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#676685 - 09/29/05 11:01 AM Anybody tried the Suzuki?
bmorcos Offline
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Registered: 09/28/05
Posts: 2
Loc: Jordan
I am thinking of buying a digital piano. I have seen the Suzuki HP-97. It seems good. However, I haven't had the chance to play it yet, so I don't know how it sound and how the keys feel.
Does anybody have any experience with the Suzuki digital pianos in general, or specifically with HP-97. I would appreciate your input.

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#676686 - 09/29/05 12:28 PM Re: Anybody tried the Suzuki?
Gyro Offline
4000 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/24/05
Posts: 4533
I haven't tried it but these days it would be very
difficult to buy a bad digital piano with
weighted hammer action keys--all the brands now
use similar technology and have similar
performance to other brands in the same price
range; it's sort of like computers now, a Dell
is going to be similar in performance to
some unknown brand put together by some
small computer store. Furthermore, all the
products Suzuki sells seem to be of good
quality--this is a company with a brand name
to uphold.

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#676687 - 09/29/05 04:26 PM Re: Anybody tried the Suzuki?
iyi bir piano Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/11/02
Posts: 664
Loc: USA
Susuky digitals susucks!

Get a quality digital Clavinova, Kawai or Roland.

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#676688 - 09/29/05 05:57 PM Re: Anybody tried the Suzuki?
geek in the pink Offline
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Registered: 08/10/05
Posts: 340
Loc: New Jersey
You should really think about playing one first so you can stop making asinine, blanket statements like that. It is entirely possible to buy a "bad" digital piano, even in today's day and age. When I use the term bad, it is not necessarily referring to build quality, key action, sound, etc; it's more along the lines of being bad FOR a customer's specific needs and tolerances. Now I'm not saying the Suzuki in question is "bad" or "good" because I've never played one, but I don't want someone to read Gyro's vague post and think they can buy a brand new digital from any maker and be satisfied with it. All digitals are not created equal, neither are all computers for that matter.

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Originally posted by Gyro:
I haven't tried it but these days it would be very
difficult to buy a bad digital piano with
weighted hammer action keys--all the brands now
use similar technology and have similar
performance to other brands in the same price
range; it's sort of like computers now, a Dell
is going to be similar in performance to
some unknown brand put together by some
small computer store. Furthermore, all the
products Suzuki sells seem to be of good
quality--this is a company with a brand name
to uphold. [/b]

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#676689 - 09/29/05 08:01 PM Re: Anybody tried the Suzuki?
ranakor Offline
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Registered: 05/09/05
Posts: 131
i must say i don't like controversy but gyro's post most often contain lot of info presented as fact which is mere opinion & is pretty hard to swallow when said opinion is far from the common opinion... seriously i'm not sure why you're doing this gyro but no a 500$ casio is not "nearly the same" as a clp 280 & a basic dell is not the same as a top end alienware both may be fine for basic use when you use them as a hobby but that's far from making them "nearly the same" . nearly the same for you , maybe . nearly the same in the absolute , surely not. & i'd love to hear why you think all the digital piano actions are similar because they use the "same technology" (or maybe by that you mean that a Ferrari's wheel is the same as a Toyota's because they both use the similar technology that consists in spinning?)

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#676690 - 09/30/05 01:01 PM Re: Anybody tried the Suzuki?
Gyro Offline
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Registered: 04/24/05
Posts: 4533
I'm saying this because I bought a
Casio AP-31 digital upright new online
4 mos. ago for 700.00 total, shipped 2nd day
air, and for practicing it serves just as
well as an acoustic piano. I've gone to
stores and tried other digitals costing up
to 3000.00 and more, and for regular practicing
I don't see where the Casio is all that much
different from them. To my hands and ears
at least all the digitals nowadays feel
and sound more or less the same.

As for computers, for ordinary web surfing
and word processing all computers these
days will serve you well.

And for ordinary transportation, a Ferarri
and a Kia will serve equally well.

The Suzuki line of digitals looks very
attractive. They have a full line, from
economy models to digital grands. In fact,
4 mos. ago when I was shopping for a new
digital with weighted keys, I almost bought
a Suzuki, but the Casio was too good a deal to
pass up at only 700.00.

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#676691 - 09/30/05 02:08 PM Re: Anybody tried the Suzuki?
ranakor Offline
Full Member

Registered: 05/09/05
Posts: 131
see now you're catering to specific purpose which is much more true yes any computer will do for word processing & web surfing but so would any 5 year old computers but not everyone wants to do just "word processing & browsing" just the same way lot of people have digital pianos as their main instruments & may want to use it for more than just casual practicing thus it would be much better to say that any will fit casual practice instead of saying that all of them are similar (which is untrue all of them may be good enough for a specific use but that doesn't make them equally good in the end)

note that i didn't mean to be harsh or anything since you seem to want to be helpful but i just want to point out that you often give a very broad statement on something that doesn't apply as broadly (myself i'd prolly had quit piano if i had something any lesser than the p250 i bought & i'm prolly gonna end up needing something better soon because my teacher is already pointing out i could use faster repetition so i'm gonna look at GH3 keyboards)

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#676692 - 09/30/05 02:20 PM Re: Anybody tried the Suzuki?
Gyro Offline
4000 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/24/05
Posts: 4533
My replies like that are in response to
people who are looking for a digital to
play just like a 2nd piano, without all
the additional computerized features.
For them, any digital with weighted keys
should be okay.

Take a look at the Suzuki lineup of models,
looks pretty impressive:

http://www.keyboardamerica.com/suzuki.htm

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#676693 - 09/30/05 04:16 PM Re: Anybody tried the Suzuki?
jaimilyn Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 02/15/05
Posts: 16
I tried the SS series and wasn't all that impressed, it was on par with the P60 that was the only other digital where I tried it.

However, unlike Gyro, I am very sensitive to how different keyboards feel, so I tend to be a bit hyper-critical. For example, I went to Guitar Center the other day because Gyro had convinced me that I just needed a $500 Casio and life would be complete. Gah. I'm glad he likes it, and I'm glad there are others out there that it works for, but it was just not something that I would be happy playing. I proceeded to play everything else in there with weighted keys, and the only one I even sort of liked was the YDP-223. (the PF-500 was broken, so I couldn't give it a proper try)

The CLP-280 is what I would get if I had $4000 $8000 for the ebony!!) to spend on whatever I wanted.

Now, I'm not saying that if you like cheap pianos you're a bad person or that there's anything wrong. Heck, you're probably lucky since you can enjoy your $500 Casio and it would make me sad. (Due to budget constraints, I may have to pick one of those up, the PSR-293 is just not cutting it some days, I neeeed more keys) I point this out merely because you keep saying that there's no difference between high end and low end digitals. That's like saying there's no difference between wine from a box and a $500 bottle of wine. Some people can tell the difference, others can't.

I'd be curious to see what the nice Suzuki line is going for, they're attractive pianos. I'd have to play on one first before I paid for it though.

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