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#2366403 - Today at 10:59 AM Best high-end compact Digital Piano ?
oibaf Offline
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Registered: 12/27/14
Posts: 1
Hello everyone,

I'm new here and I registered purposely to ask this question, so please be kind with me smile :$

I'm looking for the best high-end compact DP. Because of my flat layout, I absolutely need a slim and compact piano, without a full-size vertical panel in its back (for brightness reasons).

I identified the following models that look like what I need :
- Yamaha Modus R01 (discontinued, but can still be found)
- Roland DP90Se
- Roland F130R
- Kawai CL36
- Korg LP380

I have had the opportunity to try only the 2 Roland models at my local store. The DP90Se is very nice, especially for its PHA-4 'concert' keyboard. But unfortunately I'm not so enthusiastic about its sound system : to me, it just doesn't sound at all like an acoustic piano frown

I read here and on other websites too that the Modus R01 is an amazing DP and sounds like an AP. I couldn't find any negative comment about it on the Internet. But unfortunately I will not have the possibility to try it myself because it is not sold anymore except online. I know it is very expensive and I can also manage the fact that it comes with only one piano sound. But I wonder if it's a good idea to buy in 2014 a piano that was released in 2009. Could the keyboard technology at that time be as good as a 2014 PHA-4 ?

Any advice ? Maybe an other suggestion ?

Many thanks in advance.

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#2366425 - Today at 11:59 AM Re: Best high-end compact Digital Piano ? [Re: oibaf]
Charles Cohen Offline
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Registered: 12/26/12
Posts: 1550
Loc: Richmond, BC, Canada
Could you use a "stage piano" and a pair of monitor speakers?

That would permit Kawai MP7 / MP11, Roland RD-800, etc.

. Charles

Edited by Charles Cohen (Today at 12:00 PM)

#2366428 - Today at 12:19 PM Re: Best high-end compact Digital Piano ? [Re: oibaf]
peterws Offline
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Registered: 07/21/12
Posts: 3890
Loc: Northern England.
I'm surprised the DP90 doesn't measure up. I've lusted after one of those for years. . . I don't now!

Edited by peterws (Today at 12:43 PM)
"I'm playing all the right notes � but not necessarily in the right order." Eric Morecambe


#2366437 - Today at 12:48 PM Re: Best high-end compact Digital Piano ? [Re: oibaf]
mabraman Offline
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Registered: 12/24/12
Posts: 374
Loc: Valencia, Spain
I think the Modus is one of the worst purchases that can be done.
Kawai and Korg models are by no means high end instruments.
Just buy a good slab and a pair of monitors.
But, maybe it's not for music that you want it.
Learning piano from scratch since September, 2012.
Kawai ES7.

#2366449 - Today at 01:18 PM Re: Best high-end compact Digital Piano ? [Re: oibaf]
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I agree, a slab DP will take up less space than a console style. Also, don't bother with a Modus. Here are some of the higher-end slab digitals out now:

-Kawai MP11
-Roland RD-800
-Yamaha CP4

You will only need to purchase monitors, a good stand (I recommend table style), and a bench. Possibly will need a music stand (MP11 comes with one, not sure of the others) and headphones.
private piano/voice teacher - full time
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Petrof 9'2 Concert, Yamaha G3, Roland FP-7, Yamaha MOX6, Kawai MP11

#2366474 - 53 minutes 35 seconds ago Re: Best high-end compact Digital Piano ? [Re: oibaf]
kapelli Online   blank
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Registered: 11/26/12
Posts: 408
Loc: Poland
Lol, guy wants a nice looking piano and you are telling him to buy igły stand and studio monitors.

What I am missing on your list is Roland FP80 and Kawai ES7. You may be interested also in Yamaha p255 or some top Arius model.
Like others said, do not even look on Modus, it's waste of money for given performance.

A good option for you may be to wait to the NAMM and see whether there will be some new pianos released.

Unfortunately, if you want a nice looking instrument with everything onboard and top class action and sound you have to choose between Kawai Roland and Yamaha.

Casio px350 or similar may be also good for you from visual point of view, but I don't think that they will match your expectations regarding sound and action. At least it's worth to try.

#2366479 - 41 minutes 42 seconds ago Re: Best high-end compact Digital Piano ? [Re: oibaf]
TonyB Online   content
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Registered: 12/08/07
Posts: 481
Loc: Twin Cities
Is having only one piano sound a bad thing? My V-Grand only does piano, and not all the other instruments one usually gets in these things (guitars, trumpet, etc). However, I wanted a very good piano, not a band full of instruments and that is exactly what I got. For others, having a full band at their fingertips IS important, so choose accordingly. Who knows? Maybe Roland will come out with an upright version of their modelled technology? That is pure conjecture since I am not "in the know", but it is certainly worth keeping an eye out for over the coming years.

For now, I think the various "slabs" from Yamaha, Kawai, and Roland already mentioned in this thread are all good choices. But you need to factor in the stand and amplification/speakers or powered speakers, and headphones as a part of the cost. If you want an upright, the Roland LX-15e or Kawai CA-95 are very decent. If this is a cost-sensitive decision, maybe the Casio PX-5S stage piano would be worth a look.


Edited by TonyB (40 minutes 41 seconds ago)
Roland V-Grand
Casio PX-5S
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#2366501 - 1 minute 23 seconds ago Re: Best high-end compact Digital Piano ? [Re: kapelli]
Morodiene Online   content
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Registered: 04/06/07
Posts: 12257
Loc: Boynton Beach, FL
Originally Posted By: kapelli
Lol, guy wants a nice looking piano and you are telling him to buy igły stand and studio monitors.

I didn't see that as a part of his criteria. Am I missing something?
private piano/voice teacher - full time
MTNA member
Petrof 9'2 Concert, Yamaha G3, Roland FP-7, Yamaha MOX6, Kawai MP11


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