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#2445724 - Today at 01:14 AM Yamaha GH vs GHS keyboards
damos3000 Offline
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Registered: 07/23/15
Posts: 1
I know this topic has probably been done to death already - but I wanted to bring it up, and also say hi to the forum as this is my first post here.

I started looking into digital pianos about a month back, and I did alot of research into the different types and features sets available, including looking on this forum. I had an idea in mind of what I wanted to get, had decided on a console style with look being very important, something simple with limited functions since I just want us to play piano and not be distracted by other features. I was thinking if I went Yamaha I'd be getting the YDP-162/181 because of the better keyboard than YDP-142.

We went to a few different shops to try them out, and got the chance to play a bunch of different makes and models. After trying out different boards by Casio, Yamaha, Roland and I think a couple others (didn't get to try any Kawai unfortunately), the hands down winner to me was the Yamaha YDP-142 with the Graded Hammer Standard (GHS), rather than the 'higher end' Graded Hammer (GH) keyboard or other makes keyboards. I've played since a young age and to me this did feel like a more natural keyboard, something similar to the mid-range upright acoustic pianos that I learned and played on. The GH keyboard to me felt excessively heavy, and the other makes I tried were very nice but I felt the best performance was still the GHS keyboard. I did most of the testing sound off, just looking for the feel.

I know this will probably not jive with the opinions of most experts, and obviously with the pricing. I really liked the better amp/speakers and higher posture of other models, but this to me was the best, and my daughter made the same statement before I mentioned any preference myself. I went into the shops fully expecting to spend my 2k budget but that is what we liked best so I was forced to leave some of that cash in my wallet.

I thought it was worth sharing, at the very least understanding that individual feel and preference goes a long way, and at most that the GHS may be a better keyboard than the GH in certain measures of comparison. Very much enjoying playing the piano, and look forward to more discussions on the various forums here!

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#2445732 - Today at 01:39 AM Re: Yamaha GH vs GHS keyboards [Re: damos3000]
Charles Cohen Offline
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Registered: 12/26/12
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Loc: Richmond, BC, Canada
"Leaving cash in the wallet" -- that's a rare event! Congratulations on finding a DP that you like, for _less_ than you expected to spend.
. Charles
PX-350 / microKorg XL+ / Pianoteq / Lounge Lizard / ZXA1 speaker

#2445748 - 18 minutes 47 seconds ago Re: Yamaha GH vs GHS keyboards [Re: damos3000]
peterws Online   content
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Registered: 07/21/12
Posts: 4399
Loc: Northern England.
GHS is light, which is a great bonus for the young. And old . . . . the black keys do have a reasonable length to them which facilitates those awkward chords. I`d prefer this to GH which is heavy and clinical. There are others out there which you didn`t try, but you got the reliable option, imo, and with a nice sound to boot.

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



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