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#668148 - 12/18/07 08:33 PM Yamaha DGX620 vs Casio Privia 575CS
Topherboy1981 Offline
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Registered: 12/18/07
Posts: 3
Loc: Massachusetts
So I've recently purchased the Yamaha DGX620. I've have yet to actually receive this digital piano. Sadly I went all around to try to find a DGX620 or a Casio Privia 575CS to try before making the purchase. However, I couldn't find either one to try out. I did end up trying the lower ends of the Yamaha and the Casio Privia. Not sure what model Yamaha I tried, but the Privia was like a PX-700.

The Casio felt so real to the touch while the keys on the Yamaha were not so realistic. They were both scaled hammer action but the Yamaha had a phyiscal clanking noise as the keys returned to their original position. Nothing you could actually hear with the sound turned up but you could definitely feel it through the keys.

So here's my question ( I know, I take forever to get to the point );

Does anyone have a DGX620 and what do you think?

I've done as much research as I possibly could do on both the Casio Privia 575CS and the Yamaha DGX620. Eventually I settled on the Yamaha after learning that the Casio Privia was limited on some of it's sounds to only 10 Polyphony notes and it was out of stock too long for me to wait lol. I'm just hoping I don't have buyers remorse and because I haven't received the Yamaha yet, I could always go back to getting the Privia lol. Sadly my budget is limited and my choices are few as I'm forced to go through a certain website to which I have a charge card for. I'm really a amature player anyways, I still have yet to learn how to read sheet music. The only way I can play a song is by listening to it and then playing it back. I'm pretty good at it though and I can play two seperate parts with both of my hands. I mainly play for my own personal enjoyment and to hopefully get formal lessons one day. In advance, thank you all for your responses!

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#668149 - 12/18/07 10:48 PM Re: Yamaha DGX620 vs Casio Privia 575CS
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The two are in the same class - each with its own benefits. Privias are known to have heavier touch than Yamahas, but that does not necessarily mean it's more realistic. You'll get used to whichever one you own. You can second-guess yourself forever, but there isn't that much difference between the two to warrant going back and forth.

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#668150 - 12/19/07 04:58 AM Re: Yamaha DGX620 vs Casio Privia 575CS
dave18 Offline
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Registered: 12/12/07
Posts: 128
Loc: California, USA
I think Eternal gives excellent advice here. I just ordered a Casio Privia PX-110 (won't get it until after the new year), and I preferred it over the comparable Yamahas because I liked the feel better. Actually, I liked the feel a lot better. That being said, the feature sets on the Yamahas were impressive and I'm sure I would have done just fine with one of them as well. I'm still a newbie when it comes to all this keyboard stuff, so take my advice with a grain of salt: if you can't feel the Casio vs the Yamaha before you buy it, then I probably wouldn't bother changing your order if I was you. The "feel" is such a subjective thing, you may like the Yamamha better. Without trying them out, it's impossible to say which you'll like better. I liked the Casio better, but that's just my personal taste.

Good luck, and have fun with your new keyboard, no matter which brand it ends up being! \:\)

dave

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#668151 - 12/19/07 05:18 AM Re: Yamaha DGX620 vs Casio Privia 575CS
Mati Offline
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Registered: 11/25/05
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I second the response of Eternal and dave18. Don't think about changing your order before you receive the Yamaha, as both keyboards are great. I am quite sure you will enjoy the Yamaha you are getting a lot! Just wait till you see.
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#668152 - 12/19/07 09:39 AM Re: Yamaha DGX620 vs Casio Privia 575CS
oleoleole Offline
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Registered: 12/17/07
Posts: 3
Loc: UK
Topherboy,
I'm in a similar boat, I've bought a DGX620, awaiting delivery (for my partner not myself).
I agonised for ages over all the different options on the market, worried about the key noise etc etc, but I think the bottom like is that it's a great bit of kit for the price. Whatever you get there's always something esle that's a little bit better, but guess what, it's usually more expensive as well and you've got to pitch in somewhere. Unless you're a serious and accomplpished player I doubt if the key noise will seriously detract from your enjoyment of it.
Enjoy your DGX620 for what it is.


Have a nice day - Ole

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#668153 - 12/19/07 10:15 AM Re: Yamaha DGX620 vs Casio Privia 575CS
Topherboy1981 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 12/18/07
Posts: 3
Loc: Massachusetts
Thanks everyone, I'm excited to be receiving the keyboard. Anything will be better then my Casio WK-3300 which I've had for a few years now. It's going to be nice to play a keyboard that actually feels somewhat close to a piano. I even upgraded the pedal to the FC4 pedal. Now I just need to upgrade my music reading and playing database lol oh wait, that takes practice huh?

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#668154 - 12/19/07 01:17 PM Re: Yamaha DGX620 vs Casio Privia 575CS
PianoTeacherKim Offline
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Registered: 02/09/07
Posts: 255
Loc: Kailua-Kona, HI
\:\) Enjoy your new Yamaha! And happy practicing!

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#668155 - 12/20/07 09:42 AM Re: Yamaha DGX620 vs Casio Privia 575CS
Topherboy1981 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 12/18/07
Posts: 3
Loc: Massachusetts
So I got the piano and I couldn't be more happy. The wood used in the piano itself really does give the overall feel of a high end piano. The GHS weighted keys are actually nice feeling to me. I've heard a lot of negative feed back about the weight scaling but I actually enjoy it. Of course, anything is better then my old plastic keyboard keys.

There is a bit of a physical knock back with the keys and I was originally thinking of adding some felt tape to fix the issues, but the piano already has some felt tape and I believe it's an internal issue. It's really nothing overly worrisome though as the knock back doesn't really make much of any noise, you can just feel it is all.

The only other thing I was kind of disappointed about was that there doesn't seem to be a built in synthesizer. That was the thing I loved about my old Casio was that you could edit any sound you wanted and I was able to get a great grand piano sound out of it considering it was just a plain old keyboard. I haven't tried the computer software yet so I'm hoping I can maybe find a way to tweak the voices through the computer. I also have cakewalk and other midi software so hopefully I can get it to recognize the piano.

Overall, I'm really happy. The SWEET voices are really nice and the piano sounds are much closer to the real thing then my old Casio. I really like the saxaphone voice as it has an extended recorded play when you hold down the key. Nice touch, just wish more sounds had an extended sample to them like the steel guitar. There's a lot of voices that I'm sure I'll never use but it's still fun to hear them. Also, the learning aspect of this piano seems really neat. I can't wait to try it out.

Thanks again everyone for your feed back. Definitely no buyers remorse here!

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