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#2340783 - Yesterday at 11:47 PM Which Electronic Sounds & Feels Most Like Real?
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Registered: 10/23/14
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Loc: Washington
Hi. I'm new here, and please forgive me if this question has been asked a million times, but I would like suggestions on the best electronic piano for the lowest price.

I have to be away from my home piano when I work at the office, but I'd love to have an electronic piano here to get my piano fix.

I would be using headphones. I've noticed that some keyboards don't put out much sound--even with headphones. crazy

Basically, I want it to be as much like a real piano as possible.

Thanks for your help.

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#2340791 - Today at 12:12 AM Re: Which Electronic Sounds & Feels Most Like Real? [Re: MinstrelandMuse]
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Your goals of "lowest price" and "as much like a real piano as possible" are kind of inherently contradictory, but what's your budget?

Feel and action are subjective, but I think the best value is the Kawai MP7. At $1700, strictly in terms of piano sound and feel, I think most people would agree that it is at least competitive with the $2300-$3000 models from Yamaha, Roland, and Nord.

If you're looking for something a lot cheaper than that, I think the Kawai ES100 is the best of the budget models, but again, these things are subjective, and you might be at least as happy with the even cheaper Yamaha P35 or Casio PX-150 which are also perfectly nice boards.

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#2340794 - Today at 01:05 AM Re: Which Electronic Sounds & Feels Most Like Real? [Re: MinstrelandMuse]
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I would be inclined to suggest a VPC1 controlling a software piano such as Pianoteq.

If you intend to use headphones, and already have a computer in your office, the $1800 VPC1 plus a version of Pianoteq will give you a very realistic feeling and sounding setup.

Cheers,
James
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#2340891 - Today at 09:37 AM Re: Which Electronic Sounds & Feels Most Like Real? [Re: MinstrelandMuse]
Marcos Daniel Offline
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James, (just curiosity) is there any (recomendable) way of connecting a doble or triple pedal to the ES100 without the optional stand?
I think that (plastic) AHAIV action is very good even though it doesn't feature let off...
An ES100 would be a very good option for controlling Pianoteq, but it lacks left pedal, which is very important (at least for me).
That said, ES100 with optional stand and triple pedal is still cheaper than VPC1, for those who don't believe that wood, triple sensor and let off is that important.

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#2340892 - Today at 09:40 AM Re: Which Electronic Sounds & Feels Most Like Real? [Re: Marcos Daniel]
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Registered: 12/29/13
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Originally Posted By: Marcos Daniel
James, (just curiosity) is there any (recomendable) way of connecting a doble or triple pedal to the ES100 without the optional stand?
I think that (plastic) AHAIV action is very good even though it doesn't feature let off...
An ES100 would be a very good option for controlling Pianoteq, but it lacks left pedal, which is very important (at least for me).
That said, ES100 with optional stand and triple pedal is still cheaper than VPC1, for those who don't believe that wood, triple sensor and let off is that important.

I suspect the cheapest, three pedal, decent digital piano that manages let-off, is the Casio PX-850 (I say that as the AP-450 is equivalent to it, but tends to sell at a higher price).

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#2340923 - 46 minutes 56 seconds ago Re: Which Electronic Sounds & Feels Most Like Real? [Re: Marcos Daniel]
Kawai James Online   content
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Originally Posted By: Marcos Daniel
James, (just curiosity) is there any (recomendable) way of connecting a doble or triple pedal to the ES100 without the optional stand?


Not officially, but it may be possible by using a MIDI pedal.

Cheers,
James
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Employed by Kawai Japan, however the opinions I express are my own.
Nord Electro 3 fan & occasional rare groove player.

"Richard, none of us could forget you have a CLP-990." - EssBrace, 2014

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#2340924 - 46 minutes 10 seconds ago Re: Which Electronic Sounds & Feels Most Like Real? [Re: Lester Burnham]
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Registered: 09/06/07
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Originally Posted By: Lester Burnham
I suspect the cheapest, three pedal, decent digital piano that manages let-off, is the Casio PX-850.


The PX-850 action features let-off?
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#2340942 - 13 minutes 21 seconds ago Re: Which Electronic Sounds & Feels Most Like Real? [Re: Kawai James]
Lester Burnham Offline
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Registered: 12/29/13
Posts: 281
Originally Posted By: Kawai James
Originally Posted By: Lester Burnham
I suspect the cheapest, three pedal, decent digital piano that manages let-off, is the Casio PX-850.

The PX-850 action features let-off?

By "let-off" we're talking about being sensitive to the velocity that the key is released, yes? (key-off "simulator")

In which case, yes, I believe it does - PX-850, AP-450 and AP-650 - and I don't know much about the PX5-S but that might have it too.

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