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#2321888 - Today at 01:35 PM My P155 died. Need a cheaper alternative.
Lynsey Online   content
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Registered: 01/18/12
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Loc: New Jersey
I already looked at the comparison thread, but all that piano talk confuses me. Only thing I'm interested in is sound, feel and price. So, how is the P105 compared to the 155? Is it very different? I don't have a local music store so I can't test them out so I need to take the community's word for it.

Any other recommendations on DPs? Any and all help is appreciated, thanks!

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#2321891 - Today at 01:46 PM Re: My P155 died. Need a cheaper alternative. [Re: Lynsey]
Garf Offline
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Registered: 08/27/14
Posts: 7
Originally Posted By: Lynsey
I already looked at the comparison thread, but all that piano talk confuses me. Only thing I'm interested in is sound, feel and price.


That thread examines exactly those 3 things. What exactly don't you understand? The terms are explained before the comparison and color-coded. The P105 has significantly worse action and sound compared to the P155, at half the price.

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#2321898 - Today at 02:13 PM Re: My P155 died. Need a cheaper alternative. [Re: Lynsey]
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If price were my driving concern, I'd probably get a casio priva px150. I think the action is considerably better than what's on the yamaha P105, and it can be had for about the same price. If I already had a computer, I'd also consider spending the extra money to get pianoteq's virtual piano software to add to the onboard sounds.

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#2321900 - Today at 02:22 PM Re: My P155 died. Need a cheaper alternative. [Re: Lynsey]
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Registered: 07/21/12
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Loc: Northern England.
Not repairable? Here's me thinking Yammies are bulletproof. . . best o' luck man. This is s highly personal choice and not easy to advise on. Maybe you can check out suitable keyboards with the same action you have on the 155?
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#2321901 - Today at 02:22 PM Re: My P155 died. Need a cheaper alternative. [Re: fizikisto]
Lynsey Online   content
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Registered: 01/18/12
Posts: 44
Loc: New Jersey
Originally Posted By: fizikisto
If price were my driving concern, I'd probably get a casio priva px150. I think the action is considerably better than what's on the yamaha P105, and it can be had for about the same price. If I already had a computer, I'd also consider spending the extra money to get pianoteq's virtual piano software to add to the onboard sounds.

Warm Regards.


Thanks, I never really considered Casio Privas. Are they USB to Host or USB to Device?

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#2321902 - Today at 02:23 PM Re: My P155 died. Need a cheaper alternative. [Re: Lynsey]
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Registered: 11/08/09
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Loc: UK
I don't think you would be happy with a P105 after a P155. Since price has to be keen here then fizikisto makes a good suggestion. There are other alternatives, one example might be a Kawai ES100. Are you able to get to a store and try different suggestions?

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#2321903 - Today at 02:25 PM Re: My P155 died. Need a cheaper alternative. [Re: peterws]
Lynsey Online   content
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Registered: 01/18/12
Posts: 44
Loc: New Jersey
Originally Posted By: peterws
Not repairable? Here's me thinking Yammies are bulletproof. . . best o' luck man. This is s highly personal choice and not easy to advise on. Maybe you can check out suitable keyboards with the same action you have on the 155?



The motherboard apparently died and the warranty had expired. I was just going to sell it to buy a new keyboard.
I really wish I could test or check out other keyboards, but the closest music shop is a guitar center about an hour drive away.

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#2321910 - Today at 02:44 PM Re: My P155 died. Need a cheaper alternative. [Re: Lynsey]
Lester Burnham Offline
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Registered: 12/29/13
Posts: 244
Originally Posted By: Lynsey
Originally Posted By: fizikisto
If price were my driving concern, I'd probably get a casio priva px150. I think the action is considerably better than what's on the yamaha P105, and it can be had for about the same price. If I already had a computer, I'd also consider spending the extra money to get pianoteq's virtual piano software to add to the onboard sounds.

Warm Regards.


Thanks, I never really considered Casio Privas. Are they USB to Host or USB to Device?

