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#656243 - 10/18/04 06:41 PM Roland vs Casio vs Yamaha - how to choose
Singinglizzie Offline
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Registered: 10/18/04
Posts: 5
I am new to this board, so bear with me. I have decided to get my 10 year old a new piano - but am now confused as to which model to choose from - too many options. He loves the digitals with the interative screens, and so far we have looked at Casio ($1500) Rolands ($3-5k) and Yamaha ($3k). I like the price of the Casio but he like the technology of the Rolands. Any opinions/advice as to which model makes sense and why? I am not a piano player - just the financier so laymen's terms are appreciated. I think at this point, 3K is my upper spending limit.

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#656244 - 10/19/04 05:55 AM Re: Roland vs Casio vs Yamaha - how to choose
Singinglizzie Offline
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No one has responded, so maybe I ought to clarify my question. Our current "acoustical"piano is on its last legs - 2 of the keys don't always work, and we have been delaying a new purchase due to financial constraints. When I took my child for a new band instrument 2 months ago - he found a Rolond digital piano with a LCD screen (model #HPi-5 w/digiscreen) that he really liked - but cost $3300.00.This model is not a touch screen, but comes programmed with teaching tunes, pre-programmed sounds and the LCD screen is very nice. He got very, very excited about the LCD screen - so although my original thought was to get a new, acoustical piano, I think the digital with an LCD and some programming capabilities is the way to go as it will hold his interest better. Over the weekend, we went to another Music store and found a Casio (model 65r) which is also a digital piano - with only a few bell's and whistles for $1400.00 (I have since found this same piano online for $1000 - 1200 - which we could better afford if it is ok to buy online verses a local store). We also went back to first music store last night to compare one more time before deciding - and found that they had sold the $3300 piano but had another Roland model CR-7 with more sounds, programming abilities for $5200.00. This piano had a touch LCD screen, plus the ability to record another instrument (say a coronet) and save or print out music - a great composer's tool, plus hundreds of special sounds, etc. Naturally my kid liked the more expensive piano. Having said all this - here are my questions/concerns. Would I be making a mistake to buy the piano based on price - i.e. the cheaper Casio? I know it doesn't have the same piano quality/capabilities as the Roland (has 32 polyphonic verses the Roland's 64 polyphonic), but it does have weighted keys, and seems fine for practice. Should I be concerned that this piano has the least sophisticated digital capabilities - meaning it would be obsolete faster? I personally think the digital piano technology will continue to improve (like computer technology) so in a few years maybe we could afford a better digital and it might makes sense to do so since they will be more advanced. On the other hand, from an educational view - maybe it would be smarter to get the piano now with more bells and whistles as my kid could advance his abilities to compose music, make recordings, etc. It might also help him play his coronet better and you can't put a price on the gift of music. I think 3-5K is a lot of money to spend, so I have spent hours looking online for a compromise solution (i.e. a $2000k digital with the LCD screen) but can't find one and my child says he doesn't want a new piano without the LCD (it's a gameboy generation). Any advice from you pro's have would be appreciated. Thank you.

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#656245 - 10/19/04 07:31 AM Re: Roland vs Casio vs Yamaha - how to choose
fojae Offline
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Registered: 10/17/04
Posts: 60
Check out the casio pl-40r (you will most likely not find it in stores, only on the internet). It has an lcd screen, but not as sophisticated as the roland. It costs around $1200. It has lighted keys for teaching the 80 or so built-in tunes, and pretty good accompaniment features. The internal speakers are pretty bad, but you could buy external ones for less than $100. The piano sounds are not as good as on the roland or yamaha, but your 10 year old may not care.

I agonized over how much to invest in features I wasn't sure we would use when I was buying for my kids and myself. I chose the yamaha p250 over the yamaha p120 because it had many more sounds and a much better sequencer than the p120, both features which I thought my kids might use for composing. Well, they were pretty excited about it for a few weeks, and we composed lots of little songs together, had a great time; but then the interest died away. I probably could have saved some money and got the p120 instead. However, winter is coming and I may try to resurrect interest in composing since we will have much less outdoor time over the next few months. And who knows how they will use it over the coming years?

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