key doesn't react normally, a sensor may be dirty. Maybe not a deal-breaker for some Tech/DIY people like myself, but cleaning a dirty sensor is a process involving quite a bit of disassembly that you may want to pass on. Hopefully they kept that cover closed through the years. smile


Edited by LesCharles73 (08/22/13 10:45 PM)
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#2137854 - 08/23/13 04:30 PM Re: Can someone identify this clavinova for me ? [Re: Benoit]
Benoit Offline
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Thanks a lot everyone !
I finally bought a privia px-150 on kijiji, for 350$ with the stand, pedals and stool, and it's brand new !

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#2137857 - 08/23/13 04:35 PM Re: Can someone identify this clavinova for me ? [Re: Benoit]
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Loc: Pennsylvania
That's an extremely solid deal. Congrats!

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#2137863 - 08/23/13 04:50 PM Re: Can someone identify this clavinova for me ? [Re: Benoit]
peterws Offline
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If you have time, let us in on the sounds! Have fun.. .
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#2137902 - 08/23/13 06:17 PM Re: Can someone identify this clavinova for me ? [Re: peterws]
Benoit Offline
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Registered: 07/19/09
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With my sennheiser hd595 the sound is pretty neat, I really like the keyboard !

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