I think they're switchable (from memory, I think you use a function key and one of the white keys to toggle, with the piano is on - I have a PX-150 and AP-250 / AP-245).

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#2321912 - Today at 02:47 PM Re: My P155 died. Need a cheaper alternative. [Re: Lynsey]
rnaple Offline

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Registered: 12/23/10
Posts: 2061
Loc: Rocky Mountains
This is Labor Day Weekend. That means that Musicians Friend has 15% off. Combine that with ... P155 broken

You can combine what you bought with what you have to end up with a good P155.
It will cost you $425
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#2321926 - Today at 03:41 PM Re: My P155 died. Need a cheaper alternative. [Re: Lynsey]
36251 Offline
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Registered: 11/12/10
Posts: 740
Originally Posted By: Lynsey
Originally Posted By: peterws
Not repairable? Here's me thinking Yammies are bulletproof. . . best o' luck man. This is s highly personal choice and not easy to advise on. Maybe you can check out suitable keyboards with the same action you have on the 155?



The motherboard apparently died and the warranty had expired. I was just going to sell it to buy a new keyboard.
I really wish I could test or check out other keyboards, but the closest music shop is a guitar center about an hour drive away.
I'd go with the roadtrip. An hour away, that's nothing for a musician crazy
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#2321928 - Today at 03:51 PM Re: My P155 died. Need a cheaper alternative. [Re: 36251]
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Registered: 02/20/10
Posts: 3197
Originally Posted By: 36251
An hour away, that's nothing for a musician

Yeah... half my gigs are more than a hour away!

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#2321959 - Today at 06:02 PM Re: My P155 died. Need a cheaper alternative. [Re: Lynsey]
bnolsen Online   content
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Registered: 06/02/14
Posts: 35
Loc: Colorado
Yup, definitely worth the drive over to GC. It's a piano you are going to be playing, it's worth one drive. Right now guitar center has a 15% off 299usd or more purchase just for labor day weekend. I strongly suggest finding a coupon (had one in their mailing) and pick one!

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#2321966 - Today at 06:20 PM Re: My P155 died. Need a cheaper alternative. [Re: Lynsey]
Charles Cohen Offline
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Registered: 12/26/12
Posts: 1260
Loc: Richmond, BC, Canada
+1 to "drive to GuitarCenter!" It's worth the drive to know whether the P105, or Casio PX-150, will be OK for you. I think the PX-150 action is reasonably close to the P155 action, but others disagree.

The P155 is the least-expensive Yamaha DP that has the "GH" action.

One off-the-wall possibility:

. . . If only the sound generator is broken,
. . . and the P155 still outputs MIDI from the "MIDI Out" jack,

. . . you could use a medium-to-fast laptop and Pianoteq software as a sound generator.

You can get Pianoteq 'Stage', with the Bluthner piano add-on, for about $200.

There's no "Line In" on the P155, so you can't use its built-in loudspeakers. You'd need external loudspeakers, or you'll be using headphones on the laptop.

. Charles

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#2322009 - 6 minutes 45 seconds ago Re: My P155 died. Need a cheaper alternative. [Re: Lynsey]
bnolsen Online   content
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Registered: 06/02/14
Posts: 35
Loc: Colorado
Oh just took the coupon card off and looked at the back. Gazillion tiny print things. Seems like both casio and yamaha products are exempt from that 15% off thing. boohoo.

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#2322014 - 43 seconds ago Re: My P155 died. Need a cheaper alternative. [Re: bnolsen]
petes1 Online   content
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Registered: 12/06/05
Posts: 107
Originally Posted By: bnolsen
Oh just took the coupon card off and looked at the back. Gazillion tiny print things. Seems like both casio and yamaha products are exempt from that 15% off thing. boohoo.


Don't you dare believe this. Try to get the discount anyway since the absolute worse that the company can do to you is say "no", and from experience I'm betting that they'll actually say "yes" instead.

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