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#2308015 - Today at 04:50 AM Best Digital Piano for Touch
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Registered: 07/27/14
Posts: 2
Loc: Northallerton, England
Hi Guys, I've been reading this website for years now and thought this was a good time to say hello.

I know this question likely has been asked to the absolute death but I'm after a little advice. I've been playing the piano a long time and never had an acoustic due to noise and space restrictions and unfortunately this is still the case.

I've currently got a Yamaha CP33 and the touch is dreadful when comparing against an acoustic piano. I'm using it primarily as a midi controller for ivory II.

I've done a little research and it seems to come down to the Kawai VPC1 or the Roland V piano. Possibly even a CA95.

Basically, whats the best for touch, sounds do not matter as I can use ivory if needs be.

Thanks.


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#2308018 - Today at 05:30 AM Re: Best Digital Piano for Touch [Re: JoeCPiano]
CarloPiano Online   content
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Registered: 03/21/12
Posts: 166
IMHO, the very best digital piano touch I've never played is Yamaha's Avantgrand N3 (I didn't try N2 and N1). Second to this, it's the NU1. Then, in another league but also very good, are the Kawai wooden actions. I like a lot the feeling of the CA 65/95. But, at least for my way of playing and taste I guess, the most responsive action is Roland's PHA 4 of the HP-506/508 (the ones I tried) that can also be found on the RD-800. This one has as a characteristic that the keys are full plastic (I prefer wood) and quite lightweight (this could be a problem if you are going to play or practice on non concert grands, which use to be quite heavy).

I've never been too much fond of Yamaha's regular DP's actions in the past but the new NWX is quite promising, built on solid wood. It's on the Clavinova CLP-545, 475 and 585, as well as on the stage CP-4. I'm sure they worth a try... I'll do as soon as I can.

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#2308027 - 37 minutes 31 seconds ago Re: Best Digital Piano for Touch [Re: JoeCPiano]
JoeCPiano Online   content
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Registered: 07/27/14
Posts: 2
Loc: Northallerton, England
Thankyou, I have just managed to have a good play on a CA65 and I think it's fantastic. I can't believe the difference in touch between my CP33 and it.

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#2308029 - 14 minutes 49 seconds ago Re: Best Digital Piano for Touch [Re: JoeCPiano]
pmh Online   content
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Registered: 04/12/14
Posts: 11
Loc: South Coast UK
Hi JoeCPiano,

I'm also struggling to decide which digital piano to go for. For me the most realistic touch is provided by the Yamaha Avant-Grand's N2 and N3. I actually prefer the N2 but it is so expensive and for a similar price you could go for an excellent acoustic upright silent piano. Of the pure digitals up to around 3500 I also really like the Kawai grand feel action you mention above with the CA65 although all digital makes seem to have a decidedly compromised touch compared to real grand piano's. If you use the piano mainly as a controller for piano software then the Kawai VCP1 is a no brainer being the best choice for a pure controller. At the moment I am gravitating towards the Kawai CS10 which feels, sounds AND looks very nice indeed. Good luck with your search,

Paul H

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