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#660424 - 09/24/05 12:55 PM My first post here -- which digital piano to buy?
cannavaro Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 09/24/05
Posts: 12
hi all, i'm looking for a digital piano good enough for me to practice, but first of all, i know nothing at all about digital piano :p

i'm a college student living in san francisco bay area, i'm going to practise a lot on this digital piano and i'm, i think, an advanced piano player (i'm preparing myself for the LTCL recital)

so, i've been googling and there're so many choices out there, i really have no idea which one suits me the most

maybe i can describe my needs
i just need a typical digital piano which

1. feels like a real acoustic piano
2. doesn't need to sound exactly like one(acoustic piano), but the closer it sounds is better
3. is not too pricey, something around $500 to $1000 USD

that's all \:\)

and can someone please tell me what "graded hammer effect" means?
is it mocking the touch of an acoustic piano?

thanks a lot \:\)

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#660425 - 09/24/05 03:44 PM Re: My first post here -- which digital piano to buy?
Gyro Offline
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Registered: 04/24/05
Posts: 4533
There are basically two types of digital pianos:
the "stage piano" type, and the "upright" or
"home" type. The stage piano type is a
keyboard unit of around 25-40 lbs, and you'll
need to buy a separate X-frame stand
and a detachable pedal. The upright type
looks sort of like an acoustic upright and
has a fitted stand with 2 to 3 built-in pedals.
The keyboard unit on the upright type can
weight up to 75 lbs. on some models, with
the fitted stand about 40 lbs., so it's movable
by one person but with difficulty. With both
types you'll also need to buy a separate
piano bench. The upright type looks compact,
but it takes up a surprising amout of space,
since its basic dimensions are essentially
the same as an acoustic upright. It would
be too large for a standard two-person college
dorm room--this is not intended to be disassembled
easily, so it wouldn't be practical to unbolt
the keyboard unit and store it under the bed
every night. By contrast the stage piano
type can be easily stored under the bed
and the stand folded up every night.

The technology of digital pianos has progessed
to the point where any digital piano today--stage
type or upright type--with weighted hammer
action keys will be very close in performance
to an acoustic piano. Good stage pianos
with weighted hammer action keys can
be had from 500.00 to over 3000.00, and
good uprights can be had from 1000.00 to over
3000.00--the difference in price will be
due to things like quality of finish, country
of manufacture, brand name, number of
computerized features, fineness of sound,
and so forth.

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#660426 - 09/24/05 03:49 PM Re: My first post here -- which digital piano to buy?
Gyro Offline
4000 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/24/05
Posts: 4533
There are basically two types of digital pianos:
the "stage piano" type, and the "upright" or
"home" type. The stage piano type is a
keyboard unit of around 25-40 lbs, and you'll
need to buy a separate X-frame stand
and a detachable pedal. The upright type
looks sort of like an acoustic upright and
has a fitted stand with 2 to 3 built-in pedals.
The keyboard unit on the upright type can
weight up to 75 lbs. on some models, with
the fitted stand about 40 lbs., so it's movable
by one person but with difficulty. With both
types you'll also need to buy a separate
piano bench. The upright type looks compact,
but it takes up a surprising amout of space,
since its basic dimensions are essentially
the same as an acoustic upright. It would
be too large for a standard two-person college
dorm room--this is not intended to be disassembled
easily, so it wouldn't be practical to unbolt
the keyboard unit and store it under the bed
every night. By contrast the stage piano
type can be easily stored under the bed
and the stand folded up every night.

The technology of digital pianos has progessed
to the point where any digital piano today--stage
type or upright type--with weighted hammer
action keys will be very close in performance
to an acoustic piano. Good stage pianos
with weighted hammer action keys can
be had from 500.00 to over 3000.00, and
good uprights can be had from 1000.00 to over
3000.00--the difference in price will be
due to things like quality of finish, country
of manufacture, brand name, number of
computerized features, fineness of sound,
and so forth.

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#660427 - 09/24/05 05:05 PM Re: My first post here -- which digital piano to buy?
SteveY Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/06/01
Posts: 1820
Loc: NJ
 Quote:

The technology of digital pianos has progessed
to the point where any digital piano today--stage
type or upright type--with weighted hammer
action keys will be very close in performance
to an acoustic piano.
Hi Cannavaro,
Welcome to the forum.

I hate to start on a negative, but I completely disagree with the above statement. I suspect that any advanced player, such as yourself, would feel the same way. I think you may find that your budget won't get you a piano that can play with the nuances that you're capable of. However, this is all very subjective, and you might just find something that makes you happy. My best advice is to try as many pianos in your budget as possible. That experience, more than anyone's opinion, will tell you what to do. Good luck.
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#660428 - 09/24/05 07:44 PM Re: My first post here -- which digital piano to buy?
cannavaro Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 09/24/05
Posts: 12
thanks gyro and stevey
i'll try to find some music stores and try them out

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#660429 - 09/25/05 01:37 AM Re: My first post here -- which digital piano to buy?
sundaygo22 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 09/22/05
Posts: 6
Loc: san diego
I'm also looking for a digital piano that I can also maybe upgrade to a synthesizer. My budget is less than $2000. Im looking for a 88 notes, weighted, prefer no built in speakers(planning on buying a monitor speakers). I like either Roland or yamaha. Also, i want a piano that sound more like a acoustic grand piano. Prefer a sound that not too bright.Any suggestions? thanks

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#660430 - 09/25/05 06:25 AM Re: My first post here -- which digital piano to buy?
SteveY Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/06/01
Posts: 1820
Loc: NJ
 Quote:
I'm also looking for a digital piano that I can also maybe upgrade to a synthesizer. My budget is less than $2000. Im looking for a 88 notes, weighted, prefer no built in speakers(planning on buying a monitor speakers). I like either Roland or yamaha. Also, i want a piano that sound more like a acoustic grand piano. Prefer a sound that not too bright.Any suggestions? thanks
Sounds like the RD700SX might be perfect for you. It's a great digital piano. It has a variety of other sounds, and can be upgraded with Roland's expansion boards. It should be easy to find in your area.
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