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#674513 - 09/15/04 11:21 PM Looking to buy a Digital Piano
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Registered: 09/15/04
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Yup. I need some help with where to start. Which stores should I be looking to go to? Is there anywhere I can go to get a good feel of what prices should be? I'm looking around the $1000 price range and am in the Seattle area. The post from Michigan that went with Technics SX-PX663 gives me an idea of the range I want to start. My wife plays but I'm just an untalented computer guy that wouldn't mind learning.

Any help...Please?

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#674514 - 09/16/04 08:39 AM Re: Looking to buy a Digital Piano
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Cip,

You could look at the Roland F-50 or the Yamaha P-120, both around $1200. Is there a Sam Ash near you? They carry both. You and your wife need to go to a store and try them out. For more info, go to www.samash.com or www.music123.com or the manufacturer's websites to read about details and see pictures. Then look for a store in your area that carries these brands and go and test drive until you've come to a decision. Bottom line...try before you buy, and don't be afraid to spend lots of time testing them.
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#674515 - 09/16/04 08:54 AM Re: Looking to buy a Digital Piano
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You also might want to go to a large piano store and see models that look like a real spinet. Sometimes people like a piano to actually look like a piano instead of going the 'stage piano' route.

Once you get a feel for the prices you might want to consider buying second hand or even renting until you know exactly what you want or need.
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#674516 - 09/16/04 09:57 AM Re: Looking to buy a Digital Piano
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Registered: 08/14/04
Posts: 126
Loc: Portland, OR
Definitely play before you buy. A lot of people love the Rolands, but I find their keys unacceptable. I really like the Yamaha keys (heavier), and they have decent sounds. For $1000, you can get the Yamaha P90, which is good. If you need another pedal jack, the Yamaha P120 is worth the extra $200. ( i don't think the extra price is worth it for anything else , unless you really need the extra pedal. The P90 only has Sustain Pedal. The P120 allows one sustain pedal and a second one that you can set for soft or sustenato, among other things.)

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#674517 - 09/17/04 07:41 AM Re: Looking to buy a Digital Piano
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Registered: 08/25/04
Posts: 14
First of all, you need to decide if you want a stage piano or a cabinet style one. The stage pianos are basically keybord style and you put it on a stand. They are more portable. The cabinet style looks more like like an upright. Also depends on where you are putting it. If you are planning to put it in a main room and you don't have intentions on taking it around with you to perform and you want it to look nice, definitely go with a cabinet style. If you are hoping for it to be very portable, then go with a stage piano. That's really the first big decision that you have to make because that divides all the pianos up.

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#674518 - 09/17/04 07:44 AM Re: Looking to buy a Digital Piano
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Registered: 08/25/04
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Then you and your wife just really need to go into a store (do you have local piano stores -- I'm sure you do) and sit down and try the pianos. I was sold on the Yamaha p120 from this board but when I saw it and tried it, I was able to IMMEDIATELY eliminate it from my choices. It's a stage piano and I don't like the look of them. Plus, I personally do not like the feel of the Yamahas. I feel that they are too light (I know, bitterly contested on this board, but that's my opinion). My personal favourite is the technics. They are as close to a real piano as I could find. But, as you can see by the wide variety of responses on this board, everyone has a completely different opinion and your wife probably will too. You need to go, sit down at the piano and try them (or she does if she's the player).

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