Thanks for all your advice in helping me decide on a digital piano for my son. We have decided to go with Yamaha.
We are almost decided on the Clavinova CLP-150M. There are just a couple of questions that would help clear my doubts.
MY son is six years old......he has been playing a 'keyboard' for the last 4 years and is "still" pretty enthusiastic about playing the piano. The best price we can get on the CLP-150M is $2075.
1. If our basic objective is to ONLY to replicate a "piano sound and feel", would the $1000-$1300, CLP-115/CLP-120/YDP-113/YDP-223 be comparable to the CLP-150? Most dealers mentioned that the CLP-150 has a richer set of features, but the sound (albeit lower wattage!) and feel is the same across the 'YDP' and 'CLP' series (upto the CLP-150!!). Is this true?
2. If the above is true, would you suggest buying a $1000-$1300 piano for a 2-3 year period and then let him (if he's still interested!!) choose his next piano?? This would insulate me in-case he stops playing.
3. OR, do you think it worth spending the extra approx. $800 the CLP-150? In an average skill progression, would the CLP-150 work for him the next 6-8 years??
It would be extremely helpful if you could let me know what you would do if you had these choices?
Would greatly appreciate input from Luke's Dad, Nunatax, and the others.
P.S.: We went with Yamaha, because my son liked the feel as compared to the Technics or Roland. We felt he should have a say in his piano.