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#2363205 - Today at 05:39 PM Experienced pianist: digital piano to "replace" grand
integris Online   content
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Registered: 02/15/11
Posts: 9
So here we are almost in 2015. Lots of digital pianos out there.

Let's start by forgetting all of the ones under $500.

I am looking for a digital piano to practice on when the family is sleeping. My 6'3" Pramberger JP-185 is a little loud smile

Don't care what it looks like. I want the best sound and touch for the money and don't need built-in speakers as I will always be using headphones.

I tried most of the Yamis and while the P255 has exceptional sound, the touch is well calibrated but still too light compared to most acoustic pianos. I am used to bashing on my Pramberger keys and having sore arms after playing for an hour or two. smile I have played a lot of other acoustic pianos with even heavier actions.

I can't believe that even in 2015, digital piano actions are still way too light for any serious preparation for acoustic piano play.

Any suggestions come to mind?


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#2363210 - Today at 05:52 PM Re: Experienced pianist: digital piano to "replace" grand [Re: integris]
Vid Online   content
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Registered: 06/12/01
Posts: 885
Loc: Vancouver, B.C.
What's the high end of your budget?

Yamaha's N series (N1 - N3) have the closest thing to a real grand piano action because is is comprised of a real piano action.

Kawai has a few models (CA95 and MP11) with their 'Grand Feel' action which emulates closely (a matter of opinion of course) a grand piano action.

When faced with the similar choice I went with the Kawai VPC1 (Virtual Piano Controller) but you need to add piano software for the sound engine. I personally prefer Pianoteq for its responsiveness but again this comes down to personal opinion.

Roland also has some models with their own action designs and the V-piano which has a model sound engine instead of sampled. I have not played on any of these so can't provide an opinion one way or another.

Edited by Vid (32 minutes 11 seconds ago)
Kawai VPC1, Pianoteq, Galaxy Vintage D

#2363220 - 40 minutes 3 seconds ago Re: Experienced pianist: digital piano to "replace" grand [Re: integris]
Jay Roland Offline
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Registered: 12/08/13
Posts: 374
Loc: White Rock, BC.
I don't know where you are in the world, but please seek out an RD-800 to try.

Turn it on and scroll to Patch #34 "Studio Grand" and just play.

Let us know how you like it.

National Piano Sales Manager for Roland Canada.
t: RCMPianoGuy

I'm sure that Jay (along with every other product manager in recorded history) is quite accustomed to hearing different customers assert "X" and "not-X" with equal conviction. - slowtraveler

#2363221 - 36 minutes 50 seconds ago Re: Experienced pianist: digital piano to "replace" grand [Re: integris]
anotherscott Online   content
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Registered: 02/20/10
Posts: 3442
Originally Posted By: integris
I can't believe that even in 2015, digital piano actions are still way too light for any serious preparation for acoustic piano play.

OTOH, many digital actions feel heavier than my Yamaha grand, or one of my students' Bluthner. Seems to me like maybe you're just used to a heavier than average grand...?

#2363225 - 1 minute 43 seconds ago Re: Experienced pianist: digital piano to "replace" grand [Re: integris]
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Registered: 12/08/07
Posts: 464
Loc: Twin Cities
I would echo Jay's recommendation about the RD-800. I don't own one, but I have played it and its action feels somewhat heavier than my V-Grand, so that may be to your liking.

Roland V-Grand
Casio PX-5S
My blog: http://ajourneyintomusic.blogspot.com


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