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#2379841 - Yesterday at 11:30 PM Stage Piano with best Acoustic Grand and Rhodes
Franga Offline
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Registered: 01/07/13
Posts: 14
Loc: New Plymouth, New Zealand
Hi there,

Before I get into why, let me tell you my situation. I am a student studying jazz piano in New Zealand. I'm in my 3rd year and so far have been using solely my Yamaha CP50. It's been amazing, I love the tones, the feel of the keys, the live sound and its durability. Sadly, I hardly ever use any of the other sounds on the board, I just dont need to and a lot of them dont appeal to me. I use it mainly for acoustic piano and rhodes. I play in a jazz/hiphop/fusion type band and have been using a usb keyboard controller as a synth on top of my cp50. Recently I have been looking into a hardware synth as I would really prefer it and I have found one I like. However, being a poor student I can't really afford it. My plan here is to sell the cp50, because I only use the piano and rhodes, and find another board that has the same level of detail in the tones I like. This is where you come in.

In New Zealand, I can get around $4000 for the cp50. That leaves about $3000 to invest into a new stage piano after buying the synth. What do you guys recommend in terms of great sound in the acoustic piano and rhodes tones? Also I will add that weighted keys is a must, as is great live sound and good EQ customization. Also I do not want a Nord as I just can't stand them. hehe.

So what kind of boards would you guys get in this situation? I have been looking into the Korg SV1 and can get it here quite cheap, would this be a downgrade from the cp50? There is also the Roland RD's and maybe Kawai MP5 to consider? Any help or suggestions is greatly appreciated!

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#2379849 - Yesterday at 11:56 PM Re: Stage Piano with best Acoustic Grand and Rhodes [Re: Franga]
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Registered: 02/20/10
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Prices there don't equate to U.S. prices so it's hard to know. That said...

SV1 is probably competitive with the CP50 in action and Rhodes, but a step down in acoustic piano.

Yamaha P-255, would probably be close in piano sound and feel to the CP50 in a lower cost board.

Kawai MP7 would be a strong choice.

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#2379854 - Today at 12:30 AM Re: Stage Piano with best Acoustic Grand and Rhodes [Re: Franga]
Kawai James Offline
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Registered: 09/06/07
Posts: 9904
Loc: Hamamatsu, Japan
Franga, are you sure you mean the CP50 and not the CP5?

Originally Posted By: Franga
In New Zealand, I can get around $4000 for the cp50.


I hate to be the bearer of bad news, however a quick search suggests it's possible to purchase a brand new CP4 (Yamaha's latest and greatest stage piano) for same amount. Therefore, I'm a little sceptical that you will be able to command so much for an older, lower specification model that is second hand.

To be honest, I would just hold onto the CP50 - if you like how it sounds and plays, why change?

Cheers,
James
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#2380044 - Today at 01:41 PM Re: Stage Piano with best Acoustic Grand and Rhodes [Re: Franga]
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Registered: 01/07/10
Posts: 143
Yamaha CP1 has nice action, excellent build quality, aesthetically a lovely instrument to sit down and play. It focuses only on acoustic piano, and the most popular electro mechanical like the Rhodes and CP70/80 plus has DX piano sounds as well as fx and amp sims. None of the AWM2 sounds in your CP50 though.

The Kurzweil Forte has excellent acoustic piano and electric piano songs and everything else you can imagine. You'll have to compare its action to your CP50 though and see which you prefer. And I'd say similar about the Nord Stage 2. You can also check out the CP4 and the RD800.

Best.



Edited by ElmerJFudd (Today at 01:44 PM)

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#2380077 - Today at 02:34 PM Re: Stage Piano with best Acoustic Grand and Rhodes [Re: Franga]
anotherscott Online   content
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Registered: 02/20/10
Posts: 3543
Elmer, I don't know about pricing where he is, but generally, most, if not all of those boards you mentioned would be pricier than the CP50 he has. He's looking to replace it with something cheaper.

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#2380169 - 21 minutes 23 seconds ago Re: Stage Piano with best Acoustic Grand and Rhodes [Re: Franga]
ElmerJFudd Online   content
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Registered: 01/07/10
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That's true, Scott. You're right. But he did ask for the best and my GAS kicked in and I started talking about boards I want for myself. blush

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