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#2168154 - 10/18/13 02:36 PM Sub £700 portable digital piano
Ahungrystudent Offline
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Registered: 10/18/13
Posts: 2
Hi all,

I'm someone who learnt piano before to a middling level, but has been out of practise for quite a few years, and I'm looking to get back into it. As such, I've set myself a budget for buying a digital piano of £700.
Ideally, I would like a dp with 88 keys (fully weighted if possible), a realistic action/sound as well as being reasonably easy to transport, as I'm a uni student and would have to move it back in a car at the end of the year.
I've done a bit of research, and am looking at the Yamaha p105 and the Casio px350m. I would love to be able to get a p155, but unfortunately they're £1100 new and I can't find a second hand one anywhere on the internet. I'd also be up for considering Roland's new F20 when it comes out.
Would you guys have any advice on what to consider/whether it would be worth paying for an older model but higher end dp?

Many thanks,
Ahungrystudent

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#2168165 - 10/18/13 02:58 PM Re: Sub £700 portable digital piano [Re: Ahungrystudent]
helloworld1 Offline
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Registered: 11/17/12
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This could be a very good guide for technical stuff:
http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/2168162.html

However in order to decide, you need to try out them in the show room.

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#2168318 - 10/19/13 01:00 AM Re: Sub £700 portable digital piano [Re: helloworld1]
Charles Cohen Offline
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Registered: 12/26/12
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Loc: Richmond, BC, Canada
The frequent suggestions, here, have been the Yamaha P105, and Casio PX-150 / PX-350. There are relatively recent "entry-level" competitors from Roland and Kawai, which I have not played.

IMHO, the P105 keyboard has a too-light touch to be a good substitute for an acoustic piano. The PX-150/PX-350 keyboard (and the P155 keyboard) are heavier, and closer to the "acoustic piano experience".

IMHO, if you can afford a PX-350, buy it rather than the PX-150. It's got lots of "arranger features" (built-in rhythms, accompaniment patterns, auto-chording, auto-harmonization) and a large set of voices.

DP's seem to depreciate slowly, and the manufacturers have been improving their "entry-level" DP's (both better actions, and better sound generators). So you're unlikely to find a used DP that gives you substantially better "value" (price/performance) than a new one. [This is a weak, subjective judgement, like many others in this post.]

. charles

PS -- bias -- I own a PX-350.

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#2168377 - 10/19/13 06:24 AM Re: Sub £700 portable digital piano [Re: Charles Cohen]
Mken Online   content
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Registered: 05/09/13
Posts: 90
Originally Posted By: Charles Cohen


DP's seem to depreciate slowly.



They don't just sellers can be deluded at times. I often see 1980s and 1990 Yamaha Clavinovas where they state was £2500 when I bought it new (20 years ago) and have £2000 asking price.
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#2168689 - 10/19/13 09:09 PM Re: Sub £700 portable digital piano [Re: Mken]
Charles Cohen Offline
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Registered: 12/26/12
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Loc: Richmond, BC, Canada
Originally Posted By: Mken
Originally Posted By: Charles Cohen


DP's seem to depreciate slowly.



They don't just sellers can be deluded at times. I often see 1980s and 1990 Yamaha Clavinovas where they state was £2500 when I bought it new (20 years ago) and have £2000 asking price.


Are you suggesting that a DP could wear out? <g> Or become obsolete? <g>

. Charles

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#2168918 - 10/20/13 12:40 PM Re: Sub £700 portable digital piano [Re: Charles Cohen]
Ahungrystudent Offline
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Registered: 10/18/13
Posts: 2
It seems most of the responses/threads on this forum have been trending towards the Yamaha P105 or Casio PX350. Seeing as the new Roland F20 is coming out beginning of November, I was thinking about waiting for that to see what it would be like too

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#2168960 - 10/20/13 02:19 PM Re: Sub £700 portable digital piano [Re: Ahungrystudent]
spanishbuddha Offline
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Registered: 11/08/09
Posts: 2323
Loc: UK
Originally Posted By: Ahungrystudent
It seems most of the responses/threads on this forum have been trending towards the Yamaha P105 or Casio PX350. Seeing as the new Roland F20 is coming out beginning of November, I was thinking about waiting for that to see what it would be like too

Yup sounds like a plan. But don't rely on other people opinions or reviews and instead rely on your own hands and ears. That may mean a longer wait though, as often model availability in stores for play testing can take a few months after release.

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#2169883 - 10/22/13 05:28 AM Re: Sub £700 portable digital piano [Re: Ahungrystudent]
bluebilly Offline
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Registered: 03/19/10
Posts: 424
Loc: England
If your not going to be transporting the piano around regularly, the KAWAI CL-26 can be taken apart easily and put into a car, it also comes in well below your £700 budget and has an excellent key touch.

CL-26 YOU TUBE DEMO.


Edited by bluebilly (10/22/13 05:31 AM)

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#2169884 - 10/22/13 05:42 AM Re: Sub £700 portable digital piano [Re: bluebilly]
evamar Offline
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Registered: 12/02/12
Posts: 541
Loc: Spanish living in UK
Originally Posted By: bluebilly
If your not going to be transporting the piano around regularly, the KAWAI CL-26 can be taken apart easily and put into a car, it also comes in well below your £700 budget and has an excellent key touch.

CL-26 YOU TUBE DEMO.


I have an old CL25, and am looking for a new piano, so I compared several makers and models and the sound and touch of my old piano was much better than newer pianos more expensive. The CL26 is even better, and is also very easy to assemble and dismantle to fit a normal car. I wouldn't recommend it if you are moving it constantly, but for occasional transport it is a brilliant piano that will fit almost anywhere.

Not trying to sell you my old piano, it's actually going to be traded in for my new Kawai!!! But I do think that it's the best action and sound you will find in your budget and you have it for around 500GBP at Thomann and around 600GBP in the UK.
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