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#2341467 - Yesterday at 10:58 PM First time digital piano buyer
Frames Offline
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Registered: 05/21/14
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I am an adult piano learner who is completing level 2. Looking for buying a digital piano to help in my further learning. And my budget is around $1000 bucks. I am stuck in figuring out which one to buy. What is the best piano for my price range that helps in leaning advanced levels as well? Following are my current findings:

Kawai KDP 90 - $1150
Kawai ES 100 - $800 (without stand and bench)
Roland RP 400 - $1300 (Only available in Costco with $300 off and has almost same features as RP 401. RP 401 is selling for $1600)
Casio PX 850 - $1100

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#2341470 - Yesterday at 11:17 PM Re: First time digital piano buyer [Re: Frames]
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Registered: 12/06/05
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Originally Posted By: Frames
... And my budget is around $1000 bucks. ...

******* Casio PX 850 - $1100 *********

There's your baby, either that or the PX 350 since they will give you the most bang for the buck in your price range.

#2341487 - Today at 01:03 AM Re: First time digital piano buyer [Re: Frames]
Charles Cohen Offline
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Registered: 12/26/12
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Loc: Richmond, BC, Canada
Originally Posted By: Frames
I am an adult piano learner who is completing level 2. Looking for buying a digital piano to help in my further learning. . . . What is the best piano for my price range that helps in leaning advanced levels as well? . . .


You may want to upgrade to another DP (at a higher price, unfortunately) as your playing progresses.

Unlike acoustic pianos, DP's don't tend to be "lifetime purchases". They are relatively cheap, their technology changes fairly quickly, and the cost of electronics continues to fall.

Right now, you can get a $2000 DP (say, a Roland FP-80 as an example) which is better than those on your list. That piano will probably be replaced in the Roland lineup, in 3 years, by something better, at a similar price.

And you might decide to buy its replacement, then.

. Charles

PS -- bias -- I own a PX-350, and play it through Pianoteq software. The PX-350 alone is certainly adequate for what you want to do _now_. The PX-350 plus Pianoteq improves the piano sound, but doesn't change the action.

PPS -- the Roland RP401R is an interesting DP. It uses the "PHA-4 Standard" action. Unfortunately, that action isn't on the "recommended list" of the only conservatory that has popped up as accepting DP's for its exams. There's a long thread about this question, here:


#2341522 - 8 minutes 37 seconds ago Re: First time digital piano buyer [Re: Frames]
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Registered: 07/21/12
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Loc: Northern England.
Make no mistake, you can go far higher with your grades on any digital piano with weighted keys. There's not so much difference to prevent decent progress. The Casio is very playable but imo a Yamaha Arius may depreciate less than those. They are a fairly solid option.

Don't underestimate the looks either. Its always a great incentive to play with something that's appealing to the eye. . . smile and if you go for the cheap option, you'll be able to change it later without losing heavily.

Have fun!
"I'm playing all the right notes but not necessarily in the right order." Eric Morecambe



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