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#2508909 - 26 minutes 17 seconds ago Seeking advice on a compact digital piano
joshjackson Online   content
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Registered: 01/22/16
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Hi everyone,

I would like to get your views/advice on a digital piano that is "piano-focused". For reasons of budget, space, portability and neighbours/housemates, I am looking for a compact digital piano that comes close to an acoustic. I'm mainly interested in the piano functions and am unlikely to use the other voices like strings, choir etc. Now I realise that no digital piano can fully simulate an acoustic but are there any that come close? Of particular concern to me is the touch and feel of the keys.

Just as background, I grew up playing a Yamaha upright piano (U1) and completed my Grade 8 ABRSM 10 years ago. I'm looking to pick up where I left off (improve technique and maybe work towards the DipABRSM in a couple of years if I feel ready) but can't really afford a silent acoustic piano. The reason why I'm looking for a compact option is because I tend to move around quite a bit and don't want the hassle of moving a "regular" heavy digital piano.

I'm somewhat familiar with the Yamaha DPs. From what I've read, the P-255 or P-155 looks to be what I should be aiming towards. Do you think these models would suit my needs? Or are they so incomparable to an acoustic that I shouldn't even bother? Any other brand models I should be looking at? My budget is around USD2,000 (I live in Canada btw).

I'd really appreciate any advice you may have. Thanks!


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#2508918 - 1 minute 34 seconds ago Re: Seeking advice on a compact digital piano [Re: joshjackson]
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I would look very seriously at the kawai ES8. It can be had for about $2000 USD. If you can stretch your budge to $2500 you can get the custom stand and triple pedal board, but the piano itself (with a single damper pedal) is around your max budget. I would say that it represents a significant step up in quality over the yamaha pianos you mentioned. So it may be worth looking into.
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