Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

Gifts and supplies for the musician
SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

This custom search works much better than the built in one and allows searching older posts.
(ad) Yamaha CP4 Rebate
Yamaha CP4 Rebate
(ad 125) Sweetwater - Digital Keyboards & Other Gear
Digital Pianos at Sweetwater
(ad) Pianoteq
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
Who's Online
96 registered (Alan Davis Jr, augustm, AZNpiano, Amosdoll, Avalancheseah, 26 invisible), 1004 Guests and 11 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers
*Organs

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Pianos
Topic Options
#665939 - 06/29/02 10:28 PM About to buy a digital piano
rxfudd Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 06/29/02
Posts: 1
Glad I was able to find a forum specifically for digital pianos.

I am leaving for medical school in September and will be living in an apartment with other medical students. Obviously, it would be in poor form for me to bring an acoustic piano into the apartment, so I am looking to purchase a digital so that I won't disturb others who will be studying. I am not a great pianist, but I like to play late at night when I need to get some stress out or not think about studying. Hence, I don't need the best piano money can buy. In fact, my budget is limited to about a thousand dollars, give or take a hundred or so. What I am most concerned with is that it sounds reasonably close to an acoustic and that it feels like an acoustic. I really don't care much about all the midi or recording features (although a 1/4" or midi line out would be nice).

I have been looking at the Yamaha YDP121, since it is right in the budget range I am looking at. Is anyone familiar with this model? What do you have to say about it? Are there any other decent models I should try in the price range I am looking at? Again, this will only be played an hour a day (if even that - during exam months, I may not play more than an hour a week) for entertainment purposes, not for studio recording or hardcore practice sessions. Many thanks in advance.

Top
(ads) Sweetwater / Roland
Your Next Keyboard is at Sweetwater

Click Here


#665940 - 06/29/02 10:51 PM Re: About to buy a digital piano
netizen Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/02/01
Posts: 1926
Loc: New York
My recommendation is for the Yamaha p80. It can be had for about 800-900 Dollars. I like it over the newer p120. I test drove quite a few digitals and settled on the p80. It's has very good, piano-like, action and the quality of the sound is very good (not too bright as is p120). Lately, however, I'm using a software-driven piano solution (I posted some info on it in another thread on Midi/software). For your situation, though, I think p80 should do the trick. Ultimately, it's a personal choice, so the best advice is to play as many different digitals as you can get your hands on. In looking at different keyboards, consider polyphony (64 is passable, but 128 is best), as well as the action and touch of the keys, and use a good pair of headphones when testing them out --if you have a good pair at home bring 'em along.
_________________________
"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that
we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."-- Theodore Roosevelt

Top
#665941 - 07/01/02 03:05 PM Re: About to buy a digital piano
fr Offline
Full Member

Registered: 06/14/01
Posts: 110
Loc: illinois
rxfudd:

I'll pretty much echo netizen's advice, but add:

Since you're a student, check out the Roland FP-3, Yamaha P-80, and the Yamaha P-120/P120S. These are portable digital piano models with accoustical piano touch and can be easily installed into/removed from the manufacturer's optional stand or an X-stand making it easy to move come moving day.

Think twice about the YDP-121: it appears to be non-portable (a large single unit of furniture not easily assembled/disassembled) and has 32 notes of polyphony. Polyphony is the total number of sounds that cam be played simultaneously usually expressed as a power of 2. The higher the number, the better. 128 is the current benchmark; most are 64; 32 is substandard.

Top
#665942 - 07/01/02 06:11 PM Re: About to buy a digital piano
Dave S Offline
Full Member

Registered: 05/03/02
Posts: 247
Loc: Houston TX
I will just add my 2c here and chime in that in the price range you are looking the Roland and Yamaha offer the most bang for the buck. ;\)

Hey fr, you may have seen us chatting on this forum about the new General Music Promega 3. Its polyphony is 320!!! I am not a big fan of digital pianos personally (I work for an acoustic piano only dealer) but this is one bad dude.
Check it out: www.generalmusic.com
_________________________
Dave S.- Piano Sales
Houston Piano Company- Houston, TX
Mason & Hamlin, Brodmann, Perzina, Taylor, Hobart M. Cable, Pearl River, Hardman, PianoDisc, Restored Steinway, and tons of used Kawai & Yamaha
World Crisis' Solved in Ten Minutes or Less!

Top
#665943 - 07/01/02 07:14 PM Re: About to buy a digital piano
SteveY Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/06/01
Posts: 1820
Loc: NJ
 Quote:
Its polyphony is 320!!!
I'm anxious to read the "fine print" on this one. If you look closely, GEM says that the polyphony is a "combined" 320 between it's various tone engines. This leads me to believe that any one engine has more limited polyphony. Do you have more info on this, Dave?
_________________________
PianoWorld disclaimer: musician, producer, arranger, author, clinician, consultant, PS2 aficionado, secret agent...

Top
#665944 - 07/02/02 07:10 AM Re: About to buy a digital piano
brat Offline
Full Member

Registered: 06/06/02
Posts: 29
Loc: India
HI,
If you are not necessarily looking for a portable piano than I would suggest you look into the General music RP series. THey are quite affordable. THey do have a portable seried pRP but I have no idea about those.
The gems have a lot to offer and yet their prices are very affordable.
just my 2 cents. \:\)
Payal

Top
#665945 - 07/02/02 11:26 AM Re: About to buy a digital piano
Dave S Offline
Full Member

Registered: 05/03/02
Posts: 247
Loc: Houston TX
I'll check into that Steve. That was an excellent observation on your part. \:\)

Incidently, the Pro 1 and Pro 2 GEM keyboards can be had fairly reasonably these days. I was impressed with the Pro 2.
_________________________
Dave S.- Piano Sales
Houston Piano Company- Houston, TX
Mason & Hamlin, Brodmann, Perzina, Taylor, Hobart M. Cable, Pearl River, Hardman, PianoDisc, Restored Steinway, and tons of used Kawai & Yamaha
World Crisis' Solved in Ten Minutes or Less!

Top

Moderator:  Piano World 
What's Hot!!
The February 2015 Issue of our Free Piano News Newsletter is out now! FREE Piano Newsletter
--------------------
The best thing I've learned on Piano World....
-------------------
Posting Pictures on the Forums
-------------------
Forums Rules & Help
-------------------
ADVERTISE
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
-------------------
PIANO BOOKS
(ad) Jazz Piano Online
Jazz Piano Online Lessons
Ad (Seiler/Knabe)
Knabe Pianos
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Share ur experience overcoming "stage fright"
by piano_friend
25 minutes 27 seconds ago
Hi, I'm new here
by trumpet89
Today at 01:16 AM
Fingerings in the 1800s?
by InfiniteClouds
Yesterday at 11:53 PM
Transition to wedding pianist
by Angela62213
Yesterday at 08:39 PM
Is the Roland DP90e still available in the US?
by JEB NYC
Yesterday at 08:22 PM
Forum Stats
78,418 Registered Members
43 Forums
162,127 Topics
2,380,367 Posts

Most users ever online: 15,252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
Gift Ideas for Music Lovers!
Find the Perfect Gift for the Music Lovers on your List!
Visit our online store today.

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
|
Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |


copyright 1997 - 2015 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission