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#2392085 - Today at 03:11 PM DP choice
emg Offline
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Registered: 08/23/09
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Loc: UK
Firstly I apologise if a similar post appears. I have made a previous attempt today and my post seemed to disappear!

Please could I seek advice about selecting a slimline DP? I last bought a DP in 2009, so am not up to date with what is available.

I need to free up space in our living room where I have both an acoustic and a digital piano. I am using this as an opportunity to upgrade my acoustic to a good silent piano.

I would also like to have a digital piano in my study for private practice when the sitting room is otherwise occupied. My current DP is a Roland RG1 which is much too large for this location, so I am very reluctantly selling it. I am thinking of getting a slab of the kind that can fit on a furniture-type stand in the study but which could be easily moved to the sitting room to an X stand to play duets. I don't want to transport it outside the home and I don't think I would move it frequently to the sitting room.

I have not yet tried any new dps but have looked at some recent threads on PW to try to get a short list and have come up with the following

Yamaha P155/255
Kawai ES7
Roland FP-80
Kawai ES100


Please would you advise me on the relative merits of these? Touch, sound, size, portability and the availability of a fixed stand from which the instrument can be easily removed are important for me. I would also like 3 fixed peddles and inbuilt speakers. Are there any other dps I should add to the list?

I have loved the RG-1 and am very sorry to see it go. I don't know if the newer models have any advantages over it and I am interested to know if I will I notice a big 'step-down' from my RG1 when playing the ones on my list? My RG-1 is from 2009 and is not the supernatural version.

I will, of course, try the pianos on my final short list, but I am hoping that the combined expertise and experience the forum will enable me to focus my search, save some time and help me make a good choice. Any suggestions will be very welcome.

Many thanks

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#2392102 - Today at 04:21 PM Re: DP choice [Re: emg]
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Registered: 01/07/10
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Here is a recent thread in which the sub $1000 DPs have been discussed.

In addition to your list, don't rule out the Casio PX150 or 350 - the 350 having a few more bells and whistles. Lately most people have gravitated toward either one of these or the ES100. However, if you go over $1000, I'd personally take a closer look at the Yamaha P255. Very nice write up recently in Keyboard Magazine on that one.

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#2392103 - Today at 04:27 PM Re: DP choice [Re: emg]
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ES7. Sounds good on default. Best playing action imo by far. Try these out for size. The low profile ones might not suit your feet (pedal distance too short) or your head, (music stand too small and too low) but some people here will have no real problem with this.
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#2392124 - Today at 06:04 PM Re: DP choice [Re: emg]
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Registered: 02/20/10
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Originally Posted By emg
Yamaha P155/255
Kawai ES7
Roland FP-80
Kawai ES100

Please would you advise me on the relative merits of these? Touch, sound, size, portability and the availability of a fixed stand from which the instrument can be easily removed are important for me. I would also like 3 fixed peddles and inbuilt speakers. Are there any other dps I should add to the list?

I don't think Yamaha supports triple pedal.

I don't think there's much reason to consider the ES100 if budget doesn't prevent you from looking at the ES7.

So I think it's ES7 or FP80.

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#2392134 - Today at 06:40 PM Re: DP choice [Re: emg]
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The Yamaha P-255 uses the L-255 stand.. And the LP-255 three pedal.

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#2392135 - Today at 06:43 PM Re: DP choice [Re: ElmerJFudd]
anotherscott Offline
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Registered: 02/20/10
Posts: 3598
Originally Posted By ElmerJFudd
?

The Yamaha P-255 uses the L-255 stand.. And the LP-255 three pedal.

Thanks, I missed that. Yamaha's P255 web page doesn't list those on the accessories tab!

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#2392160 - 5 minutes 35 seconds ago Re: DP choice [Re: anotherscott]
ElmerJFudd Online   content
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Registered: 01/07/10
Posts: 216

Originally Posted By anotherscott
Originally Posted By ElmerJFudd
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The Yamaha P-255 uses the L-255 stand.. And the LP-255 three pedal.

Thanks, I missed that. Yamaha's P255 web page doesn't list those on the accessories tab!


No worries. We can chalk that up to Yamaha's bizarre web presence.
Just in the US, we have https://yamahasynth.com/
http://usa.yamaha.com/
They had avantgrand.com but that's gone now and kicks you to usa.yamaha.com
yamahaproaudio.com is totally separate for some reason. But doubles information on usa.yamaha.com.
blah blah

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