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#683666 - 03/10/03 10:56 AM Digital Pianos Less Than $1,000 - Help
stewbjl Offline
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Registered: 03/10/03
Posts: 1
Trying to choose amongst the following 4:
Roland D-150
Yamaha P80 (or maybe P60)
Korg SP-200
Suzuki Keyman KM-88s

I'm a new player. Basically I want very good acoustic piano sound and feel, but don't care that much about other bells and whistles. I want something that is well built, as my children will be using it for lessons in the coming years (they are 3 and 5 now)

Any help on deciding amongst these, or others I should be considering would be GREATLY appreciated.

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#683667 - 03/10/03 05:34 PM Re: Digital Pianos Less Than $1,000 - Help
sleepyinseattle Offline
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Registered: 01/06/03
Posts: 5
The P80 is a good choice. Check your local Costco if they have the Casio AP-28. There was another Casio mentioned on these boards that was of the sub-$1k category.

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#683668 - 03/11/03 03:38 PM Re: Digital Pianos Less Than $1,000 - Help
El Guapo Offline
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Registered: 01/03/03
Posts: 45
Loc: LA, CA
I just bought a digital piano myself. Make sure you shop around, first and foremost. Whichever you like the most is the winner, no matter what anyone says.

I tried the Yamaha P-80 and liked it quite a bit, but for an extra hundred bucks or so, I'd whole-heartedly recommend the P-120. It's basically the P-80 in a tougher case, better piano sound (so I've been told, the difference is too subtle for me to detect), and with speakers. I'm a newbie as well, but I figured it was worth stretching my budget to get something I was really going to enjoy playing.

I personally thought the Yamaha piano sound was sliiiiightly colder than the competitive Roland model (FP3), but it has a smoother and more even sound between keys; no awkward intervals that are clearly different samples. Even if you've already got a sound system, built-in speakers are quite handy. Plus its Harpsichord patch is superb, complete with the note-off sound! (which the P80 lacks \:\( ) Think about that if you want to play any Baroque music authentically

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#683669 - 04/17/03 05:44 PM Re: Digital Pianos Less Than $1,000 - Help
jimmyD Offline
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Registered: 11/04/02
Posts: 80
Loc: Fredericksburg, VA
 Quote:
Originally posted by El Guapo:
I just bought a digital piano myself. Make sure you shop around, first and foremost. Whichever you like the most is the winner, no matter what anyone says.

I tried the Yamaha P-80 and liked it quite a bit, but for an extra hundred bucks or so, I'd whole-heartedly recommend the P-120. It's basically the P-80 in a tougher case, better piano sound (so I've been told, the difference is too subtle for me to detect), and with speakers. I'm a newbie as well, but I figured it was worth stretching my budget to get something I was really going to enjoy playing.

I personally thought the Yamaha piano sound was sliiiiightly colder than the competitive Roland model (FP3), but it has a smoother and more even sound between keys; no awkward intervals that are clearly different samples. Even if you've already got a sound system, built-in speakers are quite handy. Plus its Harpsichord patch is superb, complete with the note-off sound! (which the P80 lacks \:\( ) Think about that if you want to play any Baroque music authentically[/b]
I just recently purchased a P-80 and really like it. It seems pretty tough that it's hard for me to imagine the P-120 being "tougher".

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#683670 - 04/26/03 02:27 AM Re: Digital Pianos Less Than $1,000 - Help
eDust Offline
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Registered: 04/26/03
Posts: 6
Loc: Sydney
My first post, yay. I bought a Yamaha P120 recently, and it was definitely worth the money. I've played real pianos for many years and the P120 feels real enough to play seriously. I don't know what the P80 is like. The P120 doesn't really have bells and whistles, it's a great digital piano, with a few extra features thrown in that I'll never use.

The sound is great, I use headphones and get to hear it in all its glory. My first reaction was that it's perfectly in tune, something I wasn't used to with real pianos. But this is easy to get used to \:\)

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#683671 - 05/06/03 09:58 AM Re: Digital Pianos Less Than $1,000 - Help
LorenzoGonzalez Offline
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Registered: 05/05/03
Posts: 23
Loc: Michigan, USA
I have had both the Yamaha P120(S) and the Roland FP-3 for a few months (the Roland for longer). The Yamaha is the more serious and realistic instrument in all ways. The Roland is a lot more fun and easy to play - but I'm not sure that's what folks here are looking for...!

Both of them require a serious speaker system, or great headphones, for the most enjoyment. I use a 4-speaker plus subwoofer setup on the Roland, and it will shake the room just like a 7 foot grand. I use Mackie monitors on the Yamaha, and if you close your eyes... boy oh boy. Playing a great computer-hosted sample from the Yamaha, through those great monitors, is about the closest I can get to the real thing for now - and very, very pleasing.

-Lorenzo

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#683672 - 05/06/03 09:58 AM Re: Digital Pianos Less Than $1,000 - Help
LorenzoGonzalez Offline
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Registered: 05/05/03
Posts: 23
Loc: Michigan, USA
btw, I got my P120 for exactly $1000 (after tax!) from Guitar Center...

-Lorenzo

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