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#667985 - 07/05/05 11:16 AM First Digital Piano
Taylormade Offline
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Registered: 12/09/04
Posts: 2
Loc: Virginia
I'm looking for recommendations on a digital piano. Criteria: Must have touch/feel of an acoustic, three anchored pedals, cabinet style, money not a constraint, bells and whistles not important.....

Thx

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#667986 - 07/05/05 12:31 PM Re: First Digital Piano
palley Offline
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Registered: 01/12/05
Posts: 708
Loc: Binghamton, New York
You sound like a candidate for the new Yamaha CLP280. This is their CLP Clavinova flagship (but omits several bells and whistles found in their CVP line).

Or for a bit less, the CLP270 which omits "wooden keys" , the value of which is of question. These are new models so only buyers in Europe have had their hands on them. But they are being released in the US this summer. Search those model numbers in this forum and you will find several instances of forum participants offering their speculation.

There are Roland models also worthy of consideration, such as their HP-107.
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#667987 - 07/05/05 12:32 PM Re: First Digital Piano
FogVilleLad Offline
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Registered: 03/02/05
Posts: 4680
Loc: San Francisco
Taylormade,

You've just characterized the Yamaha GranTouch. Here's the link: http://www.yamahamusic.com.au/products/p_musical/pianos/page2_granTouch_pianos.asp

This was what I really wanted when I bought a used Bachmann GRPT140, whose action is from a vertical, not a grand.

Hope this works out for you,

DavidH

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#667988 - 07/06/05 09:34 PM Re: First Digital Piano
Gyro Offline
4000 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/24/05
Posts: 4533
I'll put in a vote for Casio. I recently
bought a Casio AP-31 digital upright with
true weighted hammer action keys, 2 built-in
pedals, a sliding keyboard cover, and the
usual basics that digitals come with, for
700.00 total delivered 2nd day air. I'm
quite satified with it, even though it is
the economy model of the line. The
current comparable model appears to be the
AP-24. The higher-priced models are the
AP-38 and the AP-80, both of which have
3 built-in pedals--these should be fine
instruments judging by what the AP-31 is
like. I've seen the AP-24, AP-38, and AP-80
advertised on the internet for around
740.00, 1000.00, and 1500.00, respectively.

Model by model Casios seem to be less
expensive than the comparable Roland and
Yamaha models, but I think they hold their own
against them in performance. I've gone to
stores and tried these brands and I don't
really see a whole world of difference between
them and the AP-31. Furthermore, Casios
seem to have a hard-to-define "character"
that these other brands don't have.

Years ago I owned a high-quality acoustic
upright that was impressive to play on but
which required frequent maintenance to keep
it functioning at a high level. I actually
prefer the zero-maintenance Casio AP-31 to it.

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#667989 - 07/07/05 12:00 AM Re: First Digital Piano
ProPianoGuyBC Offline
Full Member

Registered: 09/24/04
Posts: 388
I will only say this.....

If money is NO OBJECT!
And you want the best Digital Piano available....

Click on this link below and find a dealer who has one.

http://www.roland.com/products/en/RG-7/index.html

You won't be disappointed
And if you are, PM me and tell me why!

PPBC

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#667990 - 07/20/05 08:50 AM Re: First Digital Piano
Melodialworks Music Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 07/19/05
Posts: 1309
Loc: Canada
 Quote:
Originally posted by palley:
You sound like a candidate for the new Yamaha CLP280. Or for a bit less, the CLP270 which omits "wooden keys" , the value of which is of question. [/b]
I've recently played both the CLP-280 and the CLP-270 in a (literally) side-by-side test. The CLP-280 cost $300 more than the CLP-270. I certainly preferred the Natural Wood keyboard. I'm not sure what you mean by "the value of which is of question". Another thing that was interesting was that the CLP-280 sounded better, even though I had them set up with identical settings. Possibly because I was playing differently, due to the different type of keyboard?

Lawrence
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