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#2446386 - 08/01/15 12:02 AM quality digital piano
dbelmont2 Offline
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Registered: 07/15/11
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Loc: Massachusetts
Hello All --

I am looking to buy a digital piano for gigging in bands. I want something that has a very good acoustic piano sound (it doesn't have to be amazing (I have Ivory 2 running in a MUSE Receptor for that) and it needs to be light. I will be playing it through a QSC K8 powered speaker. I seem to have heard that some of the Yamaha P series digital pianos are quite good - and that some of the Nord pianos are good as well.

Thoughts ?

Thanks !

Dan Belmont

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#2446462 - 08/01/15 08:46 AM Re: quality digital piano [Re: dbelmont2]
anotherscott Offline
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Most people would say the Nord is the best sounding of the lightweight boards, but it's also priciest (i.e. $2499 for the Nord Piano 2HP), and as you say, you don't necessarily need the best sound. The Casio PX-5S would be a strong choice at under $1k, and arguably actually has a better action. Either of these are quite light at around 24 lbs.

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#2446463 - 08/01/15 08:49 AM Re: quality digital piano [Re: dbelmont2]
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You'll need to state your budget for best answers.

Since you're using software pianos, your main features affecting your choice is a keyboard action that you like to play on, and low weight. Take a look at the Casio PX-160, 360, or PX-5S (in price order, low to high). All have the same action. But the sounds sets, fx, and speakers change as you go up in price. All are light. The PX-5S is 24lbs and the sound set is competitive, meaning if you prefer to leave your Receptor at home on occasion you won't miss it.

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#2446490 - 08/01/15 10:32 AM Re: quality digital piano [Re: ElmerJFudd]
dbelmont2 Offline
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I can spend up to $3000 ... How is the action on the Nord Piano 2 HP ? Has anyone heard the Yamaha CP4 and if so what do you think of the sound and the action ?

Thanks !

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#2446499 - 08/01/15 11:07 AM Re: quality digital piano [Re: dbelmont2]
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I reckon you just found a niche market. Might be a big one . . . .the highest price "portable" gigging pianos weigh such a lot. Seems if you want a good piano keyboard, it pushes the weight way up. Would be good to have a separate keyboard and module box. Like, back to the 80`s!

What goes round comes round. Somebody said that.
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#2446501 - 08/01/15 11:12 AM Re: quality digital piano [Re: dbelmont2]
anotherscott Offline
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Originally Posted By dbelmont2
I can spend up to $3000 ... How is the action on the Nord Piano 2 HP ? Has anyone heard the Yamaha CP4 and if so what do you think of the sound and the action ?

Most people would say that the CP4 action is much better than the Nord Piano 2HP. Which one is better sounding would be more debatable. They are both among the best sounding DPs. The CP4 is much heavier, though, at 38.5 lbs.

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#2446507 - 08/01/15 11:41 AM Re: quality digital piano [Re: dbelmont2]
fizikisto Offline
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The Nord piano has access to the Nord piano library which has samples of many different acoustic pianos (both grands and uprights -- by brands such as Yamaha, Kawai, Fazioli, Petrof, Bosendorfer, steinway, etc...) whereas I think the CP4 has only 3 or 4 available sample sets, all from yamaha's own acoustic pianos (someone will correct me if my understanding is in error i'm sure). So in terms of piano sound, the nord piano probably offers you much more flexibility. But if you're mainly driving virtual instruments like Ivory, then probably the action may be the primary consideration. I really like the Nord action, but the yamaha action is probably more authentic feeling (compared to acoustic pianos). So that may be a better choice for you. It's definitely worth playing both of them yourself to decide which action you like best.
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#2446534 - 08/01/15 01:07 PM Re: quality digital piano [Re: dbelmont2]
ElmerJFudd Online   content
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If you're lugging the Receptor around you might also be thinking controller instead of DP.

http://www.studiologic-music.com/products/midi-controllers.html

K4 or K5 controllers
http://www.viscountinstruments.us/digital-pianos.html

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#2446680 - Yesterday at 12:05 AM Re: quality digital piano [Re: dbelmont2]
dbelmont2 Offline
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Registered: 07/15/11
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Hello All --

Thanks for the replies .. to be clear - I want to find a light digital piano with a very good piano sound to use at gigs instead of my Receptor ... I am looking for something that has the acoustic piano sound onboard ...

Thanks

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#2446691 - Yesterday at 01:41 AM Re: quality digital piano [Re: dbelmont2]
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dbelmont2
In that case there are several contenders that might be suitable. The Roland RD-800 might also be worth a look. It has an absolutely phenomenal action (among the most realistic feeling actions available on a DP) and a variety of supernatural piano sounds (the supernatural sounds are very configurable letting you "dial in" your own customized piano sound). it's really an amazing all around board.

The kawai MP7 might also be an excellent all around choice. I think most would probably rate the action of the Roland as superior, but some would surely disagree and you might be one of them. It would be worth play testing to see if it meets your needs.

The aforementioned boards, Nord Piano, Yamaha CP4, and Casio PX-5S all have their own strengths and weaknesses and any of them might be just what you need. Your needs and preferences are going to be so individualized all we can really do is point to boards that might have a good shot at being what you need. Check the specs, listen to demos, and when you narrow it down to the most likely contenders then try to find models you can play yourself to make a final determination. good luck!
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#2446715 - Yesterday at 05:29 AM Re: quality digital piano [Re: dbelmont2]
wdco Offline
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Registered: 07/22/15
Posts: 18
I have both the RD800 and the CP4. The Yamaha is easy to work into stage mixes and sounds good but the piano dynamics are compressed requiring volume adjustments during our performances. The RD800 sounds more raw than the CP4 but the dynamics are not as compressed as the Yamaha. It's downside is the short decays which can be covered somewhat. Either piano will work fine but you will have better control over soft play with the Roland if that matters to you. Like yourself, I use a computer based piano on stage but wanted to experiment with something "in the box" to see if I would be satisfied with it. Both are okay, but neither is up to what is possible with software.

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#2447125 - Today at 10:23 AM Re: quality digital piano [Re: dbelmont2]
wdco Offline
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Registered: 07/22/15
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One other thing to consider... whereas the Yamaha CP4 has half the sounds of the RD800, they are useful and pretty decent sounds. The Roland has the best Rhodes sounds, very detailed and fun to play, it has one slow string patch that is exceptional, and one pad likewise. Basses and brass are good but 90% of the rest of the 1200 or so RD800 sounds are from old moldy libraries that go back to the 1080 and 5080 'mono sample' days and for my use... they are useless whereas the CP4 actually has sounds I can use live or in production.

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#2447181 - Today at 02:27 PM Re: quality digital piano [Re: dbelmont2]
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Registered: 09/30/10
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Hi Dan.

You can get the best advice from this forum by giving us more info re: your needs. For example:
1). What kind of music
2). Size of audience, loudness of band
3). Makeup of the band
4). What sounds do you absolutely need to be great
5). What sounds do you need that can be 'ok'
6). What's your 'home' instrument: piano, organ, synth, etc.
7). What will you use for sound reinforcement
8). Is weight or size an issue?

Keep going. What's important for you. There's a reason why all these different stage pianos are sold. Everyone's needs are different.

Jack

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#2447207 - 9 minutes 29 seconds ago Re: quality digital piano [Re: dbelmont2]
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Registered: 06/08/15
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You can't beat a Casio Privia PX 850/860.. compares better to even digitals twice its price.
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