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#665956 - 10/22/08 04:31 AM Gear4Music / Cranes MP8800 - Any Good?
Mazzy Offline
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Registered: 10/21/08
Posts: 2
Loc: Liverpool - UK
Morning All

I have decided to learn the piano, after many years of wanting to!

I've done a lot of research and decided that a DP is the way forward for me, however, with a limited budget, I really can't decide what to buy.

I've come across the Gear4Music 8800 / Cranes MP8800: here or here

Whilst my common sense tells me that they will never be as good as a Yamaha etc, it's what I can afford for now, and they don't seem all that bad? If (when) I have a year or so under my belt, I'd probably invest in something better.

So far, nothings telling me not to buy, and I have used the search etc with no real answers, however I managed to find a sound sample here

Anyone got one? I found the Cranes version on eBay at a very good price.

Many thanks for any advice...

Cheers
Maz

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#665957 - 10/22/08 10:49 AM Re: Gear4Music / Cranes MP8800 - Any Good?
Michiyo-Fir Offline
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Registered: 10/12/05
Posts: 172
I don't think there's anything wrong with these 2 models however for about 300 pounds you can probably buy a yamaha p80. There are a few models from Yamaha that are decent and 300 poundsish.

Maybe you should go to a music store and try a few and see if there's anything you like that is affordable?
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#665958 - 10/22/08 10:51 AM Re: Gear4Music / Cranes MP8800 - Any Good?
Mazzy Offline
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Registered: 10/21/08
Posts: 2
Loc: Liverpool - UK
Thanks Michiyo - I will definately do that!

However, I haven't managed to find a Yamaha for around the £300 mark....

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#665959 - 10/22/08 01:01 PM Re: Gear4Music / Cranes MP8800 - Any Good?
Gyro Offline
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Registered: 04/24/05
Posts: 4533
A digital piano is essentially a computer
with a keyboard and speakers--if you open
one up, all you'll see inside is a few
computer chips and other electrical
components connected to the keyboard
and speakers with wires. Thus, just
as any neighborhood computer store can assemble
a pc that's just as good as a Dell or
HP, any small company can assemble a good dp
by buying the components: computer chips,
keyboard, speakers, etc., and snapping them
together. Thus, you see many dp's selling
under lesser-known brand names like:
Winchester, Hemingway, Diginova, Sejung,
Adagio, Viscount, etc. These can be
just as good as comparably priced models
from the big-name brands.

As long as you buy from established online
stores, you should be okay, because
well-known online dealers are careful
to stock only good-quality instruments.
I would be careful buying from ebay or
Craigslist, since anyone can sell there.
So if these dealers, gear4music.com and
carnesmusicstore.com, have been around
for years, that would mean that this
model 8800 dp should be a pretty good piano.
Of course, at this price you're not going
to be getting state-of-the-art technology
like on a 2500 gbp digital console.
The action may be "non-progressive," that
is, the keys are fully-weighted but
are not "graded" from the bass to the
treble like on a grand piano, where
the action is lighter as you go up
the keyboard. And the pedal may be
a "non-half pedal," that is, a strictly
"on-off" type switch rather than a
"continuous" one. But that's no problem
at all, because the "graded" action
and "half-pedal" features are not really
necessary on a dp. As far back as the 1980's
there were already very good weighted-key digital
pianos that played similar to today's
dp's, and they didn't have "graded"
actions or "half-pedals." My favorite
dp in fact, a 375 gbp Casio AP-24,
didn't have these features. This
model 8800 dp will play
grand piano-like, even if it doesn't
have a graded action and a half-pedal,
and you couldn't really outgrow it, because
you can't really outgrow an grand piano-like
instrument. You can play anything on
this, from jazz to big concertos.

There is about a 100 gbp difference in price
between gear4music and cranesmusic, and
this may be because the gear4music one
is for just the keyboard unit and you
have to buy the factory stand and pedal
separately, while the cranesmusic one may
include stand and pedal, so you should
double check on this.

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#665960 - 10/22/08 03:39 PM Re: Gear4Music / Cranes MP8800 - Any Good?
Richard Stark Offline
Full Member

Registered: 04/09/06
Posts: 278
Loc: Hälsingland, Sweden
 Quote:
Originally posted by mazzy:
So far, nothings telling me not to buy, and I have used the search etc with no real answers, however I managed to find a sound sample here [/b]
Buy something better. The sound samples are in my opinion really bad. Even the low price Yamaha NP30 or YDP S30 is way superior in sound compared to the Crane.


Peace.

/Richard

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